Planning Your Most Magical Vacation

We are so proud to partner with Sarah Hillyer with The Enchanted Traveler to bring you these tips and tricks for planning you magical vacation!

If you’ve ever done an internet search seeking advice on planning a trip to the Most Magical Place on Earth, you were probably quickly overwhelmed with the amount of information that came up. We all know that a trip to Disney World is an investment, and it’s important to make the most of your time while you’re there. As magical as Disney World is, it can also be difficult to navigate and the rules are ever changing. What was true of a Disney vacation 10, 5, or even 2 years ago could be totally non-existent now. Fortunately, there is a way to be sure you get the most out of your Disney vacation – hiring a travel agent to give you a custom plan made just for your family!

What is the best age to visit Disney World?

One of the most common questions I get from families is “What is the best age to take my kids to Disney World?”. My response is always “The age they are right now!”. There is magic to be found for every age group!


Nothing compares to the way your preschooler’s eyes will light up when they meet their favorite character or set eyes on Cinderella’s castle for the first time. True, your kids may not remember all the details of a trip at this age, but YOU will. It is pure magic! With a good plan in place, you can easily return to your resort for a nap and still cross everything on your wishlist.


Elementary Kids

Elementary aged kids are just the right age for all the Disney fun! They are usually tall enough for most every attraction and may be up for some of the bigger thrills, but there is still plenty to do if thrills aren’t their thing, like a scavenger hunt around EPCOT’s World Showcase. Most kids this age are good swimmers and love the pools and water slides at Disney resort hotels. It’s easy to pop back over to your resort for an afternoon dip in the pool without missing anything in the parks if you have an excellent park touring plan.


If you live with a tween like I do, you know that some days they act like their younger selves and some days they act like teenagers. Disney’s waterparks are often a big hit with tweens, so be sure to plan a day or two to check them out. Tweens are also a great age to appreciate some of the immersive dining experiences such as Sci-Fi Dine in or 50’s Prime Time Café. Without the need for a nap, they can hang in with a full day of fun all the way through nighttime fireworks!


If you think your teen is too old to enjoy Disney, think again! Teens are old enough to ride attractions without a parent and can have a little bit of independence in the parks if that’s something your family is comfortable with. This could allow you to enjoy an adults only date night at a signature dining experience while being not too far away. Teens also are the perfect age to appreciate a behind the scenes tour or snack around the world in EPCOT’s World Showcase.

 Why Hire a Travel Agent?

Bottom line, there is no right or wrong age to take your kids to Disney World. The key is having the perfect plan in place for your family, and that’s where I come in! Investing in a custom plan helps ensure that your family doesn’t waste precious time and everyone gets to do their must do’s during your trip. I’ve planned trips for families of all ages and even extended families travelling together. My custom plans will help you decide what the best dining options for you are, how to navigate the Genie+ system and maximize it to get the most out of your park day by avoiding long lines, and match you to the perfect resort for your family. I’ll even handle the 4:45 am wake up to make your dining reservations for you. With a custom plan in place you can leave the stress of vacation planning behind and focus on making magical memories with your family!

Disney World not your thing or ready to try something new? I also plan Disney Cruise Line, Universal Studios, Royal Caribbean, Virgin Voyages, and all inclusive resorts!

Sarah Hillyer – Independent Consultant with The Enchanted Traveler

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