George Herbert never knew Walt Disney World, but I do. This business, much like this blog post, had to start somewhere. I am Daniel VanBeek, owner of Big Castle Travel. I have a passion for planning incredible vacations to Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Big Castle Travel starts here.
Instead of rehashing the information here, you can read our story on our About Us page. This blog post seeks to share the tools and knowledge that led me on the path to creating Big Castle Travel. I am transparent in everything I do. Here are my favorite websites, bloggers, and information that led me to starting a travel agency specializing in all things Disney!
Websites about Walt Disney World
- www.disneyworld.disney.go.com – This is the main website for Disney World, run by Disney. “But Daniel, you’re a travel agent. Disney is your main competition! Why would you link to them??” Because the official information you need is right there, straight from the mouse.
- www.wdwnt.com – WDW News Today updates readers with park-specific photo reports, food reviews, and general news about Disney. Sometimes their rumor reports can be a little out there, but this is a perfect spot to get your park info.
- www.mousesavers.com – MouseSavers.com was the first website I found when I began my Disney planning journey long ago. Their encyclopedic and anecdotal travel knowledge is impressive!
Favorite Disney World Bloggers
- www.timtracker.com – TheTimTracker and his wife Jenn (and their soon-to-be baby boy!) are our absolute favorite vloggers for Disney content. I found his video about Animal Kingdom Lodge when we were planning our first trip. Kelly and I quickly got lost into the world of the Tracker family. Subscribe to his YouTube channel and you won’t regret it!
- www.disneyfoodblog.com – It is not a cheesy joke to say that A.J. and her team are always cooking up scrumptious videos and blog posts. We don’t decide what we want to eat at Disney until we have consulted DFB’s latest information.
- Prince Charming Dev is our other must-watch Disney vlogger. His style, delivery, and constant support of other Disney vloggers is endearing and engaging.
Tools and Info About Disney Planning
- Undercover Tourist’s Crowd Calendar will mentally prepare you for the crowds when you finally get to the magic.
- Mouse Dining’s Reservation Alerts are key for getting your Disney Advanced Dining Reservations (ADR) set. They are especially useful for last minute changes!
- The My Disney Experience Mobile App is your key to keeping the official portions of your vacation organized. Seriously, get this app!
There are so many more great bloggers and tools out there that you can use to plan your vacation. If that seems too daunting, then that is what I am here for! Fill out the Get a Quote form today and I will take care of the planning for you.
I always want to stay up to date on my Disney info. If you have a favorite tool or blogger, let me know in the comments below!