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How do you plan your Disney vacations?

Do you book directly through Disney or do you use a travel agent?

How do you get the best rates?

What time of year do you like to visit?


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by on Mar. 6, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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by New Member on Jul. 12, 2012 at 1:16 AM
I am new to the group. I fellow mom who is a lurked suggested this sight for something else. I was so excited to find fellow Disney lovers! ;-)

I plan our trips. I am an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. Lol. So it would make sense. ;-)

I love to go during October! Always has been a great time for us. I am sure non of that has anything to do with the fact that when we visit the parks in the fall, we usually do a Disney Cruise as well! ;-)

Currently, I am starting to do more consistent and frugal meal plans to save for our next trip.

Thanks for having me! So glad to be here!
by Member on Jul. 23, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Quoting Cafe Robin:

How do you plan your Disney vacations? We use everything to plan - from Disney's website to the DISBoards (only the planning stuff I stay away from the drama! :D)and I love "The Unofficial Guide To Disney with Kids"

Do you book directly through Disney or do you use a travel agent? We book the room through Disney, buy park tickets from undercover tourist.  

How do you get the best rates? By not doing the package. We go during President's week in February so we know we are going to pay through the nose. The dining plan that week costs over a grand.

What time of year do you like to visit? We go in February. DH is a teacher, and kids are in school. We love it though, because it means that when there is snow and cold here, we are (usully) in a warm sunny place. We have talked about going in the summer, but DH refuses to since it's so hot.



by on Oct. 1, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Quoting Cafe Robin:

How do you plan your Disney vacations? Did a ton of research weighing the options and prices of offsite and onsite. We are going to Disney as a family of 7. Myself, husband and our 3 gremlins, my mom and my 20 year old brother. We need space, so we decided offsite was the best option for us.

Do you book directly through Disney or do you use a travel agent? I booked it myself.

How do you get the best rates? Research. Research. Research! I found a 3 bedroom townhouse with a private pool at a 5 star resort for $550.

What time of year do you like to visit? Our trip is planned for end of April.

I get a lot of good info from the DISboards!


by Member on Oct. 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

We have annual passes so we go when ever. But normally during the week and if we go for a weekend. We stay at a near by hotel. We catch one eveing show one night and then the other the next.

by New Member on Oct. 16, 2012 at 9:09 PM

 as soon as i have money to get to florida my friend works there and shes going to be able to get me and my son and one other person in for free

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by New Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

We always use the Disney website to figure out the best prices and look for deals, then call to book our trip.  I like to do all the planning!  In fact, I tend to obsess over planning the vacation.  It relaxes me when I am stressed. 

by Member on Apr. 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

We plan our Disney vacations around family reunions. 

I'm a Disney TA for Me and the Mouse Travel so I do the booking for myself and about 25 others at the same time in our group :) Before I was a TA, I went directly through Disney but since then I've learned a lot of extra things that make me plan my trip differently than when I thought I was an expert by doing it myself. Booking directly was fun but sometimes you miss out on some of the extra details that make a trip so much better if you don't have someone helping you out. 

I get the best rates by paying attention to all the promotions that Disney offers (getting their TA targeted emails helps!) and by going in the lowest season. 

We go low season, late Jan/early Feb. Some rides might be being refurbished but we can plan it closer to the date and still get great dinner reservations, the ride lines are so much shorter, and the weather is moderate most years.

by Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 2:38 AM
We just went for our 1st time. We had a great time. I book on line & on the phone directly thru Disney. We loved our Art of Animation Ariel room, except how long the bus took & no coffee in room. I'd really like to stay much closer in the future, but an Ariel room was great for us, as was the low cost.

Character meals were great for us too on the Deluxe Dining Plan. I didn't get reservations in time for Be Our Guest, so we didn't get to meet Belle, Mireda (Brave), or the Fairies. My 6yo DD wasn't willing to wait in line without a ride or food involved for characters, though she has some regrets now, especially about the fairies.

BBB was awesome for our 6yo DD! I don't know if we will do it again. I loved our godmother in training.

If you only have a couple days & its a first time visit, I think Magic Kingdom is the way to go!
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by on Aug. 23, 2013 at 11:54 PM

i scope out the best deals. we get yearly passes  so sometimes they have great rates for disney  sometimes AAA  it really depends. i dont do the dining plan  i get the tables of wonderland card.  that is great deal since it includes alcohol (went over easter break sisters and their families went and some bills food and alcohol we were saving hundreds)  we are not big drinkers  but a bottle of wine or each adult getting a drink can get pricey.  i always stay in a disney hotel  much easier to get around  plus i love the magical hours. 

by Member on Mar. 1, 2015 at 5:14 PM
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I used to be a travel agent so on the trip we are taking to Disneyworld in June I am playing travel agent for my family. I bought my flight through Orbitz and hotel through Disney's online website. I wish I still had the discounts i've had before as a travel agent plus working for Disney, but you work with what you got.

We are going in June which is not ideal but I am a teacher now so the times I can take for vacation is limited. Plus, my husband's work blocks out any vacation time in November and December. =/ When I go I want to go for a week and make sure I get the most of my time there. I think October would be ideal to vacation at WDW.

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