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10 Tips For Having Your Most Satisfying Walt Disney World Trip Ever

Guests love traveling to Walt Disney World and frequently spend months looking forward to their vacations. With four theme parks, two water parks, Disney Springs, and countless restaurants, guests spend tons of time imagining all of the fun and different experiences that each trip will bring. With so much time spent looking forward to the trip, guests want to make sure that they have a satisfying time and not run into any problems or issues that could have been avoided. Guests can make this happen by doing some research and taking some simple steps both at home and in the parks. Here are ten tips for having the most satisfying Walt Disney World trip ever.

10. Pick The Right Resort

Walt Disney World is home to over twenty different Disney Resorts, and picking the right one is key to being relaxed on vacation. Guests should first consider their budget and choose a resort from the Deluxe category (the most expensive), the Value category (the least expensive), or the Moderate category (which falls in the middle). Once guests know which category fits their budget, they can choose from several different options and decide which one best fits their personality and preferences. Things to consider when picking a resort are location, amenities, pools, and size. Picking the perfect Disney Resort is the best way to kick off a vacation.

9. Book FastPasses Wisely

FastPasses are available to all guests and act as reservations which can be made for attractions where guests show up at designated times and experience little to no wait. Guests who are staying at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses sixty days in advance and guests who are staying off property can book up to thirty days in advance. FastPasses can be booked for virtually any attraction in Walt Disney World, but guests are smart to use them for popular attractions which tend to have the longest wait times. By doing so, guests save more time that would have been spent waiting on line and can use it to visit other attractions. Some of the best options to book FastPasses for are Avatar Flight of Passage, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Slinky Dog Dash, Frozen Ever After, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin’, and Peter Pan’s Flight.

8. Make Dining Reservations

Advanced Dining Reservations (ADRs) can be booked up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and they are absolutely necessary for most Walt Disney World restaurants. Once guests decide where they would like to dine, they should immediately book their reservations to ensure that they will have a table. Guests who opt to not make dining reservations run the risk of being blocked out of a fully booked restaurant or wasting lots of time waiting to be seated as a walk up diner.

7. Have A Plan

Before leaving home, guests should take some time to put together a tentative schedule for each day they are going to be in the parks. By deciding which park will be visited on a certain day and knowing what FastPasses and dining reservations exist, guests can save some time each morning that would have been wasted trying to formulate a plan for the day.

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6. Know Which Attractions Are Musts

With so many attractions and experiences in Walt Disney World, it is simply impossible to experience it all on a single Disney vacation. Guests have to accept that they are not going to see everything and once they do they should make a list of the attractions they absolutely must experience. By researching what each attraction is like and knowing how thrilling it is, guests can have a better idea of exactly what they are getting themselves into and know which attractions they can’t live without.

5. Relax!

A Walt Disney World vacation can be pretty tiring when guests combine lots of walking in the parks with high temperatures. If guests get too tired, they end up being cranky, not feeling well, or not enjoying their time in the parks, so a great way to keep a trip satisfying is to remember to relax. Guests should schedule in some time each day to sit down for a meal, lounge poolside, or even take a nap in the resort room to keep energy up and everyone smiling.

4. Take In The Details

Part of what makes Walt Disney World so special is the insane attention to detail throughout each park and resort. A great way to see new things on every Disney vacation is to take time to slow down and enjoy all of the details. Guests who slow down and really take in their surroundings often find new things to appreciate and enjoy.

3. Take Lots Of Photos

While the vacation itself is magical, so are the memories made on it. Guests should be sure to take lots of photos while exploring the parks and enjoying new things. By having photos to look back on, guests can remember the trip for years to come and smile at the memories.

2. Comfortable Shoes

One of the biggest requirements for a Walt Disney World vacation to be satisfying is to wear comfortable shoes that have been broken in. Sometimes guests don’t realize just how much they walk each day in the parks, and an easy way to end up cranky and sore is to wear uncomfortable shoes and end up with blisters. Comfortable shoes are a must on any Disney vacation.

1. Enjoy Every Moment

The easiest way to guarantee a great Walt Disney World vacation is to simply enjoy every moment! Guests shouldn’t get caught up in stressing over whether they will see everything in a park or tire themselves out running around all day without taking breaks. By slowing down and making a conscious effort to enjoy every moment, guests are sure to have the most satisfying Walt Disney World trip 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.