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Have a Magical Disney Vacation With These Top Tips

We all dream and plan for a magical Walt Disney World trip. What this looks like is different for each family. While some want to hit every ride multiple times, others enjoy relaxing at the pool. No matter what your goals are for your Disney vacation, we have some top tips for making sure you can have a magical time.

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Make Sure to Plan

No matter what type of vacation you are looking for when you arrive at Walt Disney World, make sure you take time to plan for it. Walt Disney World is huge, and it also has a lot of moving parts. Because of this, it is essential to take time to do some research before you show up to the magic.

Understand where rides, shows, and attractions are located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort Property. Being familiar with the general layout of Disney Parks will allow you to tour easier and feel less overwhelmed when you arrive.

Have some conversations with your traveling group to determine what is essential to everyone. Creating a daily must-do list is a great way to ensure that important experiences aren’t overlooked.

Planning before your trip will set you up for success when you arrive at Walt Disney World.

Tired in Disney World

Plan, but Don’t Over-plan

Although we think having a plan is extremely important when you arrive at Walt Disney World, we also believe that not over-planning will help with the magic. Because Walt Disney World is so massive and has so much to experience, you won’t be able to see and do it all during your trip.

Instead of stressing about trying to fit it all in, focus on those must-do experiences. Look at what rides, shows, attractions, and food will be the most important for your group to experience. Prioritize that and then leave flexibility the rest of the time.

By having some flexibility in your plan, you can experience the magic as it appears to you during your trip.

Family using my disney experience
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Learn My Disney Experience

A considerable part of a Walt Disney World vacation now revolves around My Disney Experience, the official app of Walt Disney World. It is through this app that guests will connect to the magic during their trip.

Take time before your trip to learn some of the key features found on the app. We recommend researching to familiarize you with mobile ordering, Genie+, the maps and wait times, and the Tip Board.

By using the features before you arrive at Walt Disney World, you can use them more successfully throughout your trip to access the magic easier.

train magic kingdom
train magic kingdom

Don’t Let Rain Ruin the Magic

Understand that when traveling to Walt Disney World, there is a good chance that you will have rain during your trip. Don’t let this ruin the magic for you. Many experiences and fun can be had even during rainy days.

Know that most days, rain storms don’t last all day. Use the rain to see a show, eat, or relax. Come prepared with umbrellas or ponchos to keep splashing and having a great time.

kids having fun
kids having fun

Be Realistic with Your Plans

Another big tip for having a magical trip to Walt Disney World is realistic expectations. Make sure that as you plan your days, you are practical in what you can see and do.

Even though you are in the magic, it doesn’t mean that things won’t go wrong. Meltdowns will happen, rides break down, rain comes, and people get tired. Know this beforehand so you are okay when it happens during your trip. As mentioned, be flexible, and adjust when things aren’t going well. It won’t be fun for anyone when you push them to do something they don’t want to.

EPCOT area resort
EPCOT area resort

Enjoy a Disney Resort

We all plan and prepare to visit Disney parks, but Disney resorts are also part of the magic. Take time during your trip to enjoy your Disney resort and all it has to offer. These fantastic resorts are well-themed and provide great entertainment throughout the day for guests to enjoy.

Schedule some time during your trip to enjoy your Disney resort’s magic.

Disney Skyliner and Disney Monorail
Disney Skyliner and Disney Monorail

Take a Ride on Disney Transportation

Disney resorts are part of the magic, and so is Disney transportation. Sit back and enjoy having other people in charge of transportation during your trip. Disney has so many different modes of transport, each providing fun and magic for guests.

No matter what type of transportation your Disney resort offers, take advantage of it. From boats and buses to monorails and skyliner, you will have a great time getting around Walt Disney World without being in charge.

Kid at Magic Kingdom

Enjoy the Moment

Finally, enjoying the moment is the best way to have a magical vacation at Walt Disney World. Yes, having a plan and being familiar with the parks is vital, but the key to Disney magic is to be in the moment.

One of the best parts of Walt Disney World is that the whole family can enjoy it together. Don’t get caught up in rushing around the parks. Take time to enjoy the memories that are being made. That is what Walt Disney World is truly all about.

There are many tips and tricks for planning a Walt Disney World vacation. We think the key to a magical trip to Walt Disney World revolves around these top tips. If you can follow these before and during your trip, you are setting yourself up for a highly magical time.


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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