How to Plan a Relaxing Walt Disney World Vacation

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For many people, a Walt Disney World vacation is a whirlwind tour full of nonstop entertainment and action-packed experiences. Most families tackle the parks with gusto, determined to get to everything on their must-do list and get the biggest bang for their buck. Many guests might not know that you don’t have to experience the resort at a breakneck pace, and in fact, it’s possible to have a relaxing Walt Disney World visit. With a bit of preparation, you can turn your vacation into a respite from the craziness of the world and return home feeling refreshed and renewed. Let’s take a look at our favorite ways to turn a Walt Disney World vacation into a relaxing break.

Cinderella Castle Magic Kingdom

Using a Travel Agent

Our first tip is our most invaluable one, especially for those that aren’t big on planning. To help take the stress off of you and allow you to enjoy Walt Disney World to your desires, we recommend the use of a Travel Agent that specializes in Disney Destinations like our friends at Key to the World Travel®. Using the services of a Travel Agent with extensive knowledge about Walt Disney World helps you find all of the best ways to kick back and relax while on your vacation. From dining recommendations to hotel amenities, Travel Agents are your direct contact for information and assistance in making the most out of your trip. Not to mention that they can handle booking your package, making your reservations, and troubleshooting any issues you have during your stay. If that doesn’t say “relaxing vacation”, I don’t know what does!

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Choosing the Right Dates

One of the biggest factors in most guests’ process of planning their trip is choosing when to visit. This can make a big difference in your experience as Walt Disney World sees increased attendance at various times of the year. Although it may be difficult for many families to visit during the “off-season” (or when the parks are at their lowest attendance) it’s usually the best bet for helping you feel relaxed during your stay. I don’t know many people who enjoy crowds, and simply visiting the resort during slower times of the year like Fall and Winter can relieve some stress and help make your visit go smoothly. At this time attendance at the resort is capped due to new safety guidelines after the outbreak of COVID-19. This makes visiting the resort right now a far more relaxed experience than before and takes out some of the importance of picking your dates. Holidays and weekends are still seeing slight upticks in attendance though. As time goes on and Walt Disney World moves through its planned reopening phases, attendance will increase, so we still consider this to still be a key factor in creating your relaxing vacation.

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Choosing Your Hotel

Not all Walt Disney World hotels are created equal. With three different resort categories and over 25 onsite hotels, the styles and offerings at Walt Disney World hotels run the gamut. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation and luxury during your stay, you’ll want to choose your hotel wisely. It probably goes without saying that those wishing to have the most relaxing hotel stay should choose from one of the Walt Disney World’s impressive Deluxe Resorts. These hotels offer the best in location, theming, dining, and amenities as well as some fun recreational activities. You can enjoy the classic splendor of the coast at the Grand Floridian or take a stroll around the waterfront Boardwalk near the Yacht Club, Beach Club, and Boardwalk Inn resorts. The Deluxe hotels aren’t the only relaxing places to stay though, and we’ve had very peaceful stays at Moderate resorts like Port Orleans French Quarter and Gran Destino Tower at Coronado Springs. Whichever hotel you choose, make sure you familiarize yourself with the layout as well as the offerings before you arrive so that you can immediately get into “relaxation mode” and enjoy all the resort has to offer. Not all hotels have reopened at this time, to find which hotels are available for your stay check our updated guide to What’s Open at Walt Disney World.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar

Venturing Outside the Parks

Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks can do wonders to help you relax. While Walt Disney World theme parks are jam-packed with fun and action at every turn, that can take a toll on you after a few days. Don’t just limit yourself to the parks while visiting. Taking a daily break for a dip at the pool, exploring your resort, or nan afternoon nap can do wonders during a Walt Disney World trip. If shopping is your ultimate idea of relaxing, you can hop over to Disney Springs and enjoy some retail therapy as well as a plethora of delicious dining offerings. Don’t limit yourself to the “Disney Bubble” as well. Central Florida has a ton of other great options for entertainment, dining, and recreation just outside the Disney gates.

Wine Bar George Disney Springs

Choosing Your Dining Reservations

One of my favorite ways to relax at Walt Disney World is by enjoying a world-class meal at one of their Table Service restaurants. Throughout the parks, hotels, and Disney Springs, Walt Disney World has over 90 full-service dining locations. These offerings vary from downhome style BBQ to some of the most impressive culinary experiences around. When planning your relaxing Walt Disney World vacation, make sure you snag at least one Table Service reservation. All Moderate and Deluxe hotels offer at least one Table Service restaurant making it even more relaxing to be steps away from your hotel room after you’ve just indulged in a masterfully created meal. If you want the ultimate in Disney dining luxury, you’ll want to dine at one of the resort’s Signature Dining restaurants. Signature restaurants are considered the best Table Service locations available at the resort offering fine dining in a myriad of cuisines. Not all dining locations are currently open during the resort’s phased reopening so make sure you check before your trip. You can find all of the open restaurants on our updated guide to What’s Open at Walt Disney World.

This is a great time to plan your perfect vacation! Having a travel advisor means someone there to have your back in any occurrence. There is no additional cost to you and you have peace of mind knowing that your vacation is in good hands. Contact our friends at Key to the World Travel® for a free, no-obligation quote for your next trip. Click here.