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10 Tips For Make Your Disney Vacation Extra Special

We all want our Walt Disney World vacation to be unique and magical. Spending hours planning and thinking about where we want to stay, what dining we wish to experience, and what rides we will rush to first is all part of the fun.

No matter how often we have been to Disney, it is still so much fun. We have a few suggestions for adding extra magic to your next Walt Disney World vacation.


10. Build the Anticipate at Home

Part of the Walt Disney World fun is the planning and anticipation. Before you head down for your trip, take time at home to get excited about it. There are many ways to get everyone in the Disney spirit before you go.

We love having themed nights. Pick a Disney or Pixar theme like Toy Story and watch the movie, play games, and have food all around Toy Story. You could also take time to create matching shirts, a countdown, or have fun parties. 

Even if you are all adults going to Walt Disney World, a fun countdown can be a great way to help you stay excited about the trip. Look into a phone countdown for another way to help keep the excitement up for your trip.

Topolino's Terrace Breakfast, Disney's Riviera Resort
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9. Plan One Sit-Down Meal

Even if you are saving money or don’t prefer sit-down meals, consider adding some magic by booking one table service meal. Consider a fun character meal with little ones or a unique dining experience if you are going as a couple.

These experiences are worth the extra money and add great magic to your trip. Now with the Disney Dining Plans back, you can always use these to prepay for your dining.

Related: Disney Dining Plan: Here’s Why We Love It

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8. Pack With Low Stress

As you prepare for your vacation, don’t stress out about packing. Keep in mind that Walt Disney World, although it might feel like you are in a bubble, isn’t isolated from the rest of the world. 

Disney Resorts and Parks have gift shops and first aid stations with a lot of what you might need. Can’t find it there? Then consider a grocery delivery or a quick ride to a nearby store. 

Don’t let packing ruin the magic. Enjoy finding quick options for everyone to wear during your trip.

Genie+ 2024
Genie+ 2024

7. Use Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes

Make your day in the Parks special by purchasing Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lanes. These great options will allow you to bypass the long standby lines for some of the most popular rides at Walt Disney World.

Remember that you don’t have to use them every day, so choose a day at Magic Kingdom or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where you can get a lot out of your purchase. Take that day to add a little extra magic to your vacation experience.

Fantasia Gardens Mini Golf
Credit: Disney

6. Do Non-Park Experiences

Walt Disney World Parks are fantastic, but so are many things outside of the Parks. Take time to do some other magical experiences outside the four main Disney Parks. Consider taking time to visit a water park, mini golf, or visit Disney Springs.

There is a lot of magic to experience both in and out of the four Disney Parks. Enjoy visiting those other experiences during your trip as well.

Disney's All-Star Resorts
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5. Enjoy Your Resort

Make sure that you take time to enjoy your Walt Disney World Resort. The Disney Resorts are part of the magic, and often Guests don’t take the time to enjoy them. This might mean taking an afternoon or a whole day to enjoy your resort’s pool and other activities. 

See if your Resort has a scavenger hunt or hidden Mickeys to find. They can also often have crafts that Guests can participate in each day. These are fun experiences that many Guests don’t know they can enjoy during their trip.

Monorail outside Magic Kingdom
Monorail outside Magic Kingdom

4. Resort Hop

Because Disney Resorts are outstanding, don’t forget to visit some of them during your Disney vacation. Have a meal at one of them or just walk through to see. Each Resort has its unique feel and experiences for Guests to enjoy. 

Grab the monorail or skyliner and visit some outstanding Resorts around Walt Disney World.

Related: 5 Resorts to Spend an Afternoon At

Mickey Pretzel, Disney's Animal Kingdom
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Enjoy a Snack

You can sometimes get wrapped up in how expensive a Disney vacation is; however, we encourage you to take a day to just enjoy. Disney has so many excellent snacks in all the Parks and at the Resorts that a great way to make the day special is to allow everyone to choose one of those fantastic snacks.From Mickey pretzels and ice cream sandwiches to the classic Dole Whip, take a day during your next trip to enjoy those magical snacks.

vip tour guide
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2. Splurge

We know that Walt Disney World isn’t cheap, but consider taking a day to add something special to your trip. This doesn’t always mean you have to go overboard but consider adding something extra.

You could look into one of Disney’s grand tours or book a nice meal to celebrate. Consider a dessert party or a fireworks cruise if fireworks are important to you. There are many ways to splurge at Disney and add extra magic to your trip.

family riding Dumbo
family riding Dumbo


Take time to relax and enjoy your vacation. This is the best way to make sure your vacation is extra memorable. Slow down and enjoy the magic that is all around you. Set the tone for your family to have fun and enjoy the relaxation and the rest will fall into place.

Those are ten ways to make your Disney vacation extra special. We hope it will help you have a wonderful time together.


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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