Here at UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel our team is passionate about sharing their experiences with you. Karen Katelnikoff’s favourite place to visit is Walt Disney World in Florida and she would love to share all that she loves about her “home away from home” with you.
- When is the best time to visit Walt Disney World?
Anytime is the best time to visit Disney! If you would like a slower time to go, September is my favorite.
- How far in advance should travellers start planning their vacation when considering Walt Disney World?
A Disney vacation is like putting together a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. It takes a lot of time. The best time to start planning would be about 8-10 months out. This will insure you do not miss out on an important reservation.
- How many days would you recommend someone spend at Walt Disney World?
I would recommend 7 -10 days so you do not feel too rushed
- Are there benefits to staying at one of the Disney hotels in Florida?
There are a lot of benefits to staying on property. You have extra hours to access the parks; you can book FastPasses as early as 60 days before your trip and have all of the transportation you need to get around the parks. The best part about staying on property though is you feel like you are in the middle of all the magic.
- What Disney hotels would you recommend on property?
Pop Century is the value resort with the best transportation service and of course the tie dyed cheese cake.
Port Orleans Riverside has one of my favorite themed rooms in it called the Royal Guest Room with a special headboard that creates a firework display.
Grand Floridian is my favorite Christmas time hotel. It has a life size gingerbread house that is made of over 600 lbs of gingerbread so the lobby smells amazing.
- What other hotel would you recommend in the Walt Disney World area?
Sheraton Vistana Villages. This is a resort in itself. It has daily activities for the kids if you just want a down day. They have multiple bedroom villas with laundry and a full kitchen. It’s still close to the action but if staying on Disney property is not really your thing, this is a great option.
- What are your top 3 tips for travellers going to Walt Disney World?
Plan ahead, especially if this is your first time. This is not a last minute holiday.
Work with a specialized travel agent so you are not disappointed on things you could miss out on because you didn’t know.
Plan ahead about when and where you are going to eat for the day. If you or your family are hungry, no one is having fun.
- What is your favourite ride or attraction in each of the four Disney parks in Florida?
Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain
Epcot – Soarin’ Around the World
Hollywood Studios – Rock N Roll Coaster
Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest
- Is Walt Disney World just for families?
Disney is not just a family holiday. I have been able to do both types of trips. While it is an amazing family trip with so many memories made, there is something to be said about going as adults only. I was able to attend the food and wine festival at Epcot without worrying about my children under foot. I also found that when I took my children we could either go early in the morning or stay late, never both. I was never ready to leave!
- Are there other nearby attractions that should be included in a vacation in Florida?
I also love Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. If you have older kids or you are on an adult trip these parks are for the more adventurous. This should not be missed if you are a Harry Potter fan.
- What are you looking forward to the most for your next trip to Walt Disney World?
I am trying to wait until Magic Kingdom’s 50th anniversary to go back. By then all of the amazing new expansions should be done and it will be like visiting a new park.
- Why should someone book their Walt Disney World vacation with UNIGLOBE Carefree Travel?
There are so many steps to planning a Disney trip and it can become very overwhelming. I help my clients to organize one thing at a time so they can be well educated and have the best time when they are there. Disney is not just an ordinary family vacation. It is THE family vacation and can be the most magical experience. Even if you book all of your other travel yourself, come to an expert who is always learning about everything new that is going on so that you will not be disappointed.
Ready to start planning your own vacation to the most magical place on Earth? Karen would love to help! Reach out to her by calling 306-934-3400 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.