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Are You Aware of These Disney Tips?

There are so many tips and tricks out there to help you have a magical time during your Walt Disney World vacation.  We even have a lot at How to Disney that we share to help you out.  There are a lot some tips that are easy to find.  What rides to go to first, where to eat, and information on the Disney Resort, but today we are going to share some that you might not be aware of.  We hope these will help you have a magical time.


Stroller Parking

That’s right.  Walt Disney World has official stroller parking in all the different Disney Parks.  It really shouldn’t surprise any of us that Walt Disney World is prepared for thousands of strollers each day at their Theme Parks.

If you have a stroller, make sure you know the stroller parking areas and Park your stroller accordingly. Cast Members will move your stroller if you leave it in a random place which can cause a lot of confusion, panic, and stress when you come off a ride. These areas are marked, so make sure you use them.

This is especially important in Magic Kingdom in Fantasyland. There are so many strollers in this area each day that it is important to know where you parked them. Another quick Disney World tip is to use something to mark your stroller and make it stand out. Use a ribbon or a sign to help you know which black stroller in Magic Kingdom or in Disney Park is yours. Following this Disney World tip with really help your Disney vacation have less stress.


Snacks and Drinks

If you are used to going to concerts and sporting events, you might be surprised to find out that Guests are allowed to bring in their own drinks and snacks.  Even though Disney has snacks around every corner (hello popcorn and Mickey bars), Disney lets Guests also bring in their own.

Having some individual baggies of their favorite snacks is always a great idea if you have little ones. It never fails that they are starving once you enter a ride queue.

You can bring your own water as well. This is a great way to save money as bottled water is extremely expensive in the theme Park. If you don’t want to bring bottled water, you can also bring in a refillable bottle. Disney has water-filling stations throughout the four theme parks.

Bringing your snacks not only saves you some money, but will also help prevent any major food meltdowns from occurring and helping save your Disney World vacation. Here is what else to pack on your Disney vacation.

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Thank Those Cast Members

The Cast Members at Walt Disney World are the people that truly make the magic for Guests each and every day.  From those that are at the Disney Resorts welcoming us as we arrive or those that are making sure we are safe on the rides, Disney’s Cast Members are an essential part of the magic at Walt Disney World.

Guests can express their thanks by completing cast compliments. You can do this at Guest service or online. You can also use Twitter. Tweet @WDWToday with the #CastCompliment, and Disney will see it and pass it along to the Cast Members. This doesn’t take a lot of time and is an excellent way to share the magic back to those Cast Members who work to help us have a fantastic time and add to your Disney experience.

Left or Right?

This has been a trick since way back at Walt Disney World and we still aren’t sure why it works, but it does.  For some reason, most Guests have a tendency to head to the right.  When possible, go against the flow by heading to the left while at the Disney Parks.

This typically works at food courts, at touchpoints as you enter the Parks, and even in the Parks overall.  When you enter Magic Kingdom, consider going to the left towards Adventureland to start your tour.  In Animal Kingdom, this might not work as Pandora is to the left, and most Guests are heading to Flight of Passage in the morning, making it a very crowded area.

Overall, if you have a choice between left and right- head towards the right. Sometimes it is the smallest Disney World tip that can help your Disney vacation be successful.

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Wear a Button

If you are in Walt Disney World, it means you are celebrating.  When you arrive at your Walt Disney World Resort, or at your first Disney Park, make sure to stop and get a celebration button.

They often have specific ones for birthdays, anniversaries/weddings, but they also have a general celebration button that allows you to celebrate whatever you want. Once you have your button, make sure you wear it in Disney Park and at your Disney Resort.

Not only will Cast Members to comment on your celebration but so will Guests adding to your magical celebration. Another bonus of wearing the button is that sometimes- not always- you can receive some extra pixie dust.

This isn’t something that you should expect, but it is fun when it happens. Maybe you get a free snack or a free cupcake at lunch. You never know what magic is waiting for you on your Disney vacation.

These are just a few random tips that can really help bring some magic to your Walt Disney World vacation.  Even though they aren’t big tips, they can make a big difference.

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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