Walt Disney World Planning Resources

A trip to the Walt Disney World Resort requires some research and forward planning to ensure you're getting the most value out of your time in the parks. Since we aren't actively booking and planning individualised trips at the moment, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite planning resources to help you get started with your own planning journey.

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A great starting point for Walt Disney World novices. This book provides the basics required for planning your trip without overwhelming you. Available in Kindle format.
At 864 pages, this guide is a good option for those that have a good handle on the basics and want to delve further into what Walt Disney World has to offer. It's also a good option for those people that thrive off knowing as much as possible about the destination they'll be visiting. Available in Kindle format.
This book isn't so much a planning resource but it is a great way to kill time when waiting in queues at the parks. This link will take you to the pre-order page for the new edition due out August 2019.
We are currently using this book as our family autograph book. This isn't designed as an autograph book and is fairly large to carry around the parks (I wouldn't attempt it without a backpack) but it makes for a beautiful keepsake and provides an ice breaker of sorts with the characters. My kids love looking at it every chance they get.
This is an updated version on the character encyclopedia above. It's a paperback if you prefer that cover type and has a lot more characters featured but it is slightly heavier, so something to keep in mind.

iOS Apps

This is Disney's official app and is a must for in the parks. It allows you to make and modify dining and FastPass+ reservations on the go, check on attraction wait times and character appearances along with a slew of other features. It isn't the easiest app to navigate but it's a necessary evil.

Here's the app version of the book mentioned above. With a point scoring system to keep track of your finds it's certainly a little more convenient to carry around the parks.

This isn't really a planning app, aside from the fact that you should download it and set up an account before your trip! Uber is a popular choice for Walt Disney World guests looking to get around the resort faster than Disney's transport allows. It's also an option for visiting locations offsite such as Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, LEGOLAND, the outlets and even Kennedy Space Center. If you don't want to rent a car, this is a possible alternative to cabs.

If you're worried about keeping the kids occupied while waiting in attraction queues, then this is the app for you. It has interactive in-park adventures, attraction-themed fun, Disney trivia, achievements and unique experiences that bring surrounding environments to life!

If you're staying onsite and planning on using Disney's Minnie Van service then you'll need the Lyft app and an account. If you have more than one child that needs a car seat then this is a great alternative to Uber. If you don't need car seats or are heading offsite Uber will work out a bit cheaper.

I find this app a little easier to navigate than Disney's when trying to find a particular snack or menu for a restaurant. Since it focuses on just dining there are fewer steps required to find the information you're after. The only thing it lacks is a map to give you a visual location reference but it has photos of each location, lists them by the land they're in and gives you a written description of where to find them.