But DT&DW, what exactly is a Disney Bible? Well folks, you’re about to learn.
WDW Prep School is a blog that I thoroughly relied on as I was planning my first trip to Walt Disney World back in 2014. I stumbled upon a blog post that suggests that you create a Disney Planning Binder, which includes printable park maps, crowd calendars, and transportation maps. I put my heart and soul into creating this binder, and it made the rest of my vacation planning a breeze.
Obviously, you can decide which print outs you choose to include, and those you choose not to include. A list of the WDWPrepSchool provided binder inserts are the following:
- Disney World Map
- Best/Worst Parks (to visit on certain days) Chart
- Transportation Map
- Monthly Park Hours
- Trip Planning Worksheet
I took my binder a step further by utilizing some of their other posts, and printing up useful pdf charts I thought would be helpful to have handy. Check out these links as well:
- Dining Plan Credit Value Chart (This post has 2 pdf charts, one for table service, and one for quick service. It will help you decide how to get the best value for your dining credits through the Disney Dining Plan. For example, you might want to use your 1 credit at Akershus for dinner, at $52 a plate, instead of Captain’s Grille for breakfast, which is usually $19 a plate. This thought system helped Steve and I decide what to pay out of pocket for if we decided to book any extra table service meals that surpassed our dining credits.)
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin Tips (If you’re hoping to get the highest score, and become a galactic hero, include this in your binder!)
- Toy Story Midway Mania Tips (Like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, here are some tricks to help you get a higher score on Toy Story Midway Mania)
- Fastpass+ Options for Each Park (You’ll have to write these out, or type them up, but they are definitely good to reference when it comes time to pre-planning your Fastpass reservations before the time comes to make them! I rely on WDW Prep School’s posts for these. Click on the park you need through these links – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom)
- I took the time to do some character locating research on Kenny the Pirate’s blog. He is a great resource for character locating, as well as other information.
- Touring Plans (This website will create itineraries for you, which is really cool. It’s the only thing I have suggested that will cost money, but for my first trip I found that it was worth it to know what order to do the rides in. You can decide if you want to do more walking, or more waiting – which is a fair question when it comes to visiting WDW. This is what touring plans is great for, especially if you like a schedule. If you want to take it leisurely, it allows you to do that as well. Definitely look into it if you enjoy having a schedule, or even a loose schedule.)
Also, Bob Sehlinger and Len Testa put out updated versions each of their book called, “The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018”. It is THE book to have when it comes to getting some more information, in an honest and sometimes sarcastic (in a funny way) tone. These guys get that you’re spending a lot of money on your trip, and that it gets stressful – so they are there to give you the info you need to succeed, while making it funny so you don’t get overwhelmed.
I know that it might seem like a lot of work, but it’s helpful when you have everything to reference in one spot, rather than checking a million websites and digging for archived articles. It was very helpful for me, and helped me keep all of my travel plans and confirmations together.
Now that I’ve thrown a lot of homework at you, go ahead and create your own Disney binder!
Let me know if this works out for you, or if you found anything I didn’t mention that you decided to include in your binder!