Mar 07

The Disney Friday Five – Disney World Vacation Tips


Vacation Tips

With Spring Break, Easter, and the Summer months quickly approaching here are our top five tips to help you get the most from your trip to Disney World.

Tip 1: Book Your Hotel and Dining Reservations As Soon As Possible

Disney sometimes gives the best rates to the people who book vacation packages early, and booking early also helps you get your first choice of Disney hotel and room category.

Disney Dining Reservations can be booked up to 180 Days prior to arrival. Some people may think that making dining reservations this far in advance is extreme, but popular locations fill up early. Booking early gives you the best shot at getting your first choice in restaurant and dining time. If you don’t make reservations and just show up at a restaurant, you take a chance of having to wait a lengthy period of time to finally be seated or even the possibility of being turned away completely. Disney has some fabulous restaurants and this bit of advanced planning is definitely worth it!

Call 1-407-WDISNEY or go to https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/ to make reservations.


Tip 2: Have Good Disney World Theme Park Touring Plans

We are convinced that everyone can benefit with good theme park touring plans. During busy times, a good plan will absolutely keep you ahead of the crowds and out of the lines. Having a good plan can keep your wait time less than 20 minutes for rides, even thrill rides and headliners.

During less crowded times, a good plan needs to factor in shorter park hours and fewer performance times. But the most important benefit of a good plan is that everyone gets to ride and see the things that they are looking forward to because everyone’s priorities are included in a plan that tours the parks efficiently and effectively.

If you’re a seasoned veteran then you should be able to prepare your own plans. If you’re a first-timer or just do not have the time to do the research, you can use one of the companies that offer touring plans for a fee.

Here are a couple of suggestions:

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World contains 16 printed touring plans, which can be removed from the book to take with you, for all four Walt Disney World theme parks, as well as plans for Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

For the ultimate collection of touring plans, visit TouringPlans.com which has a library of over 140 itineraries for all types of groups. These plans include touring plans for seniors, plans for extra busy holiday touring, and even plans for those who want to sleep in. A twelve month subscription to TouringPlans.com is just $10.95 and includes access to the Crowd Calendar and their mobile application, which allows you to see real-time and estimated future wait times on your mobile phone while you are in the park. The subscription comes with a 45-day money-back guarantee.

Tip 3: Arrive at the Disney Theme Parks at least 30 minutes prior to park opening!

The parks are least crowded the first few hours of the day. It is so much better to arrive early and then take a break in the afternoon. You can then return to the parks later in the evening for dinner and fireworks. We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes prior to park opening. If you can’t quite pull that off, try to get there as early as you can before official opening. Most people like to sleep in on vacation, so it’s wise to get an early start and ride the busiest attractions before those sleepyheads get to the parks.

Tip 4: Use FASTPASS+ or Get FASTPASS Tickets as Soon as the Theme Park Opens

Disney FastPass+ service makes your vacation better than ever by allowing you to reserve access to some of your favorite Walt Disney World experiences before you even leave home.

Choose from more than double the previous number of experiences and skip the standby queue at the attractions that you selected in advance, and—for the first time ever—FastPass+ service includes select Character Greetings, shows, parades and fireworks.

Click here for more information about FASTPASS+

If you are not eligible for the new FASTPASS+ yet please use the original FASTPASS. As soon as the theme park opens, get a FASTPASS for the following attractions:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Expedition Everest; Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Toy Story Midway Mania; Epcot – Soarin’, followed by Test Track as soon as you’re eligible for another FASTPASS; Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain. Once the time listed on your FASTPASS allows you to get another FASTPASS you should do so, whether it’s for another attraction or if you want to be able to ride the same attraction you already rode later in the day. During peak seasons the FASTPASS tickets can be completely distributed by noon or earlier for these attractions. Remember that there is no extra cost for FASTPASS tickets, they are included in the price of admission.

Tip 5: Slow Down and Enjoy Your Vacation

This was a very hard lesson learned for us. Disney World is huge and you will find yourself walking 10-15 miles a day. There’s so much to see that it can be overwhelming trying to do everything there is to do. If you have the time on your vacation, try to revisit the same theme park on multiple days. This way you can do as much as you can one day and return another day to do the things you missed or want to do again. And if you can, then plan a day of rest in the middle of your vacation to sleep in, swim, or shop. Your kids and your feet will thank you. Also remember that small activities, shows, and characters pop up out of nowhere. Take a moment to enjoy these activities. They can be some of the most memorable parts of your trip…….those magical unplanned, unexpected moments!


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