- Budget – if you’re needing to follow a strict budget and everything else is flexible
- Calendar – only being able to visit a certain time of year
Planning a trip around a budget can be great because there are so many ways to do Disney without spending an arm and a leg. The downside is that a lot of decisions have to made and planning done in advance. Making a lot of spur of the moment decisions will usually cause you to spend more money than you’d planned during your trip. A couple of things right off the bat to help with a budget are signing up for an account with one of Disney’s websites or contact a Disney travel agent so they can make you aware of deals that are being offered. Having a realistic budget if you’ve never been to Disney can be a huge challenge – I know, I’ve been there! Everything sounds incredibly over priced and yes, some things are. Doing some research or working with a good Disney travel agent will help you make the most of every penny you spend.
When you’ve got to work around a calendar you may wind up paying more (or maybe less if you’re lucky!) than what you’d initially planned on. Disney works in “seasons” in regards to pricing for their resorts so you’ll get a different price depending on the time of year you visit. Again, I strongly suggest getting on an email list with Disney and/or working with a Disney travel agent to make the most of your trip. Your touring plan will need to take into account the time of year you’re visiting as well as the interests of the group you’re traveling with. Being able to travel during the school year can really help have a less crowded, more relaxing experience. If you’re only able to travel during school breaks or holidays, you can still have a wonderful vacation with a little bit of planning before you pass under the Walt Disney World sign.
Of course there are many other decisions that play into making a decision to visit Disney but these are two of the most important places to start. The end result will still be a great time – it’s just a matter of what path you take to get to the castle at the end. Be sure to come back often for more tips and tricks to help you along whatever path you choose.
What plays into your decision to travel more – budget or calendar?