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Disney World! It’s magical. It’s expensive. It requires so. much. planning.

And while it’s fun to scroll through photos of the latest mouse-shaped snacks and castle ~aesthetic~ updates on Instagram, that social media habit just ain’t gonna help you when it comes to long lines, crowded parks, or accidentally tripling your vacation budget.

We all know that Disney requires some pretty serious wallet-opening and calendar-clearing, which is exactly why you need a data-driven, research-backed strategy to help you make sure you aren’t wasting precious time or money on your big vacation.

That’s where we come in.

(with our left-brained-strategizing, number-crunching, efficiency-loving, nerd flag flying)

clients are raving

Thank you so much for making our Disney trips magical! The difference in trips before and after discovering your tips and tricks are night and day. We enjoy every minute, hardly ever wait in lines, and are never stressed! Planning is so much easier when you can learn from an expert!

Our trip was magical!

– Megan O., Colorado

I loved being able to plan rides based on research & not just what I wanted to do first. I planned a trip with my husband, parents, niece & 2 nephews last year and we were able to ride EVERYTHING. It was wonderful! :) Thank you for that. 

We rode EVERYTHING!

– danielle connor

The products and content you guys provide/share are wonderful. I appreciate that they’re legit and useful and not full of fluff or the things you can find on most other sites. The FB group is legit as well. So helpful!

Not just fluff products!

– Michelle D., Alabama

Back in 2017, when Ali Wigle – an INFJ, margarita enthusiast (with salt!), and chips & queso devotee – was planning an exit from her nursing career, she noticed a big old hole in the Disney content world.

While there was SO MUCH WDW-related info out there, a lot of it was fluffy and cheesy, too vague or too complex, not based on what an actual visitor would experience (hello, influencer + media events), or just plain clickbait (ew).

An instant best-selling FastPass guide and an exit from her former nursing career quickly turned a side hustle into a small company.

Each year, her strategies help more than 20,000+ people skip long lines, make the most of their time at the parks, and experience the Walt Disney World vacations of their dreams.

When she’s not overwhelming herself with her latest spreadsheet project, you can find Ali listening to jazz, browsing real estate she can’t afford, and/or eating pizza and cake – all while under a fuzzy blanket. 

How it all started...

An instant best-selling FastPass guide and an exit from her former nursing career quickly turned a side hustle into a a small company.

Each year, her strategies help more than 20,000+ people skip long lines, make the most of their time at the parks, and experience the Walt Disney World vacations of their dreams.

When she’s not overwhelming herself with her latest spreadsheet project, you can find Ali listening to jazz, browsing real estate she can’t afford, and/or eating pizza and cake – all while under a fuzzy blanket. 

Back in 2017, when Ali Wigle – an INFJ, margarita enthusiast (with salt), and chips & queso devotee – was planning an exit from her nursing career, she noticed a big old hole in the Disney content world.

While there was SO MUCH WDW-related info out there, a lot of it was fluffy and cheesy, too vague or too complex, not based on what an actual visitor would experience (hello, influencer + media events), or just plain clickbait (ew).

It's not your typical Disney site over here!

How?

We like to keep it straightforward – and all about you. Because you don’t need another social media selfie of someone eating ice cream at the Magic Kingdom—you need to know what time to arrive, the quickest way to get there, and what to do first.
 
We’re not here to overwhelm you with random tips and tricks—we’re here to set you up to win. With everything to do, book, see, hack, and recheck, our courses and products ensure that you’re not just an expert, but an organized one.
 
We keep it real and unbiased. If we recommend something, it’s because we’ve tried it ourselves and love it. That new hand-crafted Early Entry/Rope Drop plan in The Parks Strategy Playbook? It comes from mathematical-based research and has been tested – and re-tested – by our in-park researchers.

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clients are raving

Your tips and hacks are by far the best I've seen. Thorough and REAL. I appreciate your attention to detail and your candor. Best find ever!!! Can't wait for my trip in August to test out my new knowledge!

Best hacks I've ever seen!

– Kerry F., North Carolina

I absolutely love wish upon a planner, I’ve gotten so many good tips from getting on rides to the best snacks! We go to Disney the end of august and I plan on sitting down with my blue prints and mapping it all out. Thank you for creating a fun informational place to go for planning a Disney vacation.

It's so fun planning our Disney vacation now!

– Nicole G., New Jersey

Because of your Disney Vacation Club course my family was able to stay at Polynesian for Christmas for $199 a night and again this past Christmas at Animal Kingdom Lodge for $210 a night!!! I am now a DVC Renting Pro!

I am now a DVC Renting Pro!

– Spring B., Florida

Your FOMO-crushing, park expert new pals

Seriously, our favorite thing to do is to teach busy people like you how to plan stress-free Disney (and Universal!) vacations, learn serious strategies to avoid waiting in long lines, and use algorithms and technology to your advantage so you can have fun, relax, and enjoy that Disney magic.

Oh, and still, ya know, be on speaking terms with your family (and bonus points: not totally broke) when vacation is over.

Everything  You've (N)Ever Wanted to Know About the Wish Upon a Planner Team

Go-to beverage?
Margarita +on the rocks, with salt, extra limes, and maybe a jalapeno, plz

Most unique travel experience of your life?
Lagoon swimming with bioluminescent plankton in Oaxaca (Google image it!)

Ali – CEO and Founder, Colorado

Go-to beverage?
If we're talking adult version, it changes easily, but usually a chilled glass of wine or a good Hefeweizen. 

Most unique travel experience of your life?
Going to the Fallas Festival in Valencia, Spain. Absolutely wild. 

Amy – Customer Experience Manager, New York

Go-to beverage?
Most common go-to is a glass of red wine. Girls' Night? Tito's & soda with lime ;)

Most unique travel experience of your life?
An exhilarating yet hair-raising bike ride down the switchbacks of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica and getting to drink freshly ground Blue Mountain coffee after.

Irina – Content Production, Michigan

Go-to beverage?
Tequila & soda, with lime.

Most unique travel experience of your life?
Zip-lining in Costa Rica!

Emily – Customer Support, south carolina

Favorite time… 
Resort: The Boardwalk (Animal Kingdom Lodge is a v close second)
Attraction: Splash Mountain & Peter Pan’s Flight
Experience: Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto
Food: Homecomin’ Mac & Cheese
Drink: Classic Chozas & the El Diablo from La Cava (ch’yeahhhh baby).  

Favorite time… 
Resort:
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Attraction: Tower of Terror
Experience: H2O Glow After Hours at Typhoon Lagoon
Food: Chips & Queso at La Cava del Tequila
Drink: HippopotoMai-Tai from Trader Sam's Grog Grotto


Favorite time… 
Resort: Animal Kingdom Lodge, hands down.
Attraction: Haunted Mansion & Expedition Everest. Two very different vibes.
Experience: Fireworks. There's something magical and especially nostalgic about them. 
Food: Nothing beats a Dole Whip on a hot park day (not even you, Citrus Swirl). Meal-wise? Shrimp & Grits from Tiffins. Absolutely amazing.
Drink: Pina Colava from the Tambu Lounge.

Favorite time…
Resort:
 I’ve only stayed at Coronado Springs, but loved it!
Attractions: Peter Pan’s Flight
Experience: Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian
Food: Nutella Waffle! 
Drink: Margaritas at EPCOT!


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clients are raving

Having planned our first family trip for peak season with younger kids we really wanted a “pro” perspective on how to strategize to make the most of our likely-one-time visit and truly hit the highlights of WDW. The Parks Strategies and Genie+ info have really helped us focus on a plan for each park (and calm confusion about using Genie+). We’re so excited for our trip in 7 days!

We’re so excited for our trip!

– Jennifer L., Ohio

I hadn’t been to Disney in over 10 years which is a lifetime in Disney years, and I felt soooo much more prepared after going through all of your stuff! I was so nervous about Genie+ having gone when it was fairly new but everything worked out great. Also, even though I don’t have a trip planned I LOVE receiving your Listletters every week as they are so fun and informative and give me great ideas for strategy and snacks for future trips, plus allll the Disney vibes. 

I LOVE receiving your Listletters every week!

– Stephanie B., New Jersey

Wish Upon a Planner is wonderful for first timers, been befores but not in a whiles, Disney die-hards, and everyone in between! I promise you don't know it all. There's always something to see, do or review. With Disney things change often and with this service it's easy to keep up and stay in the know with all the tips and tricks that come along with them. Ali and her team have made it their job (literally) to test everything out and provide honest reliable feedback on all that happens at Disney parks. I enjoy the data driven mindset the team has balanced with quite a bit of objective, opinionated reviews from a guest perspective

I enjoy the data driven mindset the team has!

– Jess C., Ohio

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