A family trip to Walt Disney World is a major event. There’s so much to do, see, and consider before your trip. Many families start planning their trips six months in advance. This can help you get the lowest cost tickets and give you time to prepare with tips for making the most of your family vacation.
Plan What You Want to Do Most
Accept now that you just can’t do everything. Walt Disney World is too big of an experience. This is okay. It means that for every person in your party, there are things to do that will thrill, excite, and make the trip worth it.
However, it does mean you should plan ahead. There are activities like the waterparks, which you may be able to skip. In fact, as of now, they remain closed due to COVID-19. If you’re a water park enthusiast and they’ve reopened by the time you visit, then by all means go ahead! But for most people, it’s not a highlight.
Take a look at the ride list and mark the ones that are most important to you. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, you can book as FastPass up to 60 days in advance for those attractions. Everyone else can do this 30 days out. The most popular attractions fill up fast, so mark your calendars.
Prepare for All the Walking
If you’re already a walker, you’ll still probably be doing twice as many steps a day as normal. If you’re not much for walking? This can be a tough part of your vacation.
It isn’t an overreaction to get a step tracker and start adding a few more steps to your day in advance. You can download an app on your phone to do this as well. It may make the vacation a bit easier on your feet.
Another tip is to pack a pair of plantar fasciitis shoes to avoid foot pain after a day of nonstop walking. Even with walking more in advance, your feet will be having a tough time. Getting the best shoes possible can make a world of difference.
Just in case, pack blister strips. They’ll be good to have if you need them.
Book Your Trip Off Peak
The tickets and hotels cost more during the most popular times. The peak times at Walt Disney World are during spring break, winter break, and summer months. A good choice may be the fall.
When you’re booking, take a look at the Disney calendar. You’ll see events marked there. Any big Disney events will also count as a peak time and raise the costs of your trip.
Are you used to the Florida sun? Most visitors to Walt Disney World aren’t. If you’re visiting during the fall to avoid those peak hours, you might be surprised how warm it is compared to back home. For many, the warm weather is a perk of the trip. However, with all the walking and the heat, you’re bound to need to drink a lot of water.
There’s no need to buy expensive bottles you’ll toss out every hour. You can bring a water bottle along with you. The quick-service restaurants in Walt Disney World are willing to refill them for you.
Don’t Skip the Night Shows
The extended park hours and the night time fun are going to be some of your best memories. You may have had a long day with all the walking, so perhaps take a long dinner to rest up a bit, but don’t go to bed. Make sure to catch the IllumiNations light show at Epcot and the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. You won’t regret staying up for it.