Jan 10 : 12:00AM
Today we feature the guest post of Allison Sandberg. Allison is a mother of three and loves to travel with her family. She is also a travel planner specializing in Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. You can get lots of great travel advice on her website Magical Memory Planners.*
Magical Memory Planners - Allison's company.
It's not surprising that the Walt Disney World resort in Florida is one of the best destination for families. I am a mom of 3, frequent Disney traveler, and travel agent (specializing in Disney) with lots of advice for your next family trip to Disney. The best time to start planning your Disney vacation at least 6 months in advance so that you can have plenty of time to make your dining reservations 180 days in advance. Here are some tips to help you plan your next Disney vacation by deciding when to go, where to stay, deciding on your package, and other money saving tips.
First, you must decide when you want to go. If your schedule is flexible you will find the best rates and fewest crowds during value season. For 2012, that is from January 2 - February 15 and August 5 -September 27. In addition, the fall usually offers some great deals and exciting special events such as Mickey's Not So Scarry Halloween Party. The highest prices and largest crowds are typically the weeks around Easter (the first two weeks of April in 2012).
The best price is also an important factor. A great travel agentcan help you with this. I monitor all of my clients reservations and will let them know if a better price comes up. Disney is great because if a Disney promotion comes out after you book your reservation, they will allow you to modify your reservation without an additional fee. Just remember that promotions cannot be combined so you will want to use the one that saves you the most money. If you are going deluxe then a room discount may be your best deal. If you choose value or moderate then a free dining promotion may save you more. Check out more money saving tips for Disney on my website.
Once you decide when you are going the next decision is where to stay. If you have a family of 4 or less then you can stay anywhere. You just need to decide what your budget is. From value resorts to deluxe there are styles to fit every family. If you have a family of 5 or more then you can get two rooms or consider a resort that sleeps 5 or more. You may also want a villa that offers a kitchen. Don't worry about grocery shopping since you can have grocery delivery to Disney. Even if you don't have a kitchen you can save space in your luggage and save on baggage fees by having your diapers, formula, baby food and other baby products delivered to any Disney resort with Garden Grocer.
The last step is to figure out your Magic Your Way Plan. You can decide on the type of Disney park tickets you want and if you want to add a dining plan. Dining plans can save you quite a bit on food but only if you pick the dining plan thats right for you.
Have fun on your next Disney vacation and I recommend using a Disney Specialist Travel Planner, like myself, to help you make sure you have the best price and options for your family. When you request a free quote, I can help plan your next Disney vacation full of magical memories. Visit my websiteMagicalMemoryPlanners.com for more information about Disney and advice on traveling with children.
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*Publication of this blog is NOT an endorsement of Magical Memory Makers by Harrisburg International Airport (MDT).
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