Favorite Vacation Idea - Walt Disney World

by Ken
(South Carolina)

My family all have the same favorite vacation idea. It's Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I'm already an amusement park enthusiast, and Disney World has four of the best: The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. Our Disney vacation tips include staying on the Disney property and using the Disney meal plans.

We prefer to stay on property because of the many perks, including unlimited use of the Walt Disney World transportation system, and "Extra Magic Hours."

That latter perk entails Disney resort guests getting to stay in the parks a few hours longer than the general public, for no extra charge.

We also really appreciate the "Disney Dining Plan" which enables us to purchase all of our meals ahead of time, at quite a savings!

Our favorite hotel on property to stay in is Disney's All Star Movie Resort.

The movies the resort is whimsically themed around include Toy Story, Fantasia, The Mighty Ducks, 101 Dalmatians, and The Love Bug. If you're looking for something for everybody, a trip to "The World" is tough to beat.

By Julie from Illinois - The most memorable and fun vacation that I have had thus far would have to be the trip I took with my young son to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
I had just graduated with my second master’s degree and wanted to celebrate two years of stress and hard work with a family vacation. We had never been on one before and a strong love of all things Disney prompted me to take us there.

One of the great things about Disney is that they offer an inclusive trip experience if you stay on the resort, which being a single parent, I truly appreciated. I had the option of booking my airfare through Disney or on my own and I chose on my own because it was cheaper.

I then informed Disney which airline and flight we would be arriving on and they made sure that we were picked up at the airport and taken to the resort. They even had our luggage transported from the airport and put in our room so all we had to worry about was our carry-on luggage. Disney provides transportation to all of their resorts, parks and shopping areas which is so convenient when traveling without a car. We stayed at one of the All Star Resorts as it was the most economical.

However, I don’t recommend choosing the cheaper room option because we were put all the way at the back of the resort which made it harder to drag purchases (and child) back to the room every time! Our favorite park was The Magic Kingdom because it was the most age appropriate for my almost five year old.

By Jason from Alabama - My wife and two boys (ages 7 and 4) recently took a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The trip was outstanding and we made many memories there. Many folks go to Disney without adequate preparation which is the worst mistake. So planning and preparation are good Disney vacation tips.

You must plan based on the time of year and the ages of your party. Different age groups like to do different things, but rest assured Disney has something for everyone. I would suggest going in the early spring while school is still in session which keeps crowds to a minimum and before summer temperatures get really cranked up. We’ve gone in February (and another trip in March) and the weather was outstanding. Just be sure to do your homework!

By Tina from Florida - Many years ago, my husband and I took our two children to Disney World. We chose Disney because we lived nearby and were not able to spend a whole lot on the vacation. We went on a lot of rides, but the biggest part of the trip was for my son to see Tigger and my daughter to see Minnie Mouse. We were lucky enough to find Tigger and take some photos.

My daughter, who was two, spent the rest of the day pouting and frantically trying to find Minnie. Later when the park was closing and we were walking thru the shops of Main Street on our way to exit, I feared the worst. Suddenly, I saw a HUGE statue of Minnie in one of the clothing stores. I scooped up my daughter who was awestruck, stood her next to the statue and took a photo. She was happy and never knew the difference. So for Disney vacation tips, I say be creative, relax and just go with the flow.

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