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Be a Disney Pro On Your Disney Vacation

Want to feel like a Disney pro during your Walt Disney World vacation?  We have just what you need to do!

These are ways that the pros experience Walt Disney World and with a little bit of learning and preparing you can be a pro just like them.

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Rain in Disney

Prepare for Rain

The first thing that the pros do that you’ll want to do as well as to be prepared for the weather.  Weather happens at Walt Disney World and sometimes it happens quickly.  Make sure you are ready for it.

Consider what rain gear you will want to use and have it with you every time you head to a Disney Park.  Rainstorms pop up suddenly at Walt Disney World so even if the forecast says no rain, bring the rain gear.

You can find a comfortable rain jacket, bring disposable ponchos, or have an umbrella (or all three).  No matter what works for you, make sure you bring it each time you head to a Disney Park.

Pros also know that you don’t have to rush out of the Disney Park when it begins to rain.  They stick around and take advantage of the lower crowds and even the many attractions that stay open.  Check those out HERE.

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Protection From Heat

The Disney pros know that the heat and humidity at Walt Disney World are not something to take lightly.  They make sure they come prepared with ways to protect themselves from the sun as well as ways to battle the heat and humidity.

We have a whole post HERE about dealing with these situations so make sure you read about what we recommend having with you during those hot and humid months.

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Stay Hydrated

Pros know that staying hydrated is key to a successful Disney day.  Making sure you have an individual water bottle with you throughout the day is important to keep yourself hydrated.

Hydration packets are also a good choice when it is super hot in a Theme Park.  Hydration packets really help refuel those electrolytes.

Don’t allow yourself to get dehydrated as that can be a quick way to ruin the day.

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Arrive Early

Getting to the Disney Parks early is a tip that the pros live by.  Pros know that the Theme Park will have the lowest crowds during the early part of the day.  Rope drop (when the Disney Park officially opens) is not when the pros show up.

Being ready for rope drop means being at the Disney Park anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes prior to a posted opening.  This gets you through security, the touch points, and queuing up for your first ride before Disney Park opens.

Pros also take advantage of Resort perks.  If staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, pros will make sure that they take advantage of the early entry offered.  This allows them to enter any of the four Theme Parks 30 minutes prior to the listed opening.

Although this might not seem like a lot of time, if you take full advantage of it, you will be ahead of the crowd the whole day.  That makes a huge difference.

Disney pros take advantage of the lower wait times during the morning hours to get the most out of their day in Disney Park.

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Take Breaks

Most Disney pros know that breaks are essential to a successful experience at Walt Disney World.  They will schedule some break time either in the Parks, at their Disney Resort, or experiencing a meal.

Breaks are important for a successful Disney vacation.  Having breaks allows everyone to refresh, reset, and be ready for the rest of the day.

Pros know this is important to avoid those meltdowns and so they plan them into their day.  See where we like to take breaks HERE.

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Stay Late

Another way Disney pros beat the crowds is by staying late at a Disney Park.  Pros know that after the evening shows most Guests head out.  Pros also know that stores stay open later and often during busy times the Park remains open as well.

Pros take advantage of this by sticking around in the Disney Park.  They hit the rides with lower wait times or browse the shops away from the hoards of people leaving.

Being at the Disney Parks late is a special type of magic.

My Disney Experience App

My Disney Experience

Pros know how important the My Disney Experience app is to a successful Disney vacation.  The pros have the app downloaded and have gotten familiar with all it has to offer.

Pros know about Disney Genie, Genie+, mobile ordering, and so much more.

By taking time to learn about the app ahead of time, Disney pros arrive at the Disney Park with a plan of action and are ready to put the app to use for them.

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Have a Plan

Finally, Disney pros know that it is important to have a plan when it comes to heading into Disney Park.  This doesn’t mean that they are rushing from ride to ride, but they do have an overall plan of what they want to accomplish during their visit.

This plan might be hanging out on the hub grass at Magic Kingdom and people-watching or it might be rushing to rope drop Rise of the Resistance in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  No matter what the plan is, pros make sure they have one.

You too can be a Disney pro by taking putting these tips into place for your Walt Disney World vacation.  Be ready for a magical and successful trip just like the Disney pros.

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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