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Getting Started with Your Disney World Vacation

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World is a daunting task for even long-time visitors. We'll make your trip planning as easy as possible with our step by step guides and easy to use tools.

Step 1: When to go

Use our Crowd Calendar to see the best times to visit Walt Disney World. You can use our Crowd Calendar to plan around kid's school schedules, holidays, and special events that happen at Walt Disney World.

If you're on a budget, Mousesavers has a useful page showing the dates when Disney hotels are discounted.

Step 2: Where to stay

There are a large variety of hotels on and off Disney property with a wide range of themes and prices. First, take a look at our "Staying Onsite or Offsite?" and "Disney World Resort Benefits" pages to decide which one is right for you. If you decide to stay on Disney property, we have in-depth overviews on every Walt Disney World hotel.

We'll even show you what your room view will look like with our new Hotel Room Views tool. It shows a picture of the view you’ll get from every hotel room in Walt Disney World. More than 30,000 photos. Completely searchable. We’ll even tell you the exact words to give Disney to request a specific room. Here’s a sample: Hotel Room Views at Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside.

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Step 3: Buying the right tickets

Disney has dozens of admission options to choose from and finding the cheapest combination can take hours.You can save money with our Disney World Ticket Discount Calculator, it will find your cheapest tickets in under 10 seconds by comparing prices from Disney and Disney-approved wholesalers.

Step 4: Selecting your touring plans

When you're in the parks you need a game plan for each day. Our Touring Plans are step-by-step guides that save you up to 4 hours of standing in line every day. We've got 150 family-tested templates to start with, for every park. Customize any plan by adding attractions, meals, and breaks.

Don't know what to ride? We have detailed reviews of every ride, show and attraction in Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, including best times to visit each attraction, the ride’s potential for frightening small children, height requirements, handicap accessibility features, and ratings. Most reviews include comments from other families, so you can get a wide range of opinions on every experience. We even cover Disney’s water parks - Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.

Step 5: FastPass+ ride and show reservations

FastPass+ is Disney's reservation system for rides and shows. We'll tell you how to make FastPass+ reservations, and tips and tricks you need to know.

Step 6: Where to eat

Food is a big part of everyone's Walt Disney World vacations and with so many choices it can make your head spin. We have up-to-date menus, prices, and reviews from every Walt Disney World restaurant, food cart, kiosk, bar, and stand, including Disney Dining Plan participation and other discounts. Included in this is a handy search feature lets you find the food you’re craving. And you’ll learn how to evaluate Disney’s Dining Plan to see if it makes sense for you.

Step 7: When you're in the parks

You can even see your plans on your phone! Our mobile app Lines is the highest-rated Disney World park app in iTunes and Google Play - even higher than Disney’s own app! Lines shows you Disney’s official wait time plus how long you’ll really wait in line at each attraction. Use Lines to get instant updates to your touring plan, search menus, see parade and fireworks times, chat with Disney experts, and more. For iPhone, Android, and other smartphones.

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