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10 Disney Vacation Tips the Experts Always Use

Those traveling to Walt Disney World often have figured out key tips that make their trips easier and more enjoyable. We are going to share some of those expert tips with you today. These will help you avoid crowds, have better dining experiences, and have a more magical trip to Walt Disney World overall.

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10. Know How to Park Hop Fast

Expert Disney travelers know that Park hopping between two Disney Parks can take much time if done incorrectly. If you add a Park Hopper option to your Disney ticket, ensure you can hop between Parks like a pro.

Starting slightly before 2 pm, Guests with a Park hopper can enter a second Park. If you want to take advantage of this, be like a veteran and think through how to do this quickly.

When in Magic Kingdom, Guests can easily hop to EPCOT via the monorail system. These two Parks are a lot closer than one might realize.

EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also easy to hop between. You can walk, use the boats, or even the skyline to quickly move between these two Parks.

Like a Disney veteran in Park hopping, think about how to do so quickly during your trip. You don’t want to waste valuable Park time on a bus.

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9. Arrive Early

A big tip from Disney veterans is to arrive at the Parks early. We all know that setting the alarm during a Disney vacation isn’t ideal, but it can save much time in lines later in the day. Veterans know that getting to the Parks early in the morning will allow them to experience lower crowds and shorter waits.

If staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, take advantage of early entry. This gets you into the Park thirty minutes before Park opens. It might not seem like time, but it can make a huge difference in your day overall.

8. Dress For Success

This doesn’t mean getting your dress and suits ready to go at Walt Disney World. Instead, a Disney veteran dresses for success by being comfortable and prepared for the weather. Walking shoes are essential for Walt Disney World. Make sure everyone is prepared to walk a lot.

Think about how you will manage the rain, heat, and even chilly evenings at Walt Disney World. Even in the summer, we recommend a light coverup for those chilly restaurants or buses.

Veterans know that dressing for success and comfort is vital to having an enjoyable day in the Parks.

7. Having Medicine

No one wants to feel icky on their vacations. Veterans know that having essential over-the-counter medicine can be a huge help. Bringing stomach or allergy medicine can help when you start feeling off during your trip.

Although Disney has places throughout the Parks where you can find medicine, it is much easier to have it with you each day. A vacation can go really through your body, and having some essential medicine can help you turn the day around.

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6. Eat Lunch, Not Dinner

Disney veterans have learned that lunch is much cheaper when dining at Walt Disney World. Because of this, Disney veterans plan their table-service experiences for lunch instead of dinner.

Most table service locations throughout Walt Disney World offer a similar lunch and dinner menu. Even though the menu is similar, the price for dinner can be surprising a lot more. Consider booking lunch reservations instead to enjoy a good meal while saving money.

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5. Reservations are Key

Veterans know that to experience Disney’s top restaurants, they must make dining reservations 60 days ahead. Top locations such as California Grill, Topolinos, Chef Mickey’s, and Cinderella’s Royal Table book up two months ahead.

Veterans know that these are extremely popular and are ready 60 days ahead of time to book their reservations.

4. Last Minute Does Happen

At the same time, Disney veterans know they can sometimes find a last-minute reservation at some of these top dining locations. Veterans don’t give up hope if they can’t secure a reservation at a restaurant they want.

Keep looking on the app to see what last-minute reservations might pop up. Guests change plans all of the time, so reservations do open up.

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3. Mobile Order

When not enjoying a sit-down meal at one of Disney’s table-service locations, veterans use mobile order. This is how Guests can place an order at many of Disney’s quick service locations.

Guests can use mobile orders on the My Disney Experience app. They can select locations, pick a time slow, and place their food order through it. Once their window is opened, they can ask Disney Cast Members to prepare their order through the app. Once their order is ready to pick up, Guests can head to the mobile order pick-up window and be on their way.

This is a fantastic way to bypass the long lines that form during busy meal times.

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2. Single Rider Lines

Because Disney veterans tend to visit often, they know the rides that offer the single-rider line. Veterans take advantage of this at Test Track, Expedition Everest, and Rock n’ Roller Coaster. Often these lines are shorter as Guests fill in empty seats.

If you don’t mind riding with strangers, this is a great way to get through the line faster.

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1. Enjoy Their Resort

Finally, Disney veterans make sure that they take time to enjoy their Walt Disney World Resort hotel. They know that Disney Resorts are part of the magic and don’t want to miss out on what they offer.

Spend a whole day enjoying the pool and activities at the Resort. So much magic is happening that you won’t want to miss out on it.

The ten Disney vacation tips experts always use at Walt Disney World. We hope they will help you have a wonderful time on your Disney vacation.



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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