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Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide

Introduction & Additional References

Introduction

Forward

The Magic of Walt Disney World

My Favorite Things at Walt Disney World

Other Trip Planning Resources

MousePlanet's Other WDW Resources

Walt Disney World Trip Planning Video

Critiques of Published Guide Books

MouseTips-The Unofficial Newsletter of WDW

Other Sources on the World Wide Web

Resources for Non-Disney Touring (in the Orlando Area)

Walt Disney World Trip Planning Phone Directory

Disney Phone Numbers

Disney / WDW Trip Planning Resource Phone Numbers

Resort Phone Numbers

Health Clubs & Fitness Centers Phone Numbers

Kids Clubs Phone Numbers

Activities Phone Numbers

WDW Golf Phone Numbers

Merchandise / On-Site Services Phone Numbers

Other Reference  Numbers

Medical Phone Numbers

Non-Disney Trip Planning Resource Phone Numbers

Planning Your Trip

Timing Issues

Issues to Consider

Year at a Glance

Official Disney Events Schedule

How Long to Stay

Air Travel

Air Travel Suggestions

Airport Transportation Service

Rental Car Considerations

Ground Transport

Amtrak's Auto Train

Road Trip Stops and Shops

Money Issues

Dollars and Sense

Sales and Hotel Tax Rates at WDW

The Disney Club

Saving on your Admission Media

Booking and Packages

Travel Agent, Disney CRO (Central Reservations Office), or AAA?

Special Package Deals

AAA Perks

Planning Ahead

Avoid the Disney Commando Mentality

Anxiety, Complaints, and Bad Hair Days

Prioritizing Attractions and Restaurants

Pets at WDW

Activities Reservations

Packing For Your Trip

Communicating With Others in Your Group

Special Trip Planning Situations

Special Assistance from A to Z

The "Limited Time" Trip

The Early Arrival Situation

The Romantic Trip

The Military Honeymoon

The Thrill-Seeker's Visit

The Birthday or Anniversary Trip

Walt Disney World for Night Owls

Activities for Young Teens (Especially at Night)

Accommodations

Issues to Consider

The On-Site /  Off-Site Debate

On-Site but Non-Disney Accommodations Options

WDW Resorts from A to Z

Press Release on New WDW Resorts Being Built

Deluxe Resorts

Animal Kingdom Lodge ... Photo Tour

Beach Club Resort ... Photo Tour

Boardwalk Inn ... Photo Tour

Contemporary Resort ... Photo Tour

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa ... Photo Tour

Polynesian Resort ... Photo Tour

Wilderness Lodge ... Photo Tour

Yacht Club Resort ... Photo Tour

Home-Away-From-Home Resorts

Boardwalk Villas Resort ... Photo Tour

Fort Wilderness Cabins ... Photo Tour

Old Key West Resort ... Photo Tour

Villas at the Disney Institute ... Photo Tour

Villas at Wilderness Lodge  ... Photo Tour

Moderate Resorts

Caribbean Beach Resort ... Photo Tour

Coronado Springs Resort ... Photo Tour

Port Orleans Resort French Quarter (formerly Port Orleans) ... Photo Tour

Port Orleans Resort Riverside (formerly Dixie Landings) ... Photo Tour

Value Resorts

All Star Movies Resort ... Photo Tour

All Star Music Resort ... Photo Tour

All Star Sports Resort ... Photo Tour

Campgrounds

Fort Wilderness Campground ... Photo Tour

Walt Disney World Primer

General Issues

Buying Groceries and Other Stuff Offsite

Net Grocery Delivery Services

Hints and Tips on Photography and Videotaping

Planning Your Day

Developing a Daily Gameplan

The Morning Chunk

The Afternoon Break

The Evening Chunk

Professional Guided Tours

Walt Disney World Transportation

How to Use the Walt Disney World Transportation System

When it Makes Sense to Drive

WDW Transportation Guide Charts

The Parks

General Issues

Admission Media (i.e. Tickets) from A to Z

General Park Operating Hours

Extra Magic Hour

All about Fastpass

Pin Trading

The Crushed Ice Caper

Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Details-at-a-Glance

Touring the Magic Kingdom

Shopping in the Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom Attractions

Share a Dream Come True Parade

Spectromagic Parade

Fantasy in the Sky

E-Ride Nights

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Night of Joy

Photo Tours

... Main Street USA Photo Tour

... Adventureland Photo Tour

... Fantasyland Photo Tour

... Liberty Belle Photo Tour

... Tomorrowland Photo Tour

Epcot

Epcot Details-at-a-Glance

Touring Epcot

Shopping at Epcot

Epcot Attractions

Tapestry of Dreams

IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth

Photo Tours

... North America Photo Tour

... Norway Photo Tour

... Germany Photo Tour

... Japan Photo Tour

... Morocco Photo Tour

... France Photo Tour

... United Kingdom Photo Tour

... Flower & Garden Festival Photo Tour

... The Bugs Photo Tour

... Topiary 2001 Photo Tour

The Disney - MGM Studios

Studios Details-at-a-Glance

Touring the Studios

Shopping at the Studios

Studios Attractions

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Fantasmic!

Star Wars Weekends

Photo Tours

... Hollywood Boulevard Photo Tour

... Sunset Boulevard Photo Tour

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Details-at-a-Glance

Touring Animal Kingdom

Shopping in Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom Attractions

Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade

Photo Tours

... Festival of the Lion King Photo Tour

... Kilimanjaro Safaris Photo Tour

... Tree of Life Photo Tour

... Asia Photo Tour

... Tarzan Rocks Photo Tour

The Water Parks

Typhoon Lagoon

Blizzard Beach

Enjoying the Water Parks

Water Park Hours

Walt Disney World With Kids

General Issues

Other Resources for Planning Trips With Kids

Baby Care Centers

Everything You Need to Know About Strollers

Traveling With an Infant

Introduction

Accommodations Considerations

Packing List

Restaurant Issues

Touring the Parks

Feeding the Little Ones

Traveling With Older Kids

Preparation for a Trip with Kids

Child Psych 101

Maximizing Your Child's Comfort

Attraction Age and Height Requirements

Attraction "Fear Factors"

Using the "Baby Swap"

More Wisdom about Touring WDW with a Child

Kid's Clubs (in the resorts)

Other Children's Activities

Everything Else in Walt Disney World

Nighttime Magic

Electric Water Pageant

Disney's Boardwalk

Pleasure Island

The Rest of Downtown Disney

Marketplace

Photo Tours

... Once Upon a Toy Photo Tour

West Side

For the Sport Enthusiast

Wide World of Sports Complex

Other Sports Options

Golf

General Golf Information

The Courses

Magnolia

Palm

Lake Buena Vista

Oak Trail

Osprey Ridge

Eagle Pines

Other WDW Attractions

Fort Wilderness

Guided "Behind the Scenes" Tours

When the Trip is Done

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Trip Planning Guide Home

Intro & References

Phone Directory

Planning Your Trip

Accommodations

Primer

Parks

WDW With Kids

Everything Else in WDW

When the Trip is Done
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