Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where To Begin When Planning A Disney Vacation

Welcome to my blog! I am excited to document my family's first trip to Walt Disney World. Throughout the blog I plan to share valuable tips, information and advice for parents who are in the same boat as I am: Planning a Disney Vacation with babies, toddlers & preschoolers...on a budget!

I have three children under age 4 (my oldest will be turning 5 while we are at Walt Disney World!). I have both a baby, toddler and a preschooler. My baby will be almost one when we go to Disney and my toddler will be 2 1/2 years old.

The first crucial steps to planning a vacation of any kind (to anywhere) is to deteremine the 'Where & When'. You need to have a general idea of when you want to take your trip before you can really begin to price out hotels, airfare, etc Next you need to know where you plan to go. In our case we are going to the happiest place in the world: Walt Disney World! We chose our dates of travel based on some insider tips from a great blog that I found that has a crowd control calendar. You plug in your dates of travel and it will actually tell you how busy each of the four theme parks were that exact time last year based on a scale of 1 to 10. Here is a link to the website:

We also knew that we wanted to be at Walt Disney World for my daughter's 5th birthday. The best times of year to visit Disney are mid-September, early October and the last week of April/early May after spring break. Many people claim that the parks are the least crowded the week immediately following school starting back up in mid-September. However, temperatures in Florida are still very hot in September. We chose to go in late April/early May due to both the cooler temperatures and the fact that the parks will be less crowded.

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