8 Simple Tips For Having An Awesome Walt Disney World Vacation

8. Use Fastpass+

Even if you do not think you’ll know where exactly you’ll be at certain days or times, I always find it helpful to make some Fastpass reservations in advance. By having some Fastpasses already made, you’ll know for sure that you’ll be able to experience certain attractions with little or no wait regardless of how busy the park turns out to be when you actually arrive. The worst thing that could happen is that you end up not using those selections and doing something else instead.


7. Enjoy your resort

You took the time to research which resort you would like to stay at for a reason, so make sure you actually spend some time enjoying everything that your resort has to offer. Even if your trip is jam packed with things to do in the parks, just get up a little bit earlier and wander the grounds at your resort, or maybe even spend some time shopping, at the shops, restaurants, or at the pool.

6. Do your research

A trip to Walt Disney World is not a vacation to be taken lightly. Especially if you’ve never been to Disney, or you haven’t been for many years, it is extremely important to do some research in advance of your trip. You definitely want to make sure you’re aware of any changes that might have taken place since your last trip, and about things like which rides are being refurbished and which attractions you’re very interested (or uninterested) in doing during your trip.

5. Do some planning in advance

In addition to doing some research before your trip, a Disney vacation really does require proper planning. After you research the dining locations you might be interested in, start making some advanced dining reservations. In addition to things like dining, you’ll find it helpful to have at least a rough idea of things like which parks you’ll be doing on which days, and whether or not you’re planning on attending extra magic hours on certain days.

4. Take care of yourself

A Disney vacation can be very physically demanding, especially if you are not used to the Florida humidity and being on your feet for most of the day. Because of this, it is very important that you remember to take care of yourself during your Disney vacation. Remember to drink lots of water, and use sun protection like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. Even though this might seem like common sense, it’s easy to forget to do things like this while on vacation, and taking care of yourself will definitely help you have a better time.

3. Take frequent breaks

Part of taking care of yourself and making sure you’re relaxed and ready to go while you’re in the parks means taking frequent breaks. I would recommend taking afternoon breaks at your resort occasionally, but if that doesn’t sound like something you’d like to do, at least make sure to take some breaks during the day at the parks. Drink lots of water and sit in a shady spot, or hop on an attraction that will have you seated and in air conditioning for a good amount of time—like the Living With The Land or the Hall of Presidents.


2. Don’t rush

One surefire way to wear yourself out at Walt Disney World is to rush and try to fit everything into a single trip. I’ll be the first to admit that this is simply impossible. There is so much to do at the parks and resorts that there is no way you’ll be able to fit everything into one trip. Instead of rushing around, understand that it cannot all be done in one trip. Instead, do some extra planning and prioritize which things you really want to make sure you do, and which things you’ll only do if you come to realize that you have the time to do so.

1. Take in all the details

One of the most impressive things that sets Walt Disney World apart from other theme parks in the industry is the attention to detail that went into the resort’s design. Each area and attraction in Disney transports you to another place. Rather than simply going on an attraction for the fun of how the vehicle moves, you are transported into a story, where you become immersed in the details that have allowed that story to come to life in front of you. There are few other parks besides Walt Disney World where one can truly say this is true, so definitely be sure to take your time to notice all of the small details that make Disney special.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."