10 Tips To Exponentially Improve Your Trip To Walt Disney World

10. Double check what you’ve packed

It’s perfectly normal to travel anywhere and forget some basic things you know you’ll need, but unless you’re bringing a car to Walt Disney World, or realized what you forgot at the airport, tracking down these items (especially for a reasonable price) while on vacation can be somewhat difficult. Make a list, and double check it that you have everything ready to go before you close your suitcase. Your Disney resort will sell all of the basic items you need, but they might be a little bit pricy. In addition, if you need something more specific that you’d have to go to Walgreens or CVS for, you’ll definitely want to make sure you’ve packed it in the first place—otherwise you’ll be taking time out of your vacation to track down those more specific items.

9. Splurge on a meal

Disney has so many excellent restaurants to choose from, and while it’s easy to stick to the more reasonably priced options, I’d recommend splurging once during your trip. You’re on vacation, you deserve to have something nice you don’t normally have at home. And whichever restaurant you choose you can’t go wrong with, as I’ve never had a bad meal at Walt Disney World.

8. Celebrate something!

Grab some celebration buttons from Guest Relations, and add a celebratory theme to your trip. Even if you’re not celebrating something like a birthday or anniversary, there are plenty of things to celebrate—new jobs, graduations, family reunions, and more.

7. Take advantage of Fastpass+

By making Fastpasses in advance, you’re reserving your spot in line for some of the most popular attractions. Even if you don’t think you’ll actually need Fastpasses, I’d recommend making them anyway because they’re good to have, and can make your time in the parks more efficient without you having to rush around.

6. Bring extra money for gratuities

There are lots of cast members you’ll encounter who should be tipped—including bell services, wait staff, and housekeeping to name a few. You’ll want to make sure you bring some extra cash to tip those cast members who really go out of their way to make your vacation magical.

5. Take a midday break

Florida can be hot, especially during the summer months, and you’ll likely want to take a break during the hottest part of the day. Even if you really want to keep going, it might be better for your physical (and mental) wellbeing to spend at least an hour or so at your resort pool. After this break, you can shower and feel refreshed and ready to go for the rest of the night at the parks.

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4. Make a list of must-dos

There is way that you can possibly do everything Disney has to offer in one trip. Making a list of which things are your priorities will be helpful so that you’ll be able to make sure you at least get to those things, and anything else you do is extra.

3. Make dining reservations in advance (or Mobile Order)

While it is definitely possible to find reservations during your vacation, I’d recommend making them far in advance if you’re looking to eat at some of the more popular restaurants in Walt Disney World. Making reservations during your trip also takes up time that you could be using for doing other things in the parks. Make those reservations ahead of time, so they’re out of the way, and you’ll already know for sure that you have a table at some of your favorite restaurants. No dining reservations or prefer quick service restaurants? Check out Disney’s Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering available at numerous quick service locations via the My Disney Experience app.

2. Put extra spending money aside

When I go on vacation, or anywhere for that matter, I like to shop. I would hate to go to Disney World and deprive myself of something I want to buy because I can’t justify paying for it. Even if you put away something as little as $10/week for the year or so leading up to your trip, having this extra money set aside will make the burden of budgeting your spending money much easier, and less stressful.

1. Avoid disappointment by understanding that you can’t do everything in one trip

I lived right outside of Walt Disney World for nine months during my college program, and I have not done everything there is to do at Disney. Instead of rushing around trying to squeeze everything into one trip, understand that this is simply not possible, and just tour the parks at a relaxing pace. There is no need to wear yourself out trying to do everything you possibly can, when it would be much more enjoyable to just go at a leisurely pace and enjoy yourself that way. And besides, with proper planning, it shouldn’t even be difficult to leisurely stroll through the parks and still get a lot done. Still worried about the things you might have missed? Just use this as an excuse to start planning your next trip.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.