If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani, or even a Disney Cruise you are in the right place! Here is everything you need to know from start to finish. Let’s get started.
Wondering how to plan a Disney Vacation? It can all seem a little overwhelming. The first time my sister, Melanie, and I went to Walt Disney World together, it was a disaster. We had lists, backup plans, everything booked and in the end left absolutely no room for error, adjustments or all those things that actually happen in real life.
That said, if this will be your first time planning a Disney Vacation you’re probably trying to troubleshoot everything. If it’s going to be your family’s Only Disney Vacation you will want it to be perfect. And If you haven’t visited in a couple years and need to brush up on the rules around fast passes, magic bands, magical express and the new My Disney Experience site and app, you’re probably feeling a little lost.
Hakuna Matata. We’re creating quick bite-sized posts about the basics, checklists, and our passport to the parks series will cover everything you need to know in each park. This post will get you started and we’ll keep adding content as it gets crafted. Ask questions if you got ’em. Let’s dive in.
To start the magic now, download (and print or save to ibooks) this Free E-Book of Disney Bucket Lists for each of the Walt Disney World four theme parks. These will help you tackle those fast passes and dining reservations we talk about later.
Planning a Disney Vacation? Start Here
Whether you’re getting ready for your First Disney Vacation or just one of the many Disney Vacations you and your family take. Here’s our Quick List of the things you should check out during your planning or daydreaming process.
1. Join our Disney Vacation Blog and Shop newsletter.
We’ll share quotes, our latest posts, our latest designs and any fun news we see about Disney on the horizon. We’ll only send a newsletter once a week so if you’re hungry for more, just follow us on our socials- all lined up in the sidebar and at the top of this page.
2. Follow us on our Disney Travel Instagram
Need a little happiness in your feed? We’ll share Disney pics from our vacations and beautiful photography, so you can pick your favorites to visit next time you vacation.
3. Follow us on our Disney Shop Instagram
Need Disney gear for your next Disney vacation? We release new designs all the time, so keep an eye on new stuff on our Shop Instagram. Follow for giveaways, insider info and more.
4. Follow us on our Pinterest
Find us on Pinterest @polkadotpixies
Start pinning all your favorite restaurants, resorts, attractions, events and Disney outfits. We pin it all on our Pinterest page.
5. Check out our Disney Apparel and Accessories
Find us on Polka Dot Pixie Shop or visit us on Etsy. We love designing stuff. Designs are switched out regularly and sometimes limited. We can also do light customization if you’re searching for family shirts with a year and family name just let us know.
6. Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World?
Check out our 12 step guide to Planning a Walt Disney World Vacation. You can also check all our sections on the blog for resorts, festivals and restaurants. If you have questions, just send us an email.
7. Planning a Trip to Disneyland?
Peruse our Disneyland Vacation Page for Anaheim Hotel reviews, Disneyland Park Tips, California Adventure news, restaurant reviews and all you know about Disneyland during the holidays!
8. Going on a Disney Cruise
Check out our posts on Disney Cruising so far. We’ve gathered information on the Disney Caribbean Cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, Halloween on the High Seas, a Very Merrytime Christmas Cruise and Alaska. Plus tips for your first Disney Cruise, how to stay on budget and extra ways to make it special!
9. Heading to Disney Aulani in Oahu Hawaii?
We’ve got budget tips, planning tips and how to make the most of it with teens! Plus a 5 Stop Road Trip so you can explore the island. Check out all our Disney Aulani Vacation Tips.
10. Want to Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter During Your Vacation?
Skip a day at Disney and head to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios! We’ll show how to do it on a budget and smash it in one day so you can save money and time!