Disney World is the go-to place for the ultimate memorable trip of a lifetime (and the awesome insta pictures, obv). If you’ve got a trip to Walt Disney World planned, then check out these Disney World tips to make your visit truly magical!
1 – Get a Magic Band
I could not stop telling everyone about how magical Disney’s Magic Bands actually are. They come in a whole range of colours and styles and let’s be honest, it’s still a total novelty to use your watch-esque gadget to get into Magic Kingdom.
You can find out more about the Magic Bands here, but basically they are your ticket to the park, your fast pass access, your hotel room key (if staying on Disney property) AND your photography pass.
They’re also handy if your theme park outfit does not include pockets…
2 – Take Snacks!
Snacks are a Disney essential. If you can, it’s great to take some fruit or pastries from breakfast for a quick go-to snack between meals. We also bought some sandwich bags from a supermarket and found them really useful for keeping snacks waterproof!
3 – The FastPass+ System
So there is wifi all over all parks at Walt Disney World. This was a very pleasant surprise, and I even managed a cheeky FaceTime in front of the castle (because why not?).
This makes using the FastPass+ system an absolute breeze. There are all sorts of in-depth reviews about using FastPass+ online, but the main point I want to stress here is that it’s free and loads of people don’t do their research then spend 3 hours queueing for one ride.
It’s worth downloading the app, inputting your ticket info and seeing what you can book onto. Reserving your space in the Expedition Everest queue 2 months before you go is a sure fire way to get you excited!
4 – My Memory Maker
My Memory Maker is a photo-based system in and around all of the WDW parks. There are photographers all over the parks at perfect photo locations, as well as numerous ride photos that can all be captured on the mobile app. All you do is swipe your ticket (or magic band 😉) with your photographer and it appears in a matter of seconds on your mobile app.
My Memory Maker is now included 2018/19 tickets which adds even more value to a WDW ticket!
5 – ‘Happily Ever After’ Fireworks Show
There are no words. Everyone needs to see this at some point in their lives. It is so Disney it hurts, but it’s the most magical 18 minutes you’ll ever experience.
If you want a good view (which you do), make sure you find your spot at least 2 hours before the start of the show (!). If you’re set on this, you can find out more on this post by Disney Tourist Blog.
6 – Make a Vague Plan
The joy of being an adult is that you get to decide where you go and when – this applies more than ever when visiting Walt Disney World.
We used this Undercover Tourist Crowd Calendar to decide which park to visit on which day. It included accurate opening times and an overview of parades/shows etc. to make sure you don’t miss out, as well as which parks tend to be busier on which days.
7 – Do Your Shopping Early or Late
Make the most of your jet lag and get to the parks early to check out the shops on Main Street. There are all sorts of different shops from food and drink, to bakeries and a Disney Pandora shop, nor forgetting the HUGE Emporium with everything Walt Disney World related you could ever want.
Shops tend to open up to 2 hours before the park opens, and close approx. 1 hour after the rides close. Most people don’t realise this so it tends to be the quietest time for most stores – more time to shop for Minnie Mouse ears can’t be a bad thing, right?
8 – Take a Waterproof!
Orlando is known for it’s temperamental climate, and although 95% of the weather is glorious sunshine, a 10 minute downpour can leave you soaked through and uncomfortable for the rest of the day if you’re not careful! We took thin raincoats which didn’t take up a lot of room in the bag and were easy to get out quickly. The thin ponchos you can buy there are really expensive but loads of people have them as they dry really quickly once the sun is back out so you can get on with your day!
9- Sample Disney Food
Before I went to WDW, I thought the highlight of the food offer was ‘character breakfasts’, or trying The Grey Stuff at the Be Our Guest restaurant. Turns out the selection is hugely varied, and the quality was surprisingly high.
We managed to get a reservation for the Liberty Tree Tavern, not even knowing what they served but knowing that we were starving by 9:30pm! The meal was essentially bottomless 3 course Sunday Dinner, with an American twist obviously (Mac & Cheese anyone?). It was so tasty and a very pleasant surprise after a long day at the parks!
10 – Check Out Opening Times
Magic Kingdom opens as late as Midnight. MIDNIGHT.
Seeing a FastPass+ for Space Mountain @ 10:45 PM was a bizarre but welcome sight. Most people leave after the fireworks finish at around 9:30 PM, but if you keep an eye on park opening times you can have a sleep in and still enjoy a full day at the parks.
The WDW app tells you the opening times for that specific day, but if you want to plan ahead we recommend this website.
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