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Best Tips for Your Disney World Vacation
If you have ever planned a trip to Disney World (or even thought about planning a Disney trip for that matter), you know how much time and energy go into the process. Even if you tell yourself that your trip to the World is going to be super laid back, there’s still the inevitable process of booking the trip, your airfare (or planning a driving route to Disney), possibly a rental car, dining reservations, Fast Pass selections and the list goes on.
A few months ago I published this extensive list of tips for your first Disney trip. That list was made up of tips from readers, as well as lessons I have learned after multiple visits to WDW. Today’s Disney post is brought to you as part of a collaboration between myself and 18 other bloggers who all share at least one blogging thing in common: we LOVE writing about Disney! What better group of people to help out with some great tips to make any trip to Disney (be it your first or fortieth) a little easier!
Today’s topic: What is Your Absolute Must Do at Disney World?
Here are the things that some of Disney’s most knowledgeable visitors have picked as their must-dos on each trip to Disney.
Disney World Must-Experience well, Experiences
Ride the monorail. Whether you ride it with a purpose to get to a set destination, or you simply hop on for a loop around the Parks, the monorail is most definitely a fun time! Monorail is a must-do for Patty Moliterno from A Mother’s Random Thoughts and Melissa Russo from The Farm Girl Gabs.
Watch your Disney trip through a child’s eyes. Okay, this dose of “sentimental parent” was added by Yours Truly. Go to the Parks when your kids are young enough to really get caught up in the magic if at ALL possible. Preschool was this time frame for my kiddos. Watching them experience the pixie dust and magic when they were young enough to truly believe will forever be some of my most precious memories. In other words, don’t “wait until they’re old enough to remember it.” Go while they still believe in it. I promise, it’s worth it!
Tour as many Disney Resorts as you can. Almost all of the Disney Resorts are well worth a visit. Take some time to check out the lobbies, restaurants, Disney theme-ing and more. Each resort is so unique! Thanks to Kim Seghers from This Ole Mom for this tip.
Here are reviews I have written on the following Disney Resorts:
Stroll down Main Street in Magic Kingdom. From that first glimpse of the Castle to the possibility of sighting the trolley or hearing the Dapper Dans perform… the smell of fresh popped popcorn or the appearance of a Disney character or two posing for photos… Main Street USA is the perfect place to feel immersed in all things Disney World. Thanks to Janice Brady from An Open Suitcase for suggesting this one.
Fireworks at Magic Kingdom. This one will always hold a special place in my heart and no trip to Disney for us is complete without watching it (at least once)! Thanks to Tammy Graham from Living the Disney Dream , Carrie Hurst from A Princess and Her Pirates , Megan Miller from Gingy Love, Tina M. Brown from Footprints in Pixie Dust, Ashley Saunders from Ashley & Company, Angie Rumpf from Disney Parents, Janine Young from Along With the Youngs and Jamie Welch-Schelin from Florida’s Family Fun for this suggestion.
Find Fave Characters and Ride Fave Rides. This might seem like I’m stating the obvious, but it’s true! Have a clear cut list of the characters who are absolute must-meets and the rides that are absolute must-rides and plan for them accordingly with Fast Passes, etc. This great reminder is from Lucy McKenzie from Gigglebox Tells it Like it is.
Visit Disney Springs. “There we can get last-minute souvenirs, have a nice meal and soak up as much of the magic as we can before heading home.” Great tip from Lisa Cameron from Adventures in Familyhood. Bonus, no theme park ticket is required for Disney Springs, so it’s a great way to get some DISNEY into your schedule when your park passes are used up (or being saved for another day).
Get your free soda samples at Club Cool in Epcot. And beware of the “Beverly” sample and enjoy watching others try it for the first time! This suggestion is from Theresa Mabe from In Sight: Full Life. P.s. I still shudder when I recall the time we tried the Beverly in Vegas and that was about 15 years ago!!
Take a picture in front of THE Castle. The most iconic photo backdrop in all of Disney, no doubt, is Cinderella’s Castle! We always pose for a pic (or 20) in front of the castle! Thanks to Emily from The Journey of Parenthood for this tip.
Catch a NIGHT show at the Parks. Besides the amazing fireworks display at Magic Kingdom, make sure see other nightly shows that each Park has to offer. There’s Illuminations in Epcot, Rivers of Light in Animal Kingdom and Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios. Thanks to Jennifer from My Boys and Their Toys for this suggestion, her fave show being Fantasmic.
Remember to take a break from it all. Disney vacations are HARD WORK! Seriously! You’re contending with unpredictable weather, crowds, tired kids and walking long distances. Do yourself a big favor and schedule some down time into your busy Disney schedule. Allison from Jones Family Travels reminds us to enjoy the resort pool, rent a bike, play a board game, etc. Relax and unwind whenever you can! After all, this is supposed to be vacation! One of the many reasons that we loved the Fort Wilderness Campground so much was the quiet, relaxing atmosphere back at our campsite and around the resort. It was a wonderful time to get a break from the busy Parks for a bit!