Every Disney pro has their own tips and tricks that they’ve gathered over their many visits to the parks. As you visit Disney World you’ll collect your own tips to pass onto others, but in the meantime, here are 11 tips to get you started. These tips will help you tackle the parks and hopefully increase the enjoyment of your next Disney World vacation.
One of the best tips for doing Disney, is to have a plan. Some people like to have more a plan than others, but the important thing is to have any kind of plan. Know which park you’re going to when, make advance dining reservations, book your Fastpasses. This will give your day some organization and you won’t waste time in line, looking for a restaurant with an open table, and you won’t feel as overwhelmed by the options. A little planning will lead to more enjoyment while you’re at the parks.
10. Show Your Disney Side
Disney World is the perfect place to bust out all your Disney gear. Wear your Disney shirts, put your Disney pins on, wear your ears, try Disney Bounding, whatever your Disney style is, show it off at the parks!
9. Park Hop
Park hopping can be a great way to fill your day with more magic. Visit Magic Kingdom in the morning before the lines get long, and then head over to Epcot to have a delicious meal in the World Showcase. Or you might just want to head over to Animal Kingdom to experience Pandora at night after spending a day at Hollywood Studios. If you’re flexible and feeling adventurous, park hopping is a great way to cram a lot of fun and different experiences all into one day.
8. Shop Later
The shops at the parks all stay open after the park officially closes, so do your shopping then. Use the park hours to experience the attractions, and then shop on your way out of the park.
7. Stay on Property
To get the full Disney experience, you have to stay on property. Staying on property means you’re surrounded by Disney magic for your entire stay, and there are multiple benefits. Free transportation, Disney character wake-up calls, and Extra Magic Hours are a huge plus to staying at a Disney resort. Also, you can take Disney’s Magical Express and have your park purchases sent back to your resort for pick up. The convenience and immersive nature of the resorts is why Disney pros continue to stay on property. It’s our home away from home!
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6. Disney Walls
Disney walls make the perfect background for a photo. Social media, and Instagram accounts are filled with people taking their photo in front of the unique walls around Disney. This was something Disney fans started doing and it became so popular Disney now has PhotoPass Photographers stationed at some of the walls. So if you want some iconic Disney photos that are also trendy, find a wall! The Purple Wall in Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland and the Popsicle Wall in Hollywood Studios’ Toy Story Land are two popular walls that create simple, but perfect background for Disney photos.
5. Disney Springs
Disney Springs may not have attractions like the parks, but it is a destination on its own. Not only is it a beautiful place to stroll aroun, but there’s amazing shopping (both Disney and non-Disney) and incredible dining options for every palate and budget. Plan on having dinner here one night during your trip, spend some time in the World of Disney, and then pop into some of the other shops like, Zara and Sprinkles for cupcakes!
4. Use Uber or the Minnie Vans
While the transportation system at Disney is wonderful and free, there are times when it might be worth it to use Uber or the new Minnie Vans. These can come in handy when you’re short on time, or just don’t feel like waiting for your boat or bus to arrive. Uber and the Minnie Vans are also really handy when you have an early morning breakfast reservation, but the buses aren’t running quite yet.
3. Visit the Resorts
Don’t limit your plans to the parks. The resorts at Disney are well worth visiting. Each resort has something unique to offer guests, even if you aren’t staying there. They are great places to make dining reservations, do some shopping, visit a spa, or just explore the grounds. It’s also a great way to scope out where you might want to stay on your next vacation.
2. Breakfast at the Parks
There are so many reasons to get to the parks for rope drop. The parks are less crowded, the attraction lines are shorter and being able to walk through a relatively empty park is the best feeling. A good way to ensure you’re at the parks early is to plan on having breakfast in the park. You can make an early breakfast reservation at many of the restaurants in the parks, like Be Our Guest, Garden Grill and the Crystal Palace to name just a few. You can also grab something quick to eat in the parks, like cinnamon buns, or waffles and of course coffee.
1. Visiting at the Right Time
The ‘right time’ to visit Disney depends on a lot of things, but Disney pros know what to take into consideration. It could mean choosing to visit during a festival, like the Epcot Food & Wine Festival or the Flower & Garden Festival. It could mean avoiding holidays and peak crowds, or visiting when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is running or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Find out what is happening at the parks during each season and use that knowledge to pick the right time for you to visit Disney.