Planning a Trip to Disney World – Tips, Guides, & What’s New

Everything you need to know about planning a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando in one place.
Are you planning a trip to Disney World? You’ve come to the right place! Disney theme parks continue to change and improve every year. Our Disney experts visit Disney World many times a year, to make sure that we bring you tried and true tips to take on Disney World planning like a pro. 
There are many Trekaroo families who grew up taking Walt Disney World vacations as children and want to continue that tradition by taking regular trips to Walt Disney World. Parents want to share their happiest childhood memories with their own kids.
On this page, you’ll find our collection of best Walt Disney World vacation planning tips as well as Disney news you need to know before heading to this beloved Orlando attraction.
Disney World is huge and planning a trip can be overwhelming. There are always exciting things happening at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studio, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot , and Disney Springs. We will help you navigate Disney World lodging, the Disney Dining Plan, and Disney special events as well.

Not going to Disney World? You can find our other Disney tips and guides here:

Finding the Right Place to Stay for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has many different hotel options. Finding where to stay in Orlando might be your biggest decision when planning a trip to Disney World. We are here to help. Whether you’re interested in staying at one of the 26 Disney resort hotels or in one of the partner hotels near Disney World, there is a hotel for every type of budget and size of group.  And we’ll share with you what trade-offs you gain when you give up those extra magic hours. 

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Walt Disney World Vacation Planning Tips

Our Disney World vacation planning tips aim to empower you to
  •  Plan your own Walt Disney World vacation with confidence
  •  Select and book the right hotel rooms for your family at the best price
  •  Find the Walt Disney World tickets package for your family
  •  Figure out now to navigate the crowds so you can spend more time enjoying the magic  


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Walt Disney World Guides

Planning out your day at Walt Disney World can be a little mind boggling. Our Disney World Guides help you figure out which rides to save your three precious Fastpass+ rides for. Which rides offer a single rider line if you want to zip past the crowds even without a Fastpass+. And moms and dads with little ones should definitely take advantage of Rider Swap on the big rides. We cover all those details in these guides.

Disney World Magic Kingdom Fastpass Rides

Best Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Rides 2019

Which rides in Magic Kingdom to save your Fastpass+ for and which ones don’t usually have too long of a line. We consider the Disney crowd calendar too.

Animal Kingdom Fastpass 2019

Animal Kingdom Fastpass+ Tiers and Rides 2019

Which rides in Animal Kingdom typically have the longest lines and are worth using your 3 Fastpass+ tickets on when you look at typical wait times at different times of the day.

Epcot Fastpass 2019

Disney World Epcot Fastpass+ Tiers and Rides 2019

Which rides and experiences at Epcot will give you the most benefit in reducing wait times with your Fastpass+ tickets. 

Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass

Disney World Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ Tiers and Rides 2019

Which rides and experiences at Hollywood Studios you’ll want to save your Fastpass+ tickets for because they tend to have long lines at any time of the day.

Disney World Single Rider Rides

Disney World Single Rider Rides

Single rider lanes allow you to get on rides without waiting as long if you don’t need to ride together with your kids. 

Disney World Magic Kingdom Ride Switch Rides

Disney Magic Kingdom Rider Switch Rides

Parents of young children don’t need to skip the bigger rides at Magic Kingdom. Take advantage of Rider Switch and the parent who stayed with the little ones can skip the lines and take the bigger kids on the ride a second time.

Rider Switch at Animal Kingdom

Disney Animal Kingdom Rider Switch Rides

Animal Kingdom has a few rides that little ones are too short to ride. Take advantage of Rider Switch and the parent who stayed with the little ones can skip the lines and take the bigger kids on the ride a second time.

Rider Switch Epcot

Disney World Epcot Rider Switch Rides

Got a little one too short to get on a ride at Epcot? Rider Switch allows the waiting parent to skip the lines and enjoy the ride with the older kids.

Rider Switch at Hollywood Studios

Disney Hollywood Studios Rider Switch Rides

Parents who have to stay with little ones too short to get on a ride can take advantage of Ride Switch on these Hollywood Studio rides. 

Disney World Toddler and Preschooler Rides

Walt Disney World Rides for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Visiting Walt Disney World with a toddler or preschooler is a different experience. Here are all the rides and experiences that have no height requirements. 

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Restaurants Requiring Reservations at Walt Disney World

Restaurants Requiring Reservations at Walt Disney World Resort

As soon as you’ve purchase tickets for Walt Disney World, get online and make reservations at these popular Disney restaurants. You can do this from your Disney World app.

Feature photo courtesy of Disney Parks