Even though the October Micechat WDW trip is about 9 months away, there are things now you should do to prepare:
Create a budget – I cannot stress enough how important a budget is. Disney is very expensive, and it is very easy to overspend. Now you should determine how much you can spend on vacation. If it is not as much as you would like, NOW is the time to cut back on expenses to save up for the trip. It is so much better to save for the trip than overspend and charge it. The finance charges will add as much as 40% to the amount you spent at Disney. Why not use that money for the trip?
Buy a digital camera If you don’t own one, now is the time. Look for sales and do internet product research. If your budget cannot afford a camera, then find a friend you can borrow one from. Also now is the time to determine if you need more capacity. I take about 30 to 40 pictures a day. For a 6 day trip, I would need a card to take 240 pictures. I strongly recommend that you also take the largest mega-pixel picture you can. It can always be cropped later. Also make sure that you have back up batteries. Mine are rechargeable so I would make sure that you have at least one backup battery. Remember to take your charger on the trip!
Cell Phone If you plan on getting a new cell phone plan in the next 9 months make sure that it includes free roaming. My plan does not charge for out of state calls. When in Florida, you will want to call home and call your friend there. Make sure that you are not “taking it in the shorts” in you cell bill. Since you have 9 months to work on this, look around for the best cell phone deal before committing.
Luggage Look over the bags you have to determine if you need to replace them. Remember you can always borrow a set if needed. Plan on LOOSELY packing your clothes on the trip. Most people have souvenirs that they want to bring back. I am always surprised at the volume I tend to bring home. I throw a large nylon bag in with my luggage. If I buy too many souvenirs, then I put the extra in it and carry it on. Make sure that you have enough room to carry your treasures home!
Those are my recommendations for now. I will periodically post things here to keep you on track to be totally prepared for the WDW trip! You can start your Disney dreaming now!