5 planning tools for Walt Disney World

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Becoming a Walt Disney World planning pro!

Have you ever tallied up how many things there are to do and see at Walt Disney World®? There are four theme parks, two water parks, more than 25 hotels, and dozens upon dozens of activities. All of this excitement is spread across 43 square miles in Orlando, Florida. No wonder some people have found it overwhelming to begin planning their Walt Disney World getaway. Well, much to their delight, planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort is now easier than ever. Just ahead, the Expedia Viewfinder travel-blog team shares its top five tools for planning your next Disney vacation.


First things first. Book your flight, hotel, park tickets, and rental car all in one place on Expedia.com. You can easily search for the best dates and deals for your trip to Orlando. Get started booking your Walt Disney World vacation here


At Disney.com you can check park hours, make dining reservations, and book a FastPass+ in advance. You can practically plan your daily itinerary long before you ever get to the parks. 

My Disney Experience app

With the My Disney Experience mobile app, you can look up wait times, get suggestions for nearby things to do, and keep track of everything you’ve booked right on your smartphone. You can also find the locations of your favorite character meet and greets throughout the parks! Sharing your photos is also super easy with Disney PhotoPass.

Expedia App

Plan a Walt Disney World Resort vacation on the go with the Expedia App, where you can book your flight, hotel, park tickets, and rental car. You can even download the app to your Apple Watch to have all of your trip info right on your wrist. 

Viewfinder Tip: Your MagicBand also unlocks touches of magic and surprises throughout Walt Disney World!


Guests staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels are sent a MagicBand for each member of their trip. It opens your hotel room, stores your FastPass+, and can be synced with your credit card for hands-off purchasing. It comes in an array of colors and each band can be customized with your name!

Stay tuned for more videos from the the Expedia Viewfinder team. We had such a blast visiting Orlando and discovering the best of Walt Disney World Resort. Throughout 2016, we’ll be sharing more of our top things to do and places to stay. Check out #ExpediaAtDisney on social media for more Disney fun.

What tools do you use to plan a trip to Disney World?

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Courtney Scott

Courtney Scott is a New York-based travel blogger, TV personality, and leading on-air travel expert.She has appeared more than 200 times in national broadcast, radio, and print outlets including TODAY show, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, CNN, Wall Street Journal, and Peter Greenberg Worldwide. Her travel career began in 2007 when she kicked her cubicle and booked a one-way ticket to Italy.She now inspires others to live their travel dreams through her blog and her weekly YouTube travel series GLOBETROT with Courtney Scott. She is a regular panelist at Women's Travel Fest and is also the co-creator of The Getaway Girls, a travel show uncovering the best girlfriend getaways in the world, co-starring Kiersten Rich, a.k.a. The Blonde Abroad. Subscribe to Courtney's adventures on YouTube and keep up with her travels on Instagram and Snapchat (imcourtscott).

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