10 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World

Guests who plan a Walt Disney World vacation spend months figuring out all of the small details and looking forward to the amazing fun that is to come. With four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and dozens of Disney Resorts there is plenty of magic to be enjoyed on each Disney vacation. Guests can experience thrilling and classic attractions, dine in amazing restaurants with unique menus and themes, shop in specialty stores with one of a kind merchandise, and enjoy live performances which are out of this world. With so many things to see and enjoy on a Disney vacation, guests want to make the most of each moment which they can do by following a few tips and tricks. By following these simple steps, guests can save time, energy, frustration, and money while in Walt Disney World and enjoy each moment spent on vacation. Here are ten tips for getting the most of Walt Disney World.


10. Pick The Right Disney Resort 

The biggest tip for making the most of a Walt Disney World vacation is choosing the right Disney Resort. With over twenty options to choose from, the task of picking one can seem daunting but guests can simplify the process by knowing what their budget is. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best deals, and Moderate falling somewhere in between and guests who know what their budget is can easily figure out which category they fall into. They can then choose from only a handful of Disney Resorts which all feature unique themes, amenities, pools, dining, shopping, and locations.

9. Book FastPasses

An amazing way to save time while in Walt Disney World is by using the FastPass system. Guests can book FastPasses which act as reservations for particular attractions that allow guests to return at a designated time to enjoy the experience with little to no wait time. Guests who stay on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and those who stay off property can book thirty days in advance. Guests can book three FastPasses per day ahead of time, book a fourth once the initial three have been used, and continue to book one FastPass at a time until the park closes. Guests should opt to book their FastPasses for popular attractions which tend to have long wait times in order to save themselves the most time while on vacation. Good options include Avatar Flight of Passage, Frozen Ever After, Soarin’, Space Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Slinky Dog Dash.

8. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

Walt Disney World is full of amazing dining experiences including plenty of full service dining locations which are very popular. These popular restaurants tend to fill up very quickly making reservations a must. Guests can book Advanced Dining Reservations up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and they are completely necessary for popular locations like Toledo, Le Cellier Steakhouse, Be Our Guest Restaurant, California Grill, and ‘Ohana.

7. Know Where & What Things Are

Before leaving home, guests should spend some time planning for their Walt Disney World vacation in order to save time and frustration once in the parks. Guests should make sure to have a general idea of where important things are located at both their resort and the parks. By having an idea where things like the pools or certain attractions are, guests can save time that otherwise would have been spent consulting a map or wandering around. In addition, guests should also have a general idea of what things are in the parks. No guest wants to board an attraction that might be too thrilling for them without knowing exactly what lies in store. By knowing what each attraction entails, guests can avoid any unwanted surprises and be sure to have an amazing vacation.


6. Have A Schedule

One of the best ways to save some time while on a Disney vacation is to make a tentative schedule for each day before leaving home. By knowing which park to enjoy on each given day of vacation, guests can avoid time trying to figure out a plan each morning and also more efficiently book their FastPasses and Advanced Dining Reseravtions.

5. Pack Well

The key to enjoying any vacation let alone a Walt Disney World one is packing well. Guests on a Disney vacation should be sure to have somewhat random but necessary items like band aids, external phone chargers, comfortable walking shoes, ponchos, extra clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses in order to be prepared and comfortable while enjoying the parks.

4. Take Time To Relax

Many guests don’t realize how exhausting a Disney vacation can be. With the hot Central Florida temperatures, large amounts of walking in the theme parks, and long hours spent exploring, guests can be downright exhausted by the end of each day. This is why it is very important to spend time each day relaxing by stopping to enjoy a meal in the air conditioning, swimming at a resort pool, or napping in a resort room. Taking a few moments to rest each day will keep guests’ energy up and smiles bright.

3. Try New Things

One of the best ways to get the most out of a Walt Disney World vacation is trying and enjoying new experiences. Guests should be sure to check out attractions they might never have tried, dine in new restaurants, and explore Disney Resorts that they have never visited before. By trying new things on each Disney vacation, guests can make new lasting memories and be sure to enjoy each moment.

2. Slow Down And Enjoy The Details

Each theme park and Disney Resort is decked out in an amazing level of detail from artwork and décor to architecture and scenery. Guests who want to make the most of their time in Walt Disney World should make a conscious effort to slow down while exploring and pause to take in and appreciate the amazing details which make the parks phenomenal.

1. Take Photos 

Perhaps the best way to make the most of a Walt Disney World vacation is to take photos! By taking lots of photos in the different theme parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs guests are sure to remember each magical moment of vacation and form memories which will last a lifetime.

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.