Hey everybody, we just got back from a fantastic trip to Disney World and thought it might be a great topic to cover in our latest blog. There’s so much to see and do that it can be overwhelming so we thought we would share some suggestions and tips about how to get the most out of your trip.
1. When To Visit — First thing to do is to decide when you are going to visit Disney World. The busiest times at Disney World and all of their theme parks are usually around the holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, etc.) along with Spring Break. So, if you are going to plan a trip to Disney around those times, understand that the prices will be at their highest and the lines are usually the longest for all the attractions.
2. Where to Stay — There are multiple locations and resorts to choose from and each has something very exciting to offer in terms of accommodations. For our trips, we choose the Four Seasons Orlando. The Hotel is on Disney property and has access to many Disney activities. There is a character breakfast at the hotel on Thursday and Saturday mornings where you can meet Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse, and Goofy.
They have two huge water slides (must be 42” to ride) a lazy river, a quiet pool and a family pool where they have a large outdoor screen and they show Disney films in the afternoon and evening. If you want a break from the parks for a day, this is a great property to consider. In addition to the Character Breakfast, if you want to have a princess makeover, make an appointment at the spa and the team there will give you a makeover as one of your favorite princesses. Also, try to request a room with a balcony facing the parks, that way you can watch the evening fireworks at Magic Kingdom and Epcot from your own room!
3. Get the most out of Fast Passes — Plan your park visit in advance. If you know what rides and what parks you want to go to, be proactive about setting up your day. Disney has what they call a “Fast Pass” and you are allowed to reserve 3 of them for each person in your group. So, if you wanted to go to Magic Kingdom and ride Space Mountain, or visit with Cinderella or take a ride on Thunder Mountain, you can request a Fast Pass in advance. It will give you an hour window that you can get to the front of the line instead of waiting with general admission.
Once you use that Fast Pass, you can go back to the Disney app and find another Fast Pass option for the same park. If you schedule things correctly, you can hit one part in the morning and use three Fast Passes and then visit another park that same afternoon and get three more Fast Passes for the same day. The key is planning. If you plan your day out, you can maximize your Disney experience.
4. Lastly, stay hydrated. Depending on what time of year you visit Disney, the temperatures and humidity can get really high and with all the running around and walking you are going to do through the parks, be sure to stop every half hour and have a glass or cup of water. Disney can be so exciting and fun that if you don’t find yourself hydrated you may have to miss out on some of the rides and experiences. Remember to always stay safe and alert.
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