Planning your visit to Walt Disney World is essential to get the most out of your vacation. Our Guide to Walt Disney World for Beginners will give you a helping hand if you are a first time or repeat visitor. We cover all the Theme Parks, Resorts and other attractions. Plus we have provided our top tips to help plan your vacation. Our guide has been updated for summer 2018 including additional content & all the latest information.
Disney World for Beginners
Are you looking for specific information? You can jump right to the various sections on Disney World for Beginners Here:
- The Basics including the history of Walt Disney World & Resort Facts
- Planning Your Visit including information on the 4 Disney Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks & Entertainment Options.
- Where to Stay When Visiting Walt Disney World
- Essential Disney World Knowledge including Fastpass, My Disney Experience, Managing Crowds, Disability Access & much more.
- Walt Disney World Tips, Hints & Mistakes to Avoid
- Walt Disney World Transport
- Dining at Walt Disney World
- Finding Characters at Walt Disney World
- 2018 Events & Festivities including Toy Story Land & Summer 2018.
Walt Disney World opened on 1st October 1971 and today it is the most visited vacation resort in the world. The resort is similar in size to San Francisco and over 52 million guests visit annually.
Walt Disney World has eighteen themed resort hotels, ten Disney Vacation Club Resorts, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, several golf courses, a camping resort and various other entertainment venues. There is clearly a lot for any guest to get their head around.
So if you don’t know your Fastpass from your Extra Magic Hours read along as you might find the information on Modern Life is Good useful. We will help make sure you don’t miss those key E-Ticket attractions.
Walt Disney World Facts
Did you know that Walt Disney World has more than 200 restaurants, more than any other single-site vacation destination in the world?
Also, did you know that over 10 million hamburgers & 1.5 million turkey legs are consumed at Disney World each year?
Walt Disney World is the most visited vacation resort in the world and unsurprisingly it has a lot of history and some fascinating statistics. Click this link to see some of our favourite Walt Disney World facts.
Planning Your Visit
Planning your visit to Walt Disney World is an essential activity. The resort is massive and planning your trip can initially feel overwhelming especially for the first time visitor.
Walt Disney World Resort includes 4 Theme Parks, 2 Water Parks, a multitude of dining spots, recreation and other fun things. Ensuring you don’t miss those must-do attractions can feel an impossible task.
However, with a bit of research and careful planning, you can soon create the perfect vacation. Plus the planning can become one of the best parts of your vacation. Our Walt Disney World for Beginners Guide will give you all the essential information on Theme Parks, Resorts, Dining plus helpful hints & tips to plan your vacation.
The Walt Disney World Theme Parks
There are 4 theme parks in Walt Disney World each with their own unique ambience. All 4 theme parks are large and usually take a minimum of 2 days to complete. Guide maps & show times are available at the entrance to all parks. If you download the My Disney Experience App on your smartphone you can also access this information anywhere. When planning include time for parades, shows plus meal breaks.
The Magic Kingdom was the very first theme park to open in Walt Disney World on the 1st October 1971. Today it is the most popular theme park in the World. It often attracts large crowds and has a maximum capacity of 100,000 which is often reached on National Holidays. The park’s icon is the blue & gold turreted Cinderella Castle which rises 189 feet above the park’s 142 acres.
Its layout and attractions are based on Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. The park is dedicated to fairy tales and Disney characters.
Read more in our guide Magic Kingdom for Beginners.
Epcot opened on October 1st, 1982. It covers 300 acres and is more than twice the size of Magic Kingdom. It was the 2nd Theme Park to open in Walt Disney World. The park is represented by Spaceship Earth, a giant sphere that also serves as an attraction of the same name.
Epcot is dedicated to the celebration of human achievement and is split into 2 sections Future World & World Showcase. It is often described as a permanent World Fair.
Read more in our Beginners Guide to Epcot.
Dedicated to Show Business the park opened on the 1 May 1989. The theme park was launched by Disney in response to Universal Studios opening in Orlando. Previously the park’s icons have been the Earful Tower & the Sorcerer’s hat but now the park is without an official icon.
Until 2008 the park was officially known as Disney-MGM Studios. 10.8 Million guests visited the park in 2015 making it the eighth-most-visited theme park in the world.
Read more in our Beginners Guide to Hollywood Studios.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom was the 4th park to open at Walt Disney World on April 22, 1998, and has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. It is the largest park in Walt Disney World covering more than 400 acres. 10.9 million guests visited the park in 2015 making it the 4th most visited park in the United States.
The park’s icon is The Tree of Life a 145-foot tree sculpture. The Animal Kingdom is dedicated to a kingdom of real, ancient and imagined animals. In total there are around 2000 animals representing 300 species.
Read more in our Beginners Guide to the Animal Kingdom.
There are 2 water parks in Walt Disney World. Both parks include wave pools, lazy rivers, a selection of slides, family raft rides & kid pools. Quick Service dining locations are available in each park. During winter months 1 park will close to undergo annual maintenance.
- Disney’s Blizzard Beach which is themed around a ski resort opened on April 1st, 1995. Legend has it that a freak snowstorm in the area led to Florida’s first ski resort. When the snow eventually melted it was converted into a water park. The majority of the major attractions at the park are hosted atop of Mount Gushmore, an artificial hill with an elevation of 90 feet. Only the bravest guests will ride the park’s flagship attraction Summit Plummet. The attraction stands at 120 feet tall and the near vertical drops creates speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
- Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon which is themed around a storm damaged tropical bay opened on June 1st, 1989. It is the 2nd most visited water park in the world. The park includes one of the World’s largest wave pools. The park used to include 2 shark reefs where guests could snorkel. This attraction closed in 2016.
There are 2 main entertainment districts to discover Disney Springs & Disney’s Boardwalk.
The story of Disney Springs begins at our new Town Center, which is oriented around a series of bubbling natural springs that first attracted settlers to the area. From there, the town grew to encompass three more neighbourhoods.
Previously known as Downtown Disney the conversion to Disney Springs was completed in Spring 2016. Originally opening in 1975 Disney Springs now consists of over 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment locations.
Disney Springs is split into several neighbourhoods each with a distinct feel. The neighbourhoods are:
- Town Center depicts the fictional town’s central business district, featuring Spanish Revival architecture from the 1920s. The area opened in 2016 and features many well-known retailers.
- The Landing depicts the fictional town’s transportation hub and marina. The area features nautical-themed restaurants and shops. The landing was the former site of Pleasure Island which closed in 2008.
- West Side was developed in the 1950s according to the town’s fictional history. West Side was originally part of Downtown Disney and now features several popular restaurants plus a bowling alley and movie theatre. Disney Quest was located in this area until it closed on July 2, 2017, to make way for The NBA Experience.
- Marketplace houses many shops and restaurants reminiscent of the American Craftsman-style of the 1930s.
Disney Springs is open every day and has no admission fee and includes free parking. There is a preferred parking area that currently costs $10.
Bus transportation is available from all Walt Disney World resorts. There are water-taxis running to Disney Springs from Port Orleans French Quarter and Riverside, Old Key West & Saratoga Springs Resorts.
The Boardwalk is a smaller dining and entertainment complex which is also the home of the Boardwalk Inn & Villas. The Boardwalk is a quarter-mile promenade containing dining, shopping and nightlife options. It is designed to look like a Mid-Atlantic seaside village from the early 1900s
Golf at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is the home to 3 Championship Golf Courses and a smaller 9 hole walking course. To learn more about Disney World golf click here.
There are also 2 themed miniature golf complexes called Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. Each complex has 2 separate courses.
Where to Stay When Visiting Walt Disney World
One of the first things you must consider when booking a Disney World Vacation is where to stay. There are countless accommodation options in Orlando including luxurious villas, budget motels & 5-star hotels. Many hotels include free transportation to Walt Disney World. One option many guests consider is staying in one of the Walt Disney World Resorts.
With over 30,000 hotel rooms; 3,000 Disney Vacation Club units & 799 campsites the accommodation options in Walt Disney World are numerous. Disney World Resorts provide unique theming, accommodation to suit a range of budgets & the opportunity to stay in the middle of the action.
If you are visiting Walt Disney World nothing beats being in the heart of the action by staying in a Disney World Resort. In addition, guests staying at Disney owned resorts get a number of perks including:
- Free transportation around Walt Disney World
- Free transport from Orlando International Airport
- Extra Magic Hours in a selected park each day.
- Earlier booking of Fastpass and Advanced Dining Reservations.
- Free MagicBand.
- Being able to book the Disney Dining Plan as part of your reservation.
However; there are cheaper options by staying in some of the many hotels & villas located throughout the Orlando area. Although the closeness and the added extras make Disney World Resorts a popular option for many guests.
Our Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World Resorts has information on all the resorts at Walt Disney World.
Essential Disney World Knowledge
Once you have planned where you are going to stay, you need to you quickly learn the basics of how to plan your Walt Disney World Vacation. Visits to Walt Disney World are not as simple as booking an all-inclusive resort. There are key booking windows to secure dining reservations and make ride reservations. We will guide you through all you need to know about the Fastpass+ & Advanced Dining Reservations systems plus all the other Essential Disney World Knowledge you need to enjoy your vacation.
Launched officially in 2014 Fastpass+ is Disney’s attraction reservation system. Fastpass+ allows you to book attractions in advance of your arrival at Walt Disney World. To get the most from your vacation you must get an understanding of Fastpass+ as soon as possible.
Your reservation allows you to 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.
To use Fastpass+ before you visit you must have either:
- Valid Ticket or Annual Pass
- Walt Disney World Resort Hotel reservation plus theme park tickets
Guests who are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort(including Swan & Dolphin plus select Disney Springs Hotels) can book 60 days in advance plus the number of days of their stay.
Other ticket holders have a shorter 30-day reservation window. This does mean guests staying at a Disney Resort do have an early advantage and those staying outside need to be well organised at 30 days.
Our Guide to Fastpass+ will give you all the essential information. In addition, we have Fatspass strategies for each theme park.
Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations are restaurant reservations made in advance at the majority of Disney Table Service Restaurants. Disney’s restaurants do fill up and standby lines, if they exist, can be long. An Advanced Dining Reservation can make sure you get into your favorite restaurants and quickly.
All guests can book reservations for Disney restaurants 180 days in advance. Disney resort guests can reserve 180 days in advance of their day of arrival and make up to 10 days of Advance Dining Reservations that same day.
Our Guide to Advanced Dining Reservations has further information.
My Disney Experience is a free online guide to Walt Disney World that allows guests to plan their vacation. My Disney Experience launched in 2012 and is available through either the Walt Disney World Website or the dedicated Mobile App.
Through this free service you can:
- Keep track of your plans including those of your family & friends.
- Keep all your reservations in one place.
- View day-by-day plans including your Disney Resort hotel, FastPass+ selections, dining reservations, Wish List items and reminder notes.
Having access to the App is essential when you visit any of the Walt Disney World parks. Filled with handy features the app lets you view and update your plans, make dining reservations, search maps of all 4 theme parks, get real-time attraction wait times and more. Plus with free WiFi now available throughout Walt Disney World you can access this information anywhere.
Our Guide to My Disney Experience provides more information including how to get the App.
Why not put a few extra park hours into your Disney World Plan? Wouldn’t it be even better if there were fewer guests?
Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels can enjoy extra time in the parks each day. Extra Magic Hours occur either before parks open or after they close to regular guests.
However; remember there are 30000 hotel rooms in WDW so that is a lot of people who can attend. Extra Magic Hours can be very busy and will often significantly increase the numbers visiting a particular park. Non-Disney Resort guests can be greeted with a full park at 10 a.m. following morning Extra Magic Hours.
For 2018 the number of guests accessing Extra Magic Hours has increased further. Select non-Disney owned Walt Disney World Resorts have now been given access too.
If you are not staying in a Disney Resort in our opinion you should avoid parks with Extra Magic Hours. Even guests staring at a Disney Resort might want to consider avoiding.
Our Guide to Extra Magic Hours provides further information.
Happy to ride on your own? Can’t get a Fastpass? Then the Single Rider Line at a limited number of attractions could save you considerable time. As long as you are happy riding on your own when a gap becomes available a cast member will fill it with a single rider.
Walt Disney World has not embraced this as much as other theme parks e.g. Universal Orlando. Currently, it is only available for Test Track, Expedition Everest & Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. To learn more read our guide about the Single Rider Line.
Whist Disney World appeals to families of all ages some attractions are not suitable for young children. Many of the attractions have height restrictions for safety purposes. Disney does enforce Height Requirements strictly and you will not be allowed to board if you are under the height requirement. Make sure you consider height restrictions when booking Fastpass+ Reservations so children are not left disappointed.
However, if the kids are too small to ride it does not mean adults and older siblings can’t. Rider Switch, also sometimes known as child swap, allows guests with small children to take turns riding while another adult stays with the child.
Disabilities at Walt Disney World
Disney World provides extensive facilities for all forms of disabilities including visual, auditory, mobility & cognitive disabilities. You are able to contact Walt Disney World at (407) 560-2547 or [email protected] prior to your visit to discuss your requirements.
Walt Disney World has created a Disability FAQ which you also might find useful to review.
There are also specific park guides which you can find on the following links:
Disney recognises that some guests with disabilities are unable to tolerate long waits in lines for attractions. The Disability Access Service allows Guests with disabilities, as well as an allotted number of people from his or her party, to schedule a return time at a specific attraction that is comparable to the wait time when they first arrive at that attraction. To register guests should visit the Guest Relations Lobby located near the entrance of each theme park. The Disability Access Scheme is a new service that was launched in 2015 replacing the previous front of line scheme. Further information can be obtained from the official Disney World Guide.
MagicBands are now a key part of many guest’s Disney World Vacation. These rubber bracelets act as your park tickets, room key, room charge card, your Fastpasses are linked with them, they store your photographs, manage your dining reservations and your Disney Dining Plan. A built-in Radio Frequency Identification Chip provides the technical stuff.
If you are staying at a Disney Resort you get a MagicBand free with your reservation. Other guests can buy a band in advance or in the parks. Whilst you can still use a traditional ticket for your park entry and Fastpass+ reservations you will miss out on the extra interactions if you don’t have a MagicBand.
Our guide to MagicBands has further information.
Photopass allows you to keep the highlights from your Walt Disney World Vacation. Disney’s Photographers will take your pictures that are then linked to an online account. You can view your photographs online or in the My Disney Experience mobile app. There is no charge to have photographs taken or to view them online but there is if you want to download them. Photopass is available in all Disney’s parks & occasionally at Disney Springs.
Memory Maker is a package which allows you to download and keep all the pictures you have taken in a 30-day window including ride photographs. Memory Maker is cheaper to buy before you arrive and is often included as an extra in Disney World resort bookings.
To learn more about Photopass & Memory Maker read our guide.
When planning your vacation to Orlando what the weather will be like is likely to be something you will have considered. Florida’s official nickname is “The Sunshine State” which was officially adopted in 1970. Whilst it is highly unlikely you can visit Orlando and not meet a fair measure of sunshine this can certainly be offset with plenty of rain and the occasional hurricane.
The coolest month is January but even then you will enjoy an average temperature of 70°F(21°C). Summer months are very hot and humid with thunder storms on around half of the days. July is the warmest month and you can expect a temperature of up to 91°F((33°C).
The Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 each year and continues through November 30th. The majority of hurricanes are in August & September. It is unusual for hurricanes to ruin your vacation but occasionally it can happen including in 2017.
You can read more about the Orlando Weather including our Top Tips to Beat the Weather in our guide.
Want to avoid crowds on your vacation?
Disney World is busy!
On occasions, it is very, very busy!!!
No matter when you visit you will meet some crowds. Sometimes the crowds will be light but on occasion, they might feel unmanageable.
Although Walt Disney World will be busy during most periods of the year it is busiest in Summer Months, Easter, Thanksgiving, New Year, Independence Day & Christmas.
There are lots of websites telling you how to avoid the crowds but our experience is they often tell you different answers and overall Disney World seems to be getting busier. Events such as the Food & Wine Festival now drag people to the parks during traditionally quiet periods.
Bigger crowds do mean longer opening hours but longer waits. This does not mean you shouldn’t go especially if annual leave means you can’t go in quieter times. In our opinion, you will have a great time no matter when you go! Plus even when the park is at full capacity you will find the occasional quiet spot.
You can read more advice & tips in our guide Avoiding Crowds at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World Tips, Hints & Mistakes to Avoid.
Planning your visit to Walt Disney World is an essential activity. The resort is massive and planning your trip can initially feel overwhelming for the first-time visitor. Ensuring you don’t miss those must-do attractions can feel an impossible task. Plus have you considered whether you want to visit Universal Orlando, SeaWorld or the other fantastic attractions available in Orlando?
However, visiting Orlando is not as difficult as it first seems. With a bit of research and careful planning, you can soon create the perfect vacation. Plus the planning can become one of the best parts of your vacation. Why not get the family involved in the planning?
Planning your Disney Vacation is great fun and having access to our Ultimate Collection of Walt Disney World Tips will help the process. We will make sure you know all the Top Tips, Hints & Mistakes to Avoid to have a great vacation.
If everything about a Walt Disney World Vacation just seems too overwhelming our Walt Disney World Survival Guide might just help. The guide is full of all the essential tips & hints to start your planning and make sure you survive in the “Happiest Place on Earth”.
Our Guide to Walt Disney World Mistakes is the most popular page on Modern Life is Good. There is a good reason for its popularity, mistakes can potentially ruin your vacation. Both first-time visitors and “experienced Mouseketeers” all regularly make mistakes with planning a vacation. However, it is unlikely any mistake will ruin your vacation but it will cut your fun. Read our guide to find out about the most common pitfalls.
Walt Disney World Transport
Getting around Disney World is easy. Disney has its own fantastic internal travel network. From buses, monorail & ferries you will be transported to Disney World for free. Services are regular and reliable. However; it does take a little longer than driving so remember to leave plenty of time if you have made dining or Fastpass reservations.
It is also worth remembering that direct routes are not available to all locations. To travel to another resort you will usually have to change at either a Theme Park or Disney Springs.
This transport navigation tool created by WDW Prep School is fantastic to plan your transportation options.
Driving at Walt Disney World
Many guests choose to hire a car when in Orlando. If you are staying in a villa this is your only realistic option. Orlando roads are good and well signposted. The quality of roads extends when you are in Walt Disney World which has an extensive well-maintained road network.
If you are driving you will have to pay to park. Complimentary parking is no longer free for Disney Resort Guests who now have to pay a daily rate but this does include theme park parking.
Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category in May 2018 were:
- Value Resorts: $13 per night
- Moderate Resorts: $19 per night
- Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night
Disney Vacation Club members are excluded from parking charges.
Guests not staying in a Disney Resort pay one fee for a parking pass good all day at all 4 theme parks. Current parking rates are:
- Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $45 per day
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $22 per day
- Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $27 per day
Registered Guests of Disney Resort Hotels, select Annual Passholders, Premium Passholders and Disney Premier Passport holders enjoy complimentary standard self-parking at Disney theme parks.
In my opinion, you don’t need a car when visiting Walt Disney World. On our last few trips to Orlando, we have managed without a car just fine. Orlando without a car is not practical in all situations e.g. if you are staying in a local villa or a local hotel without shuttle transportation. However; if you are staying at a Disney World Resort or a nearby hotel which provides park shuttles you will be fine.
We have created a guide to navigating Walt Disney World Without a Car. The guide also includes information on how to get to Universal Orlando, other Orlando attractions and getting to your resort from the airport. We have also provided information on Uber, Lyft & the new Minnie Van Service.
Getting from Orlando International Airport without a car to Disney World Resorts is a breeze via Disney’s Magical Express.
Once you are through immigration and baggage claim follow the signs to Disney’s Magical Express which is located on Side B Level 1. You will need to quickly register at the check-in desk(you can do this in advance and if you already have your MagicBand just tap the post on arrival) and you will then be transported; usually after a short wait; to your Disney Resort. This will be a shared ride so the might be drop-offs at other hotels first.
Between 5:00 am and 10:00 pm domestic arrivals & those International arrivals who check luggage in with Disney Staff can have their luggage directly delivered to their hotel room. Alternatively; you can transfer your own luggage with you on the Magical Express.
If you are returning to Orlando International Airport at the end of your vacation the day before check-out a Transportation Notice will be delivered to your room. Disney’s Magical Express really is a good service even if it is not quite “magical”.
If you are arriving at Orlando Sanford airport things are not so easy. There is no Magical Express at Sanford. Your options are taxi or shuttle but they are not cheap. Expect to pay up to $150 for a taxi.
Dining at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World serves a lot of food, an awful lot of food. There are over 6,000 food items available at more than 475 different locations. Amazingly Walt Disney World would be the 45th largest food chain in the world if it became a food service company. The number of dining choices can be bewildering.
We have created a Walt Disney World Dining for Beginners Guide which is full of helpful information to plan your vacation. Our guide includes information on the type of restaurants available, how to get those key dining reservations & plenty of hints & tips.
Earlier in this guide, we discussed Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations. These are restaurant reservations made in advance at the majority of Disney Table Service Restaurants at Walt Disney World. Disney’s restaurants do fill up and standby lines, if they exist, can be long.
You can find out more in our Guide to Advanced Dining Reservations.
The Disney Dining Plan is a prepaid meal plan offered at Walt Disney World for those staying in Disney owned resort hotels. Meals are added to your Magic Band or Card and you present your card to pay for your meal.
The plan must be booked before arrival with a valid park ticket and is not available to guests not staying in a Disney resort. It is also open to Disney Vacation Club members.
On occasions, Disney offers free dining packages to guests as part of their reservation.
Our Guide to the Disney Dining Plan has further information including the 2018 changes which for the first time includes alcohol.
Disney World is one of the best places to visit if you have food allergies or intolerances. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is the recipient of a FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) Award. The award was given for their dedication to proving a safe and enjoyable dining experience.
Our guide to visiting Walt Disney World with Dietary Conditions contains helpful information.
Character Meals are located throughout Disney World and are offered at each theme park plus at several resorts. Whether it is Mickey Mouse, a Disney Princess or Winnie the Pooh there is likely to be a character meal where you can meet your favourite character.
Whilst they often don’t offer the best food character meals are always great fun & offer the opportunity to meet characters without lengthy waits. Our guide to Walt Disney World Character Meals provides further information.
Love them or hate them, if you have young children & perhaps if you don’t, you are going to spend a lot of your time in Disney World seeking the Famous Disney Characters.
Character meets in Walt Disney World are now very organised affairs. Today it is unusual to find Characters just wandering around a park. Fastpass Plus & Character Meals can significantly cut the amount of time waiting to see your favourite Characters but waiting in line on occasions is unavoidable. On occasions, these lines can be very long especially to meet the most popular characters.
Many of the biggest Character meets can now be reserved in advance using Fastpass. This can significantly cut your waiting time although you will need to sacrifice a ride Fastpass.
The My Disney Experience App or the time guide; available at the entrance; will tell you where you can meet your favourite character. Guest relations or any Cast member will help if you are struggling to find your idol.
Many Characters can be met or seen away from the regular meet and greets which can save you time on your vacation. Our Guide on How to find Characters at Walt Disney World will help you maximize your vacation time and still meet your favourites.
Special Events & Festivities in 2018
Throughout 2018 there will be regular Special Events & Festivities at Walt Disney World. These special events help make a Disney Vacation extra special. We think 2018 is the best year to visit Walt Disney World Ever. Make sure you read our reasons why 2018 is going to be an unforgettable year.
Expect more events to be announced throughout 2018. This helpful calendar has information on all the events announced to date.
Festivals & Parties
4 festivals will make their annual return to Epcot in 2018:
- Festival of the Arts.
- International Flower and Garden Festival.
- International Food and Wine Festival.
- Epcot International Festival of the Holidays
Over in the Magic Kingdom, we will see the return of the annual parties:
- Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
- Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Both these parties have an extra admission cost but are a great opportunity to experiences rides with little wait, meet rare characters and see special entertainment.
This summer Disney World has announced there will be an “Incredible Summer”.
There will be a list of special events across the resort including:
- The Incredible Tomorrowland Expo at The Magic Kingdom. Guests will party with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone. For the first time, guests will get to see Edna Mode, the greatest superhero costume designer. Characters will interact with guests throughout the land. And the festivities culminate with a “SUPER” dance party on the Rocket Tower Stage”.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Take the Stage at Epcot with a fun party featuring hits from the films.
- Donald’s Dino Bash! at the Animal Kingdom. A new meet and greet are coming to Dino-Land, opening 25 May. At Donald’s Dino-Bash! The Animal Kingdom is promising more characters than ever before including Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip ‘n Dale and Launchpad McQuack.
Toy Story Land
The big 2018 event is the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios. Due to open at the end of June, this looks an exciting new addition to Walt Disney World.
Too much happening to decide? This is our Must-do list for Walt Disney World 2018.
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