How To Improve Your Next Walt Disney World Vacation

Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

You’ve been to Walt Disney World and had a great time, but maybe you felt like something was missing or you want to add a little extra magic during your next trip.  We have ways you can improve your next Walt Disney World Vacation.

1. Move On Up

One way to improve your vacation at Walt Disney World is to book the next step up when it comes to your resort.  Disney has three main categories when it comes to their resorts: value, moderate and deluxe.  Consider booking one level up for your next trip.  If you typically stay at Pop Century, think about moving over to Caribbean Beach Resort.  Is Coronado Springs your home away from home?  What about the Polynesian or Yacht Club?  Making this move up can give you better amenities such as pools, dining and even closeness to parks.  It is an excellent way to improve your stay.

Credit: Disney

2. Book a Tour

One fun way to enhance your vacation is by booking one of Disney’s tours.  Many right now aren’t operating; however, once they start coming back, they are a fantastic way to see the parks or go behind the magic.  The VIP tours are the most expensive but these private tours allow you to plan out your day and get front of the line access to anything and everything.  Other tours such as Behind the Seeds in Epcot allow you to get a look at how the cast members work on the gardens throughout Living with the Land.  No matter what your interest, Disney has tours for you.  As these are slowly starting to be offered, make sure to check with Disney to see what is available.

3. Build in Breaks

If you aren’t aware, it gets hot and humid in Walt Disney World.  Because of the extreme weather, make sure that you schedule breaks during the day.  This doesn’t mean you need to leave the parks, but consider hanging out in some air conditioning when the sun hits its peak time of day.  Hop from shop to shop or visit a ride like PeopleMover, Carousel of Progress or even films in Epcot.  These are ways to keep your body cool and allow it to rest from the sun.  Doing this will allow you to have a great evening and improve your overall trip.

Carousel of Progress

4. Process Those Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs)

Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, California Grill are all dining spots that blogs (including us) will tell you are must-dos, but to really improve your vacation do some research and find those hidden dining locations that fit your travel party the best.  If you aren’t a sushi person, then California Grill might not be the best place for your meal.  Look at those menus prior to making ADRs to really see if there are things everyone will enjoy.  Menus are changing often but Disney is doing a great job keeping them up to date on the website and app.  Choosing ADRs that fit your family and their eating habits will greatly improve the overall trip.

5. Try Something New

We all know about Disney’s four main parks and Disney Springs, but Disney has even more to offer guests beyond this.  If you haven’t ever been to one of Disney’s water parks, this is definitely something that would improve your vacation.  Right now, only Blizzard Beach is welcoming guests into the winter wonderland.  Just like the four theme parks, the water parks transform guests to a new area and allow them to experience fun in a whole new way. Mini-golf is also an option at Walt Disney World.  This activity is a good one for the whole family and can allow you to step away from the busy parks and enjoy some laughs together.  Have a big golfer in the family?  Consider setting up a tee time at one of Disney’s beautiful golf courses. These are just a few of the fun options that Disney offers outside those theme parks that can really improve a vacation and add some magic.

Blizzard Beach

6. Slow Down

Slowing down is a fantastic way to improve your vacation at Disney.  We can get so wrapped up running from ride to ride that we don’t slow down and actually enjoy the magic that is right in front of us.  Take some time to chill on the hub grass in front of the castle or stroll the trails in Animal Kingdom around the Tree of Life.  These relaxing, non-scheduled times are often some of the best moments of a vacation.

We hope these ideas will help you improve your next Walt Disney World vacation! Have a fantastic and magical trip.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.