Walt Disney World Hints and Tips

24 May 2019

Magic Kingdom Castle
We have been going to Walt Disney Theme Parks for over a decade now and over the years you do pick up some hints and tips that can make your stay more enjoyable. If you are planning a visit to Walt Disney World soon then hopefully some of these may come in handy.

If it’s your first time visiting Walt Disney World or you are celebrating your birthday or anniversary, make sure you grab a badge. Badges can be found dotted around the parks and also at your Disney resort hotel. Cast members have the authority to choose visitors wearing the badges to give them a freebie. I received a huge ice cream which was a lovely treat.

Take a water bottle in to the parks with you. There are water fountains scattered about which you can use to refill however most quick service dining restaurants have refill stations and you can fill your water bottle up at them and with cold water and ice. In the parks, Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Restaurantosaurus & Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom all have drink refill stations.

Now matter how sunny you think Florida is, always pack a light rain mac or poncho. You never know when rain will hit and trust me without a waterproof you will be soaked in seconds.

Purchase an autograph book and pen and always have it to hand. Some characters may just walk about and will be happy to stop for an autograph and photo.

Utilise your fast passes. If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel with a ticket package you can book up to 60 days in advance. Make sure you book as early as you can, you can always change your choices using the app should your plans change.  Once you have completed your three free fast passes you can then go on to book more, one at a time until the end of the day.

The Walt Disney World app keeps you up to date with current queue times, character locations, dining, temporary closures and entertainment. Free Wi-Fi internet is available in the theme parks and resort hotels at Walt Disney World.

cool club drinks
Get a free drink at Epcot’s Club Cool, where there are eight flavours of Coke products from around the world. Make sure to have a cup of the Beverly. It’s an unusual flavour that you absolutely must try.

Plan your day carefully. The parks are huge and you don’t want to have rides planned that are scattered between lands meaning you have to walk back and forth all day. Choose a land to start in and make the most of that land before you move on. We find everyone tends to move clockwise so anticlockwise is usually less busy.

Resting throughout the day is so important. The days are long in the Disney parks with some parks open till midnight at times. Plan some rest times during the day, maybe see a show or stop for a coffee and cake.

Casey JR Water park
Take the kids swimwear and a towel to the Magic Kingdom with you. In Fantasyland there is a small area that sprays out water when it's hot outside. The kids love it and it's a great way to cool down quickly.

Adults can always order from the kid’s menu, which is a great way to save money while still getting a meal that will satisfy smaller/moderate appetites.

Don’t get drawn into the Disney Vacation Club by the exciting  promotions while at Walt Disney World. Wait until you get home, research the Pros and Cons of Disney Vacation Club, and buy via the resale market if you’re going to buy at all.

Look out for the professional photographers. They are there to help create memories for you by snapping pictures of you and your family with iconic backdrops. I would recommend purchasing the memory maker which saves all your photos on.

If you’re staying at a Disney-owned hotel, you can have merchandise you purchase in the park sent to your hotel so you don’t have to carry it around all day.

Evenings are ideal for those who don’t want to wait in line during the day in the Florida heat. Queue times decrease dramatically around 7pm so it’s a great time to jump on the usually busy rides or meet your favourite characters.

Art of Animation
If you are staying in the Walt Disney resort make sure you make use of your hotel amenities. It’s so easy to jump up out of bed each day and quickly head to the parks but it’s also nice to enjoy what your hotel has to offer. Take a dip in the pool, let the kids burn off some energy in the playground or have some family fun in the arcade.

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  1. This would be such an amazing experience

  2. Great tips! I can't wait to take my little one to Florida when she's a bit older

  3. Some great tips, hopefully we’ll get there one day!

  4. I am a HUGE Disney fan and can't wait to take my son's when they're a little bit older. Best get saving now...!

  5. Wow so many helpful tips! I can't wait to visit Disney World with my children at some point - it's such a magical place to go :)

  6. What great tips. Perfect advice for someone who hasn’t visited Walt Disney before.

  7. Great post full of tips for those visiting Disney soon x

  8. Great tips. I'm glad they allow adults to order from the kids menu as I generally find there's just too much food in this kind of place!

  9. We had such an amazing holiday here, loved staying on site as it made everything so much easier!!

  10. Oooooo enjoyed reading this! We’ve only been to DLP but can’t wait to head to Florida one day. Great tips about the hotels and splash pools x

  11. I've never been to the Florida park but this has been so informative! The water bottle tip is do useful!

  12. Wow, it looks fab, some brilliant tips there.

  13. There are some fab tips here. I actually got married at Disneyworld haha xx

  14. This was very insightful post. Agreed that in such huge parks you can miss out so many things if not planned properly. Thanks for sharing x

  15. Love this post - I last visited 12 years ago and want to go back to celebrate a 'big' birthday in 2021. Kaz

  16. It looks fab and some brilliant tips thanks!

  17. I always wanted an autograph book full of disney!

  18. Great post full of tips thanks x

  19. Brilliant tips, a trip to Walt Disney world sounds like a good plan, it looks amazing with SO much to do!!

  20. A place I have always wanted to visit but sadly never got there!

  21. Great tips! I can imagine being overwhelmed when you arrive


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