Mar 092009

By Erica Colmenares

In honor of’s tenth anniversary, we’re trip-planning by tens. Here’s a quick run-down of ten things we recommend doing ten months out from your Walt Disney World vacation, as well as ten weeks, ten days, and ten hours. The lists aren’t exhaustive, but they’re a good start!

Ten Months Out

  1. Start looking into airfare. Some people like to wait for last-minute bargains, but for the best times, booking early is a good bet. For some carriers, like SouthWest and JetBlue, you’ll have to wait to book tickets.
  2. Where are you going to stay? On-site? Off-site? Now’s a good time to contact a Disney-specialized travel agent or start narrowing your options online.
  3. Make an over-all plan. What do you really want to fit in during this trip? Take some time to find out what everyone in your travel party wants to get out of this trip.
  4. Order your WDW planning DVD.
  5. Listen to Disney fan podcasts. New faves on our list are Travelears and Be Our Guest. Podcast neophytes should check out our podcast primer, Put Disney in Your Ears.
  6. Consider subscribing to TourGuideMiKE, especially if your trip is during one of the more crowded times (between Christmas and New Year’s, around Easter, or during the summer). To get three dollars off the $21.95 subscription price, visit our TGM member savings page.
  7. To get in the mood, program “Disney” into your TiVo or consult Bartlett-Sloan’s weekly guide of Disney-related TV.
  8. If you are traveling to Disney World from outside of the United States, be sure your passport and visa are in order.
  9. If this is a first visit for you to Disney World, reading a guidebook or two can be invaluable. No need to buy them new. Your local library should have copies of the Unofficial Guide and Passporter. Check ’em out!
  10. Purchase park tickets

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