Planning a Disney World Vacation? 6 Tips from a Parent

Chuck Hollandbeck Travelmation

Planning a Trip to Walt Disney World? How to Make it Stress-Free for your Family

Disney World truly is the “happiest place on earth” but planning a Disney trip can be anything but magical. It’s hard to know where to start. When should you go? Where should you stay? How does it all “work?”

My family has been to Disney World twice and I’ve always looked to the experts for help. Did you know there are Authorized Disney Travel Agents that can help you plan your entire trip?

The best part is that many of these travel planning services are FREE for your family!

If you aren’t familiar with the terms, MagicBands, FastPasses and character dining, contacting an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner may be your best bet.

Looking for a local service? Consider Kalamazoo-based Disney expert Chuck Hollandbeck of Travelmation, LLC.

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Begin Your Magical Vacation

Not only does Chuck Hollandbeck of Travelmation, LLC have a passion for creating amazing vacation experiences for his own family, but for other families as well. Chuck was even an official Disney cast member working as a Skipper on the Jungle Cruise attraction. He specializes in all Disney vacations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland Resort and Adventures by Disney.

One question he hears all the time is, “Why should I book with a Disney Authorized Disney Vacation Planner?

The answer is simple: It comes at no additional cost to you. Chuck can help you find flights, Disney resort hotels, Disney Cruise packages. He’ll book your dining reservations, theme park tickets, FastPasses for rides and is available for any questions you have.

If you have been on the fence about a Disney trip, or really aren’t sure what the cost would be for your family, Chuck will create a FREE, personalized, no obligation, quote. He’ll provide different options to consider in order to help your family find the perfect vacation package within your budget.

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6 Disney Tips From a Parent

I could talk Disney all day, but having just recently traveled there with our kids, I have a few tips to share with friends that are considering the trip.

  1. It’s never too early to go. Many people will tell you not to go to until your kids will remember it. The first time we went my kids were toddlers. True, they don’t remember that trip, but they love looking at the photo album I created of the trip and talking about all of the pictures. My husband and I remember all of the special moments seeing their faces light up when they saw their favorite characters for the first time. It’s something I’ll always cherish. There are only so many years that they will truly believe in all of the magic. Don’t wait too long.
  2. Invest in Memory Maker. Sure, I thought the Memory Maker photo package seemed like a lot of money to add to our trip, but it was absolutely worth it. It’s almost like hiring a personal photographer for your trip. You don’t have to worry about fumbling to find your camera in time for the perfect shot. Simply have the PhotoPass employee scan your magic band and the photo automatically appears in your Disney account. Bonus, every family member gets to be in the pictures.
  3. Rent a stroller. If your kids don’t require a stroller in the airport, there are several companies that will drop off a stroller at your hotel upon arrival. It is a convenient way to travel around Disney when little legs get tired. If you do bring your own, be sure to review the updated Disney World policy on sizing.
  4. Get a Disney Celebration Button. If you are celebrating a special event (birthday, anniversary, graduation) near the date of your trip, be sure to ask the hotel desk for a button pin to wear. First Time visiting Disney World? If so, you’ll get a pin to commemorate it. Sometimes those pins can even result in a little extra magic from Disney cast members.
  5. Set boundaries for your kids. Set your family rules ahead of time. An important rule for our family is that we didn’t need to explore every gift shop we encountered. Let’s be honest, there are opportunities to buy something everywhere at Disney with so many souvenir shops and stands. We told our kids that they could each pick a toy/souvenir at the end of the last day. This saved us money and time. It was also a nice way to end the trip on a positive note.
  6. Book character dining experiences. If you choose to get a meal plan, have your travel agent book as many character dining experiences as possible. I have always felt like these experiences were the magical bonus to our trip. While there are many characters to meet at Disney, meeting them while dining is a great way to do two things at once.

Disclosure – Our family trips to Disney occurred prior to learning of Travelmataion LLC services. The tips listed are based on our personal family experience at Disney World.

Additional Travelmation Services

Not only does Chuck Hollandbeck of Travelmation LLC have extensive knowledge of all things Disney, but he is available to book other family vacations – including all-inclusive resorts, Royal Carribean cruise line, Universal Studios. As always, a quote is completely free.

Still feeling overwhelmed about booking a Disney trip or other vacation? There is nothing to lose by getting a free quote from Chuck Hollandbeck of Travelmation, LLC.

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