DisneyWorld Tips

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Just about everyday someone asks me for my top DisneyWorld tips. Well, here they are! I’ve finally written down all of my top 10 DisneyWorld tips for a magical day, just for you. No need to thank me. Just put them to good use and have a wonderful time at the DisneyWorld Resort! You can find my full guide to planning for DisneyWorld here.

Planning a trip to the Disney theme parks can be stressful! I totally understand that. You’re putting in a lot of time, money and energy into this vacation and you want it to be perfect. It’s going to be great! By implementing a few simple things, you can make sure that your vacation is memorable and as stress free as possible! Soon, you’ll be at the happiest place on earth and all your efforts will be worth it!

Top 10 DisneyWorld Tips

1. When To Visit

Choosing when to visit the Disney parks is incredibly important. Are you wanting to visit during a special holiday or event? Are you trying to avoid long lines for the most popular attractions? Are you planning on taking your kids out of school? There’s really pros and cons to visiting at any time of the year. So, the first step to planning your amazing Disney vacation is deciding when to visit! Pick a time that works best for your family.

2. Buy Your Tickets In Advance

Park tickets AND Disney park reservations are required to enter DisneyWorld. Have your tickets purchased well in advance so you can make your park reservations as soon as your able. You can make park reservations 120 days in advance. Please don’t pay full price for your park ticket!

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3. Have A Plan

Show up to the parks with a game plan. Seriously, this is the best way to have a great day. It’s in my top 10 Disneyland tips for a reason! You don’t need to have every second planned out, but you do need a general idea of how you’d like your day to go.

Which parks will you be visiting? Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot or Hollywood Studios? Will you be park hopping? What time will you arrive? Which ride will you hit first? What rides are most important to your group? Are there any characters you must meet? Are you planning on enjoying parades or shows? Will you be watching the fireworks? How will you deal with crowds?

These are a few questions that you need to think about before you arrive. If this seems overwhelming, don’t fret! I’m here to help. I have custom planning packages and phone call packages to take all the stress and worry out of planning your day at Disneyland.

4. Arrive Early

I can’t recommend this enough! This is my top DisneyWorld tip in my top 10 DisneyWorld tips list. The parks will open their gates and start letting people inside about 30 minutes before the parks open(even earlier on very busy days). You can enter the park, take a few pictures, maybe see a character or two, browse a shop and be lined up at the castle when the park opens. This is called “rope drop”.

When you rope drop you will have about 1-2 hours of low crowds. This is the best time of the day and you will be able to accomplish so much! While everyone else is getting to the park at opening and waiting in a long line to go through security and then another long line to get their ticket scanned you will be riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and blessing my name.

This is the best way to experience some of the most popular rides with very low wait times. I recommend arriving at the park (not the parking lot – if you’re parking you’ll need to add more time) one hour before it opens. Trust me. This is the best way to enjoy shorter lines and fewer people.

5. Use Genie Plus

Genie Plus is the new system that replace the old MaxPass/FastPass/Virtual queue system. Now, if you purchase Genie Plus, you are able to enter select attractions using the Lightning Lane. This will save you tons of time waiting in line, especially during peak times.

Adding Genie Plus is an additional fee and I realize it’s not the right choice for everyone. If you’re able to add it to your Disneyland vacation budget, it’s a great way to save time.

6. Use The DisneyWorld App

The DisneyWorld app will become your best friend while you’re in the parks. You can use the app to book your Genie Plus Lightning Lanes, mobile order food, check show times and even find the closest bathroom. See, I told you it would be your best friend. You can even check wait times on your favorite rides like Haunted Mansion, small world and Rise of the Resistance.

The DisneyWorld mobile app is a game changer. Make sure you download it before you arrive and put your tickets on it so you are ready to go when you arrive at the gates. Mobile ordering food is my favorite way to use it! You’ll be walking down Main Street and ordering lunch from from Casey’s Corner on your phone while everyone else is stuck waiting in line. This tips is a game changer, so of course it’s on my top 10 DisneyWorld tips!

7. Use Rider Switch

Rider Switch is a great option for guests with young children. It’s a free service that anyone can use and you need to be taking advantage of it!

If you have young children who are too small for an attraction or don’t wish to ride then rider switch is going to be your best friend! Rider Switch(also known as Rider Swap) is designed for groups who have young kids(or bigger kids who don’t want to ride) so that everyone who wishes to can experience the attraction.

With Rider Switch, one adult or supervising Guest (14 years or older) can wait with non-riders while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. Then, they simply switch places to allow the supervising Guest to experience the attraction without waiting in the regular queue again.

It’s a genius system! Such a great way to experience some of the attractions with height requirements like Rockin’ Roller Coaster or Expedition Everest.

8. Be Prepared

Be prepared, just like a boy scout. Be ready for any and all situations that might arise. Check the weather and make sure you are prepared for hot days. Or, their might be rain in the forecast and you’ll need to be prepared for that!

Be ready with bandaids, hand sanitizer, chapstick and Advil. Make sure you have a few snacks on hand. Bring a sweatshirt or jacket(those Southern California nights can get chilly!). Bring a portable phone charger. You will need it. I’ve got a complete list of Disney park bag essentials here.

9. Take A Break

In my experience, at some point in the afternoon a good portion of your group is going to fall apart. At this time, you are going to wonder why in the world you brought these ungrateful souls to DisneyWorld. This is normal. I call it “the witching hour”. This is the perfect time to take a break.

Seriously, people get grumpy mid day and need a break. For some families, that means leaving the parks for a nap. For some disney fans, it’s taking a break in the parks. Either option is fine, but you really should make time for a short break.

If you want to stay in the parks, I suggest a show, parade or just a ride on the train around the park. You need some down time. A shady corner or bench is a good place for a break. A snack will also help. I recommend a churro and a big diet coke.

However your break looks, it is needed. Once you’ve regrouped everyone will be happier and ready for the rest of your magical day.

10. Have A Good Attitude

This may be the most important tip in my top 10 DisneyWorld tips. Having a good attitude can make your break your vacation.

There are going to be crowds, there’s going to be heat(or rain, or wind). There’s going to be crying(probably your kids, but you might cry too) and someone might pee their pants. Unfortunately things are not going to go smoothly at some point. That’s just how life works.

There is no such thing as a perfect day at DisneyWorld. However, if you bring a good attitude and realistic expectations, you will have the best vacation ever! Those tough moments are far outweighed by the magic and the memories that will be made.

I hope you can use my top 10 DisneyWorld tips for a magical day! I’m so excited for your DisneyWorld vacation. It really is the perfect place to create magical memories and now is the perfect time to go!
If you have any questions while you’re at DisneyWorld, make sure you ask a cast member! They are happy to help you in any way they can.

I hope you can use my top DisneyWorld tips for a magical day! For more DisneyWorld fun check out my virtual ride guide.