Considering that Orlando welcomes nearly 45 million visitors each year, it should come as no surprise that hundreds of websites are devoted to vacationing here. These include information on just about everything, from the history of Walt Disney World to getting around town.
There are several sites written by Disney fans, employees, and self-proclaimed experts. A favorite is all about Hidden Mickeys (www.hiddenmickeys.org), a park tradition. These subtle Disney images can be found scattered throughout the realm, though they sometimes are in the eye, or imagination, of the beholder. Deb's Unofficial Walt Disney World Information Guide (www.allearsnet.com) is the best around, loaded with great tips and information on everything Disney, from the parks and resorts to the restaurants, nightlife, and much more. It now includes information on Universal Orlando as well.
Definitely take a look at Disney's official site, www.disneyworld.com, if you're planning a pilgrimage to the House of Mouse. The website recently got a top-to-bottom overhaul, making it easier to navigate and much more informative. It's loaded with photos and 360-degree views of Disney's resorts, rooms, parks, and more. Magical Gatherings, available on the Disney site, is a free downloadable online tool allowing you to plan your group's Disney vacation, via computer, with other family members (or friends), no matter where they live. You can plan itineraries, take group polls, list everyone's favorites, and even chat to come up with the perfect plan. My Disney Vacation, also available on the Disney site, allows you to plan your entire Disney vacation from start to finish -- you can even create your very own customized theme-park maps to mirror the itinerary you've planned out online.
If you're looking to save a few dollars, try Mousesavers (www.mousesavers.com), which features insider Disney tips and exclusive discounted deals for area hotels, resorts, and packages.