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Disney Planning & Shopping Resources
Planning a Disney Vacation can be a daunting task. When I booked my first family vacation to Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando, Florida, I had no idea the research involved. However, being an úber planner, I had no trouble finding some great resources. The following is a list of all my favorite Disney planning and prepping tools (including some shopping!). While I am an affiliate for some, not all, of these resources, I have either used these in the past or currently use them and can recommend them without reservation.
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Accommodations and Discount Tickets
We have personally used David’s DVC Rentals twice and have been extremely pleased with the results. We stayed in Disney’s Beach Club Resort for nearly 50% off the published Disney rate. Read our 5 Ways To Stay On Disney Property and Not Go Broke to learn more.
We utilized Undercover tourist for our tickets on our very first WDW vacation in 2015 and again in 2016 to book reservations with Coronado Springs and Caribbean Beach Resort. Both resort rates were less than we the Annual Pass Discount. They are efficient, helpful, and professional.
Tripadvisor, of course, is not unknown to you. I list it here because I do use it in planning Disney vacations for several things. Price comparison, of course, but also the forums are very helpful. Chances are, if you have a question about a Disney Vacation, someone else has already asked it.
Things To Get Before You Go
Go straight to the source! Shop Disney has a complete line of Disney parks merchandise. Be sure to sign up for their emails to be notified of sales and after holiday discounts. Buying a few special plush toys to surprise you kiddos BEFORE you go to the parks, can be a huge savings over the in park and resort pricing.
Make your own personalized Family T-shirts, Disney buttons, mugs, and other merchandise at Zazzle.com OR purchase some of their already made Disney licensed products to make your vacation special.
Purchasing Disney Park Pins BEFORE heading to the parks can save you a lot of money. I was able to purchase lots of 50 Pins for Pin Trading at a lot less than the park prices. This gave the kids plenty of extra pins for trading while in the parks.
We are so excited to get to partner with Magic Your Band! We used them after booking with David’s DVC Rental and were very pleased with the results. I even personalized my band to celebrate our 20th Wedding Anniversary while in the parks. If you want to show your personality on your Magic Band, check them out!
Some Of Our Favorite Disney Print Resources
Despite doing most of my research is online, sometimes it’s nice to have a book in your hand. If you are a geek like me, there are times you just want to get a little more. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World is always a great resource to have on hand.