When it comes to planning a trip to Walt Disney World, there are a lot of questions that will be asked over and over again. Here are ten of the top questions and their brief answers. For the most part, they assume that the person asking knows little about Walt Disney World.
10. When Is Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Opening?
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the Star Wars themed land that is under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is scheduled to open “late fall 2019”. No more information has been given. If you can’t wait that long, the California version at Disneyland Park will open “summer 2019”.
9. Can I Bring in Snacks?
Many people assume that Disney wants every dining dollar, so you can’t bring in snacks. That’s not true at all, snacks and drinks are allowed. You can’t bring in glass bottles, and you can’t bring in alcohol. Pretty much everything else is allowed. Make sure that your snacks will hold up well in your bag under the Florida sun.
8. Is It Better to Stay On or Off Property?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Staying off property is usually less expensive. Staying on property will allow you all kinds of benefits, including a free ride to and from Orlando International Airport. You need to decide what you can afford and what is important to you for your stay.
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7. Should I Get the Disney Dining Plan?
The Disney Dining Plan is available to those who are staying at a Walt Disney World owned resort. It’s a way to include your meals in your vacation costs. The Disney Dining Plan is convenient, but it is not meant to save you money. Occasionally the plan is offered for free to guests who meet certain criteria, but Free Dining could be discontinued any year.
6. How Long Should I Stay?
This is also up to you. There are four theme parks at Walt Disney World, plus two water parks, a shopping and entertainment district, and much more. Walt Disney World is exhausting, so it’s never a bad idea to give yourself extra time so that you can take a break. Many people will tell you that you need to stay at least a week, but plenty have stayed for less than that and still had a fantastic time.
5. When Can I Make Dining Reservations?
Most full service dining options accept reservations. You can make them 180 days in advance, and some places like Be Our Guest Restaurant often fill up that quickly. Online reservations open at 6:00am, or you can call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463) starting at 7:00am. Both times are Eastern.
4. What Is FastPass+?
FastPass+ is an electronic system that allows you to wait in a shorter line. You can make your reservations online or by using the My Disney Experience App. If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel you can make your reservations 60 days in advance, for everyone else it’s 30. There’s a limited number available for each attraction that offers the service. You need to have a My Disney Experience Account and a ticket linked to the account in order to make the reservations. You can make three a day ahead of time, and they all need to be in the same park. Once you’re in the park, just scan your MagicBand or ticket at the FastPass+ entrance when it’s your return time. After you’ve used all three, you can go back on the My Disney Experience App and book another reservation. It’s a simple system to use.
3. Where Can I Get Cheap Tickets?
The simple answer to this question is that you can’t get cheap tickets. There are some discounts, but you’ll only save a few dollars. Make sure that you buy tickets directly from Disney or from a Disney Authorized Ticket Seller. Don’t buy tickets from a stranger online, and don’t trust places in Central Florida that promise “Cheap Tickets”. You could end up with used or counterfeit tickets, which won’t get you into the parks.
2. When Is the Least Crowded Time of Year?
Between expansions and a decent economy, there are no days at Walt Disney World that aren’t crowded anymore. If you picture being able to walk right onto Space Mountain you will be disappointed. The crowds are heavier when schools are in session. Some of the most crowded times are Thanksgiving week, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and the week of Independence Day. The entire month of July is packed, and so are three day weekends. Remember that just because schools are in session does not mean that there won’t be kids. Plenty of families take their kids out of school for a Walt Disney World vacation.
1. What’s the Best Time of Year to Visit?
Least crowded and best are two totally different things, so this is a separate question. The best time of year depends on what you like. There are now four festivals annually at Epcot, and they are all unique and fun. Summers bring extra magic into the parks, with special shows, characters, and dance parties. The Magic Kingdom at Halloween is decorated perfectly, but without any scares, and you can buy a ticket for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Once November rolls around, the parks and the resorts get ready for Christmas, and no one does the holidays like Disney! There is no wrong time to go to Walt Disney World, there is magic around each corner every day of the year.