Our Suggestions for Disney World Vacation Tips
You’re on the brink of an incredible adventure: your first trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. While you’re gearing up for this magical journey, I can’t help but share in your excitement. My own Disney World memories are some of the fondest I have, filled with joy and laughter from my family’s visit. So, let’s ensure that you embark on the perfect Disney World vacation with these top 6 travel tips. This quick read is your key to making the most of your time at the magical castle and with your beloved Disney characters. So, take a few minutes and read on to guarantee that your trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, becomes an unforgettable experience.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME TO VISIT
Choosing the details of your top Disney World vacation can be a challenge if you haven’t prepared accordingly. Disney has increased in popularity over the years, and the crowds can get a bit insane. To avoid those crowds in order to have the best time on your Disney World vacation, you’ll want to head into town in the off-season. For any major holiday, expect a top Disney World vacation to be packed! If you can afford to take the kiddos out of school for a few days to head to Florida in the off-season, then definitely do that! If you want to enjoy the parks without having to deal with the heat, head over between October and March, but if your goal is to enjoy Disney at Christmas or the 4th of July, by all means, enjoy the beauty of changes the park will make throughout the holidays.
MAKE AN ITINERARY
Making an itinerary might seem like overkill, but trust me, it’s worth it. It will help keep you and your family organized and give you a good idea of what you want to do and see when you get there. To get started, think about what attractions are a must-see for your family. If there’s a certain attraction or ride you’ve been dying to see, throw that sucker on the top of your list. It may be hard to hit all of the attractions, so you definitely want to ensure you get to see what is the most important. For example, if it’s Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, or the Magic Kingdom, make sure to factor those in, as they each offer so many different types of experiences.
Also, make sure you include any character meet and greets, shows, or parades that your family is excited about. Once you have a general idea of what you want to do, start mapping out the days and times that each activity will take place. If you have a good idea of what you truly want to ensure you see, try to factor in the walking time to get to each experience, or you may miss out on what your family considers must-dos. Also, the itinerary helps to make sure that you’re not trying to cram too many things into one day (or, worse, one hour).
GET THE DISNEY DINING PLAN
One of the best ways to get ready for top Disney World vacations to purchase the Disney Dining Plan. This allows you to pre-purchase your meals and snacks, so you don’t have to worry about budgeting while you’re there. Plus, it’s a great way to try out different restaurants in the park without worrying about the cost. And, if you’re traveling with kids, it can be a lifesaver since they tend to get hungry a lot!
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USE THE MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE APP
The My Disney Experience App is perfect for any Disney World vacation. This handy app allows you to plan your trip, make reservations, and get real-time updates on what’s happening at each of the parks. The Disney Experience App also allows you to order food and skip the lines! So, make sure you download the app before your trip so you can take advantage of all its features. With the My Disney Experience app, you’ll be able to have the best Disney World vacation ever!
GET FAST PASSES FOR POPULAR RIDES
One of the best ways to make the most of your time at your top Disney World vacation is to get Fast Passes, now called the Disney Genie, for the rides and attractions you want to go on. These passes allow you to skip the regular line and go straight to the front, which saves you a ton of time. I will no longer visit a theme park without a fast pass as the lines can be 3-4 hours long for one single ride. I’ve stood in those lines, and even my young nieces wanted to leave the park after only 2 rides. It was a hot, long, and miserable day, so never again will I even think about any theme park without buying the pass. It’s worth every penny. The downside of the Fast Passes is that they are limited, and popular rides can often run out very quickly. So, if there’s a ride or attraction you really want to go on, be sure to get a Fast Pass as soon as possible and schedule your rides/attractions as early as possible (7am start) on the day of your ticket. One-day tickets range anywhere$109 – $189, while a 4-day 4-park ticket drops the price to $99/day. The Genie+Service tickets start at $25 extra per day, and the Individual lighting lanes (up to 2 per day currently) run at $16 per ride per person. These two options are a bit confusing, and to decide on what’s right for you, I highly recommend that you click here to read the differences between the 2 items.
So, are you thinking of swapping up the solo travel trip and bringing the kiddos along with you, but you’re unsure of how young is too young?
You should definitely check out Katie Restrepo’s article on Disneyland with Toddlers: 61 Best Tips & Tricks for 2023. She has a ton of tips and tricks to help you plan your perfect Disney vacation.
I trust that you found these 6 tips for your Disney World vacation helpful and valuable. With these insights and the resources I’ve shared with you, planning your magical Disney adventure should be less overwhelming. Your vacation awaits, brimming with excitement and anticipation. Keep visiting Travel Till You Drop to get more information and tips for your top Disney World vacations and a wide variety of destinations to make informed decisions while planning.