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10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World

Guests spend weeks and months dreaming about their Walt Disney World vacations, so it makes sense that want to make the most out of each moment and fully enjoy their vacation. While every minute in Walt Disney World is sure to be enjoyable, there are some tips and tricks for making sure that each moment is as magical as possible and any problems are avoided. These tips are as simple as planning, being knowledgeable, and fully enjoying each moment in order to make the absolute most out of a Walt Disney World vacation. Guests who follow these tips are sure to love the magic from the very first glimpse of Cinderella Castle to the final attraction and head home already dreaming of their next vacation. Here are ten tips for getting the most out of Walt Disney World on any vacation!

10. Book FastPasses

One of the easiest ways to save time and see more on a Disney vacation is by utilizing the FastPass system. All guests who visit the Disney Parks are entitled to use the system and each FastPass acts as a reservation which gives guests a specific time to report to an attraction or experience to enjoy it with little to no wait time. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort are allowed to book their FastPasses sixty days in advance and guests who stay off property can book thirty days in advance, and all guests are entitled to three FastPasses per day. FastPasses are a great way to enjoy very popular attractions while avoiding lengthy wait times. Some of the best options to book FastPasses for are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan’s Flight, Soarin’ Around the World, Frozen Ever After, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur.

9. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

In addition to FastPasses, guests should also plan ahead and book Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs). Advanced Dining Reservations can be made up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and are completely necessary for popular restaurants which tend to book quickly. By having Advanced Dining Reservations, guests ensure that they can enjoy the meals they would like and not end up turned away from a fully booked restaurant. Some of the best options to book Advanced Dining Reservations for are ‘Ohana, Le Cellier Steakhouse, and California Grill.

8. Stay On Property

A great way to make any Walt Disney World vacation more magical is by staying on property at a Disney Resort. With over twenty options to choose from, Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best rates, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Guests are sure to find the perfect Disney Resort for them and then enjoy complimentary perks like Disney service, amazing pools and dining options, unique shopping locations, Disney transportation, early FastPass selections, and Extra Magic Hours.

7. Use Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay at a Disney Resort simply must take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. These special times in the park are only available to Disney Resort guests and typically involve one park opening an hour early each morning and another remaining open up to three hours later each evening. Since only Disney Resort guests can enter the parks at these times, there are fewer crowds, lower wait times, and more opportunities to enjoy popular attractions and experiences.

6. Use Disney Transportation

Disney Resort guests also have access to complimentary Disney transportation which makes staying on property a total breeze. Depending on the Disney Resort, guests can simply board a bus, monorail, ferry, or boat to be whisked away to the four theme parks, Disney Springs, and Disney water parks. Since Disney transportation is constantly running throughout each day, guests are sure to find getting around property easy and never find themselves waiting very long for a ride.

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5. Be Familiar with the Parks

A great way to make the most of each moment in Walt Disney World is by being familiar with the four theme parks. Guests who are familiar with the layout, attractions, and experiences in each park will save time by knowing where things are located and not having to constantly stop to consult a map or ask for directions. In addition, guests who are familiar with attractions and experiences will be sure to know which are the right ones for them to enjoy and avoid any options that may be too thrilling or intense.

4. Take Breaks

With so many amazing things to experience in Walt Disney World, it can be easy to get caught up in the rush of trying to see and do everything throughout a single vacation. Simply put, this is just not possible. Guests can easily exhaust themselves trying to see it all, and a great way to avoid burning out is by taking a break each day. Guests should be sure to take some time each morning, afternoon, or night to either relax by the pool, enjoy a nap in the room, or sit down and enjoy a meal in the air conditioning to cool off, rest up, and be ready to tackle the rest of the day in the parks.

3. Line Up Early

Some of the most amazing experiences at Walt Disney World come in the form of parades, fireworks, or nighttime shows. These experiences are extremely popular with guests who all want the best views possible. Since the parades and nighttime experiences tend to be so crowded, guests are smart to line up at least an hour early to secure a great viewing spot. Some of the experiences to line up early for include the Festival of Fantasy Parade, Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, and Fantasmic!

2. Meet the Characters

An amazing way to make the most of a Disney vacation is by taking the time to meet some of the popular Disney characters! Throughout the four theme parks and Disney Resorts are plenty of opportunities to meet characters including Mickey, Minnie, the Disney Princesses, Winnie the Pooh and friends, and many more! Whether guests want to visit specific meet and greet locations or opt to enjoy character meals where the characters take the time to visit each dining table, there are plenty of opportunities to make some great memories meeting beloved characters.

1. Don’t Skip the Classics

Some guests might spend their Disney vacations focused on only experiencing the popular and thrilling attractions, but by doing so they miss out on other experiences which are just as amazing. Underrated attractions and experiences in Walt Disney World tend to be overlooked, but each help to contribute to an amazing vacation. Some attractions to not miss include Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Living with the Land, Muppet Vision 3D, and It’s Tough To Be A Bug.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.