Planning your first Walt Disney World trip can be daunting. The resort is huge – bigger than Manhattan and it caters to people of all ages who span the globe. Here is some information that can help you make decisions about how to plan your first visit to Walt Disney World.
What is Walt Disney World?
Walt Disney World is so large that it may seem impossible to decide what to do and how to do it. But in fact, planning your Disney World vacation is remarkably simple.
The resort is comprised of the four great theme parks, two fantastic water parks, more than twenty resort hotels, and a vast range of restaurants and opportunities for fun recreation.
You probably already know the names of the famous parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. And you’re probably all set for the plunge at Blizzard Beach and Lagoon, the two water parks.
Magic Kingdom features classic attractions with much-loved Disney characters and fantastic parades and fireworks. Epcot is devoted to technological innovation and the food and culture of eleven countries. The Animal Kingdom, the largest animal-themed park in the world, is where you will encounter adventure, amazing animals, and plenty of attractions.
Disney water parks are fun for the whole family. Blizzard Beach has one of the world’s highest and fastest water slides, and in addition to super-fast water slides, Typhoon Lagoon has rides for children on child-sized rafts, six-foot waves in the Surf Pool, and a Shark Reef for snorkeling with real sharks!
Disney makes it easy to visit the resort with a Magic Your Way Vacation package.
These flexible vacation packages include accommodations at a Disney resort, theme park tickets, and resort benefits. You can customize these vacation packages to your needs with different accommodations and ticket options.
Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel
Staying at a Disney resort hotel gives you more time in the parks. Plus you can take advantage of free transportation between the parks, the hotels, and other Disney places like Downtown Disney. In addition, you will receive free transportation to and from Orlando International airport with Disney’s Magical Express bus service. No need to worry about your luggage! Magical Express will pick it up and deliver it to your Disney resort hotel room.
Which Disney Resort?
Disney resort hotels are suited for all budgets – all the way from Cabins and Campgrounds to Deluxe Villas. In between there are Value Resorts, Moderate Resorts, and Deluxe Resorts.
They all offer experiences themed to the imaginative world of Disney. You can walk along a seaside boardwalk, meet up with wild animals, visit New Orleans’ French Quarter, or relive pop culture from that long ago previous century, the Twentieth. Swimming pools are fantasies with pirate ships and sandy lagoons. Fanciful restaurants are staffed with popular Disney Characters.
With your stay at a Disney resort, you can also choose to play golf at one of Disney’s championship golf courses.
Extra Planning Tools
Walt Disney World can provide you with a free DVD for planning your Disney vacation. At the Walt Disney World resort website you can select a Magic Your Way vacation package and even consult an expert planner. The site also has a My Disney Vacation planning tool.
Plan in Advance
Be sure to make your reservations up to 180 days in advance if you want special dining or recreation experiences at Disney World. Disney’s Dining Finder tells you about restaurants and special events.