Are you visiting Walt Disney World? Wondering how to keep everyone happy, keep cool & beat the crowds? Our Disney World Survival Guide will help you have a fantastic Walt Disney World Vacation.
Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world with over 52 million guests visiting annually. There are eighteen themed resort hotels, ten Disney Vacation Club Resorts, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort and various other entertainment venues. There is clearly a lot for any visitor to get their head around and it would be natural to wonder how you will survive. In addition, you have the weather, crowds & a complex booking system to contend with. Our Disney World Survival Guide Tips will soon make your trip a little less daunting.
Create a Plan
Disney Theme Parks are massive. None of them can be completed in just 1 day. To survive your Walt Disney World Vacation you must complete a plan. Not planning and you may miss those must-do attractions.
Make sure you leave some slack in your plan for adverse weather, mishaps and just to enjoy your vacation.
We have created a selection of Walt Disney World Planning Tips which will help you create your vacation plan.
Master the Fastpass+ System Before You Arrive
Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system. Fastpass+ allows you to book attractions in advance & join a much shorter queue so you can experience the ride quicker.
If you don’t use Fastpass+ you will spend a longer period in standby queues. In busy periods this will mean you will experience fewer attractions.
It is essential you learn about Fastpass+ as soon as you book your Disney World Vacation. There are a number of key dates you must meet to obtain Fastpass+ for the most popular attractions. Our Fastpass+ Guide will tell you everything you need to know.
Pack Park Essentials
What are the things you must take into the park?
Make a list of what you need e.g. camera, autograph book, poncho. Pack your bag the night before. Plus consider what type of bag you want to carry.
However, there is a difference between being prepared and being too prepared. Remember everything you take you have to carry. Do you really need that first aid kit?
Don’t Forget Water
Orlando can get very hot. Dehydration is not fun and you will need to drink plenty walking around the parks.
Make sure you add water or a bottle to your park bag.
You do not have to buy expensive bottles of water. There are plenty of free water points and all counter service restaurants will give you a free glass of water if you ask.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen.
In summer many of us will burn & the Orlando Sun can be unforgiving. Plenty of sunscreen and a good hat is required when visiting the parks.
Have Good Quality Shoes.
Make sure your shoes are worn in and comfortable you will be doing a lot of walking. New shoes lead to blisters.
Did you know the British Queen hires someone to wear in her shoes?
If you go charging around the World on your first day, trying to do all those big attractions, you will burn out.
Take your time, have rest breaks and especially in summer make sure you drink plenty.
Have Access to Park Wi-Fi
We have previously discussed this as Our Number 1 Disney World Tip. Having a device to access Wi-Fi is essential so you can access the My Disney Experience App Booking System.
Plan Dining in Advance.
Dining reservations open 180 days in advance and the most popular venues book up fast. Don’t expect to get a popular dining location on the day. Planning your dining in advance reduces the stress of being turned away on the day.
We have created a guide to Walt Disney World Dining which will give you further information.
Use the Single Rider Line
Use the Single Rider line. Available in far too few attractions but a great way to avoid crowds.
Have a Break
The Orlando heat can be heavy going especially in the summer months.
Plan to have a break during your day e.g. return to your hotel or have a table service meal.
Avoid Extra Magic Hours
Avoid parks with Extra Magic Hours even if you are staying at a Disney Resort. The only caveat it to this is to get there for the opening of EMH. If late arriving go elsewhere.
Parks are quieter in the first few hours. Get there first and experience lighter crowds. Take a break when the heavy crowds arrive.
Stay Late Night
Parks quieten down late in the evening. You will often achieve a lot more in the final few hours than all afternoon on a busy summer day. Plus, the parks all look better at night.
Avoid the Crowds
This is often impossible but we created some helpful hints on how to Avoid Walt Disney World Crowds. These tips worked well at our recent Easter Disney World Vacation.
Have a Non-Park Day
Sometimes it is worth planning a day out of the parks. The non-park days allows you to relax and recover.
Visiting different Walt Disney World Resorts is a fun way to spend a non-park day. Does anyone want to try the Ultimate Disney World Resort Hop?
Do you think there are any essential tips missing from our Disney World Survival Guide? Leave a comment below so we can add to a future edition of this post.
Our Walt Disney World for Beginners Guide is a great source of information for all visitors to Walt Disney World.