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Planning a Disney Vacation

October 27, 2013

If you’re planning a Disney vacation but have never been to Walt Disney World, or it has been a number of years since your last visit, you may have questions about planning your trip. Here is a crash course in planning your next Disney vacation.

Four Themed Parks at Walt Disney World

Wal Disney World in Orlando, Florida is made up of four distinct parks, each with it’s own charm and appeal. You could easily spend at least one day at each park, and many vacationers spend multiple days at a single park.

The Magic Kingdom
The quintessential Disney experience, The Magic Kingdom is home to Cinderella Castle and 6 themed lands.  Often times people refer to this park simply as “Disney World,” but in reality, “Disney World” is the larger, all-encompassing resort.  The Magic Kingdom has rides for all ages, including such classics as It’s a Small World and Dumbo for the little ones, and great thrill rides like Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for the older crew.

Parades and Fireworks cap off each day of magic.

Essentially two parks in one, Epcot contains Future World and World Showcase.  The latter is akin to a permanent World’s Fair, and showcases 11 countries of the world, each with it’s own unique pavilion.  Future World puts on display the most recent technologies and attractions.

Also contained in Epcot are several popular thrill rides, including Mission: Space and Test Track.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Step back into the golden age of Hollywood ad Disney’s Hollywood Studios, sometimes referred to as it’s previous name, MGM Studios.  A great destination for all ages, Disney’s Hollywood Studios contains great attractions like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.  Star Wars fans will appreciate that the park is also home to Star Tours, and for the younger crowd, such favorites as Muppetvision 3D and Toy Story Maniaare sure to please.

Animal Kingdom
A park?  A zoo?  Animal Kingdom is both.  Home to over 1,700 animals, Animal Kingdom is the perfect mash-up of a live animal zoo with the magic of Disney attractions.  Be sure to visit Kilimanjaro Safaris, an amazing journey through Disney’s version of Africa where animals can be experienced from a tour in an open-air vehicle.

“Thanks for all you are doing to make this our most memorable vacation yet!”

Jeff, Texas

Two Water Parks

Ready to escape the Florida heat?  Try one of Disney’s world-class water parks.  Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are great family fun.

Hotels and Accommodations

To truly experience all the magic that Disney has to offer, an on-property stay is suggested.  While it is certainly less expensive to stay in the surrounding area of Orlando, staying at a Disney Resort has many perks and is the ideal way to travel.

Walt Disney World offers a wide array of accommodations for every budget, from the Value Resorts like Disney’s Pop Century, to the lavish Deluxe resorts such as Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.  Each resort stay includes complementary transportation to and from the Airport, Parks, Entertainment and Dining.  Disney resort guests also enjoy other benefits as well, like extra park hours!

Disney classifies these resorts into four general categories:

  • Disney Value Resorts
  • Disney Moderate Resorts
  • Disney Deluxe Resorts
  • Disney Deluxe Villa Resorts

Transportation is Complementary 

Many transportation options are available to you throughout your stay at Disney World.  There are complementary options to get you to and from Orlando International Airport, and once you’re on property, there are bus routes, water taxis and of course, the monorail.