Are you planning a family vacation to Walt Disney World? It can certainly be intimidating, with four major theme parks, two water parks, and countless resorts and restaurants along with numerous other activities. Planning is essential though – you don’t want to arrive without important reservations that you’ll need to enjoy your family Disney vacation. The good news is that there are lots of great free resources you can utilize to plan your vacation – and I definitely recommend that you take advantage of them.
The first, of course, is the Disney Parks Moms Panel (where I am currently listed as a “prior panelist”). The moms (and dads) can answer just about any question you have with their unbiased opinions. It really is a great resource. I’d recommend that you start out by searching the site to see if your questions have been answered. If they haven’t, ask a single question (for each submission) clearly, explaining what information you are specifically looking for.
Another of my favorite resources is AllEars.Net. Celebrating its 15-year anniversary this year, AllEars offers comprehensive information about Walt Disney World in an easy-to-read format. All Ears also does a great job covering new and notable things going on in the parks.
If you enjoying reading message boards, my favorites are the DisBoards, one of the few active message boards still around. Many of the regular posters there have extensive Disney knowledge, and you can learn so much by just following along in the discussions.
If you are looking to save money on your trip, check out MouseSavers, which offers free information about discounts that are available on your trip. Don’t book anything without checking MouseSavers first. They also offer a few monthly newsletter.
Finally, if food is a big part of your vacation, the Disney Food Blog is a great resource. The owner, AJ posts not only about the restaurants on property, but also the specific meals and treats that you absolutely must check out while you are there.
Check prices for your vacation on Expedia, Southwest Airlines Vacations, and Hotels.com.