Booking a trip
You can book through a travel agent or book directly with Disney World. If you book through a Disney Travel Agent there is no fee and they are specialized & trained in all things “Disney”.
You can also book directly with Disney online or by phone at (407) 939-7675.
Advantages of staying on Disney World property
- Complimentary Transportation (anywhere on the property AND from the airport!)
- Extended Theme Park hours
- When you book a package you can add the Disney Dining Plan which is a prepaid meal package that is incredibly flexible and saves you up to 30% on meals.
–for more details on these benefits, visit Disney World Resort Benefits.
Booking Dining Reservations
You can book dining reservations up to 180 days before your visit if you are staying on the Disney World property, but you can book your entire vacation at that point. 180 days prior if you are staying outside of Disney property, but will have to call back or go online each day at the 180-day mark.
Disney Dining Plan
I have mixed feelings about the plans. There are several to choose from. In the past we have purchased the one that includes one table service meal and one counter service meal (plus snacks). On one hand, the plan definitely saves you money IF you plan on sitting down at least once a day for a real meal, but, if you like grabbing your food on the run and not being tied to reservations, this plan isn’t for you. It is a LOT of food and you need to make dining reservations for your “sit down meal” and then worry about transportation & travel time for each meal. (I am going to look into the package that includes to counter service meals to see if that might work better for our next vacation.)
Shipping items from home to Disney World
Every time I go to Disney World I carefully plan out what I will need (and get some amazing tips from the disboards, linked below, for helpful items for vacation) and whatever is “disposable” I ship down to the hotel. (see below for ordering food, too)
- Cereal for breakfasts, most of our breakfasts are eaten in the room
- Diapers/swim diapers/wipes
- Laundry detergent/dryer sheets
- Coffee/Sugar/Powdered Creamer
- Shampoo/Conditioner/Soap/Deodorant/Disposable razor
- Snacks like energy/cereal bars, yogurt raisins, craisins, many other single wrapped snack items that we can carry with us daily.
This website is a free forum to use to reach other Disney travelers. Almost everything that I’ve learned, I learned from users on this website.
- Mouse For Less
This link is specifically to a bunch of printable guides to bring on your trip. There are many different ones to choose from but the ones I recommend are the Disney Dining Guide if you are on the Disney Dining Plan, and the Hidden Gems which is a guide of little “secrets” and other tidbits you wouldn’t otherwise notice on your typical trip.
- All Ears
All Ears has a GREAT restaurant list sorted by location and if you click on each restaurant to see menus with prices!
- Garden Grocer
You can schedule an order of groceries to be delivered to the front desk (or your room if you want to sit and wait for it) of your hotel within a one hour window. It is a little pricey but if you don’t have access to a car, this is a must!
Items we ordered:
- Case of water to keep refrigerated (if your room has a fridge) and we would bring a few bottles each day to save money.
- Fruits/Veggies (before bed snack or bananas with breakfast)
- Crackers (breakable)