We all just want to get out there and enjoy the parks, but what are some things you should keep in mind? These are my top tips to a magical Disney World vacation:
- Plan ahead
Know when there will be larger crowds. Yes, Christmas in Disney sounds amazing, but not even I would do that to myself. If you want to go during Christmas time, consider traveling right after Thanksgiving. The crowds have gone down and all Christmas decorations are up.
- Make reservations!
This is a big one. We all want to eat in one of Disney’s best known restaurants. Some spots are able to squeeze you in for a meal, but be aware the wait can be 2 hours! To save yourself that hassle, Disney allows you 180 days in advance to your arrival date to reserve at your favorite spot. If no reservations are available, just keep an eye out every day, something may open up.
- Know where you are going/Plan ahead pt 2.
By this, I mean know what parks you want to visit that day. Going to more than 2 in one day is very exhausting.
- Make time to relax
Spend some time at the pool, head over to Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course, or take a nap.
- Take snacks
Food in Disney can be on the expensive side. Cotton candy is about $5 and a Mickey ice cream bar is about $4. Prepare some sandwiches, chips, granola bars, etc. This will save you quite a bit of $$$ each day.
- Know which park you will spend more time in
This will make deciding on a hotel easier. If you are planning on spending more time in:
Magic Kingdom (both Monorail and Bus transportation to MK) – Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge (no Monorail), Contemporary, or Grand Floridian.
Hollywood Studios/Epcot (Boat or walk to HS and Epcot) – Yacht and Beach Club, Swan & Dolphin, Boardwalk. (Bus) Art of Animation, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach
Animal Kingdom (Bus) – Animal Kingdom Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Coronado Springs, Campsites at Ft. Wilderness, All-Stars Movies/Music/Sports
Disney Springs/H.S, Epcot (Boat to Disney Springs, bus to H.S and Epcot) – Old Key West, Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Saratoga Springs
- Utilize My Disney Experience App
Through this app, you are able to reserve FastPass+, check wait times on rides, what time a certain character will be doing meet and greets, make dining reservations, and you even have the map of all parks.
- Be open-minded
Don’t be scared to try something new, have it be a ride, food, drink. You might be surprised and absolutely love it. Listen to what other people have to say about it.
- Wear comfy clothes and shoes
You will be doing A LOT, and I mean, A LOT of walking, so make sure to pack comfortable shoes. I personally don’t tend to wear shorts because of the “chub rub” so I opt for leggings or capris, just as good.
- Talk to cast members
Every cast member has a story. If you they have the time, they will gladly have a little chat with you. We met a custodial worker who had such an amazing life story, he even did one heck of a Mufasa impression.
- Stay hydrated
Water, water, water! It is hot and very crowded. You don’t want to pass out from dehydration or heat stroke.
- Have fun!
Most important tip of all. Planning can get stressful, especially when you see all that money vanishing from your bank account. Make that spending worth it. Let lose and tap into your inner child. Try to refuse getting upset while visiting. If it happens, just take a deep breath and remember that you are in the place Happiest Place on Earth and Where Dreams Come True.