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Disney Tips Not To Overlook

There are a lot of tips when it comes to Walt Disney World. Directions are easy to find, from where to eat to what rides to get to first. We want to share some tips you might still need to see or hear about. These will add extra magic to your upcoming Walt Disney World trip.

Strollers parking at Animal Kingdom

Use Stroller Parking

Walt Disney World is a place for families, and because of that, many strollers make their way into the Parks. Because of all the strollers, Disney has designated stroller parking areas. If you have a stroller, pay attention to where you are supposed to Park your stroller. Cast Members will move it if you leave it in a random place.

Stroller areas are marked, so use them to avoid panic and confusion when strollers are moved. This is extremely important in Magic Kingdom. Fantasyland has so many strollers; paying attention to where you Park is crucial.

Use something to mark your stroller and make it stand out. Using a sign, string, or even a balloon can help make your stroller stand out in the sea of rented strollers. Also, don’t forget to cover your stroller when you leave it. Rain showers come quickly at Walt Disney World; you don’t want to be surprised by a wet stroller when you visit your attraction.

Following these stroller tips will help make having a stroller in Walt Disney World a lot easier.

Related: How to Disney Disney Parks with Toddlers

Disney Buttons
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Get a Button

Walt Disney World offers free celebration buttons for Guests. These range from birthday to anniversary buttons to general celebration buttons that allow you to celebrate whatever is essential to you.

You can ask for these at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel or City Hall in Magic Kingdom. Once you have your button, wear it around Walt Disney World, so Cast Members and other Guests can celebrate with you.

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.

Related: Critical Items to Pack for Walt Disney World

bottled water
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Bring Your Snack and Water

We know that part of the Disney fun is getting Disney snacks, but we highly recommend coming prepared with a few of your own. It always happens that hunger will strike in the middle of a queue, show, or attraction. You can avoid a major meltdown by having a quick snack on hand.

Bring in your snacks and water can save you a lot of money. Bottle water is expensive at Walt Disney World. If you bring your water, you can refill it throughout the day, making it much cheaper to stay hydrated.

Bringing your snacks not only saves you some money but will also help prevent any significant food meltdowns from occurring and help save your Disney World vacation.

Disney Monorail, Magic Kingdom
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Which Monorail?

Two different monorail lines leave the Magic Kingdom. Be aware of this to save time after a day in Magic Kingdom. The Express Monorail is a direct route from Magic Kingdom to the Ticket and Transportation Center. The Resort Monorail stops at Disney’s Contemporary, the TTC, Disney’s Polynesian, and Disney’s Grand Floridian back to Magic Kingdom.

At the end of the evening, most Guests riding the monorail are heading back to the TTC, not to their Disney Resort. This means that the lines for this line can get extremely long. If you want to move faster, consider hopping on the Disney Resort Line. Even with an additional stop at Disney’s Contemporary, this line can get you to the TTC often quicker because there is less of a line.

Being aware of these two lines can save you a lot of time at the end of the evening.


Left is Best

This might seem like a silly suggestion, but it continues to work at Walt Disney World. Most Guests tend to head to the right when there are lines. Go against the norm and heat to the left.

In Magic Kingdom, head towards Adventureland when the Park opens for shorter lines for Pirates of the Caribbean. When entering touchpoints or food courts, look to the left. These lines tend to be less busy.

Don’t just follow the crowd. Take a minute to scan the area to see if there are shorter lines. Often you will find Cast Members smiling and waiting for you!

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Compliment a Cast Member

Finally, take time to spread a little happiness by complimenting a Cast Member. Disney Cast Members work extremely hard daily to ensure. Guests have the most magical experiences possible. This isn’t always easy when facing heat, rain, and long hours.

Guests can easily express their thanks by complimenting those Cast Members. This can be done online via the My Disney Experience app, at Guest service, or through Twitter using @WDWToday with #CastCompliment. Disney looks for these a passes them along to the Cast Members. It doesn’t take much time or effort, but these compliments go a long way. This is an excellent way to return magic to those fantastic Cast Members.

Those are some Disney tips that can help add some extra magic to your Walt Disney World tip. They may not be the most essential tips, but they can make your trip less stressful and add some additional pixie dust. We hope they help you during your next vacation to Walt Disney World.

Related: Ten Tips for Making Your Trip Extra Special



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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