In 2018, more than 20.8 million people went to the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. With so many people visiting every year, planning trips in advance is one of the best things any traveler can do.
However, if you’re like most people gearing up for a trip to Disney World, you’re likely starting to feel overwhelmed. There are so many activities to choose from, how can you be sure you’re making the most of your trip?
You just need a little help. Here are a few Disney tips to help you plan your vacation the right way.
1. Stay in the Park
When planning your vacation, you’ll likely see ads for dozens of hotels near Disney World. Those prices you’ll see may be much lower than the ones you’d find reflected inside the park, but that doesn’t mean they’re a great deal.
Remember, you’ll have to pay for transportation to and from the hotel and may need to cover the full cost of meals inside the park.
Instead of choosing a budget hotel outside of the park, stay at one of the Disney World resorts. There are many to choose from and even their budget-friendly options will enhance your Disney experience.
You’ll be closer to the action and have access to affordable meal plans with options in every part of the park. Even better, many Disney vacation packages include park passes, so you’ll end up saving more in the long-run.
2. Build out an Itinerary
There are hundreds of activities you and your family can enjoy every day in the park. This can make the trip feel a bit overwhelming if you start things off without a plan.
Before you head out, build out an itinerary. Think about the activities, rides, and restaurants you want to go to every day. Then, make a schedule that will allow you to enjoy those activities completely.
Prioritize which rides and attractions you want to see most and fill in your itinerary with the other fun activities on your list. Remember, it’s best to schedule the busier attractions early in the day when fewer people are at the park.
As a general rule, try to only go to one park each day. This way, you’ll be able to experience it fully and won’t have to rush through attractions.
3. Wear Comfortable Clothes
You’re going to be on your feet in the sun for most of the day. That means you’ll need to make sure you bring comfortable clothes with you for the entire trip.
Take a look at the forecast before you leave home and pack clothes that will work with the weather. Remember, many of the indoor attractions are heavily air-conditioned, so it never hurts to bring a sweater.
Try to dress in layers so you can stay comfortable throughout the day and always keep a tube of sunscreen handy. Nothing ruins your vacation like getting a bad sunburn on the first day of your trip.
4. Always Ask for Discounts
One of the key Disney World tricks is to take advantage of special offers while you’re making your reservation. If you’re working with a travel agent, ask if they know of any discounts or promotions that you can use to lower your costs.
As this article points out, visitors planning on going to Disney World more than once a year may be able to save by investing in annual passes or by participating in the Disney Vacation Club. Your travel agent will be able to help you figure out the best way to maximize your budget.
Once you’re in the park, don’t hesitate to ask the staff at your hotel for additional promos and discounts. They may know of a discount code you can use toward a dinner reservation at one of the park’s nicest restaurants or could book you a private character experience at a lower price.
5. Bring Your Own Snacks and Water
You’re going to need to stay fueled up and hydrated the entire time you’re at the resort. Unfortunately, buying snacks and water throughout the day can eat away at your budget even if you purchase a meal plan.
Instead, bring reusable water bottles and fill them at drink stations or water fountains throughout the day.
You’re also free to pack snacks and bring outside food into the park. This means you can fill your backpack with healthy treats to keep your energy levels up. Even better, it will spare you the frustration of having to wait in line when you need a little pick-me-up.
6. Leave Room for Downtime
With so many activities and rides within walking distance, it’s easy to overbook your days. When you do, you’ll end up being so exhausted at night that finding the motivation to get up in the morning can be tough.
Leave room for downtime and find ways for you and your family to relax while you have fun. Spend an hour or two relaxing by the pool at your hotel or tour the resort by riding the monorail.
The point is to give yourself time off your feet to relax and recharge.
7. Don’t Hesitate to Ask for Help
The biggest thing to remember when looking for additional Walt Disney World tips and tricks is to speak with the staff at the park. If you need advice on where to go and when to head to a certain activity, they’ll be able to help.
Your hotel’s concierge team may even be able to help you book activities that you weren’t able to access before you got to the resort.
Keep These Disney Tips in Mind When Planning Your Trip
Are you planning an upcoming trip to the happiest place on Earth? Keep these Disney tips in mind as you start thinking about your upcoming adventure.
You’ll be able to plan the perfect vacation that the whole family will remember for the rest of their lives.
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