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Top 10 Tips For Having The Best Walt Disney World Visit Yet

Walt Disney World is the perfect vacation destination for guests of all ages thanks to its unique attractions, entertainment, dining shopping, and more that bring magic to life. Since Walt Disney World is so popular with guests, many tend to return time and time again to enjoy all that the property has to offer, whereas other guests might only get to go infrequently and want to make the most of each moment. No matter if it is the first visit or the hundredth, there are plenty of ways to ensure that a trip to Walt Disney World is the best one ever thanks to special events, certain activities, and more. Here are the top ten tips for having the best Walt Disney World vacation yet!

1. Choose the Right Resort

One of the easiest ways to ensure that a Walt Disney World vacation is perfect is by choosing the right Disney Resort to stay at. Guests should start by knowing their price range and whether they should be comparing Deluxe, Moderate, or Value Resorts. Then guests should consider the size and location of each Disney Resort, transportation options, dining options, pool locations and more. For example, guests who know that they are going to spend the most time at the Magic Kingdom and often eat on the go should consider Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort as it is close to the park and features several quick service dining options.

2. Make Sure You Have Enough Time

No vacation will feel as magical and relaxed as one that is very short and rushed. Guests who know that they only have a limited amount of time can often become overwhelmed trying to ensure that they squeeze in as much magic as possible which can quickly result in exhaustion. A great way to ensure that a vacation is as magical as possible is ensuring that there is enough time to experience all of the must do attractions and entertainment without feeling overly rushed.

3. Book Advanced Dining Reservations

A great way to enjoy time in Walt Disney World is dining at one of the hundreds of dining locations found throughout the entire property. In particular, it can be wonderful to take some time to relax and sit down while enjoying a meal at a full service restaurant. There are plenty of very popular full service locations in Walt Disney World, and guests who have their hearts set on particular meals in particular locations should definitely plan on making Advanced Dining Reservations as far in advance as possible to ensure that they have a table!

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4. Make FastPasses

FastPasses should also be booked as far in advance as possible to ensure that guests can enjoy favorite attractions and experiences without losing tons of time waiting on lengthy lines. FastPasses can be booked sixty days in advance for guests who are staying on property in a Disney Resort and thirty days in advance for guests who are staying off property. FastPasses are crucial in saving time while packing in the fun and magic on a Disney vacation!

5. Use Extra Magic Hours

Guests who stay in a Disney Resort can enjoy special times in the parks that are only available to those staying on property. Extra Magic Hours typically involve one park opening an hour early each morning and another remaining open several hours later each night. Since only Disney Resort guests are allowed in at these times, Extra Magic Hours are a wonderful opportunity to enjoy popular attractions and experiences with wait times that are lower than typically normal.

6. Indulge in Snacks

Nothing says vacation quite as much as indulging in some delicious snacks, and Walt Disney World is home to some amazing options. Guests who explore the Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs can find some cult classics as well as some unique options that offer up flavors that all are sure to love. Some classic options to indulge in are the Mickey Premium Bar, Dole Whip, Popcorn, and Turkey Legs.

7. Get A Great Spot for Fireworks

One of the most magical moments a guest can have in Walt Disney World is sitting back and enjoying the amazing fireworks shown nightly in the Magic Kingdom. Happily Ever After combines fireworks with amazing projections on Cinderella Castle and Disney music. The best viewing spots for the show are on Main Street, however the area can become very crowded on busy nights. Those looking to enjoy the perfect view should grab a spot early on and enjoy the people watching until it is show time.

8. Relax

No trip is magical when guests find themselves exhausted, and often times Walt Disney World can be just that when you combine the heat, humidity, long days, and lots of walking. The perfect way to beat the exhaustion and make sure that a trip is amazing is by taking some time each day to relax. Those who stay at a Disney Resort can chill out at the amazing pools found at each location that often feature special themes, water slides, amenities, and more. A few hours poolside is sure to help guests feel relaxed and ready to continue the magic!

9. Try Something New

A great way to ensure that a Walt Disney World vacation is the most magical yet is by trying something new each time. A great way that guests can do this is by trying a different behind the scenes tour on each trip. These special tours cost an additional fee, but provide amazing glimpses into how the magic is created. Some popular options to enjoy are the Keys to the Kingdom Tour in the Magic Kingdom, Behind the Seeds Tour in Epcot, and the Wild Africa Trek in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

10. Attend A Special Event

Throughout each year, there are several special events that guests can enjoy to ensure that they have a fabulous vacation. Epcot is home to the International Flower & Garden Festival, Epcot Festival of the Arts, and Epcot International Food & Wine Festival which are all included in admission. The Magic Kingdom also features Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, both of which bring the spirit of the holidays to life for the cost of an additional ticket.

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.