Is there a trip to Walt Disney World in your future? Lucky you! Whether it’s your first trip or your tenth, you’ll probably have a few questions along the way. So we’ve compiled a list of the ten most common questions asked about traveling to Walt Disney World, along with the answers, to help you out. Happy vacationing!
1. When Should I Visit?
Choosing the best time to visit Walt Disney World is important if you want to avoid crowds, endless lines and high hotel rates. We love visiting at the very end of October to early November, to enjoy both Halloween and Christmas decorations. Summer can be unbearably hot and busy (and is also hurricane season), so we avoid those months. The week of Christmas and Easter are also extremely busy, and the parks often hit capacity. Early May is another great time to visit – the weather isn’t ridiculously hot, and prices and crowds are decent.
2. Is it Worth it to Stay on Property?
One of the most common questions about Walt Disney World is whether it’s worth it to stay on property, at a Walt Disney World resort. While your value for the money will of course depend on which resort you stay at, in general, yes, staying on property is worth it, and a must for first-time visitors who want the full Disney experience! There are tons of reasons to stay on property, including proximity to WDW, easy transportation to the parks and Disney Springs, legendary Disney service and theming, and extra perks that you wouldn’t otherwise enjoy.
3. Which Parks Serve Alcohol?
Many first-time visitors to Walt Disney World are curious about alcohol consumption within the parks. Which parks serve alcohol? The short answer is – all of them! For many years, you couldn’t find a drop of alcohol anywhere in Disney’s Magic Kingdom, but that has now changed, and you’ll find alcoholic beverages at table service restaurants (though not at quick service restaurants) throughout the park. In the other three parks, alcohol is readily available even at quick service restaurants, and you can even walk around the parks with your alcohol at Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom – just make sure you finish your drink before you try to exit the park!
4. Which Park is the Best?
This is a tough one, because all four parks in Walt Disney World are great and have elements that will appeal to different guests. Of course, animal lovers shouldn’t miss Animal Kingdom, and guests with wanderlust must tour the World Showcase at Epcot. Star Wars fans will love Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. But for sheer nostalgic appeal, it’s hard to beat Disney’s Magic Kingdom, where Walt’s classic pixie dust is most in evidence. So if you can only pick one park to visit (hopefully, you never have to do such a thing!), this is the one.
5. Isn’t WDW Just for Kids?
It’s easy for those unacquainted with Walt Disney World to assume it’s just for kids. But while kids undoubtedly will have a blast, it’s also possible to have a fabulous time at WDW as an adult – even without kids (take it from someone who has done just that for a decade!). Dance the night away at one of Disney Springs’ unique clubs and bars, pamper yourself at a relaxing spa, enjoy world-class dining, play a round of golf, or hop from thrill ride to thrill ride in the parks – the options are limitless!
6. Should I Rent a Car?
If you’re not a Florida resident, then transportation is probably a big concern when planning a Walt Disney World vacation. Do you need to rent a car to get around? Not at all! Disney has a wide range of transportation options, and they’re all free. Buses to the parks and Disney Springs are available from each WDW resort, and run frequently. Water taxis and monorail trains service several routes, and you can even walk to some parks from certain hotels. Disney’s newest and most exciting mode of transportation is the Disney Skyliner, where you’ll soar over WDW in a gondola. You can always opt for a taxi, if none of these options appeal to you. As you can see, there’s no need to rent a car when vacationing in WDW!
7. Can WDW Accommodate My Dietary Restrictions?
Walt Disney World does a commendable job catering to guests with all sorts of dietary restrictions – vegetarian, vegan, calorie-reduced, gluten-free, allergies – you name it! There’s an array of dining locations and types of food to choose from, and Disney chefs will create a meal for you if need be. One year, we vacationed at WDW with my mom, who has more food allergies than anyone else I know. She spoke to the chef at every single table service restaurant we ate at, and had delicious, safe and custom-created meals for the entire trip!
8. How Much Time Do I Need to See Everything?
How long should you plan to see and do everything in Walt Disney World? We’ve been to the parks dozens of times and still find more than enough to occupy an 8- to 9-day vacation, because there are always new attractions, restaurants and experiences to try, along with revisiting old favorites. But generally speaking, plan for at least a week if at all possible; this will allow you to enjoy each of the parks without rushing from attraction to attraction, and to get to know them enough to make a list of what you want to save for your next trip!
9. Is WDW Expensive?
Honestly, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on a Disney World vacation. Accommodations, dining out, park admission, not to mention all of those fantastic impulse-buy souvenirs – the dollars can easily add up. However, it’s absolutely possible to do WDW on a shoestring; choose a value resort, pick quick service meals as often as you can (you can even bring your own cereal and buy milk at your resort for cheap breakfasts), and set yourself a budget for souvenirs. Also, keep an eye out for discounts on park tickets and resorts to save even more.
10. What About Accommodation for Disabilities?
Walt Disney World is great at accommodating guests with mobility, cognitive, visual and hearing disabilities. Braille guidebooks and handheld captioning are available for guests who need them, as are companion restrooms. Transportation lines are able to accommodate ECV/wheelchairs. Guests can apply for a Disability Access Service Card if they aren’t able to wait in a queue, and guests can bring their own mobility devices or rent one on site. People of any and all abilities can enjoy the magic at WDW!