Many families use this week to begin planning their 2013 Walt Disney World vacations.   We’ve assembled some of our own Erin Foster’s most popular blog posts into a step by step list to get started.

1 – Trip Planning 101: Deciding When to Visit Walt Disney World
The first choice most families have to make is “When?”  Erin has a simple system for narrowing down your options.  It also works great for scheduling any kind of vacation!

2 – Trip Planning 101: How Long Should We Stay at Walt Disney World?
Explains how much time to budget, considering everything from budget and vacation time available, to stamina and non-park activities.

3 – Trip Planning 101: Budgeting for Your Trip to Walt Disney World
Includes a handy set of worksheets to use when trying to figure out how much your trip will cost.

4 – Value, Moderate, Deluxe, Villa: What’s the Difference Between Disney World Resort Categories?
A handy primer on the different kinds of lodging at Walt Disney World

5 – Deciding Where To Stay At Walt Disney World, Number Crunching Part 1: Getting the Most Sleep Surfaces Per Dollar
If you’ve got a large family, getting the most beds at the cheapest price can be important.  Erin’s got some tips on how to maximize your lodging dollar.

6 – Deciding Where To Stay At Walt Disney World, Number Crunching Part 2: Spending The Least Amount of Time In Transit

7 – Deciding Where To Stay At Walt Disney World: It’s All About the Bathroom
For some people, bathrooms are the most important part of the hotel room.  Learn the ins and outs of WDW bathrooms.

8 – The Art of the Disney World Room Request
Once you’ve settled on a resort, learn the tricks the pros use to get the perfect room.

9 – Trip Planning 101: Packing for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

10 – Frequently Asked Questions About Disney’s Magical Express

And a bonus:

11 – Trip Planning 101: Disney Dining
A reference on the restaurants and dining options available on your trip.

Let us know if there’s anything else you’d like to see.  Happy planning!


  1. This is a really nice, comprehensive article! Thanks so much! We are going mid June — our anniversary will be on the 13th. We are staying at a villa at WL so we can save money and eat in the room. Want to see the parade and fireworks where ever we are. Right now, that looks like it will be MK. Would you agree that we should just skip the idea of a dinner reservation? It seems like it would just restrict us too much. Thought about the Tomorrowland Terrace dessert party, but that would make it hard to see the parade. If anyone at all has any thoughts on this, I’d love to hear them! Anyway, now that we are almost through the holidays, we will start thinking about summer vacation! This article is so helpful — really nice to be able to click on all the topics and read more!! Thanks again!

  2. Thanks BagsMom! Other than Be Our Guest, there’s nothing really compelling for dinner in the MK. And I think lunch at Be Our Guest is a better deal than dinner. If you could work lunch at BoG into your plans, then I think you’d really enjoy it.

    Unless you’re really into desserts, I’d skip the TT dessert party. The view is lovely, but it’s expensive.

    • Thanks, Len! You guys (and gals) are all so great! We may end up just parking somewhere on Main Street – in the vicinity of Starbuck’s. (I know that is blasphemy, but I am a coffee-holic.) Also really found your photos of fireworks from various locations very helpful! We may just watch the parade somewhere and then head to the ticket and transportation center, if there is time between the two!
      I can’t wait to start getting all spastic and OCD about planning the trip. It’s half the fun!
      Thanks again!

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