Disney World Vacation Planning Timeline with Time & Money Saving Tips

WDW Timeline

Planning your Disney World vacation is a bit of a science. There are specific times to do certain things. It’s a lot to remember – so I’ve broken it down into manageable chunks and providing the best time frame to complete each step. Do this will ensure you have the most successful vacation experience possible!

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Guide to all character meals at Walt Disney World, including menus

Character Meal Guid

There are character meal opportunities everywhere at Disney World (just about a dozen, in fact) and they are all different. If you have limited time on your vacation, you will likely only be able to enjoy a couple of them. How to choose the best character meals for your family? I break each one down below to help with your planning.

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Advice for picking the best Disney Cruise stateroom for your family

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Disney offers four basic stateroom types: Inside, Oceanview, Verandah, and Concierge. The inside, oceanview, and verandah rooms are divided into categories 4-11, with 11 being the least expensive and 4 being the most expensive. Concierge rooms have a different category system and are the most expensive and luxurious rooms on the ship. Below is information about each room type and money saving tips on choosing the best stateroom for your family:

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Disney Cruise Line Ship Comparison Guide

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You’ll have a magical time on any of the four Disney cruise ships, but there are many great features and a few drawbacks to each ship that you should keep in mind when deciding on which cruise to book.  I have been on two (planning for the third!!) Disney Cruises, so I’ve done a lot of research about each ship and boiled it all down in a quick-read guide for you.

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2017 Disneyland Crowd Calendar

There is never a “bad” time to visit Disneyland, but some prefer to visit while the crowds are at the lowest. This allows people with limited time to see and do more in the park. The southern California area has a lot of locals with season pass holders, so weekends are always going to be very crowded, no matter what time of year you visit. Another factor in Disneyland crowds is the Anaheim Convention Center right across the street. Many people attending a convention here pop by Disneyland before or after their convention. It’s usually not necessary to rearrange your Disneyland vacation plans based on convention schedules, but there is one to note this year: Disney’s D23 Expo (dubbed the “Ultimate Disney Fan Event”) which will be at the Anaheim Convention center on  July 14-16, 2017. This will make for uber crowds that week!

I’ve created the crowd calendar below based on research of crowd predictions in 2017.


Disney World “Art of Animation” Resort Review

Art of Animation Review

Art of Animation is one of the newest resorts in Walt Disney World. It opened in May of 2012 and is classified as a “Value resort” with nearly 2,000 rooms and suites. Of the other Value resorts, Art of Animation is by far the nicest. Continue reading