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8 Tips For Doing Walt Disney World Resort Like A Pro

Guests look forward to a Walt Disney World vacation from the moment that they decide to go. They can spend months planning, anticipating, and building excitement for their vacations, and want to make the most of each moment once in Walt Disney World. There are some simple things that guests can do in order to make the most of their time in the parks and enjoy their vacations like pros. From simple planning and smart choices to key reservations and easy strategies, there are some pretty simple ways to turn an average Disney vacation into an amazing one. The pros have a few tips and tricks up their sleeves to have amazing Disney trips each time, and all guests can follow their examples for great vacations. Here are eight tips for doing Walt Disney World like a pro.

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8. Pick The Right Resort

One of the biggest decisions that all guests have to make before heading to Walt Disney World is which Disney Resort to stay at. With over twenty options to choose from, the decision can be difficult but pros know what things to look for and what thins to avoid based upon preferences and convenience. Guests should begin by figuring out a price range for their resort. Disney Resorts are broken down into three categories with Deluxe being the most expensive, Value having the best rates, and Moderate falling somewhere in the middle. Guests should also budget for the overnight parking fee for resort guests that is more expensive at Deluxe resorts than a Value Resort for example. Once guests know which category is right for them, they can choose from a handful of options making for an easier decision. Guests should also consider size, location, amenities, pools, transportation, and dining options when choosing their Disney Resort.

7. Book FastPasses

Disney pros know the importance of using FastPasses to save time in the parks and still experience amazing attractions. FastPasses allow guests to reserve a specific time for an attraction and visit in that window to enjoy the experience with little to no wait time. Guests who are staying 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 ahead of time. Up to three FastPasses can be booked per day ahead of time and a fourth can be booked after the initial three have been used, followed by using the 4th then getting a 5th and so on until park closes. Guests are smart to book FastPasses for popular attractions which tend to have the longest wait times, ensuring that they will save the most time possible while enjoying great attractions. Some perfect options to choose from include Toy Story Land attractions, Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Frozen Ever After, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Soarin’.

6. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

Walt Disney World is home to some amazing dining experiences including plenty of full service dining locations. Guests can enjoy everything from fresh California classics to authentic Moroccan cuisine depending on where they choose to dine. Disney restaurants begin accepting Advanced Dining Reservations one hundred and eighty days in advance and these reservations are absolutely necessary for popular restaurants which tend to book quickly. Guests need to book reservations for any Disney restaurant to avoid being turned away or losing lots of time waiting to be seated as a walk up reservation, and some of the most popular restaurants which tend to book first are the California Grill, ‘Ohana, and Le Cellier Steakhouse. No dining reservations? Be sure to use Mobile Ordering on the My Disney Experience App at multiple Quick Service locations.

5. Use Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay at a Disney Resort have access to exclusive times in the four theme parks. Extra Magic Hours allow Disney Resort guests to enter into one park an hour early each morning and remain in another one up to three hours later than the general public each night. These extra hours in the parks allow guests to enjoy fewer crowds, lower wait times, and less crowded walkways and areas than in the middle of the day.

4. Know Where & What Things Are

One thing that saves Disney pros a lot of time and frustration on a Walt Disney World vacation is knowing where and what things are. Before arriving, guests should know where important things at their Disney Resort are including the front desk, bus stops, concierge, dining locations, and pools. In addition, guests should be familiar with the layout of the parks and know where in general certain attractions, restaurants, and shopping locations are located. Guests should also have an idea what each attraction entails so that they are not in for any surprises once already on board. By knowing where and what things are, guests save time that would have been wasted walking around trying to locate something or stopping to consult a map and save frustration that would have been found experiencing attractions that might not be ideal for them.

3. Line Up Early

A huge tip that Disney pros use regularly is lining up early for any special event. Each day Walt Disney World hosts parades, firework shows, and live performances which are tremendously popular with guests. By lining up at least an hour before show time, Disney pros are guaranteed to have amazing viewing spots and not miss a moment of the fun.

2. Take Time To Relax

With the high Florida temperatures, strong sun, and tons of walking involved in the parks, guests can easily become tired and overheated on a Disney vacation. Disney pros know the importance of taking time each day to relax and recharge allowing them to feel refreshed and continue exploring and enjoying the parks. Whether it is spending time by the pool each day, stopping for a full service meal, or taking a nap in the air condition resort room, taking a few moments to relax each day will make the rest of the vacation amazing.

1. Go Against The Crowds

A simple tip any guest can follow to feel like a pro is to go against the crowds. Guests can follow this tip simply by being observant once in the parks. For example, each morning when the Magic Kingdom opens many guests head for either Tomorrowland or Fantasyland. Guests should notice this pattern of the crowds and instead opt to head towards Adventureland to enjoy fewer crowds and lower wait times. By going against the crowds, guests can feel like pros and enjoy quieter areas and lower wait times in the parks!

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.