Updated for 2016!
If you ever read Disney planning articles on the internet for FREE, rather than forking over cash for planning books, then you just might be a Cheapskate Princess!
Should you total up all the gift shops, restaurants, events, resorts, theme park rides, the number of Disney related topics of interest for someone visiting Disney World would be in the thousands. Throw in ride refurbishment schedules, Advanced Dining Reservations, park opening and closing times, and generally wondering what everything costs, and it’s probably no wonder people get overwhelmed when they start planning their Disney vacation. Sometimes, if they haven’t done the proper planning, they show up in Orlando only to get overwhelmed on vacation. What should I do? Where should we go? Is this worth the exorbitant price?
I claim to know a lot about Disney, but with prices and policies changing every day, even I have to do my research. Where does a Cheapskate Princess look for vacation planning and general Disney information? Here is a list of websites I use when I need information quickly.
If I have any questions, this is my number one source for pricing for everything, from room costs, restaurant menus, and entertainment pricing. You can research park hours, order tickets, make room and dining reservations, and there is even a frequently asked questions section for those with a specific concern. This website is a great read for everybody, from first time visitors to old pros. Free Bonus= Use this link to order a free Disney Planning CD.
The Disney Parks Moms Panel are a group of “advisors,” not employed by the Disney Corporation, chosen every year from thousands of panel applicants. Membership in this exclusive group is a big deal for a lot of people. The members of the Moms Panel answer questions and offer advice, covering topics like planning & budgeting, celebrations, tickets, kids and theme parks, you name it, they have information to assist you. If you can not find the answer you need to your question, then you can submit your own question and hope they have time to answer it.
“Great deals on all things Disney.” This site will give you information about Disney discounts, including ticket discounts, hotel discounts, and Disneyland vacation package discounts. There are tons of trip reports and articles, loads of information for every level of visitor. I have heard lots people say they bought their tickets from Mousesavers.com and were pleased with their savings.
This site offers not only Disney guides, but all around travel guides, and they have a ton of information to help plan your vacation. E-books, podcasts, videos, blog articles, it’s more information that you can read in a day. Speaking of reading, they have over a million books in print. If you sign up for their newsletter, you can receive a %20 discount.
This site is not your average planning site, but for those of you on a budget that use coupons or look for deals, this is the place to be. There are many other great planning articles as well, especially the popular 101 Best Disney Tips.
From current Disney information and events, movie reviews, podcasts, theme park news, and travel tips, this site is a hodge-podge of Disney information. I especially like the “Why For” section that examines WHY the way things are.
7. WDW info.com
The “DIS” has been around for 15 years and is billed as the Internet’s largest un-official online guide to Disney World. With a large photo gallery, there is info. on Disney vacations, Adventures by Disney, DVC news, and Universal news. You’ll also find theme park times, videos, podcasts, information on discounts, and lots of Disneyland info.
This is one of the oldest and most trusted sites for Disney information. From sample menus, reviews of all the resorts, event schedules, and a “Reader Tip Archive,” this website is a massive wealth of information to help you plan your next Walt Disney World trip. If you want to know about almost anything about Walt Disney World, you may have to search a few minutes, but it’s there among really large amounts of information.
Want some info on Disney PinTrading? This is an official Disney site that, while not as fancy as many of these other sites, can help you with everything you need to know about pins. Find out what trading events are happening at Disney World and Disneyland. There are pages of upcoming pins to be released with prices and nice photos that kids and adults will enjoy.
If you’re planning a trip to Disney World and want to know all of the tips and tricks to making it a great trip, they have tons. Shannon has a great social media presence and a free e-mail. She also has sites for Disneyland and Disney cruises.
Andrea stopped by the blog to provide another great site.
Thanks for the great website tips! I would just like to highlight at least one more, militarydisneytips.com. This is geared more for military personnel, active, retired and disabled. They work a lot with Allears, which is listed, but thought they should get some kudos on their own. Thanks again for all the great tips!”
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