Please join The Adult Side of Disney in welcoming the British Disney Diva as a guest contributor. Jane is a regular contributor to Tips From the Disney Diva.
Booking your first ever Walt Disney World® trip can be a daunting task but with good planning and plenty of research you’ll make some magical memories that will last your family a lifetime. The best piece of advice that I can offer would be to stay in a Disney owned and run Resort; my main reasons for recommending that you do so are:
1) You are Disney/Florida/USA virgins! Staying on property takes all the guess work away and will make your first Disney experience EASY!
2) As a guest of Disney, you can use all the complimentary bus, boat & monorail services to transverse the 30,000 acres that is Walt Disney World®.
3) If you do decide to drive yourself to any of the 4 main theme parks, 2 water parks, 2 miniature golf courses, shopping complexes or anything else that Disney has to offer; your car parking will be complimentary too!
4) I recommend either early May or late September/October as the best months weather/temperature wise to visit Florida. Believe me, you do NOT want to visit in the summer months when it’s hot-hot-HOT!
Generally speaking most visitors from the UK will choose a ‘fly-drive’ style package holiday (vacation) which usually includes:
Return Flights – 14 nights accommodation – Vehicle hire & basic insurance – 14 day ultimate Disney tickets – unlimited entry (including daily multiple park hopping) to EVERYTHING Disney has to offer.
You should consider adding: extra top-up vehicle insurances and The Disney Dining Plan.
You will also need:
Holiday Travel Insurance with good medical expenses cover – Valid Passports & ESTA’s (US visitor visas, which are £9. each) for everyone in your party – you will not gain access to the USA without either of these!
PLUS your all important personal spending money!!
Ask any Disney devotee and they’ll soon tell you that there’s more than a 101 ways in which you can plan your trip. Here are some of my favourites – including the no-no & my all time favourite- the free!
Ask the advice of your Disney loving friends. There’s nothing better than a magical chat over some afternoon tea and crumpets.
Seek the advice of a specialist Disney travel agent. (Siera from Destinations in Florida Travel is highly recommended and can be contacted for a quote at: firstname.lastname@example.org) They’ve already earned their ears and could save you some serious time and money.
Let your fingers do the researching. Continue to do just what your doing right now – use your preferred online device to read British Disney Diva’s articles http://www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com/search/label/British%20Diva
Check out tour operators, accommodations and all things travel related on http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk (Tripadvisor)
Pose a question to a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel. The pixie dusted Moms and Dads will be delighted to add their extra sprinkle of magic to your holiday if they can.
Join a friendly Disney online forum where you can ask anything Disney related and be sure of a good supply of advice. A warm welcome awaits you at ‘The Mickey Moms Club Super Group’ on Facebook.
Purchase a guide book. The list of Disney planning books are endless…….. my recommendations are both Birnbaum’s & Birnbaum’s for kids which also has a handy character autograph section in the back; making it a great keepsake too!
I really like this Brit’s Guide to WDW & Orlando too.
To try before you buy; you could borrow all these books and more from your local library for free!
My absolute No-No is whatever you do – beware of walking into an ordinary high street travel agent on a whim to book your magical stay; speaking from personal experience here – you will not achieve the holiday (vacation) that you’ve always dreamt of and it could possibly cost your pocket very dearly.
Top Tip: Before you part with any cash – “Do your homework!”
Meet The British Disney Diva!
Jane is a freelance writer who’s always ready to undertake new & exciting job opportunities or projects……. the Patriotic British member of the ‘Tips from the Disney Diva’ writing team; penning articles as “British Diva”. She has also contributed articles to ‘The Real Disney Mom’, the Disney Brit magazine ‘Mousemag’, The Adult Side of Disney & DIStherapy. Our British Disney Diva loves to immerse herself in the planning of a Disney vacation – be it one of her own or another lucky families. She aims to do random acts of kindness & think happy thoughts each and every day!