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Sh- Extra Disney Tips Only the Experts Know.. And Now You Too

There are a variety of different tips and tricks that you might not be aware of when it comes to your Walt Disney World vacation.  We have a few posts on Walt Disney World advice HERE and HERE; however, we also wanted to provide some ideas that you might not have thought of before your trip.

We hope this will help you have more fun in Walt Disney World and at your Walt Disney World Resort hotel as well as be more prepared.

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Walt Disney World provides housekeeping at their Walt Disney World Resort hotels on specific days throughout a Guest’s stay.  Typically on days four and seven, Disney’s housekeeping (called mousekeeping) will come into the room to clean and provide more towels etc.

If you need anything before these days, all you have to do is call down to the front office and they will bring up whatever you need.

Make sure that you take time to leave a tip for our Mousekeepers.  These Cast Members work hard to make Guests comfortable and leaving a tip for them is greatly appreciated.

Think about creating fun envelopes or other neat ways to leave money for these Cast Members.  It is a fun way to share the magic and pixie dust with those that help create the magic or Guests.

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Pixie Dust Cards

Most other Cast Members aren’t allowed to accept tips, but there are ways to thank them for great service.

Walt Disney World has made it even easier to provide Cast Member compliments through the My Disney Experience app.  This is a great way to share with the Disney Company when you have great experience with a Cast Member during your vacation.

Another fun way to thank Cast Members is by bringing along pixie dust cards/items to the Disney Park.  You can print fun cards at home or even create small trinkets like buttons to share with them.

Since Cast Members aren’t allowed to accept tips, these small thank you cards can go a long way in spreading the magic and letting them know you appreciate them.  And we all need that!

Pixie Gifts

Another fun thing that you can do for little ones is what I called “pixie gifts”.  If my little ones were good throughout the day, Tinker Bell would bring a small gift overnight as a reward to the Disney Resort.

These items were small items that I got from the dollar store or Target dollar bin, but they helped in two ways.

One, it helped with some behaviors throughout the day in the Theme Park.  When small meltdowns were coming, we could mention Tinker Bell and usually the behavior would adjust.

Second, the pixie gifts would help at bedtime.  They kids would want to hustle to bed so Tinker Bell would be able to stop by that night.

Finally, these pixie gifts would help in the morning as the kids would have a new toy for the day.  This helped get them up and ready (because they couldn’t have it until they were ready) but it also helped in lines as they had something new to play with for the day.

Even though these were cheap toys, they were awesome to have during our trip.

Flower and Gifts
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Room Celebrations

If you are looking for a way to add some extra magic to your trip for a special occasion such as a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon, Walt Disney World offers in room celebrations.

These are through Disney Floral and Gifts and you can choose from small packages to full room decorations.

We think that these are amazing packages and well worth the extra cost to add some magic to your special occasion.

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Ask a Cast Member

One of the biggest tips when in Walt Disney World is to ask a Cast Member.  Cast members are trained to know as much as possible about the Walt Disney World Resort.  This means that if you aren’t sure about something or need help, they will know what to do.

Don’t wander around a Theme Park lost, but take time to seek out a Cast Member for help.  Or if your little one has to have a special gift or needs a certain treat, ask a Cast Member and they can help.

This also goes for when life is melting down (which it will during the trip).  Cast Members want you to have a fantastic trip so if you need help navigating a tough situation, ask for help.

They will know what your options are or provide you with a solution.

Cast Members are what make the magic and they are there to help as much as they can so don’t shy away from asking for help.

Ice Water
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Free Water

It is so important to stay hydrated when visiting Walt Disney World.  With so much walking and the heat and humidity of Florida, your body needs extra water to keep up.  Don’t spend lots of money on water but instead use the free water.

That’s right, Walt Disney World offers free water throughout the Theme Parks.  You can find ice water at most quick service locations so take advantage of this and save money.

You can also find refillable water stations throughout the Parks as well.  Bring your own water bottle and keep yourself hydrated while saving money.



Walt Disney World now has full body scanners at security instead of having to go through each bag individually.  This is a huge time saver and makes packing those Park Bags even easier as you don’t have to take everything out.

Make it even easier on yourself by taking out any big metal items.  These items set off the security system and will cause you to be pulled aside.  Instead, pull out big metal items such as water bottles, batteries, umbrellas and any large glass case.

These items will set off the alarm, but if you pull them out and hold them in front of you as you walk through the security system, you typically won’t need an additional search as the security guards can see what you are holding.

This is a big time saver throughout your Walt Disney World trip.

These are some extra tips to help you have a more magical trip to Walt Disney World.  We hope that helps as you get ready for your Disney vacation.

See more tips and tricks HERE.

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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