Top 10 Tips When Visiting Walt Disney World For The First Time


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Top 10 Tips When Visiting Walt Disney World For The First Time

Added: May 24, 2019
Category: Disney

Written by: Nancy Karas

You've seen exciting "Surprise! We're Going To Disney" viral videos all over social media.  You surfed the web only to find that everyone has advice to share or opinions to give on literally every aspect of Disney from where to stay, to what to pack, to what to eat and so on.  The information becomes  overwhelming and you want to make sure your trip is as magical and memorable as possible. Below are my top 10 tips to make your first visit amazing:

Plan Your Dining Reservations 180 Days In Advance or As Soon As You Book Your Trip
It's important to know that planning ahead is a key part in enjoying your Walt Disney World 
vacation when you arrive.  Many of the amazing restaurants are highly sought out, so be prepared to make your dining reservations 180 days in advance.  Locations such as Cinderella's Royal Table, Le Cellier, Be Our Guest, Chef Mickey's and more book up very quickly and are difficult to obtain a reservation the longer you wait. Walk up reservations are far and few in between so make sure to mark your calendar for the right day to log onto your My Disney experience to make your plans. 

Plan Your Fast Passes+ By Following These Few Tips
Many people enjoy arriving at the park when it first opens.  However, on average, the park crowds and lines begin to increase around 11am with a slight decrease during the dinner meal time. If you are an early riser, you can get many attractions in before 11am without the use of a Fast Pass.  I suggest making fast passes starting at 11/11:30 am.  For my family, we tend to use them for thrill rides that we know usually have longer lines such as Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain & Splash Mountain.  Once we use the three initial fast passes, we simply open our My Disney Experience App and based on availability, add one more at a time.  Fast Passes can be made up to 60 days in advance when staying on-site and 30 days when staying off-site.

Use Technology To Your Advantage But Also Be Prepared If There's A Glitch
Technology can be both wonderful and a hassle.  When all systems are a go, your My Disney Experience App can be a true time saver.  Disney is always coming out with new enhancements right at your fingertips to maximize your time in the parks such as obtaining your fast passes on-line, placing mobile food orders, advising guests of daily park hours, ride locations, show/parade times and more. However at times, when technology goes down and you can be left in the dark of where you are supposed to be or what you have planned next.  When these hiccups occur, you will be at ease if you do this one simple thing:  take a photo of your day's plans and/or if you want to ensure you don't miss or run late to any of your plans, I suggest setting alarms or reminders on your calendar so that you are alerted on an upcoming must-do!  Simple, right?  Oh yes, don't forgot your chargers and extra battery packs too!

There Will Be Crowds
The days of low, moderate and high attendance are long gone. Though there are times that are "less crowded", Disney will always have crowds.  Disney always has something exciting going on, whether it's the holiday season where crowd size can hit capacity, Epcot's Food & Wine Festival, Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival, Run Disney Marathons, Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Disney After Dark, and oh, did I forget to mention a new land Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening August 29, 2019.  No matter when you go, even in the lower crowded seasons, there will still be crowds. However Disney is excellent in keeping guests entertained and moving the crowds through the fast pass lines even at the most crowded times of all.  During Spring Break, the Fast Pass line to Splash Mountain was wrapped all the way back over the walking bridge to Frontier Land.  Within minutes, we were at the Fast Pass check in at the front of the line. This past New Years Eve, I sent my children back home to our house with my husband after the first fireworks showing and I rang in the New Year with thousands of my new closest friends in Epcot.  Though there were a sea of people in World Show Case, I had an amazing New Year's Eve and cannot wait to do it again this year! 

Don't Stress to Get It All In
Disney is such a wonderful, magical place, but it is also HUGE!  With it's always expanding parks, rides, experiences, restaurants and more, it is impossible to do everything in one trip. When you arrive at Disney, know that with a little pre-planning, you will be able to successfully get your must-do's in and there will be plenty of time left over to do many other experiences.  Remember, every family and every family's wish list of experiences are different.  Don't get caught up in too much of what you read on the internet, see on social media or hear from friends and family.  If you plan your trip to your specific must-do list, your trip will not only be amazing, you will create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. 

Ask for Assistance
It's OK to have someone help you. Certified Disney Professionals such as our travel partner not only take courses and graduate from Disney's College of Disney Knowledge, they also are frequently found in the parks, experiencing them first hand and can provide invaluable advice and guidance for that trip of a lifetime.

For a free no obligation quote, contact All Magical Travel, our full service travel partner to assist you with any aspect of your next Disney vacation or any other travel you have in mind, regardless if you stay in one of our Truly Refreshing Vacation Homes, you decide to stay in on-site accommodations, you would like to vacation at one of Florida's famed beaches, take a cruise or even decide to jet off to a tropical location.

Plan According To What Is Most Important To You and Your Family 
Every family and every family's wish list is different.  Tailor your magical vacation to you and your family's interests. With so much to do and so many choices, the combinations of family fun,
accommodations and activities are endless.

Slow Down To Enjoy The Details
Nobody tells a story like Disney! Walt Disney World is a place of enchantment, where reality and time are suspended and your worries are left behind when you enter the gates.  This immersive park for all ages is so magical because of their attention to detail. Take some time to enjoy all of the little touches throughout the parks, resorts, restaurants and more.  For example, on Main Street, USA, the second story windows honors various Disney Legends, Imagineers and others who contributed to the creation of Walt Disney World.  Take time to see how many you know or if a few catch your eye, take a photo and research what that person did to receive such an honor. The details are endless, just keep an open eye and see what you can discover. 

Schedule Breaks and Time To Relax
Remember in an earlier tip, I mentioned Disney is HUGE?  Rushing around the parks, becoming overtired physically or emotionally will take it's toll and turn a magical trip into a disaster. Batteries aren't the only thing that needs to be recharged.  Listen to your body and plan time to take a break, relax, go back to your resort for an unwinding swim or just stop to sit on a bench and watch the people go by while you recharge yourself.  Don't worry, we won't tell anyone if it's your second Dole Whip of the day.

Have Plans, But Be Flexible
You planned, you planned more, and you even planned some more.  You have your list, you have a well orchestrated itinerary, everything is mapped out and you are ready to hit the pavement.  You're cruising along enjoying the sights, the smells and the atmosphere of the parks and suddenly the ride you are on becomes temporarily delayed, your little one is exhausted and not feeling the magic at that moment, bad weather rolls in.  Whatever situation arises to detour your plan of the moment, go with it.  Adjust to your needs and it will all work out.  Cast Members are there to assist you with any needs that arise.  Some of my favorite memories are when a rain storm rolled in and my kids were around the ages of 7 & 5.  They were jumping in the puddles, laughing, giggling and just being silly.  If you ask them about one of their favorite Disney memories, they say when my husband and I jumped in the puddles with them.

Until Next Time!


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