Planning your first trip to Disney World can leave you overwhelmed and confused.
That’s why I’m sharing the best Disney World tips for first timers from a bunch of Disney World pros in this post!
Disney World is twice the size of Manhattan, contains four huge theme parks, two water parks, 25 resorts, and a gargantuan shopping and dining venue. There is no way humanly possible to see it all in a one or even two-week vacation.
I hope I’m driving the point home that since there is no way to see it all, please don’t try. Trying to do too much is the #1 way people ruin their Disney vacation.
But rest assured – almost everything is amazing at Disney World. You will have to make choices during your vacation about what is most important for your family, but no matter what you choose, you will be surprised and delighted.
In today’s video, I would like to invite you into my home to get to know me better. Today I do the Disney YouTuber tag and I had a ton of fun filming it. I hope you all enjoy getting to know me a little bit better and have a magical day!
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There is a new food festival at Disney World and it is at Disney Springs. It is called the Flavors of Florida festival and it just started at the beginning of June and it is running all the way until the beginning of September.
The Disney Experience
For first time visitors to Walt Disney World, the trip can seem daunting and exhausting. But, it doesn’t need to be. From advice about dinner reservations to the park’s new stroller restrictions, these tips and tricks can help you save time before, during and after your trip to the most magical place on earth.
Check out the My Disney Experience App
Before you board your plane or pack the car for your trip, you’ll want to download the My Disney Experience app. You’ll be able to see park hours, any FastPass+ and dining reservations you’ve made, character meet and greet locations and so much more. It can even be used as your room key if you’re staying at a Disney resort hotel.
Make FastPass+ Reservations as Early as Possible
If you’re staying at one of Disney’s hotels, you can start making your FastPass+ reservations 60 days prior to check-in. For those staying elsewhere, reservations drop from 60 days to 30 days before your adventure. If there’s a chance you may forget, set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Things like Slinky Dog Dash and Flight of Passage always go quickly.
Reserve Your Dining Experiences Early
All dining reservations can be made 180 days out from your trip. Those special experiences that you don’t want to miss—like character meals, California Grill or Be Our Guest—should always be the first priority. If you’re unable to find any availability, keep trying—people will sometimes cancel reservations as their vacation gets closer.
Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel
Not only are you closer to all of the magic, but you also get some extra benefits like complimentary transportation, early FastPass+ reservation availability and extra hours at the park.
Three different resort categories allow guests to choose the one that works for their family. Deluxe is the best Disney has to offer, often found closer to the parks and with more amenities. Moderate can be found scattered throughout the property and generally offer a wide range of themes. Value is usually just standard rooms, best for those who really only need a place to shower and sleep since they’ll be at the parks all day anyway.
Leave These Items Behind
Before heading to the parks, check your bags one last time for any prohibited items. Disney does not allow any firearms or weapons, fireworks, drones, selfie sticks or noisemakers. You should also measure your stroller—as of May 1, 2019, those larger than 31 inches in width and 52 inches in length are prohibited. Stroller wagons are also prohibited.
What are Extra Magic Hours?
Those staying at a Disney resort hotel are afforded the added benefit of extra magic hours—access to the parks outside of their normal operating hours. These additional hours vary, generally starting one hour prior to the park opening or extending two hours after closing. The best way to ensure you don’t miss the opportunity is to download the My Disney Experience app and check the park times feature.
Take Breaks Throughout the Day
As you probably assumed, the parks get extremely busy mid-day. Our best advice is to start the fun early and stay late if you’re able. Florida can get pretty hot, so it’s always a good idea to take a break and head back to your resort in the afternoon. Not only will this keep you rested and refreshed for the evening, but it’s also a much-needed break from the controlled chaos surrounding you.
Allow Extra Travel Time
Walt Disney World is huge—almost 40 square miles, to be exact—and you should allow for up to 90 minutes of travel time when moving from point A to point B. This includes getting from your hotel room to a dining reservation—especially at Magic Kingdom, where you have to take a secondary form of transportation from the parking lot to the front entrance.
Don’t Skip Over the PhotoPass Photographers
You’ll probably see PhotoPass photographers scattered throughout the parks, often using a nice camera. But, did you know they’ll also use your camera or phone to take pictures of you? Just be sure to show them how it works if it’s not a common device. Utilizing PhotoPass is a great way to get pictures of your entire family throughout the trip.
Get a First Visit Button
At Walt Disney World, anyone’s first visit is considered a celebration. Find a Cast Member nearby and ask them for a free first visit button. It’s a great reminder of all the fun you had during your trip of a lifetime to the most magical place on earth.
Fake waterfalls, hidden swords, a brand new FREE TOUR we had no idea about… We’ve got 18 crazy secrets, hidden surprises, and must-know tips for you about Disney World today that we COULDN’T WAIT to tell you about! Seriously, this video is so fun!
So I went to Disneyworld for the first time ever, completely solo! I challenged myself to do 3 parks in 1 day and after a very long experience I have the MUST know tips, tricks, and advice for your day at the park. Planning is key for the best day!
Also, downloading the Disney app gives you an instant map to the parks and estimated wait time for rides. You can also make you Fastpass selections or reserve dining experiences!
If you’re staying in a Disney resort or spending more than one day at the parks, make sure to look into all of the benefits that come with the resort such as transportation from/to the airport to/from select resorts as well as extra magic hours that allow you into the park before the general public.
if you aren’t staying in a resort on Disney property, might I recommend hostels and hotels in Kissimmee! It’s a very quaint, Disney-esque area that really has a great Disney vibe while still being a short drive away from the theme parks and downtown Orlando!
And lastly, check out Disney Springs. It’s a short drive away from the parks and is an “outdoor entertainment, shopping, and dining center” that may be a great place to unwind when the day is over.
In this video we share with you our experience attending Disney After Hours. We visited both Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom in Disney world Orlando. We also share the benefits of staying at a Disney resort like Ft Wilderness.
Please share your question and experiences in the comments.
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