There are over 5 million results in Google if you search for “Disney World vacation planning” and it’s easy to see why so many parents get overwhelmed when trying to plan a family trip to Walt Disney World.
I read Disney related sites and blogs often and there are a few I always recommend to friends and family once they’re ready to get into the more nitty gritty parts of planning.
Of course, you can always work with a travel agent to take care of the details for you. However, if f you’re a Type A Planner like I am, there are several Disney specific sites worth checking out.
Here are my top 5 Disney World Vacation Planning Sites:
If you want to read reviews about hotel accommodations, restaurants and activities this is the place to visit!
AllEars is great at keeping up to date with the menus and prices of items at all the restaurants in the Theme Parks and WDW owned resorts. I can admit it – I spend the most time looking at the menus and reading the reviews.
2. Disboards & Passporter
Both websites have active online communities. Ask a question on either of them and you will get an answer probably within a few minutes. Disboards is huge (sometimes overwhelming with all the information) while Passporter is easier for me to keep up with as it is a smaller online community.
One thing I like about Disney specific message boards is that many members are passionate about Disney and keep up with the latest news (some of which they talk about even before being officially announced by Disney). Almost all the posters on are friendly and helpful.
3. Undercover Tourist
If you are visiting during peak season (usually when kids from Canada and the US have their Spring and Summer breaks from school), I highly recommend having some sort of touring plan. Especially those traveling with young children as crowds and wait times will definitely affect how much you get to see and do each day.
Undercover Tourist has an online calendar with recommendations on which parks to visit to help your family maximize your time at the parks.
There are also free apps for your phone that show wait times for rides and attractions at each theme park.
If you’re looking to save a few bucks on park tickets, I highly recommend using their site as well to purchase your tickets. You can read more about how we save money on park tickets here.
4. Disney Mom’s Panel
This is a Q&A forum with answers from parents (many who visit Disney World often) selected to be panelists by Disney. Disney Moms Panel can answer questions about all things Disney including Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club, runDisney and Disney Cruise Lines.
5. Disney Food Blog
For anyone who plans trips around what and where to eat like my family does, this is the blog to read! I found The Disney Food Blog several years ago before I had kids and when my husband and I’s travels were determined by the food we wanted to try.
When my husband and I visited during a babymoon, my love for Disney World grew. I learned that Walt Disney World is definitely not a burgers and fries only kind of destination.
There are days that I read AJ’s blog and then look on Disney’s site to see if there’s any special offers running just so I can go and try a new cupcake, restaurant or snack. Great reviews and pictures for anyone interested in food. Don’t read while hungry!
Happy Reading and Happy Planning!
What are some of your go to Disney Planning websites?