5 Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

 

Cinderella's Castle

We love amusement parks (especially the rides), but it is hard to top the overall experience that is created in any of the Disney Theme Parks we have visited.  No detail is overlooked and the workers are there to make sure you and your family and friends have the best experience they can provide!  That being said, it can be crazy to make your way around the park sometimes, so we have come up with some tips we think will make your Disney World experience a little bit better.

  1. Use the Fast Passes – For the most popular rides in the park, Disney has utilized a system where you can get a “Fast Pass” that is good for an hour period for you to jump the lines.  These passes are included in the price of your ticket (unlike other parks), but you must go to each ride to print them out.  After you get one fast pass there is a waiting period until you can get another.  This can be anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes.  The time you can get another fast pass is printed at the bottom of the fast pass ticket and may actually be before the time at which you can use the fast pass you just printed on the ride.  A common misconception is that you can’t get another fast pass until you have used the current one on the ride, this is not true.  At the beginning of the day, go to your favourite ride and get a fast pass for it first (and if your early enough you can probably hop on for a ride right away), then make sure you are at the next ride as soon as you are allowed to get your next fast pass to maximize the fast pass usage.  There is only so many fast passes given out in a day, so don’t wait to get some!

    Getting Fast Passes!

    Getting Fast Passes!

  2. Take a break in the MIDDLE OF THE DAY – For many people, it is difficult to spend the entire day at the park, especially if you have young kids.  It is tempting to say “we will get a late start” or “let’s make an early day of it,” but your best chance to get the most out of your day is to be at the park right at the opening and finish later in the day.  If you need a break, take it in the middle of the day, as this is when the park tends to be the busiest.   It is the idea of many to “get a late start” so the park is actually not too busy in the morning and gets busier as the day goes on.  You can jump on a few early rides with minimal line ups if you get there right when the park opens (unless it is a special early opening day for resort customers) and you can start collecting your fast passes for later in the day.  You can come and go in the park as you please, so take a break and go back to your hotel for some lunch and a little nap and return later in the day.  As the day wears on, many families who have been at the park all day are starting to tire and leave.  Since you are refreshed and ready to go again, you can keep going until the park closes as the lines start to get shorter!

    Lines can be long for rides like Escape Everest in Animal Kindom!

    Lines can be long for rides like Escape Everest in Animal Kindom!

  3. Reserve a spot at a Restaurant – Many people avoid dine in restaurants in the Disney World parks because they think it will take too long to eat and they will miss out on important ride time.  We are here to dispel that myth!  Yes, it may take a little bit longer to dine in than to grab a slice of pizza, but the meals are much better when you sit and dine AND the restaurants do a great job of getting you in and out as fast as they can.  Each restaurant has a neat theme going with it and the staff are quite the actors, so you will enjoy your meal experience.  We do recommend you reserve a spot at the restaurants well in advance (maybe even before you leave for vacation), as they can be very busy and you might not get in without a reservation.

    One of many dining options in the Disney Parks.

    One of many dining options in the Disney Parks.

  4. Stay at a resort hotel to take advantage of the benefits – There are certain perks that are available to those who stay in the Disney Resorts that are not available to anyone else.  For one, the resorts themselves are usually pretty spectacular!  There is a lot to do and see right at the resort.  Also, you are very close to most of the parks and Disney has good transportation available between the parks and resorts.  This means that you don’t have to travel too far or worry how to get back to the hotel for your midday rest ;).  Last, and most importantly, they often offer early entry or stay late passes to customers staying at Disney resorts.  That means that you will be able to get into the parks before they open or after they close to the general public on certain days of the week (look into this before you book to check the availability of this).  That allows you to enjoy the park with shorter lines.
  5. Stay at a hotel that includes breakfast – This is a tip for those looking to save a little money.  First of all, you are saving money on breakfast itself and some hotels have some wonderful warm breakfast buffets, including eggs, waffles, etc.  In addition, if you plan ahead and bring some Ziploc bags, you can pack some of your breakfast in the bags to take for lunch.  The cafeteria’s and fast food joints in Disney World can be expensive, so this is an inexpensive way to enjoy lunch in the park.

    A good included breakfast is really helpful!

    A good included breakfast is really helpful!

We hope these tips are helpful to you as you embark on your Disney World adventure.  We love the whole Disney experience as long as you go with the right attitude.  It is great to feel like a kid again, as you are warmly embraced by the whole Disney family.

 

Do you have any tips to add about the Disney World Parks or any other amusement parks?

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