The Best Disney World Tips
Here is a collection of the best Disney World tips, gathered into one clear and concise list. We are going to keep this page updated as tips roll in from readers! If you have any tips that we missed, please share below.
- Bring your own poncho. You can get a poncho
from the Dollar Tree or Walmart and save a fortune. It usually rains quite a bit in Orlando, and you will end up buying expensive ones from Disney.
- Buy souvenirs from Walmart or Target BEFORE you go to Disney. Bring them with you and dish them out to the kids during your trip from time to time. They won’t know the difference and you’ll pay a fifth of the price!
- Order bottled water and/or supplies from Amazon and have them ship the items directly to your resort! Let your resort know to expect the package and they will store it for you. It’s much cheaper and easier than buying from local stores.
- Join AAA for the discount on room tickets. It could save you 2 or 3 times the amount of the AAA membership.
- Thirsty on a hot day? Get free water from counter service restaurants in any park. Just ask!
- Glow bracelets and sticks. Buy them before your vacation! You can buy a huge glow stick pack from Amazon. It will save you a ton of money and the kids will think you splurged.
- If you are on the Disney Dining plan, drink tap water during your meal, and make your free drink a bottled water (or bottled soda if they have it) to go.
- Buy Disney gift cards at Kroger or any other local grocery stores that give fuel points. Use those gift cards to pay down your vacation, and save money on gasoline in the months that precede your vacation.
- If you have a stroller, attach a bright ribbon, scarf or balloon to the handle so that you can quickly identify it and won’t spend valuable time looking for it. Cast members will move your strollers!
- Are there two lines on a ride? Take the left line. It almost always is shorter.
- Get to the parks 45 minutes before the scheduled opening time for the shortest lines.
- Seen the parades? If so, use the parade time as a perfect opportunity to ride a half-empty park.
- Exiting the MK on Main Street after the firework show or parade? Instead of moving at a crawl, head to the souvenir shops and walk through all the shops toward the front entrance. They are all connected and no one uses them!
- Leaving the MK on monorail? Take the Resort Monorail instead of the Express. You can usually get on the monorail immediately, while the “Express” will be backed up with extremely long lines.
- Use character meals to meet the characters, instead of standing in long line at the parks.
- Use the “Child Swap/Rider Switch” program if you have a child that isn’t tall enough to ride a specific ride.
- Rent a stroller from a local Orlando company instead of renting from Disney. Better strollers, half the price, and you can use the stroller on the long walk to the car.
- If it rains, strap on the ponchos and keep going. Disney often empties out when it starts pouring, but the rain showers in Orlando often only last 15-20 minutes. When the rain clears, you’ll get to ride a lot of rides very quickly.
Tips for Convenience
- Don’t bring new shoes. Bring older, broken-in shoes.
- Start walking a month before you arrive. You will walk a lot, and if you aren’t prepared you will be miserable.
- Pack flip-flops/Crocs for when it rains. Tennis shoes and socks will get nasty and give you blisters.
- Bring Ziploc bags of many kinds. This comes in handy both on water rides and when it POURS.
- Do not underestimate the Florida sun and heat. If you haven’t experienced it, you will be very hot. Prepare to drink a lot of water.
- If you buy a souvenir and are staying on grounds, use the package delivery service. The package will be delivered directly to your room and you won’t have to carry it around the park.
- Bring a power strip. Some rooms have very few plugs, and a family of four may have 8-10 devices they want to charge at the end of the day!
- Take a picture of your photopass in case you lose it.
- Take a picture of your parking aisle, so you remember where you parked!
Disney World Planning Tips
- If staying onsite, you can call and make dining reservations for your entire trip (up to 190 days) at the 180 day point from your check-in date. Book the popular restaurants later in your trip when there will be less competition.
- Read our articles on My Magic Plus and Fastpass Plus to stay up-to-date on the latest developments!
- Check-in on a Friday so you can beat the crowd in getting those dining reservations, as the majority of people check-in on Saturdays.
- Book all three fastpasses in the morning, then you’ll be able to get additional fastpasses throughout the afternoon and evening.
- Make sure to avoid Magic Kingdom on Saturday if at all possible
- Don’t schedule late night magic hours, coupled with early morning breakfasts. It will wear out your entire party!
We Answer Common Disney World Questions
We get asked a lot of questions. If you have any for us, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I thought we’d share a number of questions our blog readers have asked, so more can benefit from them.
Can you change fastpass plus for an individual in a group?
Yes, assuming you’ve setup your account correctly, one person can make changes and go off to do their own thing. They will need their own MDE account, however.
What is the Best Time to Meet Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom?
The best thing to do is to get a fastpass. If you can’t, you’ll need to get to the park 45 minutes early and head straight there. Even in doing this, you’ll wait a little bit.
When is a Disney Annual Pass Worth it?
Typically, you’ll need to make 2 4-day trips in one year just for the annual passes to pay for themselves. If you go every year, space your trips 11 months apart, and get an annual pass to cover both vacations. If you go more than twice a year for 3-4 days, it’s a slam dunk.
What Time Does the Fast Pass System open to book?
It’s different every night. Some nights it’s midnight eastern, and some nights it will be an hour or two after that. It’s kind of annoying….but it’s kind of fun too! 🙂
Are double strollers a hassle at Disney World?
Far from it, they are very helpful once you get into the parks! The only downside is if you are riding the bus, and if they don’t fold up nice and tight.
What are the Best Places to see the Electrical Parade?
I like to Fastpass the Electrical Parade. It’s my favorite Fastpass in all of Disney. We get there 30 minutes early, chill out on the sidewalk, grab some Disney snacks, and enjoy a great show.
Is it worth it to Take a Baby to Disney World?
It all depends. Do you have other kids? If so, don’t skip a trip due to the baby. If your baby your only child, they obviously won’t enjoy it, so you may want to wait a few years. But you can always get child swap passes, and Disney is ALWAYS fun. Babies can actually be easier than small children, as they might actually sleep for hours in a stroller, while toddlers often need to go back and nap.
What is a Park Hopper Ticket at Disney World?
It’s a ticket that allows you to visit any of the four theme parks, on the same day. Without the park hopper, you are restricted to only one of the four parks.
What are the Best Places to Watch Wishes?
We love watching from the front if possible. They’ve really expanded the area out front to make for better viewing. BUT, another great place is way in the back by Gaston’s. You still get a central view of the castle (from behind), but the other set of fireworks go off directly over Gaston’s, making for a really unique experience!
What is the Best Day to Visit the Magic Kingdom?
Usually it’s going to be midweek. Anytime Monday thru Wednesday will usually be great. Try and get there early the morning after a late-night Magic Hours, and the park will be quite empty.
I know you enjoyed these quick tips on your Disney experience! Now lets dive into the meat of our website, by giving you some great insight in how to stay ahead of the massive Disney crowds! Head to Part One of our Beating the Crowds series!
By: Ryan Shade