Disney World is one of my favorite places to visit! Each and every time we go I learn something new to make our next trip even better. Below are a just a few of the Disney World Tips & Tricks that I have learned along the way. I hope these help you when planning your next trip to Disney World.
1. Purchase a Disney World Guide book before or right as you start planning! Out of all these tips, this would be the most important. I have purchased many over the years and my favorites would probably be Passporters Walt Disney World or The Unofficial Guide to Disney World. All of the Disney World planning books have many tips and recommendations on hotel rooms, rides, food and so much more. If you don’t want to buy a book check your local library and check a few out.
2. Stay on Disney property. Staying on the Disney property gets you many perks such as the extra magic hour, access to the dining plan, free transfers to and from the airport, plus you are in close proximity to the parks. Most of the time Disney offers special deals throughout the year so do your research before picking your package.
3. Get the Disney Dining Plan. To get the Disney Dining Plan you have to be staying on the property but depending on the time of year you can normally find great deals that include the Dining Plan. With the Dining Plan you won’t have the stress of having to worry about paying for your meals.
4. Book your dining reservations early! I recommend at least 90 days in advance of your vacation. The earlier you book your reservations the better dining times and restaurants you will get. If you are looking for Disney World Restaurant recommendations you can visit my Top 10 Places To eat in Disney World for my suggestions.
5. Bring or rent a quality stroller. Don’t skimp on this part. You may be tempted to bring one of those cheap umbrella strollers but those tend to get uncomfortable really fast especially if you have young kids who need a nap. On all of our visits to Disney we have rented a stroller from Kingdom strollers. They bring the stroller to your hotel and pick it up when you leave. It’s so convenient and best of all their strollers are super comfy.
6. Make a plan or schedule for each day at the park. This tip is really important especially if you have young kids. Plan on a time to get to the park, which rides you want to ride the most, where you want to eat and plan for breaks. Now we all now that when you have kids plans don’t also work but it’s best to have some sort of layout so that you don’t get overwhelmed with everything there is to do and see.
7. Take advantage of the Fast Pass. I love the Fast Pass as it allows you to swipe your Disney admissions ticket and get an exact time to return to the ride without having to wait in a long line. On more popular rides, like the Toy Story Mania ride, you will want to get your fast pass as soon as you arrive because these tend to run out quick.
8. Visit Disney World during the off-peak season. Not only will you save money but the crowds are considerably smaller meaning shorter wait times at the rides. I recommend September or early May. Both of these times have worked out great for our family and we are usually able to ride everything without long waits.
9. Take breaks. You may be tempted to stay at the parks from open until close so you don’t miss out on a thing. This will wear you (and your kids) out really quickly and your super fun vacation may turn into a nightmare. If you plan to get to the park early, stay a few hours, ride the rides and then go back to the hotel to rest up, swim, grab a bite to eat or just relax. Then you can go back to the parks and enjoy all of the night festivities and parades. The parks tend to get more crowded during the middle of the day so this would be the perfect time to recharge.
10. Splurge on at least one BIG thing. I recommend dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This is truly a magical experience that you and your family will never forget. This is also a great way to meet and have a one-on-one greeting with each of the Disney princesses. If you have the Disney Dining Plan this will take two of your dinning credits but it is well worth it!
11. Get your caffeine fix at Epcot’s Cool Club. Here you will find a variety of soft drinks from around the world and they are all free to try. This is also a great place to cool off from the hot Florida sun in the summer time.
12. Ask for free ice water which is available at every Walt Disney Counter Service location. Instead of buying a $4 water bottle you can get a large ice cold cup of water for free…just ask.
13. Start a Pin Collection. Collecting pins is one of our favorite things to do at Disney World. A cheap way to get your collection started is buy purchasing a few (or a lot) on Ebay or Amazon. You can normally find 25 pins for around $20. At the parks you can trade with fellow pin traders or Disney cast members..just ask!
14. Get the Disney World Wait Times app. This app is around 0.99 and worth every penny. You can look up wait times and plan your day accordingly. So if you decide you want to ride Space Mountain, you can look on the app to see how long the wait will be along with every other ride. We downloaded the app months before our trip and could tell which rides we should ride first and around what time. GREAT APP!
15. Make your own Autograph Book. Buying an autograph book while at Disney can cost you upwards of $20. You can make a fun and personalized Autograph book at home for only a few dollars. My kids love taking a new autograph book each time we go to Disney and it’s a really fun memory trying to get as many signatures as possible.
What’s some of your Favorite Disney Tips and Tricks?