10 Awesome Tips For Your Best Walt Disney World Vacation Ever

Guests spend months planning and looking forward to their Walt Disney World vacations, from the attractions that they want to experience to the foods that they want to try. With so much to do and see while exploring the four parks and resorts, guests might lose track of some simple tips or tasks that can make all the difference in a Disney vacation. By following these tips, guests can make sure that they avoid any potential problems and get the most out of the vacation that they have been so looking forward to. Here are ten killer tips for the best Disney vacation ever!

10. Plan Ahead –

By looking into some things ahead of time, guests can end up saving tons of time once at Walt Disney World. Before leaving home, guests should make a tentative schedule of their trip including which park or parks they want to visit on each day. By simply knowing where they are heading each morning, time can be saved trying to formulate a plan on the spot. In addition, guests should research the attractions and shows throughout the four parks and know which ones they want to experience. Families with kids should know which attractions their children aren’t tall enough for yet, or which ones might be too scary to avoid any problems in the parks.

9. Stay on Property –

A great way to ensure that guests are completely immersed in the magic for the duration of their vacation is to stay on property at a Walt Disney World Resort. Resorts range from Deluxe as the most extravagant, Value as having the best deals, and Moderate falling in the middle. With different price ranges, guests have plenty of options to choose from when picking a resort. In addition to access to dining options, beautiful pools, and helpful Cast Members, the biggest perk of staying on property is complimentary transportation to and from the four theme parks.

8. Know Extra Magic Hours –

Another perk of staying on property in a Walt Disney World Resort is access to Extra Magic Hours which offer resort guests exclusive access to the four parks. Each day, one park opens up to an hour early for resort guests and another park stays open up to three hours late. With only resort guests and not the general public in the parks during Extra Magic Hours, attraction wait times are minimal making it a great time to experience very popular attractions like the Avatar Flight of Passage, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin’, and Slinky Dog Dash.

7. Book FastPasses –

In addition to taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours, a great way to ensure that guests have the best vacation ever is to book FastPasses. FastPasses allow guests to visit an attraction at a given time and experience it with little to no wait time. Guests who are staying on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance whereas guests who are staying off property can book them thirty days in advance. Guests can book three FastPasses per day and can then book a fourth once the initial three are all used. By booking FastPasses for attractions which tend to have the longest wait times, guests can save tons of time in the parks.

6. Make Dining Reservations –

Walt Disney World has tons of dining options that are all popular in their own right. To ensure that guests can enjoy a full service meal and not get turned away, they should be sure to make dining reservations as far in advance as possible. Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be booked up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and are completely necessary to save time and grief once in Disney on vacation. No advanced dining reservations? Be sure to use the Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering option on your My Disney Experience App at multiple quick service locations throughout Disney World.

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5. Know Where Things Are –

A simple tip that can make a Disney vacation awesome is knowing in general where things are located. By knowing where certain attractions are, the location of the bus stop or lobby, or being able to navigate a park guests can save tons of time that would have been spent wandering around trying to figure out where to go. Nothing is more frustrating on vacation than feeling lost, so by doing some research and learning a little bit about the lay of the land, guests can be happier in the long run.

4. Take Breaks –

Guests end up walking way more than they might think while on a Disney vacation, and when combined with the high temperatures, this can leave guests tired, cranky, and not wanting to continue on in the parks. A great way to avoid getting burned out while also relaxing is to spend some time each day by the pool. By taking small breaks and making sure that no one gets too tired, guests can ensure that they will keep their energy up for the whole vacation.

3. Do Early Mornings –

While waking up early might not sound like the most appealing thing on vacation, it is a must to make a Disney vacation the best. By getting to a park each day for rope drop, guests ensure that they are some of the first people inside and get to experience low wait times and low crowds. Guests can get more done in two hours of the early morning than double that in the crowded afternoons, making the mornings the best time to hit the parks.

2. Line Up Early –

Every guest loves watching the parades and fireworks that Walt Disney World has to offer. However, since they are all so popular, crowds can be huge making it hard to secure a good viewing spot for any given parade or show. A great tip to ensure an awesome Disney vacation is to line up at least an hour early for every parade and fireworks show to ensure a comfortable and clear viewing spot.

1. Enjoy the Small Details –

Part of what makes Walt Disney World so amazing is the attention to detail throughout the four parks. One of the best tips for making sure that a Disney vacation is the best ever is to simply slow down and enjoy all there is to see. Sometimes the most interesting and beautiful details get overlooked when guests are rushing around. So by slowing down, guests will be sure to enjoy all those small details and have the best Disney vacation ever.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.