Disney World is a magical and unique place that offers a variety of attractions for visitors to explore. However, it’s also easy to get overwhelmed when planning your Disney visit. We are sharing our 101 Disney World tips to ensure you make the most out of your time in the world’s happiest place.
Disney World is an iconic destination for families, but to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch, there are some helpful tips that can ensure you squeeze every bit of enjoyment out of it.
From finding discounts for tickets all the way through navigating rides with minimal wait times – here’s what you need to know about creating an unforgettable visit!
101 Disney World Tips to Remember
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- Wear comfortable shoes—you’ll be doing a lot of walking!
- Plan on using Genie+ Lightning Lane to avoid the lines for the most popular rides.
- Bring a stroller for younger kids—it will make getting around with toddlers at Disney World so much easier.
- Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats because the Florida sun can be pretty intense!
- Pack light snacks. You never know when you’ll need a pick-me-up.
- Get to the park early; the earlier you arrive, the shorter the lines will be.
- Bring a backpack. This will help you keep your arms free and can hold all the essentials.
- Leave the selfie sticks at home. They are not allowed at any of the four Disney theme parks.
- Use Extra Magic Hours. These are special times when certain parks open earlier or stay open later just for Disney Resort guests.
- There is a Starbucks in each Disney World park! They also carry neat Disney World souvenir mugs and tumblers.
- If you are celebrating something, grab a Celebration Pin at the front of the park. They are free!
- Pack snacks. Disney allows you to bring food & drink into the park. Just don’t bring a hard cooler.
- Make use of the Disney Dining Plan. It’s a great way to save money and try different restaurants in the park.
- Download the My Disney Experience app for up-to-date info on wait times at all attractions.
- Take advantage of Mobile Ordering because is an easy way to order your meal without waiting in line.
- Try Disney Character Dining. This way you can meet all your favorite Disney characters in one place.
- Take time to explore and discover hidden gems—there are so many little things that make Disney World unique and fun.
- Take lots of pictures to capture all those wonderful memories!
- Utilize Rider Switch if traveling with small kids who can’t or don’t wanna ride. This allows two adults to switch off riding without having to lose their spot in line.
- Buy a souvenir. Get something you will actually use and will make you remember your trip.
- Get the Free Souvenirs that Disney offers!
- Take breaks. It’s important to step back, take a break, and recharge throughout your day.
- Stay up for the fireworks!
- Watch at least one parade in Disney World.
- If you don’t want to watch the parade, use this time to ride the more popular rides!
- Get autographs. It doesn’t have to be in a book—there are plenty of other ways to show off your autographs.
- Hop on the monorail to enjoy air conditioning and a nice ride around where you can see the different resorts.
- Bring your own glow sticks or glowing necklaces from Dollar Tree when visiting the parks after dark.
- Visit all the resorts on the monorail.
- When you park at Disney World, take a photo of the marker so you will know where to find your car at the end of your day!
- When you enter a park, walk to the left. Most people are right-handed and tend to walk to the right!
- Get an Annual Pass—if you plan to visit multiple times in a year, it’s worth investing in an Annual Pass.
- Don’t miss out on discounts—Disney World has lots of discounts available for Florida residents & military personnel.
- Plan to eat a meal at Animal Kingdom Lodge and then take a stroll around the property to see the animals.
- Once it gets dark in Epcot, Spaceship Earth has a special light show!
- Check out seasonal events throughout the year at EPCOT—from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
- Buy tickets to see Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or Very Merry Christmas Party. These events are so much fun and only can be attended at certain times of the year.
- Get a popcorn bucket early in your trip so that you can get cheap refills the rest of the time in the parks!
- Your phone will most likely need to be charged during your day at the park. Bring a charger! If you forget one, there are chargers for sale in the park.
- Need deodorant? It happens. Luckily, most shops have them (along with other personal hygiene items) for sale behind the counter!
- Get into any of the parks early with an early dining reservation.
- You can get Free soft drinks at Club Cool in EPCOT.
- There are fun & free activities on the Play Disney Parks app. Download it!
- Don’t show up at a Table Service restaurant without a reservation. Instead, look at the app to see what is available. From time to time, people do cancel!
- If you are looking for a great place to cool off in Magic Kingdom, head over to the Hall of Presidents in Liberty Square or Carousel of Progress in Tomorrowland.
- Make sure you have enough memory cards and batteries for your cameras—you’ll want to make sure you capture all the amazing memories!
- Take a behind-the-scenes tour! There are many to enjoy but the most popular one is the Keys to the Kingdom.
- Bring your own water bottle—you can fill it up at various locations throughout the park to stay hydrated.
- Get your haircut at the barbershop or at least get pixie dust!
- Make time to meet the characters—there’s nothing quite like a photo with Mickey or Minnie!
- Look for Hidden Mickeys at all four of the Disney World Parks!
- Bring a poncho. It will probably rain at least once while you are in the park.
- Photopass photographers and cast members will gladly take pics with your phone at character meet & greets.
- Enjoy a performance by the Dapper Dans on Main Street USA in Magic Kingdom.
- If you are traveling with someone who is differently-abled, you may qualify for a DAS pass. This pass helps guests cut down on the time they spend standing in line. You will need to pre-qualify.
- Have patience. It will be hot, lines will be long and there will be crowds.
- Ice water is free at all counter-service restaurants. All you have to do is ask.
- Each evening there is a Flag Retreat Ceremony at Main Street USA Town Square in Magic Kingdom.
- Visit one of the Disney waterparks while on your trip! You can get a discount by adding the Waterpark & More option to your package.
- Run out of diapers or formula? Check the Baby Care Centers located at each of the parks.
- Watch the fireworks at Magic Kingdom from the other side of Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It is so pretty and the music is pumped in on speakers.
- You can also see fireworks from Grand Floridian Resort.
- Animal Kingdom has a secret entrance near Rain Forest Cafe that anyone can use and the lines are much shorter.
- If you are visiting EPCOT, take time to walk over to Boardwalk to check out the bakery and resorts.
- Not very hungry, but know you need to eat? Order from the kid’s meal! No one is judging you.
- Once it gets dark at Animal Kingdom, the Tree of Life comes alive!
- Shops at Magic Kingdom stay open one hour after the park shuts down! Wait and get your souvenirs at the end of the day.
- There is a Manatee Exhibit upstairs in The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion where guests can watch castmates feed manatees.
- While not advertised, you can order a la carte on any quick service menu. Just request the entree without sides and you’ll pay less.
- There is also a Dory Scavenger Hunt for kids inside The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion that you can pick up at the entrance.
- Each of the countries in Epcot’s World Showcase has activities for kids. Look for the Kidcot Sign.
- Consider purchasing Disney PhotoPass. This is an amazing way to capture your magical moments in the park and you will also get lots of fun Magic Shots.
- Eat a Dole Whip. In fact, eat a Dole Whip every day!
- Get your fill of all the Disney snacks—there are so many delicious treats to try in Disney World! Don’t be afraid to indulge a little bit.
- Use Disney’s free transportation systems—Disney World has buses, boats, monorails and Skyliner. Some will even take you from one park to another!
- Avoid peak times—if you can, visit the parks during slower times of the year or weekdays to avoid long lines and overcrowding.
- Check out the shows and performances—there are lots of amazing stage shows with Broadway-style talent.
- Buy Discounted Disney Giftcards and use them at the parks for souvenirs and meals!
- If you are staying at a Disney Resort, take advantage of resort amenities—like roasting marshmallows and movie nights!
- Explore Disney Springs. It is a fun, outdoor shopping and dining district with lots of great restaurants and shops.
- Consider buying MagicBands prior to your trip. They are wearable devices that can be used to access everything from photos to Magical features.
- Make use of the single-rider lines—this is a great shortcut for some rides where lines can be really long!
- During the months of November & December, Disney Resorts decorate for Christmas. Be sure not to miss seeing the Gingerbread displays.
- If you have a food allergy, ask for an allergy menu. Most every restaurant on Disney property has one.
- Walk inside Cinderella Castle. There are beautiful mosaics that tell the Cinderella story.
- Get up close to the Tree of Life and you will find an amazing assortment of wildlife carvings. There is even a small waterfall.
- When it gets dark, there is an Animal Kingdom Dance Party in Dinoland where Chip & Dale and Pluto dance along with guests.
- Fantasmic is a popular show at Hollywood Studios. There are usually 2 showings. The second is far less crowded.
- During most evenings, there is some sort of musical guest performing on stage at EPCOT. Check your guide because it is like seeing a free concert!
- If you are visiting the parks at Christmastime, there is a Santa meet & greet at each park and at Disney Springs.
- There are several roller coasters in Disney World. You can request to sit in the front or the back. Depending on availability, the cast member may be able to grant your request.
- There are no straws at Disney. If you need a straw, bring a reusable straw with you.
- EPCOT’s Mission Space has different levels of experience. Know which one is right for you.
- World Showcase in EPCOT doesn’t open until 11 am.
- The Animal Kingdom safari ride allows you to see different animals depending on the time of day you ride.
- Purchase Disney Pins before your trip on Ebay and then trade them for better pins at the park.
- All of the stores that run along either side of Main Street USA are connected!
- If you want to be the first to see the Magic Kingdom parade, go to Frontierland.
- When deciding on what park to go to, look at the weather forecast. Choose to visit Animal Kingdom on the coolest day as it is the hottest park due to its dense vegetation that traps the heat.
- You will get wet on the water rides. Some seats get more wet than others. Find the driest seat.
- Use a Disney ticket broker like Get Away Today to get the best price on your Disney World park tickets!
When it comes to visiting Disney World, there are plenty of things to consider. We hope that these 101 Disney World Tips help you have the most magic vacation ever!
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