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8 Disney Pro Tips For Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is an amazing place to enjoy a vacation as it features so many different experiences to enjoy. With theme parks, water parks, Disney Springs, Disney Resorts, dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation to enjoy, it is no wonder that guests want to experience as much as possible on each trip to Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, there are just too many experiences to be had to see it all in a single trip but there are definitely ways to make the most of each moment spend in Walt Disney World. Disney pros always follow a series of tips that are designed to save time, energy, money, and frustration and leave guests with the most magical Disney vacation possible. Here are the top 8 Disney pro tips for a perfect Walt Disney World vacation.

8. Stay On Property

With over twenty different options to choose from, staying at a Disney Resort is the easiest way to stay close to the magic at all times while on a Disney vacation. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Each Disney Resort features a unique theme that is carried out through details found in architecture, music, entertainment, dining, shopping, pools, recreation, and landscaping. Disney pros know that staying at a Disney Resort is the best way to get the most out of any Disney vacation.

7. Book FastPasses

One of the best ways to save time on a Disney vacation is by using the FastPass system. FastPasses act as reservations for attractions and experiences that assign guests specific times to enjoy the experience with little to no wait time. Guests are entitled to book up to three FastPasses per day in advance and can then book additional FastPasses after the first three have been used. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and guests who stay elsewhere off property can book thirty days in advance. Disney pros know that some of the best options to book FastPasses for are the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, Soarin’, Toy Story Mania, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Dinosaur, Expedition Everest, and Kali River Rapids.

6. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

Another tip that Disney pros swear by is making Advanced Dining Reservations. All full service dining locations in Walt Disney World accept reservations and many of them are so popular that they tend to fill up fairly far in advance. Guests who are looking to enjoy a full service meal while on their Disney vacation definitely need to book Advanced Dining Reservations which can be made up to one hundred and eighty days in advance. Some of the most popular restaurants which tend to book up first are Le Cellier Steakhouse, Be Our Guest Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, ‘Ohana, and California Grill.

5. Rope Drop

Disney pros also know the importance in arriving for rope drop at the four theme parks each morning. Arriving for rope drop entails getting to a park before it opens and waiting at the gates to be let in. While waiting, guests can enjoy welcome shows and speeches which tease them of all the adventures waiting to be enjoyed once inside. Once the gates are open, guests who arrived for rope drop are some of the first inside the parks where they are rewarded with few crowds, low wait times, and empty walkways.

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4. Use Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can also take advantage of special times in the parks. Extra Magic Hours are only available to guests who stay at Disney Resorts and feature one park opening an hour early each morning and another remaining open up to three hours each night. Extra Magic Hours are amazing times to visit the parks as there are fewer crowds and lower wait times on popular attractions.

3. Take Time To Relax

Trying to make the most of each moment on a Disney vacation can leave a guest exhausted between the hot Florida sun, high temperatures, and endless walking through the parks. Disney pros know that they key to not burning out or becoming cranky on a Disney vacation is taking time each day to relax. Whether it’s swimming in the Disney Resort pool, napping in the room, or simply stopping to enjoy a meal in the air conditioning for a while, pausing to relax a little each day keeps the energy up and guests happy.

2. Don’t Skip The Classics

While there are plenty of popular attractions which many guests tend to beeline to when in the theme parks, there are plenty of other attractions which are considered underrated and are often overlooked by guests. Disney pros know that the underrated attractions are very enjoyable and feature amazing experiences that should not be missed. Guests who enjoy time in Walt Disney World should be sure to enjoy Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Swiss Family Treehouse, the Country Bear Jamboree, Hall of Presidents, Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, Journey Into Imagination with Figment, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Living with the Land, Muppet Vision 3D, Maharajah Jungle Trek, and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail on their next Disney vacation.

1. Take In The Details

Walt Disney World is filled with so many amazing details that one of the best ways to appreciate it all is to simply slow down and take it all in. Disney pros love to spend time taking in their surroundings, checking out things they might have overlooked or missed, and enjoying all of the amazing details that make a Disney vacation so magical.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello 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.