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Planning Your Trip

Timing Issues

Issues to Consider weather, park hours, special events...what to think about when decided when to go

Year at a Glance pros and cons on each month of the year

How Long to Stay how to determine the right amount of time to stay

Air Travel

Air Travel Suggestions thoughts on planning a trip by air

Airport Transportation Service information on several competing companies so you can pick the best one for you

Rental Car Considerations when you need a rental car...and when you don't

Ground Transport

Amtrak's Auto Train information on getting to WDW by rail

Road Trip Stops and Shops worthwhile things to see and do on the drive South, including Directions to WDW (from selected locations)

Money Issues

Dollars and Sense how much of the green stuff should you set aside?

Sales and Hotel Tax Rates at WDW what's the government's cut?

The Disney Club this is a replacement program for the old Magic Kingdom Club, and is worth checking out if you want to save some money on your trip

Saving on your Admission Media how to you get the most bang for the buck on admission media (i.e. park tickets)?

Booking and Packages

Travel Agent, Disney CRO (Central Reservations Office), or AAA? thoughts on using (or not using) travel agents or other trip planning resources

Special Package Deals information on official Disney travel packages

AAA Perks information on the special privileges that AAA members get at WDW

Planning Ahead

Avoid the Disney Commando Mentality my thoughts on the dawn-to-dusk type A vacation

Anxiety, Complaints, and Bad Hair Days supporting arguments against commando travel

Prioritizing Attractions and Restaurants advanced planning (especially for larger groups)

Check out the Walt Disney World Restaurant Resource for information on the Disney Dinner Shows and Restaurant Priority Seating!

Pets where can they stay at Walt Disney World?

Activities Reservations activities that require advanced reservations

Packing For Your Trip packing suggestions

Communicating With Others in Your Group two-way communications rentals

Special Trip Planning Situations

Special Assistance from A to Z information on available assistance for folks with mobility, hearing, vision, and other disabilities

The "Limited Time" Trip  strategies for when time is at a premium and/or you're traveling alone

The Early Arrival Situation  what to do when you don't want to use a day on your park passes

The Romantic Trip how to make the sparks fly during your vacation

The Military Honeymoon page provides help on planning for that special once-in-a-lifetime trip

The Thrill-Seeker's Visit  a Thrill-Seekers Critique of the Orlando Parks (WDW, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Sea World)

The Birthday or Anniversary Trip  a suggestion for maximizing your fun on a special occasion!

Walt Disney World for Night Owls  how to enjoy WDW when you sleep in late and go to bed VERY late!

Activities for Young Teens (Especially at Night)  ideas for keeping older kids happy

Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide

Walt Disney World Update for a list of the latest WDW trip reports and WDW features by Mike Scopa and Sue Holland!

Service Cutbacks in the World

Trip Planning Guide Home

Intro & References

Phone Directory

Planning Your Trip




WDW With Kids

Everything Else in WDW

When the Trip is Done
Information on scrapbooking album services and supplies

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