The Ultimate Guide for Planning a Memorable Disney Vacation

Posted on September 30, 2021 by Rob Hale

The happiest place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort spans over 40 square miles, making it almost as big as San Francisco, California. It encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, over 25 hotels, and 150 restaurants. It is also home to hundreds of shops, rides, tourist attractions, and shows. With so much to do, planning a trip to Disney World can be overwhelming.

Nearly 156 million people visited Disney theme parks worldwide before the pandemic. With things gradually returning to normal following the vaccine drives and lifted travel restrictions, now is the time to take a long-overdue trip with your family and friends.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Florida, continue reading our ultimate guide to planning a memorable Disney vacation

How to Plan Your Disney Vacation

Before you book your flight to the Sunshine State, take your time to do some research to get the best out of your Disney World Vacation. Things have changed since the pandemic, and now you have to consider COVID-19 restrictions on top of the advance hotel and flight reservations. Moreover, you’ll also have to pre-book rides and restaurants if you’re looking to head to the most exclusive attractions. However, if you’re planning to think on your feet and wing it, you should consider adding Universal Studios Orlando to your to-visit list.

Navigating the entire resort, including the theme parks, hotels, waterparks, and endless restaurants is challenging so you need to devise a plan. The first thing you need to do is consider is how long you intend to stay at Disney World and what you can afford. So, get your pencils and some coffee ready, and start exploring the most suitable hotels, restaurants, and rides for yourself, your family, or your friends. Think about what you’re going to eat because most restaurants require at least a 60-days pre-booking. Sure, you can skip this part if you’re more interested in the attractions and not the food.

If you don’t want to overwhelm yourself with so much planning, simply contact Travel N Relax and we will make all your accomodations for you. This will save time and effort, and you can even avail discounted pricing if you travel with a group. Regardless of your choice, think about your budget, the length of your trip, and your absolute must-do things. These details will help you in your decision-making.

Must-Visit Places

  • The Magic Kingdom
  • The Animal Kingdom
  • Epcot
  • Disney Springs
  • Disney’s Broadway Resort
  • Disney Hollywood Studios

Most Recommended Rides and Attractions

  • Space Mountain
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • The Haunted Mountains
  • Avatar Flight of Passage
  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Expedition Everest
  • Mission: Space
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Soarin’ Around the World
  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Star Tours
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Best Restaurants to Try

  • Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • Hollywood & Wine
  • Tusker House Restaurant
  • The Garden Grill
  • Cape May Café
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • Harambe Market
  • Chef Mickey’s

Most Recommended Hotels

  • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort
  • Disney’s Pearl Ocean Resort
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Best Time to Visit Disney World

Another important aspect of your Disney vacation planning is to determine the best time to visit by considering your work, school, and other schedules. Most tourists and travelers wait for special events, favorable weather, and minimal crowds. Let’s take a closer look at each factor.

Special Events

There’s a reason Disney World is called the happiest place on earth – there’s always something exciting happening which makes it feel like a party. However, if you’re looking for exclusive events to make your trip more memorable, here are a few notable events to consider when booking your trip:

  • Epcot International Arts Festival (Jan-Feb)
  • Epcot Internation Food & Wine Festival (August- November)
  • Halloween at Walt Disney World Resort (August-October)
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom (November-December)


Disney World weather can greatly affect your trip. While most days are full of sunshine with mild temperatures, some days are better than others. Rain, hurricanes, and tropical storms are quite common in the Sunshine State along with excessive heat reaching into the ‘90s during summer. The good news is that there are certain times of the calendar year when the weather is ideal for tourists – during spring and fall. At this time, the weather is cooler and much dryer. However, during this time, you can expect more crowds so there’s always a compromise to be made.


2021 is a great time to visit Disney world due to fewer crowds. However, you still have to make theme park and hotel reservations since they’re limited in terms of capacity. Even if you don’t, the lines are much smaller than they used to be in 2019. However, with restrictions rapidly lifting, you should choose a Disney vacation package proactively to avoid long wait times and delays. This way, you can focus on your experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the cheapest Disney resort to stay at?
    The Art of Animation is one of the most affordable Disney Resorts available currently. If you’re planning to stay at Hollywood Studios, consider the All-Star Movie Resort or Disney’s Pop Century.
  2. What is the most luxurious Disney hotel?
    If you’re looking for a luxurious adventure, there’s no better place to stay than the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It is also the go-to destination for honeymoons and getaways.
  3. What is the best Disney resort for families?
    This varies from family to family. For instance, if your kids love water activities, you should consider Disney’s Port Orleans Resort. However, if they love animals, there’s no better place to crash than the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
  4. How can I save money at Disney World?
    There are many ways to save money on your trip. The best way is to opt for a free but limited Disney dining plan in which you can choose from your favorite restaurants. To save money on park tickets, you can use your airline points or consider buying discounted tickets from other sources. Many travel companies also offer bundles with discounted pricing.

Book Your Trip Now!

Travel N Relax is one of the leading authorized Disney Travel Agents in Denver. We offer several Disney vacation packages for tourists with different budgets and requirements. So, whether you’re planning to sail on Disney Cruise Lines or explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we’ve got you covered. We would love to handle everything, from arrangements to lodging, reservations, and ticket bookings, to make your vacation worry-free. Contact us today and find out what we have in store for you.

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