Planning Resources for our Trips

So, we are going to Disney World. What to do? When to do it? Where to eat? Where to stay? So many things to decide and coordinate. When I go on vacation, I have no desire to spend the majority of my time relaxing by the pool. I want to explore and experience all the destination has to offer. The food, entertainment, attractions, scenery, etc… How will we get the most from our trip to Disney World without completely running ourselves ragged?

Before Gillian came in to my life I didn’t know much about what Disney had to offer. Luckily, she had been a subscriber to the AllEars weekly e-newsletter for some time. Through the AllEars web site, she learned of a book called “PassPorters Walt Disney World 2008”. These two resources offer a wealth of information on everything from planning and packing to dining and touring. AllEars is an excellent, “live” resource, with contributors that live near the parks and visit and blog about those visits multiple times a week. (Lucky!) The information is well organized, up to date, and mostly free of advertising. The PassPorter web site, packed full of information, tips, and message forums, is an excellent resource as well. The PassPorter Walt Disney World books are similar in their content, with information on dining, rides, ride reviews based on age, extra activities, and has all sorts of organizational pockets packaged in a spiral bound book format.  I highly recommend purchasing the latest edition of this book as soon as you know you will be planning a trip. Have it accessible for the ride/flight to Disney and carry it with you in the parks for reference. In our opinion, these two resources, plus the schedule information on the Disney web site are all one would need to develop an excellent plan of attack for Disney World.

In addition to the above online and print resources, Disney, in partnership with Verizon, have released the Disney Parks Mobile Magic App.  This is a great resource to help you adjust your  plan while actually in the parks. Check out the article.

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