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Published: December 25, 2020 Updated: April 22, 2024

If you’re planning a trip to Disney World and want to know all of the tips and tricks to making it a great trip, you’re in the right place. If you want to go to Disney World and have no idea where to start, you’re also in the right place.

Here’s the thing:

  • most people don’t plan ahead of time and they end up missing out and wasting a lot of time during their trip
  • all of the magical things you may have dreamt about (like eating breakfast in the castle) aren’t possible unless you plan

That’s why this site was created: to share the tips for planning the trip you’ve dreamt about.

We’ll break it down into steps to make it more manageable.



16 Parents On The Hacks That Help Them Survive Disney Parks – Huffington Post

How to visit Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney with kids – Today Parents

22 Disney World Tips and Secrets Every Visitor Should Know, According to Experts – Good Housekeeping

Theme Park News: On Disney World’s Birthday, Old Favorites Leave and New Favorites Arrive – SYFY

The Best Disney World Vacation Hacks – Wall Street Journal

Everything You Need to Know Before Booking a Disney Vacation – Travel and Leisure

A New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Bar Is Coming To Disney World This Fall – Bustle

Which Days Can You Eat At Disney World For Free In 2018? The “Free Dining Dates” May Be Worth Scheduling A Trip Around – Bustle

Reasons Why People Love Staying at Disney Resorts – CheatSheet

How To Plan For The Two Most Crucial Days On Any Disney Vacation – Travel and Leisure

Don’t Get the Disney Credit Card. This Other Disney Card Is Better. – Wirecutter (A New York Times Company)

Disney villains have their night at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween – Fox News

Meet Shannon Albert of Prep School Productions – Voyage Dallas

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Hi, I’m Shannon Albert.

Shannon Albert

I created WDW Prep School in 2012 after planning several trips for myself and others, so that other people could learn the tips and tricks to plan their own trips.

Somebody once said that I take my fun job very seriously, which is 100% true. My approach is give you plenty of information so that you can put together good plans, and then encourage you to combine plans with flexibility to make the most of your vacation time.

What started as a website soon grew to also include the WDW Prep To Go podcast, active social media accounts, and a Patreon community.



What used to be an every-other-year trip schedule became 2-3 times a year, and now we go to Disney World every 4-6 weeks. Things change so quickly and frequent trips are so handy to stay on top of the latest and greatest information.


No, we pay for our own travel. In the rare instance that something is provided for us, we will always disclose that.