Going to Walt Disney World? Dad Can Help

Walt Disney World – The PERFECT Vacation Starts HERE!

Are you planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Need some help? It’s OK, everyone needs help when planning a trip to “The most magical place on earth.”

Meet Dad – He’s Here to Help

Dad and his family on Main Street USA at Walt Disney World
Dad and his family on a trip to their favorite place – photo by Disney PhotoPass photographer

Hi. My name is Carl Trent, or as I’m called around here, Dad, and I love Walt Disney World. It’s my favorite place anywhere.


When it comes to a Walt Disney World (WDW) vacation, I’ve been there, done that and made all the mistakes. My goal in life is to help people avoid the mistakes I’ve made. In the immortal words of Billy Swan, “if you’ve got a problem, don’t care what it is, if you need a hand, I can assure you of this, I can help.”

Are you going to Walt Disney World? Start Here!

The France Pavilion during Christmas at Disney World
Is Christmas the Best time to visit WDW? – photo by Laurie Sapp

The first thing you need to do is figure out the best time to go to Walt Disney World. It sounds so easy, but a lot goes into it. Don’t worry Dad can help. Check out my when to go pages:

Off to a pretty good start, right?


When you think about when to go, you might want to look at some of the special times or events that really enhance trips to WDW. Disney has special events almost all year long. My favorite is Christmas at Disney World.


Dad’s Disney World Events page

Time to Choose Where to Sleep

The entrance to the Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World
Dad really likes sleeping at the Pop Century – photo by Mike Billick

The second big thing you have to do is figure out where to sleep. I’m partial to Disney hotels, to staying in the Magic, but there are options:

I could create a bunch of pages with all the hotels around the Orlando area, but I’m lazy and think it’s better to stay in the general vicinity of WDW.


Now the fun begins…

The Parks – Time to Play

A speeder repair bay in Batuu, part of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Walt Disney World
The new Star Wars area, Galaxy’s Edge, blows me away – photo by Judd Helms

The whole reason to go to Walt Disney World is to visit the theme parks. Right? So of course Dad can help with everything you need to know about the Theme Parks.

But the Theme Parks aren’t the only parks at Disney World. There are also two of the best Water Parks on earth!

And last, but not least (I don’t think you can say any of these are least), there’s Disney Springs which is an AMAZING, shopping, restaurant and entertainment area.

The parks really are the heartbeat of Walt Disney World.

Dining – Let’s Eat

Drinking a chocolate shake at Sci-Fi Dine-In at Walt Disney World is AWESOME
Drinking a shake at Si-Fi Dine-In is pretty AWESOME – photo by Judd Helms

When it comes to eating at Disney World, there are some things you need to know about. First you need to know about the restaurants, second you need to know how to make Advanced Dining Reservations, and lastly you need to know about the Disney Dining Plan.

It sounds a little daunting, but really it’s not so bad. Those links will be very helpful. Trust me.

Tools for YOUR Vacation

To Plan a Disney World vacation you need to know how to use FastPass{
You will want to know all about FastPass+ – photo by Laurie Sapp

Disney has provided lots of great tools to help you plan your vacation and take away the stress when you are in the parks. What they don’t provide is a guide to how to use the tools. That’s were I come in. Like any good tool, the Disney tools are for specific purposes.


Let’s see if I can help you understand how to use the great tools Disney provides for a Walt Disney World vacation.

Everyone needs to know how to use My Disney Experience, Disney Transportation and FastPass+, and if you are staying in a Disney Hotel, you will want to know all about Extra Magic Hours.

Making Reservations and Buying Tickets

OK, now that we have the basics down it’s time to get serious. It’s time to make reservations, get tickets and such. It’s pretty easy, but there are some things that will help including using our Disney Travel Agent Partner, Destinations to Travel.

It’s always a good idea to add a Disney Cruise to your trip! Just sayin’.

Help From Dad

Like I said in the beginning, if you have a problem, I can help. There’s several ways, you can ask me questions (and I really answer them), you can check out the latest on our blog and more.

That should keep you busy (and hopefully entertained) for a while.

Dad’s Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning

Dad's Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning book

I believe planning a WDW Vacation is Simple, it’s Fun and it’s definitely Magic. That’s why I wrote a book about it.


Dad’s Simple Fun Magic Guide to Walt Disney World Planning on Amazon


It’s a good book. Trust me!

Dad’s Newsletter

Every Friday, I put out a short newsletter with updates from the week. It’s a Simple newsletter that’s Fun and is always sprinkled with Magic!


Dad’s Bottom Line

I like to end every page with just a little bit of advice, a tip, or a funny story. I call it the Bottom Line. So here’s the Bottom Line for our homepage.


I am driven to help people have Perfect Walt Disney World vacations. I truly want to help make your visit Simple. I want to make it Fun. And I want you to have a Magical time.


Let’s get started on Your Vacation. Your Memories. Your Way!

You're Going to Walt Disney World!!!