Written for disneylandflorida.org.
A Disneyland vacation is quite the undertaking, and it is one worth doing well. But for the group of make an annual pilgrimage to the Magic Kingdom, the experience is quite an event. Vacation packages are certainly a worthwhile option to consider, but even putting together a trip on one’s own is easy to do and can be extremely rewarding with the right forethought.
Consider the Time of Year
Disneyland Florida is often crowded in certain parts of the year while less than full at others. Unsurprisingly, the busiest times mostly correspond with holidays and times when children are not in school. To avoid the largest crowds, think about visiting during an off-peak time, such as after New Year’s, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, or in early March before the assault of Spring Break.
Book Well in Advance and Together
Although some prices can come down as a travel date looms closer, such as airfare, the peace of mind from a set itinerary is impossible to describe. By having your entire trip booked from the plane to the hotel to the park tickets, you won’t have to worry about forgetting something in the excitement leading up to departure. Taking the time to really think about your travel several months ahead of schedule will also let you budget time for those off-peak travel times.
Just knowing that a trip to Disneyland Florida is in the works is enough to start many children salivating. The last thing a parent needs is to worry about one more separate item of business. Most of the travel websites like Expedia, Travelocity, etc, not only allow you to book hotels and flights together but offer a discount for doing so. If you need a car rental, glance through the offerings to see if you will benefit from a package. If staying at the Disneyland Florida resort itself is in the plans, many of the travel websites still have deals worth looking at for a variety of the hotels in the resort.
Plan a Long Enough Trip
As expensive as a trip to Disneyland Florida is, it is by far more expensive to go twice. While many people have multiple trips under their belts, that is one of the characteristics of the Disney lover. For a person just taking the first trip, already aghast by the prices, it may seem better to spend less time and save money. Already built into the cost of a vacation itself is the price of traveling. Whether flying or driving, covering the same distance twice is an added expense. With the Magic Your Way Pass, the longer you stay, the cheaper each individual daily admission. By covering more in a single trip, you can lengthen the amount of time between additional vacations to Disneyland Florida. Unless children manage to win the persuasion battle the next year.