5 top tips to get the most out of your trip to Disney World

For many people, Disney is a once in a lifetime type of vacation.  No matter what your age, there really is something for everyone, but your time is limited so how can you be sure you get to see and do the most important experiences. Having spent almost every year for the last year going to Disney World, Florida at least once a year, we have put together five of our top tips to get the most out of your trip to Disney World to get you started.

1. Sort your tickets

The most significant tip we can offer anyone new to Disney World is to get your tickets booked in advance (these days it’s all about magic bands).  Queues are the most prominent scourge of a visit, and it can be hard to entertain young children while standing for hours in line to get to an experience or ride.  VIP passes are available and are well worth the extra dollars.  There is fast track passes that mean you will not have to wait in line and you can upgrade to VIP experiences for most things, giving you behind the scenes tours and bonuses you won’t see with standard tickets.

2. Dine with your favourite characters

One of the most popular experiences is the chance to have high tea or breakfast with much loved Disney characters. Again it is highly recommended that this is one of the things you get booked in before you even head to the airport.  It is popular, so being able to pick your date and time in advance can make all the difference between excited children that are happy and fun to be with, or overtired monsters that really needed some sleep.

3. Make plans for delays

So, we know that Disney World is enormous and a popular destination for parents and children from all over the globe.  Beat the adult headaches by planning and preparation.  Have you got a stroller for smaller children that might get tired of walking for example? We would also suggest going back a step with older kids and investing in a stroller board that attaches to your pushchair so even the bigger children can take a break from walking.  Snacks are expensive so have a good supply with you – plenty of water is a must, and you can ask for complimentary ice water at any restaurant which you can use to refill your own bottles.

4. There is an app for that

The “MyDisneyExperience” and “DisneyWorldLines” are just two examples of the helpful Disney World apps available.  If you are not going VIP with all experiences, this useful app can help you see wait times and show times.  You could monitor the popularity of a ride over the first couple of days so that you know roughly the best time to head over on the third day – another parenting win.

5. Accept it

You will never do everything unless you are there for a few weeks or even months!  The best plan of attack is to accept this fact and spend time before you arrive deciding what the must-see attractions are for each member of the family. List them in order of must do preferences and work your way through – also trying to take advantage of locations as you do not want to be dashing from one end of the park to the other every day.  Did we mention you need a degree in tactical planning when coming to Disney World!

Kerrie Potts is CEO at Exclusive Private Villas Limited.

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Comments (3)

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Kerrie, thank you for the informative article with handy advice in it, especially about dealing with delays and ways to spend less at the park.

  2. I love Disney and have been there several times. Can’t wait to go back again. Did not know there was an app, so thank you! ^_^

  3. Kelly Jones says:

    I love Disney and have been multiple times. I totally agree about sorting tickets before as you can save so much money. There is also a really good photo offer they do where you get your photos taken all round the park by proper photographers and they are all stored in one place a great way to just enjoy the moment instead of constantly taking photos.

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