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8 Game Changing Tips For An Awesome Walt Disney World Vacation

A Walt Disney World vacation is a truly magical experience that guests can spend months looking forward to. From classic and thrilling attractions in the four theme parks and splashing around in the two water parks to shopping and dining in Disney Springs and relaxing at a Disney Resort, there is so much to see and do while in Walt Disney World. Guests spend so much time looking forward to their Disney vacations that they obviously want to make the most of each moment, see as much as possible, and have the best time ever. There are some simple tips to follow to ensure that a Disney vacation is amazing, from doing some planning and research at home to following a few simple tips and suggestions once on vacation. By following these few tips, guests are sure to head into their Disney vacation ready to have the best time ever with their friends and family. Here are eight game changing tips for an awesome Disney vacation.

8. Pick The Right Resort

Before leaving home, guests can kick off their perfect Disney vacation by making sure that they select the perfect 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 deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in between. By knowing which category fits their budget, guests can then choose from several options each with unique themes, amenities, locations, pools, and dining. By selecting from a few options instead of a massive list, guests are sure to pick the right Disney Resort for them.

7. Make A Tentative Schedule

Guests should also take a look at the park hours throughout their Disney vacation and create a tentative schedule. By knowing which park or parks they would live to head to on each day, they can avoid time spent trying to figure out a plan each morning and instead head straight out to start their days.

6. Book FastPasses

By having a tentative schedule, guests can also be aware of which parks they will be in on certain days making FastPass booking a breeze. FastPasses act as reservations for attractions which allow guests to return at a designated time to enjoy the experience with little to no wait. Guests are allowed three FastPasses per day and can book a fourth one once the initial three have been used. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and those who stay off property can book thirty days ahead of time. Guests can save lots of time that would have otherwise been spent waiting on lines by booking FastPasses for more popular attractions like Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin, and Space Mountain.

5. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

There are plenty of amazing places to eat throughout Walt Disney World, and it is imperative for guests to plan ahead and make dining reservations. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be booked up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and are totally necessary for popular restaurants like Be Our Guest, ‘Ohana, California Grill, and Le Cellier Steakhouse. Guests who book their Advanced Dining Reservations ahead of time save time and frustration in the parks and avoid being turned away from fully booked restaurants.

4. Be Familiar With The Parks

A great way to make sure that guests have an amazing time on their Walt Disney World vacation is to be familiar with the parks. Guests should have an idea of where things are located to avoid having to continually stop and consult a map or ask for directions. Guests should also be familiar with what certain attractions entail, like knowing which ones might be too thrilling for some party members or which ones can be skipped over in favor of another experience. By being familiar with things ahead of time, guests can save a lot of time and frustration once in the parks.

3. Take Time To Relax

One of the most important tips that guests can utilize while on a Disney vacation is being sure to take time to relax each day. With high temperatures, lots of crowds, and insane amounts of walking, guests can easily become exhausted. Taking time each day to either take a nap at the Disney Resort, go swimming, or sit down or enjoy a meal can give guests a chance to relax for a little while and recharge.

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2. Have Must Dos

With so many amazing things to see and do while in Walt Disney World, guests have to accept that it is simply not possible to experience it all on one vacation. Instead, guests should be sure to have a list of must do attractions, experiences, and dining to ensure that they get to see the things that they absolutely can’t miss.

1. Line Up Early For Things

Once on a Disney vacation, there are plenty of experiences which are very popular with guests and require a little bit of advanced planning to be enjoyable. Guests are very smart to follow the simple tip of lining up early for things like parades, fireworks, and live shows. By lining up at least an hour early and ensuring that they have a great view, guests will be sure to enjoy every moment of the experience and have an amazing time.

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.