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10 Tips for Your First Time at Disney World

Disney World is a magical place that will create memories to last a lifetime. If this will be your first time at Disney World, there are certain tips and tricks you should know in order to make the most of your experience.

First Time at Disney World

10 Tips for Your First Time at Disney World

Your first visit to Disney World is probably filled with both excitement and anxiety.

Navigating Disney World can be overwhelming, especially if you’re unsure where to start.

Fear not, first-timers! We’ve got some tips to help you get started on planning a magical vacation.

These are things that seasoned Disney travelers already know that aren’t common knowledge to vacationers at large.

Genie+ System at Disney

1. Download Genie

The Disney Genie digital service is a complimentary tool that will help you organize your time in the Disney parks.

Not only will it help you build the perfect itinerary for your vacation, but it will also allow you to see wait times for rides and order food in advance.

Available for purchase is Genie+ Lightning Lane. This service will allow you to skip the line for certain attractions, have photo pass privileges, and more.

It can really be a game-changer when it comes to Disney vacation planning.

If you are hoping to ride some of the most popular Disney World rides, this is a must to use.

2. Purchase A Few Items ahead of Your Trip

Stitch MagicBand+

There are a few things you might want to purchase before your first trip to Disney World.

These are things that will make your trip a bit more enjoyable and also save you money since you won’t have to purchase them at the park for double retail!

These are things that will make your trip extra special!

Do Not Bring Selfie Sticks to Disney

3. Leave the Selfie Sticks at Home

Disney World does not allow selfie sticks in any of the parks.

If you bring one into the park, they will take it and you can pick it up when you leave.

Believe me, it is not worth the hassle to hold up the line because they find a selfie stick in your bag.

4. You Don’t NEED a Fancy Camera

Your cellphone will work just as fine.

And even if you don’t want to use your cellphone, Disney cast members will take photos for you and upload them to your My Disney Experience account!

Disney Celebratory Buttons

5. Get Your Free Disney Pin

Since it is your first time at Disney World, you will want to pick up a FREE First Time Visit Disney Button.

Having this pin will make sure you get treated like a true Disney prince or princess.

It is just one of the many FREE Disney Souvenirs you can get at the park!

Raining at Epcot

6. Pack a Poncho

It rains almost every afternoon in Florida. Be prepared for that rainshower and bring a poncho!

Wondering what else you should pack?

We have a list of the things you’ll want to pack in your Disney bag.

Disney Dining Facts

7. Book a Character Meal

A great way to meet characters without having to stand in a line is by booking a Disney Character meal.

You get to eat a great meal and the characters will come to your table for autographs and hugs!

Don’t forget to bring things for the characters to sign!

Be Our Guest

8. Choose the Right Restaurants

You might not realize this, but Disney World has some really great restaurants.

There are food carts, quick service and table service restaurants to choose from.

Wondering which ones you should prioritize?

We have a list of the best restaurants at Walt Disney World.

Beauty and the Beast Live Show in Hollywood Studios

9. There is more to the Parks than Rides

Yes, there are a ton of really fun rides that you will want to enjoy, but if you are traveling with people who don’t particularly care for rides, don’t worry.

There is plenty for them to do at Disney World that doesn’t involve rides.

Disney Coffee Mugs

10. Budget for Souvenirs

I am sure it is hard to think about souvenir shopping before you even leave for vacation BUT know that there are going to be a ton of shops with all sorts of merchandise.

These are a few Disney Souvenirs that we think you might want to take home with you to remind you of your first time at Disney World.

Disney World Park Maps

We hope that your first time at Disney World is magical and that you make lots of memories.

For those of you who frequent Disney, do you have any Disney World tips for first-timers to share?

Disney World Planning Information

There is so much to think about when it comes to planning your Disney vacation. We encourage you to check out our entire site, but if you are just getting started with planning, we have some posts you should begin with.

Looking for the best time to visit Disney World? We have Disney World crowd calendars that will tell you what’s going on each month of the year, dates to avoid, typical weather conditions, and other useful information.

Considering a Disney World Resort? There are so many perks to staying on Disney property. We have a full list of all the Disney Resorts as well as many Disney Resort reviews for you to get a firsthand perspective.

If you are a foodie, you will be glad to know that there are great restaurants at Disney World, this includes buffets, character meals and even some places the adults will love.

Want to get the best deal on your trip? We can show you not only how to travel to Disney on a budget, but we can also give you ideas on how to save on Disney tickets and where to book your vacation so that you get the best price.

We even have Disney packing lists, essential park day items and other things to consider bringing with you to the park that you might not think about.

Lastly, if you are traveling to Disney World for the first time and unsure how Genie+ and Lightning Lane work, where to find Hidden Mickeys or if you should add a Disney Dining Plan, we have tons of information to share..

Remember that we aren’t travel agents, we are regular Disney travelers just like you, but have been blessed with the opportunity to visit the parks regularly. Because we’ve been so much, we’ve learned many valuable Disney insider tips that we can share with others.

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