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10 Disney Tips That Really Do Help

There is so much advice about going to Walt Disney World that it can be hard to narrow down what is really a good tip and what is just someone’s opinion. We have ten Disney tips that are helpful during a vacation.

We will share these top tips with you so you can make sure you are prepared for your next Walt Disney World vacation.

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10. Pack For Rain

It doesn’t matter what the weather app tells you back home as you are packing; prepare for rain. Disney rain storms pop up all the time. Even on days with 0% chance, it might still be possible.

Be prepared for rain when you head to Walt Disney World. Bring those ponchos and raincoats from home. This will save you time and money at Walt Disney World. Consider bringing a small umbrella as well.

No matter what rain gear you prefer, ensure you bring it with you each day of your trip. You won’t be sorry when that little black rain cloud shows up.

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9. Rope Drop

We understand that most of us prefer to sleep during our Walt Disney World vacation. If you want to avoid long lines and large crowds, you must get up and out the door early.

Rope dropping a Disney Park means you get to the Park before it opens. This typically means you are on Disney transportation at least 60 minutes before the posted opening time.

The reason behind this is that by rope dropping, you can get ahead of the crowds that will start to build closer to Park opening. By being at the front of the crowd, you will have lower wait times for those big attractions such as Avatar Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Being at the Park to rope drop can often allow you to ride 2-3 popular rides within the first hour the Park is opened.

Take advantage of early Park entry if you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort. This allows Guests staying at these Disney Resorts to enter the Parks thirty minutes early.

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8. Drink All the Water

You will be walking a lot during your Walt Disney World vacation. Combine that with the heat and humidity that is often at Walt Disney World; you need all the water to stay hydrated.

We recommend bringing your water into the Parks to avoid paying high prices for bottled water. You can bring a fun, Disney-themed water bottle from home or have a case of water delivered to your Disney Resort.

No matter how you prefer to get water, you must stay hydrated throughout the day.


7. Leave

This might seem silly, but a big tip for enjoying your Walt Disney World vacation is to take breaks. Disney is overwhelming even more adults. Take time throughout the day and your vacation to relax and take a break.

Breaks can be taken at your fabulous Disney Resort. Here you can enjoy the pools and activities or take a nap. You can also choose to take a break within Disney Park. Consider booking a table service meal. These will allow you to step out of the busy Park and into a nice airconditioned restaurant.

We also like visiting other Disney Resorts as a break. Consider having a meal at a nearby Disney Resort. Boma at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beaches and Cream at Disney’s Beach Club, or Steakhouse 71 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort are all fantastic options.

No matter what break will work well for you, make sure you plan them into your days. Doing so will keep you fresh and the magic going.

My Disney Experience App

6. Navigate the App

My Disney Experience is the Walt Disney World app. It is through this app that you will find everything you need during your vacation. Before you head to Walt Disney World, take time to navigate the app.

By spending some time with the app before your trip, you will be more familiar with it when you arrive. Having this familiarity will make using the app a lot less stressful. There is so much information in the app. Take time to find out what that information is before you head down.

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5. Mobile Order Early

One of the features of the My Disney Experience app is mobile ordering. This allows Guests to place their food orders at many of the quick service locations throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property.

Using mobile ordering throughout your vacation, you can save time in line and place your order from anywhere, and then once your return window opens, you can tell the Disney Cast Members to prepare your order. Once it is ready, you head to a pickup window and are on your way.

This is a fantastic feature and one that should be taken advantage of during a Disney vacation.

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4. Don’t Wear New Shoes

Guests walk so much each day at Walt Disney World. Make sure your feet are ready for this process ahead of time. Take time to walk around your neighborhood and break in your shoes beforehand.

Don’t show up at Walt Disney World with shoes you haven’t tested out. We also recommend bringing an extra pair of shoes. This is helpful if shoes start to rub or get wet.

You want to ensure your feet are happy, and good shoes are essential.

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3. Plan Extra Time

Walt Disney World is huge. Getting from place to place will take more time than you anticipate. Save yourself some stress by building in some extra travel time.

This is especially important if you are traveling from Resort to Resort. As there are no direct buses between Disney Resorts, you will need to head to a nearby Park and then to a Disney Resort. This can take up to 90 minutes to do so.

Keep travel time in mind as you plan out your day. Knowing that it might take extra time can save some stress.

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2. Don’t Skip the Entertainment

Part of what makes Disney magic is the entertainment. There is so much entertainment in all four Disney Parks, which shouldn’t be missed.

From amazing Broadway shows like Festival of the Lion King to quick street performances like the Dapper Dans, Disney entertainment is truly magical.

Take time to check the times guide, so you don’t miss any of the magic.

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1. Enjoy the Magic

Finally and most importantly, enjoy the magic. Disney is truly magical; if you take the time to slow down and look around, you will see it all around you.

The rides and shows are amazing, but also enjoy the small magical moments that pop up suddenly during your trip. It will be those moments that you cherish.

Those are ten Disney tips that really do help during a vacation. They will help you have a fantastic and magical time at Walt Disney World.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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