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No Thanks! Disney Advise You Can Take or Leave

When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you probably have a lot of friends and families who want to provide you tips and tricks. There are so many blogs, vlogs, and podcasts that are Disney experts that are figuring out what advice you should and shouldn’t listen to can be overwhelming.

Although we are here at How to Disney to help you plan a great vacation, there are some pieces of advice that you can take or leave. Being honest about these tips will help you beter navigate if they work for you.

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Park Hoppers Are A Must Have

Guests can purchase a Park Hopper option for their Walt Disney World ticket. This allows them to move between the Disney Parks after 2 pm. Although many Guests enjoy this option, it isn’t something you have to get.

Because you can’t hop until after 2:00 pm, you have a limited time to enjoy the Parks you are hopping to. Double check the Park hours to ensure that skipping that will provide enough time after 2. Sometimes Animal Kingdom closes at 5 pm, giving you only three hours in the Park.

Another thing to consider is if your family wants to hop from Park to Park. If you have little ones, hopping between parks might be time-consuming. You have to gather everything and use Disney transportation which sometimes can take up to an hour or more to get where you want to go. Look into your plans to determine if the cost of the Park Hopper will work for your family.

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Everyone Should Rope Drop

At How to Disneyrope dropping is an excellent option for many. When rope dropping a Disney Park, you are there before the official opening, ready to head to your first experience as soon as the Park opens. This is a great way to get a lot done with shorter waits.

Where we think rope dropping is excellent, you don’t need to do it everyday. This can be extremely exhausting and can become a massive struggle as your trip continues. Think about what Parks might be the most important to rope drop for your family, and then allow a slower pace on other days.

Rope dropping isn’t the only way to enjoy the Disney Parks. Allow yourself to have some slower days built into your plans as well.

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You Have to Have a Plan For Everything

I am the queen of plans, but I have also learned that sometimes not having a plan at Walt Disney World is significant. An overall strategy is essential to a successful Disney trip, but that doesn’t mean you must have every minute planned out.

Instead of feeling like you need to have a strict daily plan, list those must-do rides and experiences your travel party wants to ensure they get to. Think about 3 to 5 each day, and then everything else you get to do will be a bonus.

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You Have To Do….

When researching Walt Disney World, you will find that blogs, vlogs and podcasts all have a list of must-dos regarding rides, shows, dining, and so much more at Walt Disney World. Although this is a great place to start your planning, you don’t have to think you have to do them just because they are a must-do for others.

As you look at the must-do attractions at Walt Disney World, think about what is important to your traveling party. Rides such as Star War: Rise of the Resistance, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and Avatar Flight of Pasage are at the top of many must-do lists. If you family isn’t a fan of Star Wars or have a lot of issues with motion sickness, these might not be the must-do rides for them.

Take time to look into the rides and ensure they are something you will enjoy.

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Make Sure You Eat At…

The same goes for dining experiences. Many Guests will tell you you must eat at some specific restaurants. Take time to look over the menus to make sure that there is something everyone will enjoy before you book a reservation.

One good example is Cinderella’s Royal Table, located inside the castle. This dining location is unbelievable, as you can imagine. It takes you inside the story and beauty of the castle; however, if you don’t care about princesses or look at the menu and find nothing you would enjoy, don’t feel pressured to eat here.

There are other terrific options when it comes to dining, so don’t push yourself to eat at those places that others think are must-dos, as they might enjoy different things than you do.

It is okay to take time to figure out what will be must-do experiences for your family.

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You Need Genie+

Our final piece of advice you don’t always need to follow is that Genie+ is a must purchase. Genie+ is helpful and worthwhile for many reasons, but that doesn’t mean you need it for each day. Take time to dive into what is offered with Genie+ to determine if it will work for your family.

There is a lot of advice about Walt Disney World, including here at How to Disney. Determining what direction to focus on when planning your Walt Disney World vacation can be challenging. As you look at all the different blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and websites, make sure that the advice fits your travel party. Don’t force yourself to follow what everyone else says. Focus on what is essential to your family and use that to guide your plans. That is how you will have a magical time at Walt Disney World.


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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