If you have never been to Disney World, a google search of Disney World can leave you overwhelmed. There is just so much information out there! Where do you begin? Today I want to lay out a number of Disney world tips for first timers such as yourself, so that you can have a more enjoyable experience on your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth!
Getting to the Park Early Is Crucial!
We talk about this a lot, and it’s crucial to drive this point into your head before you leave for your trip. Don’t plan on waking up late. I know you normally may sleep in until 9 or 10 on vacations, but that may cause problems at Disney World. Getting there early will allow you to stay ahead the crowds, and give you the ability to ride MORE rides and see MORE things. For more info on the benefits of getting there early, see our article on disney strategy.
For any of us, the walk down main street is exciting when we haven’t been in awhile. For a first timer, it will be an amazing experience. You will probably want to stop and take pictures, take in the sights and sounds and just enjoy things. If you are there early, you’ll have time to enjoy the first experience of Disney World, without putting yourself in a position where you’ll be waiting 40 minutes for every ride.
Proper Planning can be a life saver!
The second tip I have is to properly plan each day. If you know you are going to the Magic Kingdom on a specific day, plan for that day by looking at a map, looking online and determining which rides are important to you. You can find maps at all the Disney resorts or online.
Without proper planning you may feel lost. You won’t know where to go, and you’ll find yourself following the crowd without realizing it. We have two different sets of articles that can make your planning a breeze.
First, our Beating the Crowds series is always a great resource. We highly suggest reading the articles in that series and using them to help plan your vacation.
Second, our web series on My Disney Experience has been very popular. Disney World has changed, and we step you through the process of creating a reservation, planning and getting you ready for your vacation. Bookmark these pages, and study them. If you have any questions, we’ll answer them for you in the Comments section.
Stop! Savor the Moment
At the risk of sounding too hokey, some people are stressed out for a large portion of their Disney Vacation. There is just SO MUCH TO DO! I recall the first Disney vacation I took as an adult. I wanted to see and do everything, and we began getting quite frantic as it became apparent that we weren’t going to see it all.
So when you hit that point, step back and remind yourself that you can always come back! Not doing everything gives you even more to look forward to. Still to this day, there remain certain restaurants, gift shops, and even a couple shows and rides that I still haven’t done! Now granted, there are only a few remaining, but if I stressed over the inability to see them all, I’d never enjoy myself.
This is also true when you are trying to determine what restaurants to eat at. France, Mexico, Italy, England, Japan, Canada, the amazing resort restaurants…There are so many good places to eat! But on one vacation, you can’t eat everywhere! So enjoy the ones you do go to!
Enjoy yourself, slow down, and plan your next trip! Each trip has it’s own personality, so just enjoy each one for what it is.
Unless you are made of money, I wouldn’t suggest staying at a luxury resort the first time. If your first trip is an experiment, try a moderate or value resort. The moderate or value resort can get you accustomed to Disney World, and allow you to get used to the area. You can also explore the deluxe resorts, so that you’ll know which one you want to try when you do have the chance to try one. For many, the opportunity to stay at a luxury resort only comes once or twice. So I’d recommend touring them, eating there and walking around and exploring.
I have compiled a list of general tips that I keep updated, and I think it would highly benefit you to also read these over. Whether you are a “newbie” or an experienced veteran, I think they can definitely come in handy. I guarantee that if you print out this list, it will be of great benefit to you as you tour the parks for the first time.