8 Secrets To A Perfect Disney Vacation

By Caitlin Corsello

A trip to Walt Disney World can be a magical thing that guests look forward to for months. But with so much to do between the four theme parks and endless dining, shopping, and entertainment, guests can quickly feel overwhelmed and spend much of their trip stressed out. With the cost of the vacation being so high, no guest wants to spend their entire time at Disney feeling stressed and there are certain ways to avoid making mistakes or wasting time to get the most out of a vacation. Here are eight simple secrets to a perfect Walt Disney World vacation!


8. Plan Ahead –

Before leaving home, guests should take the time to research Walt Disney Word in general. Since there is so much to experience while there, it is a great idea to have a general knowledge about the place to save guests from feeling overwhelmed once there. Guests should be familiar with how to get around, where certain attractions or dining locations are, and where they want to go each day. By having a tentative schedule ahead of time, guests can start each day confidently and know exactly what they want to do.

7. Know What You Want To See –

So much time and stress can be saved once on vacation simply by knowing just what to see. Some guests with children might want to focus more on family friendly rides and avoid thrilling ones like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith or Expedition Everest. Guests with children should also know which attractions their kids won’t be tall enough to enjoy. On the opposite end, guests who are traveling with a group of adults might want to only focus on thrill rides and thus can avoid some of the attractions in Fantasyland. By knowing ahead of time just what they want to see, guests can save lots of time in the parks trying to figure it all out.

6. Book FastPasses –

Once guess have an idea of what they want to see, they should book their FastPasses for the attractions which tend to accumulate the largest wait times. Not only will this ensure that they get to experience the attractions that they want to, they will also save lots of time that would have otherwise been spent waiting on line. Guests who are staying on property at a Disney Resort can book their FastPasses up to sixty days in advance and guests who are staying off property can book up to thirty days in advance. Some of the best options for booking FastPasses are Space Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom, Test Track Presented by Chevrolet and Soarin’ in Epcot, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Expedition Everest and Dinosaur in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

5. Make Dining Reservations –

Advanced dining reservations (ADRs) can be booked up to one hundred and eighty days in advance and guests who are looking to dine in some of the more popular restaurants at Walt Disney World are advised to book as early as possible. Guests should be sure to make dining reservations well in advance to save themselves time and stress once in the parks. No guest wants to find out that the restaurant they wanted to eat in is booked or waste time waiting to be seated after walking up to a restaurant on a whim. By making dining reservations ahead of time, guests are ensuring that they are going to have a perfect Disney vacation!

4. Take Breaks –

A sure fire way to become stressed and overtired on a Disney vacation is trying too hard to see it all. Guests have to accept that there is simply no way to see everything in Walt Disney World on one vacation alone, and should also understand how tiring the parks can be. With high heat and lots of walking, Walt Disney World can wear guests out quickly, making them cranky and not wanting to continue exploring in the early mornings or late at night. A way to avoid getting too tired is to take breaks each day and enjoy the pool or even take a nap in the air conditioning. Taking an hour to rest each day can ensure lots of extra time feeling refreshed and ready to go in the parks.


3. Stay Hydrated –

One of the easiest ways to feel icky on a Disney vacation is to become dehydrated and with the strong sun, high temperatures, and extensive walking it is easier than most guests think. A great way to make sure that everyone stays healthy and feeling okay on vacation is to ensure that everyone drinks lots of water. Bringing a filtered water bottle is a great way to maintain hydration in the parks as it can be filled at any water fountain and is always on hand.

2. Leave Enough Time –

Walt Disney World is huge and while transportation is easy, some guests might not realize that getting around takes some time. Guests should be sure to leave at least an hour of travel time before FastPass reservations, dining reservations, tours, or any other plans which have a set time. An easy way to end up stressed on a vacation is by running late, so be sure to leave plenty of time for a perfect Disney trip!

1. Don’t Stress! –

All of the suggestions on this list are designed to help guests avoid stress and losing time while finally on their Disney vacation. One of the best ways to ensure a perfect trip is simply understanding that it is not worth getting stressed in the first place! Guests are going to find themselves waiting on lines, dealing with crowds, and managing the heat but they are still in Disney! So the biggest tip for having a perfect Walt Disney World vacation is to not sweat the small things and just enjoy the time there.

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.