I often get emails asking how to make a Disney World vacation work for a family of our size. This seems as good a time as any to share some of what has been successful for us. I have grand ideas about a nice series here. However, let's be realistic. Not many of my plans work out these days. That is doubly true when it comes to this little neglected blog. However, I will do what I can and we will all see how it comes out. Leave your specific questions in the comment section and I will try, try, try to get them.
The very first thing I ever do when going to Walt Disney World is pick up the newest edition of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. This book covers everything you ever need to know to make a successful Disney trip. 848 pages covering lodging, restaurants and attractions as well as all the ins and outs of guests, cast members, cell phone charging stations, rest rooms, and a bunch of other stuff I can't think of right now. If you need to know anything about Walt Disney World this is the place to look. And, yes, I always buy the newest edition because 1- I always end up passing our marked up, wet from the pool, dog eared copy on to someone else and 2- the newest edition will have the latest attractions, like all new stuff happening in the new Fantasy Land as well as new protocol like Fast Pass +. Yes, this is all available on line at various places but I like the simplicity of having it all in one place and these guys seriously have made a job out of finding ways around crowds and systems. These fellows are also super friendly and helpful. I have emailed them with specific questions about planning and timing over the years and they always get back to me with in the same day. Along with the book we update our subscription to Touring Plans.com which gives access to crowd calendars and a phone app which all truly make it possible for you to minimize your stress and maximize your family fun. These days you can find lots of good stuff on their blog and on their Google+ page as well. On our last trip in 2013 we decided to surprise the kids with a last minute trip during one of the busiest times at Disney and even with little planning we had a great time by utilizing these tools.