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Top 8 Disney Pro Tips for Walt Disney World

You are going to want to make the most of every second of your Walt Disney World vacation. The last thing that you need is a stressful time in Central Florida. Here are eight tips that Disney pros know that might help you to cut back on the stress of your vacation.

8. Budget Your Spending

You don’t want to take years to pay off your vacation credit card bills. Set a budget before you leave home, and stick to it. Disney Gift Cards can be a great way to keep your spending under control. Purchase Disney Gift Cards for each day of your trip, and use those as your spending money for food and souvenirs. Check your local discount stores, they sometimes sell Disney Gift Cards for less than face value. That will help you to spend a little bit less than you would have otherwise.

7. Watch Wishes Outside of the Magic Kingdom

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is an incredible way to end a day at the Magic Kingdom. It is one of the best fireworks displays that you will ever see, and you should experience it from inside the park at least once on your vacation. The show is also breathtaking when you watch it from one of the Magic Kingdom resorts, and it’s a lot easier to get out after the show is over. One of the best places to watch Wishes from is California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. If you can’t get a reservation to the restaurant don’t worry, the resort also has an observation deck. While you’re making plans to watch Wishes don’t forget to find out what time you can see the Electrical Water Pageant. This fun floating show can be enjoyed from many spots in the Magic Kingdom Resort Area. It’s a hidden gem, most people have no idea that it exists. It takes place weather permitting.

6. Try for a Fourth FastPass+

FastPass+ has been around for a while now. It is pretty well known that you can reserve three rides or shows in advance online, or by using the My Disney Experience App. All three need to be in the same park. What many people don’t realize is that you can get a fourth FastPass+. The rules are a bit different, you need to have used all three already (don’t skip one) and you can’t use the App, you have to do it in the park. Just look for a FastPass+ station and a Cast Member will help you. After you’ve used the fourth FastPass+ you can go back again. Many Disney pros will make their original selections as early in the day as possible, and then keep going back and making more reservations to get the most out of the system and wait in as few lines as possible.

5. Spend Some Time Outside of the Parks

There is no denying that the Walt Disney World theme parks are all amazing. Many people dream of riding Space Mountain, and the look on a child’s face when he or she sees Mickey for the first time is priceless. But there is so much more to do at Walt Disney World than visit the theme parks. Ride a horse at Tri-Circle-D Ranch, soar high above the water at Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, or pamper yourself with a spa day. Spend some time exploring the different resorts, take a walk, or rent a bike. Walt Disney World is amazing outside of the theme parks as well.

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4. Don’t Try to Wing It

One of the biggest mistakes that someone can make is to show up at Walt Disney World without a plan. Familiarize yourself with the parks before you leave home. Learn about the rides and make your FastPass+ reservations. Have an idea of where you want to head when you arrive, which quick service restaurant you want to try for lunch, and where you plan to stake your claim for the Wishes. Having a plan can help you to get more out of your day, but don’t be afraid to stray from that plan if necessary.

3. Take Care of Yourself

A Walt Disney World vacation is exhausting. It is important that you take care of yourself and your loved ones while you are there. Watch what you eat, drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, and get some sleep. If you and your family are tired, cranky, bloated, and sunburned, no one will have a good time.

2. Enjoy One Splurge Meal

There are many unique restaurants at Walt Disney World. Unfortunately, the food is expensive, so you might be tempted to skip the Disney restaurants for a cheaper alternative. Plan one dining splurge while you’re on your Walt Disney World vacation, even if you’re on a tight budget. Your splurge could be a character meal, or maybe instead it’s a romantic evening without the kids. Make sure that your splurge includes appetizers and dessert. Walt Disney World is more than just theme parks, there is also great dining. Disney pros will make a special meal part of their vacations.

1. Don’t Sweat the Small Things

No matter how much you plan or how prepared you think you are, things are going to happen while on your vacation. You might see on the My Disney Experience App that the Wait Time for Spaceship Earth is only five minutes so you want to hurry the family across the park, but your three-year-old sees Mary Poppins and wants a picture. Take that picture, even if it means that the line for Spaceship Earth grows a bit longer. You’re not going to see and do everything on one Walt Disney World vacation, so don’t be hard on yourself. Don’t spend your vacation getting mad because it’s taking too long to walk to the next ride, because you have a blister, or because your little one wants ice cream. Too many families waste a day at Walt Disney World because they get angry over things that happen that weren’t part of the plan. Don’t sweat the small things, and just enjoy yourself.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.