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10 Things Walt Disney World Insiders Do Every Trip

10. Have their favorite treats

Disney is home to so many unique snacks, and with so many options to choose from it might be hard to narrow down your selections. Thankfully, Disney insiders already know what they absolutely need to have during their vacations. You can call yourself a Disney insider if you’re counting down the days not only because you’re excited for your next trip, but also because you can’t wait for your next Dole whip, churro, Mickey premium bar, or turkey leg.

9. Add to their Disney collection

Whether this means pins, magnets, vinylmation, t shirts, or whatever you happen to collect, chances are a Disney insider’s collection will grow after a visit to the parks. Pin trading is one of my favorite ways to add to my Disney collection while getting to know other Disney insiders and Cast Members during each visit to the parks.

8. Enjoy Disney transportation

Whether it’s the monorail, bus, ferry boat, or even the Walt Disney World Railroad at the Magic Kingdom, you’re definitely a Disney insider if you truly enjoy taking Disney transportation. Disney insiders love taking a spin on the monorail not only so they can get to where they’re going, but also to listen to the spiel and show off their perfect Spanish.

7. Choose souvenirs wisely

Disney insiders will likely recognize the same gimmicky items that pop up in gift shops during each of their trips. This means that they’ll be better prepared to buy unique merchandise that holds a special memory from their trips. These kinds of Disney fans will look for attraction or resort specific merchandise, or maybe something to represent the year of their trip, rather than generic Mickey t shirts.

6. Spend time at their resorts

Disney insiders, who stay at a Disney resort, do so for a reason—because they love the atmosphere of the resorts, and they want to the Disney feel to follow them when they leave the park. This ultimately means that they’ll actually be spending some time at their resorts during their vacation. Whether your hanging out at the pool one day, or making sure to buy those resort-specific souvenirs from the gift shop, you’re probably a Disney insider if your resort is a little bit more special to your than an average chain hotel.

5. Eat at their favorite restaurants

Any Disney insider knows the importance of making dining reservations in advance, to ensure a spot at their favorite restaurants. If you’re planning on eating at Le Cellier or Be Our Guest, you’ve probably already made your reservations.

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4. Plan Fastpass+ selections wisely and in advance

Disney insiders know the attractions to use Fastpasses on, and they book those selections weeks in advance. We know that Toy Story Mania is much more enjoyable with a Fastpass, and we prioritize the mountains in the Magic Kingdom as much as we are able to. If we’re not in the mood for thrill rides, we might use a Fastpass for parade or fireworks viewings, but we know not to use it on attractions that don’t require them such as Journey into Imagination or Mickey’s Philharmagic.

3. See the afternoon parade

The Festival of Fantasy parade is not to be missed by Disney fans visiting the Magic Kingdom. The still relatively new parade has an excellent soundtrack, and beautiful floats with appearances from some of your favorite characters. For the more frequent park visitor, seeing the parade multiple times can be a great way to brush up on your photography skills. Some of my favorite photos from the parks have been captured during this parade.

2. Meet their favorite characters

Devout Walt Disney World fans will always make time to meet certain characters, regardless of how old they are. Whether you have to meet Mickey at least once per trip, or seeing Anna and Elsa has been at the top of your to-do list, you’ll end up spending some time at a couple of meet and greets with your favorites on your next trip.

1. See all of the nighttime shows

Disney insiders make it a priority to see all of the nighttime spectaculars at least once per trip, especially Happily Ever After. Everyone has their own ways of viewing the fireworks—I like to see Happily Ever After on the first and last night of my trip.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany DiCologero Bio Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.