Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Tips, Hacks & Tricks for Parents

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Looking for Trekaroo’s best tips & tricks for exploring Walt Disney World? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve got parent-written reviews, tips on the best rides for kids based on their ages, details on dining, when to start planning, Fastpass+, and oh so much more. These Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Tips represent the best tips we’ve compile in our years of visiting the parks.

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Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Tips

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About the author

Katie Bodell is Trekaroo’s Blog Editor, a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. She loves the Bible, learning & research, musical theater, indy music, artsy films, languages, and diverse cultural encounters. Her husband is thankful that google can now answer all of her perpetual random questions.
58 Responses
  1. HelloKaileyG

    Wow, so many great resources! Thanks! 🙂

  2. Michelle Bartley

    Such great tips!!

  3. Elena

    I can’t wait to go back to Disneyland. So much fun!

  4. Rob

    Thanks for the tips!

  5. Gabrielle

    Plan time for transportation between hotel and park, or between parks. We relied on the WDW buses, and it took nearly 1.5 hours to get from the Whoop-De-Doo dinner show (which was great, make a reservation) back to our hotel. Our daughter was exhausted.

  6. Cindy Crackintoes

    Is it my turn to go to Disney yet!?

  7. bschroder

    great tips

  8. sojeles

    I like the ideas for outside the parks and off the beaten path. There is so much to do at Disney.

  9. Angela Hassett

    Great tips!

  10. Sheryl Holden

    ride info is the best, nothing worse than standing in line with young children for hours

  11. Erika vergara

    Make sure to check out the least crowded days to go

  12. Nikki Kavanaugh

    Great tips 🙂

  13. shelley

    Thanks for the tips!

  14. neonderlyn

    Very helpful info!

  15. Jill Nauyokas

    This is definitely the most magical place on earth

  16. Tarah

    I love the ideas for outside the theme park! Thanks!

  17. natasha lamoreux

    Love all these tips! Along with Disney I would really like to check out the Medieval times show, my kids would really enjoy that.

  18. Lee B.

    Thanks for the great tips!

  19. danielle w.

    what wonderful tips

  20. Angela

    There is lots of great info here, thanks!

  21. sarah alexis

    Disney can be overwhelming if you don’t plan your trip carefully – I love all these tips… it pays to do your research!!!

  22. lynn reimer

    love it

  23. Rosa cuevas

    Awesome thanks

  24. Theresa Michalik

    <3 Disney…hurry up Oct…Happiest Place On Earth °o°

  25. Sherilyn H

    Love this info for our first trip!

  26. andreah5

    It is my dream to take my children to Disney

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  28. Robo

    good insight!

  29. vgibbs14

    Even as a Disney “veteran” I am always learning…and things are always changing!

  30. Pamela Garcia

    This will definitely come in handy if we ever get to go.

  31. Kristen Walsh

    Love the tips!!

  32. Carolyn

    Thx for the great tips..

  33. savhadden

    This is an awesome guide! I haven’t been to Disney in so many years I cant wait to take my son!

  34. Jason

    These are some great tips!

  35. Michelle Hamilton

    Great resource! Thanks!

  36. Andrea d

    Awesome tips!! I can’t wait to start planning our vacation!

  37. Joanne Donaldson Frank

    would love to take my grandson to Disney wahoo thanks for the chance

  38. Kristi S

    Great resources!

  39. Amy Deeter

    Thanks for sharing all this great info with us

  40. Derrick Cordova

    This will help when we plan our WDW vacation! Thanks!

  41. Alicia Lefebvre

    Thanks so much! I’ve never been to WDW.. yet!


    Disney world is very spread out –plan your time wisely

  43. Brittany

    Thank you for sharing

  44. Charell Anderson

    Place looks lovely!!!

  45. Brandy sanchez

    Yay! #WaltDisney would be a dream come true for me and my children.

  46. Ashley

    Awesome tips!!

  47. Athena

    Thanks for the tips!

  48. Kelly Dehring

    planning a trip soon so this is very useful

  49. audrianna goodell

    Thank you so much for all the great tips 🙂

  50. kristen holliday

    all of these tips I truly appreciate

  51. heather walborn

    WOW!!! This is a truly amazing guide!

  52. Ashley

    Can’t wait to go back

  53. Tabathia B

    I wish I had taken advantage of being there for opening time

  54. Meredith Appley


  55. Bernadette N

    Great tips!

  56. Paula Adams

    We’re on the West Coast, so visit Disneyland every year. But we hope to make a second trip to Disney World one of these days! Will be sure to keep these tips in mind!

  57. opbassist

    Awesome guide!

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