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Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation In 2017

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Walt Disney World planning 2017

Are you planning a Walt Disney World vacation in 2017? There is so much information out there on the Internet, that it can be overwhelming, and confusing! Today, I am breaking down the main questions you will need to answer, in order to organize and start planning your Disney world vacation.

There are 6 big questions that you need to answer before you can get down to planning things out:

  1. What time of year do you want to go?
  2. Are you going to drive there, or fly?
  3. How long will your vacation be?
  4. Do you want to stay on Disney property or not?
  5. Will you need to rent a car or use Disney transportation?
  6. What Disney parks do you want to visit?


  • Disney is busy. Even when it is not a busy time of year, it is still busy. Summer is the most busy, seeing as most kids are out of school this time of year.  Christmas time is also very busy, as well as Spring break.   Fall is a good time to go to avoid crowds, Disney also often offers some guests free dining in the fall, to entice you to go during that time of year.
  • Driving there may take you an extra couple of days, but it is certainly cheaper than flying! It takes my family 19 hours to get to Walt Disney World.  The cost in gas and a hotel for one night is cheaper than 5 plane tickets for us.
  • While Going to Walt Disney World for any amount of time is better than not going at all,  We have found that 6-8 days there is perfect.  We like to go to Epcot and Magic kingdom twice in our trips, so we can make sure to do everything that we want to do at the parks.
  • We love staying on Disney property because of all the perks that you get for staying on property, like linking your Magic Bands to your room bill, free transportation to and from the parks, and all the Disney magic that goes with staying “in the Disney bubble” when you stay on property. Staying off property can be heaper though, so you have to weigh the pros and cons.
  • If you stay off Disney property, you may need to rent a car.  Staying on Disney property gets you free transportation to and from the airport if needed.
  • Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 1 golf course, 2 mini golf courses, Disney Springs, which is a shopping and dining area, and more.  I always suggest going to all 4 theme parks when you are going there.  My kids have loved all 4 theme parks at all ages of their lives. Some people think that Epcot wouldn’t be fun for kids, but trust me, it is my family’s favorite park.  Animal Kingdom is amazing and beautiful, with some of my favorite shows and rides at Disney, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is opening some amazing new attractions in 2017!

After you have all of these questions answered, You will need to come up with a budget for your vacation.  I suggest going to the Disney Vacation Account website, and starting your own free Disney vacation savings account.  The website also has a budget planner as well.


I have written 2 posts on how to save and budget for Disney in one year, Here and Here.


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11 thoughts on “Planning Your Walt Disney World Vacation In 2017

  1. This is such a great post! Those six questions are definitely a must when planning your next trip. My family usually always goes for Mardi Gras but any additional trips we always find ourselves asking the same questions!

  2. Disney world has 4 golf courses plus the 2 mini golf courses. Believe me it was the first thing my husband checked out when I suggested this trip

    1. Hello, I am not an authorized Disney planner anymore, but I can recommend some good ones if you would like 🙂 if you have some specific questions, I could give you my opinion if you email me at mickeyprep@gmail.com. Thanks!

  3. With the new Avatar Land opening this May, do you think Animal Kingdom should be a 2 day park now when it does open?

    1. While Avatar land will add some fun to AK, there will still only be two new attractions added. I still think you could get away with one day there and see and do all you want 🙂

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