Planning Your Trip
I prefer to plan my own trips but I know a lot of people like to use travel agents to assist when traveling to Disney World. If you are looking to plan it yourself, the first thing you should do is download the My Disney Experience app. This will be your go to for all things before your trip and while at the parks.
Disney suspended things like their dining plans and Fast Passes, so some of the headache of planning has been taken away. Now, if you are staying on site, you just need to determine which resort is best for your needs (be sure to check that the resort you want is currently open as there are some that are still not open yet). We chose to stay at Pop Century because it is a "value" resort and we wanted to use our money elsewhere (i.e. Cinderella's Royal Table). I suggest doing cost comparisons to see which resort will work best for your budget based on the number of people in your group.
Once your resort and tickets are booked, you will need to reserve your park day passes. This is important so that Disney can keep to their guest limits within each park. We chose to do Animal Kingdom on Sunday of our trip because weekends tend to be busier, so we wanted to save the bigger parks for weekdays. That is something you should keep in mind if you are trying to avoid big crowds.
Another pre-planning tip: reserve your dining reservations as soon as possible. Disney opens up dining reservations for the sit-down restaurants 60 days prior to the date of your first day on site. Plan ahead as some restaurants fill up fast. We were lucky to get 3 seats at Cinderella's Royal Table the day our dining reservation window opened. This was especially lucky because they are doing so few character experiences right now. We were able to meet her from a social distance. Our table was seated so close to her walkway - my daughter was thrilled. That was the only reservations we decided to make, opting for quick-serve restaurants the rest of the time to keep our plans open for rides we wanted to go on.
Here is a list of some of the musts, regardless of how you plan to travel: