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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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)!*
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.
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.
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 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 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!