Tips for Walt Disney World from a Pro
I’ve just returned home from a trip to one of the happiest places on earth, Walt Disney World. I tagged along with my husband on one of his work trips, as I didn’t want to miss an opportunity to visit one of my favourite places. For me, a trip to Disney is very nostalgic. My family has a Disney timeshare, so I’ve been going since I was very small, and because of this, staying there is like being home. I know the area and the parks like the back of my hand!
With my recent trip, Danielle and I thought it would be fun if I shared a different take on this wonderful place, as she shared about so many great things to see and do from her trip this past summer.
- Stay at a Disney resort if you have the opportunity – When you are staying in a Disney resort, to me you get the complete experience. Not only that, you don’t have to worry about a rental car if you are looking for additional cost savings. Disney has one of the largest transportation systems in the world, from picking you up at the airport to a regular bus schedule to every single park, making getting around less stressful.
- If you are celebrating a special occasion, tell them when you make your hotel reservation or when you arrive at one of the parks – For our honeymoon, we stayed in Disney for a week before heading to the Bahamas. When we checked into our room, there was a special package left for us which included the Disney Bride and Groom ears, a beautiful picture frame, a set of wine glasses, photo album and some other neat things. There was even a voicemail message from Mickey and Minnie Mouse on our room phone congratulating us! When you share you are celebrating, they will give you a pin to wear depending on the occasion and as you go through the parks and resorts, you’ll receive hundreds of ‘Congratulations!’, ‘Happy Birthday!’, or ‘Happy Anniversary!’ from all the cast members.
- Make dining reservations in advance – There is a reason why they allow you to start making dining reservations 6 months prior to your trip! With only a certain amount of in-dining options at the parks and resorts, reservations fill up fast and it’s very difficult to get one last minute, so try to plan accordingly.
- Visit Mickey Mouse! – The last time I met Mickey Mouse was when I was probably 12 years old. While Ryan and I were at Magic Kingdom this past Saturday, we decided to we had to go visit him and I’m so happy we did! When you meet any of the characters, they do not speak (except for the human princesses and such), but this was different. We entered into the room and there was Mickey, eyes blinking and talking to the group in front of us! It was incredible to see and each meeting was so personal. When Mickey started talking it made me feel like a kid again, meeting him for the first time and was so nostalgic – I know what you’re thinking, and yes, I did get teary eyed! If you are planning to visit Mickey during peak hours, get a fastpass!
- Schedule Fastpasses – Speaking of getting a fastpass, when you are making those dining reservations, pick out your fastpass selections too. For the very popular rides, they will only distribute so many fastpasses and you can only choose three at a time. These become handy when lines range from 45-60 minutes or even 100 minutes for those popular rides (typically the lines will move faster than expected, but this varies). On that note, some rides are worth waiting for, like Space Mountain, so don’t let the wait times prevent from an awesome experience.
- Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets – All I will say is take a read through this before you go to the parks. Ryan and I did this on our honeymoon and again before our trip to Magic Kingdom for a refresher and noticing these little details you may have otherwise missed is incredible. Disney didn’t miss a single detail when planning.
- Check your ego at the gate – If you don’t fully embrace what you are about to experience when you arrive, it just won’t be the same. Especially being older, let go of any doubt and if you are in a bad mood, leave it behind. No matter what your age, you will have an amazing time and experience, as long as you are open to it. Imagination is key!
So those were just a few of my tips for visiting Walt Disney World, but there are so many more! If you are planning a trip and have any questions, feel free to send us a message, email, tweet or facebook message! Never pass at the opportunity to visit this wonderful place!
Also, here are Danielle’s posts from her trip this past summer: Part I, Part II. When I went to Hollywood Studios and Epcot by myself last week, I made sure to see the Fantasmic show and try the caramel corn Danielle raved about, and it was so worth it!
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