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8 Super Secret Tips for Visiting Walt Disney World

If you plan a Walt Disney World trip, you probably have read, watched, and listened to many tips. From knowing where to dine and how to tour the Parks, there is a lot to consider. We want to provide some super secret tips you might still need to hear about when visiting Walt Disney World. These tips will help you not only be a step ahead of the crowds but also help you have an overall less stressful trip to Walt Disney World.

Satuli Canteen Kids Meal

Order From the Kids’ Menu

Walt Disney World portions are enormous. Overeating can cause you to feel miserable as you walk around the Parks in the heat. Instead, consider ordering from the kids’ menu. When ordering from a quick service location throughout Walt Disney World, adults can enjoy a kids’ meal.

We enjoy ordering these smaller meals because of the smaller portions, which often come with a fruit or vegetable. This can be a great way to ensure your body gets more than just ice cream and treats throughout the day.

You can ask your server about ordering a smaller portion at a table-service location. Also, consider sharing an entree at these restaurants. Portions are so significant that it is easy to share.

Don’t make yourself sick by overeating during your trip.

Be Our Guest
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Eat Lunch, Not Dinner

To save some money during your trip, consider booking your reservations for lunch and not dinner. Most table service restaurants at Disney offer similar menu options at lunch and dinner; however, the price can be much higher for dinner.

Book those lunch reservations instead to save money while enjoying some great food. We enjoy lunch as a great way to have a midday break in the Park.

Crystal Palace
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Best of Buffets

Another dining tip revolves around buffets. Book the last breakfast reservation if you want to enjoy a buffet such as Crystal Palace or Tusker House. By doing this, you will be able to enjoy not only the breakfast options but also the lunch options.

Typically, buffets start to transition to lunch around 11:00. If you book a 10:30 or 10:45 reservation, you can enjoy those beloved Mickey waffles and some savory lunch options.

This is also a good option as breakfast is typically a lot cheaper than lunch. You can save money and enjoy a variety of options at the buffet.

Contemporary Resort
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Head to a Resort

When looking for great dining experiences at Walt Disney World, head to Disney Resorts. Many of the top signature dining locations are found at Disney Resort. Take time during your vacation to step away from a Disney Park and enjoy a nearby Resort for a great meal.

While at Magic Kingdom, head to one of the monorail Resorts. You can enjoy a character meal at Chef Mickey’s or a signature meal at California Grill, Narcoosee’s, or Citricos. We enjoy Captain Cooks or Grand Floridian Cafe for a quick meal.

EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios have various options for dining at the Boardwalk Inn or Beach and Yacht Club. Beaches and Cream is always a top choice, as is Ale and Compass.

Guests often focus on finding a reservation or a meal within a Disney Park but take time to step out of the Parks to enjoy some of the best meals at Walt Disney World.

Coronado Springs Pool Area
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Take a Break

We aren’t sure if this is a super secret tip, but it is essential to a successful trip. It is so important to take breaks during a trip. It can be easy to great wrapped up in rushing from ride to ride. Make sure that you take time during the day to slow down.

Breaks are an excellent time to eat, nap, or enjoy a show. Make sure you have it scheduled for your family, no matter what break time looks like. If you don’t, it will be easy to skip.

We recommend scheduling a full break day if you are spending a week at Walt Disney World. That means taking a whole day to stay out of the Parks. Enjoy a whole pool day. Sleep in and relax. It can be hard to do, but breaks are so important.

My Disney Experience App

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh

When using Genie+, make sure that you refresh. This means doing a hard pull-down from the top of your screen. Doing this will refresh and often repopulates the options for you to choose from.

We have many tips about using Genie+, but one of the big ones you won’t want to miss out on is the refreshing option. This can give you new rides and times throughout the day. This can be extremely helpful in finding something that works into your schedule.


Go Left

This might seem silly, but it still works if you have an option, head to the left. This works when navigating the Parks, entering the Parks, or even ordering at quick service locations. For some reason, Guests tend to always go to the right.

In Magic Kingdom, head to Adventureland in the morning to experience shorter waits for Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise. When getting ready to experience the World Showcase, consider heading to Canada instead of Mexico first.

The left can save you time throughout your trip in ways you didn’t know it could.

my disney experience family walking in magic kingdom
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My Disney Experience Has it All.

Many Guests show up at Walt Disney World knowing the basics of what My Disney Experience offers. They can find wait times and use mobile ordering, but that is about it.

The secret to a great time at Walt Disney World is knowing all the information My Disney Experience offers. Dig into the app so you can easily navigate it during your trip. We have a lot of tips, especially on My Disney Experience. Check those out to get started.

Those are eight super secret tips for visiting Walt Disney World. They will help you have a better overall experience as you navigate the magic.


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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