Disney World – Tips & Tricks for your visit

I absolutely LOVE Disney, and was lucky to go to Disney World as a teen, it’s my dream to take Lily there one day too and so of course it’s on my Bucket List!

The wonderful Kimberly of Farsickness Traveler is also a massive Disney fan and has visited Disney World plenty of times so offered to write some tips for my readers all about making the most of your trip to Disney World and a little bit about each Disney World Theme Park.

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Here’s Kimberly’s guide to making sure you see what is worth seeing on your trip to Disney World:

1. Stay on Disney property. Although it might be more expensive, you’ll wind up saving time, stress and money. By staying at a hotel on Disney property, it gives you access to the parks much easier and free of charge. Buses run from the hotels to the parks every 15 minutes so you’re not left waiting too long.

2. Wake up early. Put on a good pair of walking shoes because there’s too much to see and not enough time in the day. The parks usually open around 9 with extra magic hours depending on the parks schedule.

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3. Bring a reusable water bottle or buy the souvenir mug . Depending on what time of year you’re going it gets really hot so it’s important to stay hydrated and if you get the souvenir mug you can fill it up at any of the quick service places in the park.

4. Make a full day at each park. Although Hollywood Studios is not a full day park in my opinion however I would spend the entire day at all of the other parks because there’s more to do there.

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5. Book your fast passes. Each person is allowed a certain amount of fast passes to get on the ride without having to wait in line and by going on the My Disney Experience app you can choose which rides you want to do this for and what time.

6. Get a meal plan, there are 3 different kinds of meal plans to choose depending on how many meals you usually eat:

  • Quick Service Dining includes: 2 quick service meals, 2 snacks and a refillable mug per person per day.
  • Regular Dining includes: 1 table service meal, 1 quick service meal, 2 snacks and a refillable mug.
  • Deluxe Dining includes: 3 meals either quick or table service, 2 snacks and a refillable mug.

7. Visit other hotels. You can take a bus to any hotel from any of the parks and if you get a chance to visit other hotels, I would definitely check out The Boardwalk, The Grand Floridian and The Contemporary Resorts as they have lots of things to do as well as restaurants in the hotels.

8. Disney Spring. If you have a spare day and you’re not sure what to do, take a bus to Disney Springs. This is the shopping hub for Disney goers and there’s also great places to eat like Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant. You can go see a movie or go bowling at Splitsville too!

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9. Eat everything Mickey shaped. This includes the ice cream, pretzels, and desserts, and see if you can find some hidden Mickeys throughout the park as well.

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10. Do a character breakfast/dinner. Some restaurants offer an option to dine with the Disney characters which is where they come around to your table whilst you’re eating and take pictures with you. Although this can be a little pricey, it is worth not having to wait in line in the parks and it’s a great experience.

Some places that offer these are:

● Cinderella’s Royal Table
● Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary
● 1900 Park Fare
● Wonderland Tea Party
● Crystal Palace (a personal fave)
● Perfectly Princess Tea Party
● Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch

*Note from Alex: For so many of us Disney World is a once in a lifetime trip – the character dining might be expensive but what a fantastic experience it would be for anyone (especially for those with kids)!* 

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Disney World Magical Kingdom

There’s so much to do here. When you walk into the park you are overwhelmed with the smell of sweets and the view of Cinderella’s castle. My advice is to start on one end of the park and walk around to the other.

Magic Kingdom is made up of 6 different areas; Frontierland, Adventureland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street USA. There are different themed rides in each land. You can also meet a variety of characters at various designated character spots – they can sign autographs and you can get your photos taken with them. These are all things you can look at on the My Disney Experience app. Make sure you grab a good spot in front of the castle and stay for the fireworks show that go off every night.

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Epcot

Epcot is the place to go if you want to experience different countries without even leaving Florida. The park has several areas designed around countries including, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, America, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico. If you have the time and the stomach for it you can try food and drinks from each country to get a little taste of the world.

The Mexico area has the best frozen margaritas and the Germany section of the park has delicious caramel corn. Make sure you get your fast passes for here as well as you have great rides such as Soarin’ and Test Track. In Epcot you can meet all of the Disney princesses in their native countries. Before you leave, check out Spaceship Earth – this is the ride that is inside the giant ball in the front of the park. At night they also have a fireworks and laser show that kicks off at 9:00pm every night known as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Disney World - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is the home of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, a free fall ride in a haunted hotel. Other than that ride, you should look into scheduling a fastpass for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. Those two rides usually have the longest wait times. Unfortunately they just got rid of the Great Movie Ride which was one of my favorites. There’s a cool show called Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular which involves the audience members. Don’t leave here without trying a turkey leg, that’s for sure!

Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom has developed a lot over the years. Disney has just recently added a section called Pandora- Adventures of Avatar and they also have different themed rides and activities in the different sections. Africa has the Festival of Lion King which is a must see!

If you have a chance and the line isn’t too long I would recommend doing the Kilimanjaro Safaris. During the day the animals aren’t as active since it can be quite hot so I would recommend going when it’s getting dark. Asia has one of my favorite restaurants – the Yak & Yeti Restaurant. Their menu consists of Pan-Asian cuisine and it is delicious!

Close to the restaurant there’s a ride called Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain and you can ride a fast moving train through the mountains, if you’re lucky you’ll get a glimpse of the Yeti. Another stop to check out is Dinoland, which has a lot of fun stuff for kids, like a boneyard and fossil games therefore it’s a great place for younger children . In the centre of the park is the Tree of Life. It is the best place to stop and take pictures and if you’re interested to see what is inside, there’s a show called It’s Tough to be a Bug! Highlighting characters from the movie Bug’s Life.

Disney World - Blizzard Beach

Disney also have two water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Kimberly hasn’t been however I LOVED both when I was younger and I’m sure they have only gotten better since then and therefore I would definitely recommend them!

Hope you enjoyed these tips! Have you ever been to a Disney theme park – if so let me know which one and what your favorite part was!

Alex xxx

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  • Reply Jennifer August 26, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I’ve done Disneyland but i have been DYING to go to Disneyworld!! Saving this for when I **Eventually go 🙂

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 26, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      I have done Disneyland too – was great but nothing can compare the Disney World in the US! Can’t wait to go back! x

  • Reply Jamese August 26, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Great post! thanks so much for sharing! I definitely needed this referesher! I am looking to take my niece soon! Reminded me of the great time I had at Disney world when I was a kid:)

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 26, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks Jamese 🙂 I love Disney and would love to take my nieces!

  • Reply Rachel silverwood August 26, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Great tips for anyone heading to Disney! I went years ago with my family and it was certainly a magical experience… I’m sure it would be as a grown up now aswell haha

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 26, 2017 at 9:59 pm

      Oh I think everyone loves Disney – adults and kids alike 🙂

  • Reply Kashlee Kucheran August 26, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Epcot is really a travel bug’s dream isn’t it! 🙂
    Great advice about the FastPass, I will for sure get one when I go!
    Awesome Disney tips girl!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      Thanks Kashlee! The FastPass is always a good idea – I hate queuing ha! xx

  • Reply Kelly August 26, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    The last time I went to Disney World was when I was about 10 s these tips are usefull for someone like me who knows nothing about Disney. I didn’t even know they had meal plans. LoL. Or he fast passes were for cwrtian rides at certain times. You learn something new everyday.

  • Reply Carrie August 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Awww this post made me relive my trips to Disney as a kid and teenager! It really is magical at any age. One of my favorite memories ever was watching the fireworks over Cinderella’s Castle on New Years Eve. And totally agree with your tip about staying in the park — it saves SO MUCH time and energy.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Wow I bet New Years Eve would be fantastic at Disneyworld! Would love to go for halloween 🙂

  • Reply Kristen August 27, 2017 at 12:49 am

    This brings back such great memories! We went probably 15 times as a kid. Maybe time to go back as an adult. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:28 pm

      Wow fifteen times! I’m so jealous! x

  • Reply Caroline August 27, 2017 at 2:00 am

    I had the opportunity to go to Disney World some time ago but was only there for 2 days and I know, I know, not enough time! Would love to go back for longer and will definitely keep these tips in mind

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Two days is always better than no days! 🙂

  • Reply Kristin @ Camels & Chocolate August 27, 2017 at 4:10 am

    I’ve been going to Disney World my whole life since I was 2 and I’m sucker for posts like this so I don’t waste any time doing the wrong thing! Great post. Too bad you can’t just buy one FastPass for the day like you can at Universal, though.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      Yep that’s a real shame – I guess they make more money this way! I loved Universal too – dying to go to the Harry Potter World!

  • Reply carlinn August 27, 2017 at 6:59 am

    I would love to go to disney! All those micky shaped goodies are so awesome!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

      I know! So cute 🙂

  • Reply Diana August 27, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve not been to Disney World since I was a child either. I’ve been thinking about going back with my own baby! Great tips and I totally didnt know they had water parks!
    Cheers
    Diana

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      The water parks are fab 🙂 I definitely need to take Lily!

  • Reply Melissa August 27, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I went to DisneyLand as a kid, but have yet to visit DisneyWorld. Our daughter is only 2 1/2 so we have a couple more years before we will visit, but when we do, I think I’ll be more excited than her!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Yep Lily is seven now and soooo wants to go – thinking of going in 2019 as next year we have lots of weddings and travel already booked!

  • Reply Aga | worlderingaround August 27, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    That’s so cool! I love Disney and can’t believe that I haven’t been to the Disney world yet 😀

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      It’s such a fantastic place to visit 🙂

  • Reply Caroline August 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    What a useful post for anyone heading to Disneyworld!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 27, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks Caroline 🙂

  • Reply Ricarda Christina Hollweg August 28, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Hi Alex, For me as a Bavarian it was very funny to see a Mickey shaped pretzel 🙂 Thanks for sharing this. I so much want to go there now. Cheers, Ricarda

    • Reply bettertogetherhome August 28, 2017 at 11:30 am

      They are cute right? 🙂

  • Reply Cory August 28, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Ok, so I am going to be honest. I imagine Disney World being sooo awesome but too crowded. And I am terrified of that idea haha. Because of that I never visited… BUT my best friend is going with his husband to Disneyland and this post couldn’t be better for them! So I am going to share it right away x

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