Dreaming of Disney is another monthly post that I put up on the 10th of each month. Again, early to coincide with "D" day. I divulge Disney World doings, advice and recommendations. This is the second installment.
Planning Your Trip.
I am annoyingly organized. I love a good plan, with an itinerary and reservations and details! Then we get there and if we do any of it, I am happy. Writing it down is part of my fun =)
Timing is everything.
You need to decide what is important to you. What will make your life easier - weather? cost? less crowds? We like to get the best of all three. Unfortunately, unless you can take the kids out of school you will be down there at "peak" season - the most crowded, the most expensive and usually, the worst weather. Taking the kids out of school is worth it. Here is a yearly breakdown of cost, crowds and weather:
Planning also requires early reservations for those busier times of year. I'm a Disney Vacation Club member and I sometimes have trouble getting in popular places even 6 months in advance! That's hotels and dining! And we usually do NOT go during peak season.
My reference is Birnbaum Guides to Walt Disney World (2010) which I use for much of my planning, I highly recommend it.