How to Plan a Walt Disney World Vacation
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How to Plan a Walt Disney World Vacation

Learn all the ins and outs of planning a perfect Walt Disney World vacation for your family.
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Created by Cate Lincoln
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 7 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
What Will I Learn?
  • Plan all aspects of your Walt Disney World vacation.
  • Decide when is the best time of year to go
  • Determine how long to stay
  • Pick the best resort for your family
  • Make Disney dining reservations for the most popular restaurants
  • Make FastPass+ reservations at the theme parks
  • Create theme park touring strategies that will minimize their wait in lines
  • Add extra magical experiences to their trips
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  • An interest in planning a Disney vacation is the only must!
  • Whether you've never been to Disney before or this is a repeat trip, you'll find something for you in this course.

If you’re taking this course, it’s probably because you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Congratulations! They call it the most magical place on earth, and who can argue with that??

But this land of pixie dust and adventure is also one of the biggest entertainment complexes on the planet. Covering 43 square miles and including four theme parks, two water parks, a shopping, dining, and entertainment complex, over 20 resorts, hundreds of restaurants, and a slew of other means of entertainment…planning a trip here can be kind of overwhelming.

One of my friends told me that planning her family’s upcoming Disney vacation was a part time job! And that really struck me. I figured, you know, most first time visitors are probably in the same boat. Overwhelmed with decisions about when to go, where to stay, how to avoid standing in the blazing Florida sun for two hours waiting to ride Splash Mountain…this is where I can help.

This course, or series of planning sessions, will feature a combination of informational videos, editorials, resource downloads and links, as well specifically tailored planning tips and sample itineraries.

I won’t go into pain staking details here about each attraction, resort, and restaurant, but I will tell you what you need to know to take the guesswork out of planning so that you’ll be able to create an amazing trip with memories that will last a lifetime. But don’t worry…if you’re the type that craves details and extra information, I will give you plenty of resources along the way for the best places to find plenty of photos, ride videos, guest reviews, and the like.

Mousin’ Around’s online planning sessions let you in on all of the secrets you need to know before you go so that once you arrive you can just Take the Mouse by the Ears and Have a Ball!

And as an added bonus for those of you taking this course through Udemy, I'll be available to answer any trip planning related questions that you may have each week! Always feel free to shoot me an email and I'll get back to you right away.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is perfect for first time visitors to Walt Disney World
  • Great for travelers who haven't visited Disney in 3-5+ years
  • Anyone feeling overwhelmed by planning a Disney vacation
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:00

Welcome! This quick run down on the top 10 most important planning components to your trip includes things like deciding when to go, where to stay, and what FastPass+ and dining reservations to make.

Preview 2 pages
When to Go & How Long to Stay
2 Lectures 05:41

Here are the best, and worst, times to go to Disney. Watch out for school breaks and major holidays. Plus, the pros and cons of going off season.

Preview 05:41

Find out how many days you need to enjoy the Disney parks depending on how thoroughly you want to explore them and if you plan to venture off property.

How Long to Stay
1 page
1 Lecture 00:00

A brief description of the ins and outs of the Disney park ticket system including how the park hopping option works and whether or not to add the water parks and more option.

Magic Your Way Tickets
1 page
FastPass+, My Disney Experience, and Magic Bands
3 Lectures 04:12

Here's a basic introduction to FastPass+ and how it works.

Preview 02:15

Details on making FastPass+ reservations before you arrive at the theme parks.

How to Make FastPass+ Reservations
1 page

An overview of My Disney Experience and the perks of using Magic Bands.

Preview 01:57
2 Lectures 07:35

Driving vs flying? Should you rent a car? How do you get to Disney if you don't?

Preview 02:24

Detailed descriptions of all forms of Disney transportation.

Disney Transportation
Where to Stay
3 Lectures 13:53

The pros and cons of staying at a Disney resort.

On or Off Disney Property

Criteria for choosing the best Disney resort for your family.

Choosing a Disney Resort

My favorite Disney resorts by category.

Top Disney Resort Picks
Disney Dining
1 Lecture 02:41

Introduction to the types of Disney restaurants and dining experiences. Supplemental materials include information on character dining, advanced dining reservations, restaurant recommendations, and Disney dining plans.

Disney Dining Introduction
Visiting the World with Kids
2 Lectures 02:55

Make sure you have realistic expectations when traveling to Disney with kids. This lecture includes supplementary materials that include information on resort and restaurant recommendations when traveling with kids as well as must do attractions for each age group and information on scary attractions, height requirements, and rider swap.

1 page

Everything you need to know about meeting characters at Disney.

Magic Kingdom
1 Lecture 01:31

An introduction to the Magic Kingdom with supplementary materials that include information on attraction descriptions and park touring strategies.

Park Overview, Attraction Descriptions, and Park Touring Strategies
1 Lecture 01:09

An introduction to Epcot with supplementary materials that include attraction descriptions and park touring strategies.

Park Overview, Attraction Descriptions, and Park Touring Strategies
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About the Instructor
Cate Lincoln
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Cate grew up a product of Disney culture. If it weren’t for the pictures, she wouldn’t even remember her first trip, but upon returning to the World when she was ten, Cate got bit by the Disney bug. The sights and sounds of Walt Disney World were the most fantastic she had ever seen. Watching Tinkerbell fly from the top of the castle, spinning in a teacup, traveling around the world, and riding a runaway train through the Himalayas were magical experiences.

The next ten years found Cate returning as often as she could and spending the time in between visits immersing herself in everything she could get her hands on related to Walt Disney World, the Walt Disney Company, and Walt Disney himself. Guide books, trivia books, biographies, movies, Travel Channel specials, podcasts, websites, forums, and blogs served as endless sources to fuel her Disney addiction.

Eventually, word began to leak out about her deep Disney knowledge, and soon she was being asked to help plan countless trips and even play travel guide for WDW rookies and veterans alike.

Udemy courses are one of Cate’s outlets to provide Disney trip planning information to first time and repeat visitors and to share a little piece of the magic that is able to put smiles on the faces of kids and adults alike.