Walt Disney World vacations are unlike any other. Believe it or not, the one-of-a-kind environment can be overwhelming and stressful when trying to get to the most out of your Disney stay. With these ten tips, I hope I can help make your vacation go as smooth as possible, while still experiencing all Walt Disney World has to offer.
10. Eat later or earlier:
Because of routines, most families eat lunch at noon and dinner at five. To bypass the masses of people who want to dine at those times, I recommend eating either before or after the dining “rush hours.” For example, if you want a quick service dinner, eat at either 4 or 8pm. Anything in between will probably have you spending more time in line that actually eating your meal. When it comes to sit-down restaurant reservations, anytime is a good dining time, but know that walk-ins will be more difficult to get during peak dining times. Even better… avoid the lines all together with your My Disney Experience App by taking advantage of Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering available at numerous quick service restaurants.
9. Take breaks:
Disney trips tend to be pretty hectic, where guests try to squeeze every possible thing they can manage in a single day. This will quickly turn your “vacation” into a to-do list. With the understanding of how expensive a trip to Walt Disney World can be, I will say this: take breaks. Breaks will give you time to rest, as well as time to plan for the rest of the day. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you.
8. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN:
Between the My Disney Experience app and Disney website, planning your Disney vacation is easier than ever before. You no longer have to worry about getting to the park at rope drop to obtain FastPasses before they run out. Now, you are able to pick three FastPasses for a single park before you even begin your vacation! For those traveling with large groups, this one is definitely a time-saver. The same goes for reservations. Instead of running around the park trying to find a table, plan ahead and you will have a much better chance of getting a table at your first choice restaurants for the time you want.
7. Bring ponchos:
Speaking as an Orlando resident, I wouldn’t skip out on this tip. In the summer it rains every day, without fail. Generally the downpour happens in the early afternoon and comes and goes quickly, but to stay as dry as possible and not have to pause your day taking shelter, bring ponchos. Disney brand ponchos cost a pretty penny, so I recommend buying yours at the dollar store before your vacation.
6. Don’t wear new shoes:
I have made this mistake once, and I will never do it again. Walt Disney World vacations include much more walking than you would think, so make sure to break in your shoes well enough to make that part of your vacation go so much smoother. In the case of a blister, head over to Guest Services by the entrance of every park. There you can ask and they will give you moleskin to put inside your shoes.
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5. Bring a back up phone charger:
Between the My Disney Experience App, social media, and keeping up with your family while in the parks, your phone battery can easily run down. In order to be able to use your phone all you need, pack an on-the-go charger to ensure your battery won’t run out when you need it. You’ll be happy you did!
4. Do research before your trip:
The Walt Disney Company is constantly adding to their parks and resorts. Walt Disney’s ideas revolved around progress, so new rides, shows, restaurants, and other entertainment are always popping up to keep his dreams alive. You never know what may be new or improved in time for your trip. I recommend doing research online before your vacation, in order to know where to go and what to do, making your vacation run as smooth and efficient as possible. Especially if you’re on the dining plan, I would encourage you to learn about what and where you can eat, based on the specific plan you have.
3. Don’t forget the essentials:
In order to keep the “Happiest Place on Earth” a healthy place, don’t forget to bring some necessary vacation supplies. My “Disney Survival Kit” includes sunscreen, ponchos, snacks, a hat (Mickey ears will also do the trick), and a water bottle. With these things in your possession, you will surely be prepared for a Disney day. Florida is the state of endless summer, so I recommend using sunscreen no matter what month it is. Also, staying hydrated is imperative during your stay in Walt Disney World. Constantly walking around and sweating in the parks takes a lot out of you, so make sure to drink plenty of water!
2. Abide to park rules:
A big portion of your time in a Disney park is spent listening to instructions. (Stay behind the yellow line, keep your arms and legs inside the ride vehicle, etc) Wait times increase exponentially when these rules are not followed, making your day not so smooth. There have been times when people have been stopped mid-ride because they tried to stand up or touch a ride decoration. Unless you want to be the “public enemy #1” in the parks, I recommend listening to cast member directions, so that you and other guests can fully enjoy your vacation.
1. Use Guest Services:
At the entrance to every park you’ll find guest services. Here you can ask about lost/found items, first aid assistance, and just about everything else having to do with tickets, dining, and your vacation. This is also a great place to go to pick up park information in different languages, like maps and time guides. Guest Services is a great place to go with a question that cannot be easily answered by the My Disney Experience App or other cast members.
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