Whether you are spending a week at Walt Disney World or if you are only there for a day, you will want to make the most of every single moment. That’s what this list is all about. Here are ten suggestions to help you to get the most out of your day. If you have any suggestions for helping others, please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
10) Arrive Before Rope Drop
In order to get the most out of a day at Walt Disney World, you need to be there before the crowds show up. The best way to do that is to arrive before rope drop. At the Magic Kingdom, Main Street, U.S.A. opens an hour before the rest of the park. Take advantage of that, grab something to eat, and get ready to hit a ride that you didn’t get a FastPass+ for. At the other three parks you will also want to arrive early. You’ll be amazed by how much you can do at the beginning of the day.
9) Watch the Fireworks
The Walt Disney World fireworks are incredible, no matter which show you see. The fireworks are magical. They are the best way to end your day. If you’re at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which does not have fireworks, stay for Rivers of Light instead. The show is beautiful.
8) Take a Break
A day at Walt Disney World can be physically exhausting. That will make everyone in your party cranky, which will not make for a great experience. Take a break in the middle of your day. If possible, head back to your hotel for a nap. If that won’t work, plan to watch a sit down show or two in the middle of the day. Find a place to get off of your feet for a little while and allow yourself to recharge. You’ll then feel ready to face the parks again.
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7) Take Lots of Pictures
There are beautiful photo spots in all four Walt Disney World theme parks. The water parks, the resorts, and Disney Springs also have things that you will want to remember. With a cell phone in your pocket, it is easy to take pictures. If you have Memory Maker, look for PhotoPass photographers and take advantage of the system. You will stare at your pictures over and over again once you are back home.
6) Hit Something Less Popular
Standing in long lines can become tiring and frustrating. That is why you need to look for something with a shorter line. Use the My Disney Experience App and check the Wait Times. For example, if you just waited over an hour for Space Mountain, head nearby to Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress immediately after you get off. There’s usually little or no wait, and you’ll feel accomplished because you hit two attractions in a short amount of time. You also might find a new favorite.
5) Use Park Hopper
Some frequent guests swear by Park Hopper, others think that is an added expense that isn’t needed. If you want to get the most out of a day, Park Hopper can help. You can hit all of your favorites in one park in the morning, then enjoy a different park that afternoon.
4) Take Care of Yourself
If you don’t take care of yourself and the other members of your party, you won’t have a great day at Walt Disney World. Make sure you drink plenty of water. Use sunscreen. Wear comfortable walking shoes that are broken in. Have sunglasses and a hat for everyone. If you feel sick, you will be miserable. The same is true if you end up with a sunburn or blisters. Take care of yourself, and you will have a better time.
3) Enjoy at Least One Full Service Meal
There are two reasons why you should enjoy a full service meal while you’re at Walt Disney World. First, it will give you a chance to get off of your feet for a little while and relax. Second, the food at the full service restaurants is fantastic, and the themes are as well. You can find anything from sushi to pizza made with imported wheat. There are so many choices for full service dining that you will probably have a hard time deciding. You might want to consider a character meal. You will eat as much as you want, and you will get fun pictures at the same time.
2) Use FastPass+
To make the most of your time, you will need to use FastPass+. The free service will let you wait in three fewer lines during your day, and maybe even more. You can make three selections ahead of time, and after you’ve used those you can make a fourth on the My Disney Experience App. If you make your first three reservations as early as possible, you can theoretically make more reservations all day long. Remember that the top attractions will most likely not be available the day that you’re there, but you still can save a considerable amount of time.
1) Know Your Limits
It is not possible to do everything in one day. Know your limits, and remember that you will not be able to do it all. If you head to a park and think that you will be able to hit every ride, watch every show, and enjoy three full service meals (plus snacks), then you’ll end up disappointed. If you decide ahead of time that you’ll be happy hitting your must-dos and just spending time at Walt Disney World, you will have a great day.