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Top Tips That Really Work in Disney World

There are a lot of tips and tricks when it comes to Walt Disney World.  From where to stay, where to eat, and what rides are must-dos, there are tips and tricks for it all.  So with all of these tips and tricks, which ones should be your focus?

We have ten tips that really do work in Walt Disney World and are the ones that you should focus on when planning for your vacation.  Take a look at these 10 tips that we find to be super successful each and every trip to Walt Disney World.

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Take a Break

Walt Disney World can be extremely overwhelming with the crowds and excitement.  Add in rain, heat, and other conditions, it is important to allow yourself to step away and take a break.

There are a few ways that you can do this while on vacation.  The first is to head back to your Walt Disney World Resort hotel for a midday swim and rest.  The Disney Resorts are amazing and if you are paying to stay there, make sure you take time to enjoy what they have to offer.

Another option if you aren’t staying on property or just prefer to not head back to your Walt Disney World Resort is to visit a nearby Disney Resort.  Enjoy a meal at one of the outstanding sit-down restaurants, grab a snack or meal at the quick-service location, visit a lounge, or just enjoy the shops.  This is still a great way to get out of the crowds of the Parks and enjoy the magic of Disney.

Finally, if you prefer to stay in the Parks, there are still ways to take breaks.  Schedule a midday meal at a table service location or visit a show that will allow you to sit down for a while.  We enjoy grabbing a snack and hanging out on the hub grass in front of the castle.

Although rookies often think that they can do sun up to sun down at Disney Park, this tip for taking a break we think is essential for having a successful and magical trip.  It allows everyone to reset, refresh and get ready for the evening fun.


Rope Drop

It has been said for years that if you want to get ahead of the crowds you should rope drop the Parks.  This continues to be a tip that really does work.  Rope drop is referring to when Disney Cast Members used to actually drop a rope when the Park opened.

Nowadays this isn’t really how it works, but the tip remains the say- be in the Park before it opens.  We highly recommend being through security at least 45 to 30 minutes before Park opening.  This allows you to be through the touchpoints and head to the first ride as the Park opens.

We know that setting an alarm and getting up early isn’t ideal on a vacation but if you can manage to be in the Parks at rope drop it has proved time and time again that you will be able to take advantage of lower crowds and wait times.

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Mobile Order EARLY

We love mobile ordering at Walt Disney World a feature found in My Disney Experience as it allows us to choose where we eat when we eat and then easily pick up our food during our window.

A big tip with mobile ordering is that you want to place your order early on during the day.  As there are limited spots at each dining location, by placing your orders early on in the day you will have a better chance of getting the place and time you prefer.

This tip is one that will save you time and hangry issues when in the Disney Parks.

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Drink Water

This is an extremely important tip that you will find on every post, podcast, and Disney site- drink your water.  It is extremely easy to get dehydrated in Walt Disney World because of all the walking that you do and how hot and humid it is throughout the year.  You need to drink more water than you think.

You can get free ice water at most quick service locations in the Parks, but you can also bring in your own refillable water bottle (not glass).  We also suggest bringing hydration packets as they can really help when you feel yourself starting to be off.

Drinking water is an extremely important tip to keep yourself feeling good at Walt Disney World.

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Bring the Right Shoes

As we mentioned before, you walk a lot in Walt Disney World.  Most Guests average between 8 and 12 miles per day when in one of the Disney Parks.  If you are in Disney for five days, that is a lot of miles your body isn’t used to.

Set yourself up for success by making sure you have the right shoes.  Make sure you have shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk in each day.  Don’t bring brand new shoes you haven’t tried out or worn before your trip.  That will set you up for blisters and issues.

This tip is important so you are able to enjoy the Parks without sore feet.

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Prepare for the Weather

If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World, you have probably already heard that it will probably rain at some point during your trip.  A big tip that comes up over and over again when planning for a Walt Disney World vacation is to prepare for the weather.

Make sure that you have rain gear packed so you aren’t caught being soaking wet in the Parks.  Also, make sure that you bring along sunscreen and reapply it often to keep yourself protected.

By being prepared for the weather, you will be able to enjoy the Parks more even when it rains or is hot.  We have tips specifically for these conditions on How to Disney to check them out.

These are the top tips that really do work in Walt Disney World.  Following these tips will help you have lower crowds and an overall better experience at Disney as you will be more prepared and ready to go when you arrive at the magic.

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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