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Visiting Walt Disney World Resort? Check Out These Free Vacation-Planning Tools

posted on August 12th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager

Are you planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation but don’t know where to start? Well, there are actually a lot of complimentary vacation planning tools available out there that can help you plan the perfect trip for your family. Here are some of our favorites.


  • – This essential planning website is where you can begin to explore our theme parks and resorts, buy theme park tickets, make resort and dining reservations, and more. You can also create set up a MyDisneyExperience profile, which lets you organize all of your vacation plans in one place, as well as select FastPass+ for specific attractions you want to experience during your vacation.
  • Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD – When you order your free Disney Parks Vacation Planning DVD, you’ll discover a world of ways to make family memories together, including special tips on how to make the most of the magic. You can also watch online.
  • Ratings & Reviews – Discover what other guests are saying about our Walt Disney World resorts, dining and attractions and start planning your must-sees today!
  • Disney Parks Moms Panel – Got a vacation-planning question? Ask the Disney Parks Moms Panel, our team of talented vacation planners that are ready and waiting to help.
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takahiro on August 12th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I didn’t know about WDW Customized Maps. I just order now!!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 13th, 2014 at 9:29 am

That’s great to hear!


Donna on August 12th, 2014 at 10:24 pm

What about the Moms Panel? Is it still in existence? Seems to have disappeared, never hear anything about it anymore.


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 13th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Yes, of course!


Marc from NY on August 13th, 2014 at 6:40 am

Jennifer don’t forget about the Disney Parks Moms Panel. There are lots of Moms and Dads who are just wanting to help you plan your Disney Parks vacation and answer any questions that you have!


Jennifer Fickley-Baker on August 13th, 2014 at 9:30 am

Yes, they’re a TERRIFIC resource!


James on August 13th, 2014 at 6:57 am

We swear by these Disney features every year – we order the awesome maps which are terrific! It’s fun to pick and choose our rides – granted we love them all. Dining reservations are a snap! The My Disney and Fast Pass selections only add another whole dimension to planning! Thanks Disney!


Bryce on August 13th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Every time try to go to customized maps it will never open the page. Is it because I’m from Canada?


RebeccA from VICTORIA on August 14th, 2014 at 7:23 am

It would be good if the planning DVDs and customised maps were available to those of us outside of the US and Canada. We like planning too!


Casey on January 2nd, 2015 at 10:39 am

I cant figure out how to order the customizable maps. can someone help me get started?


Adrie on January 2nd, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I am also having problems with the customized maps. Does anyone know how to do it? I click on the link and it brings me to a map but then it doesn’t have anything else to order it.


Jennifer on January 2nd, 2015 at 4:16 pm

There used to be a link on the Disney website for the custom maps. We are going in April and I had added a few things on there. However, I cannot access it any more either. Maybe they are working on the page or it isn’t going to be available any longer? Not sure!


Adolph from PA on January 7th, 2015 at 9:13 am

Please bring back the customized maps!! These were great for planning a day in the parks, and with FP+ are almost necessary so that you can make an itinerary and plan out your options and timing. It is kind of difficult to get a group around your laptop or smartphone to look at the online maps.