I’ve visited Disney World several times and have had the benefit of some advice from Disney employees on how to make the most of your trip. Here’s some of their top tips for making the most of your family holiday to Walt Disney World
1. Buy tickets in advanceIt saves queuing when you get there, same applies for character breakfasts, which may sell out if you don’t book early.
2. Go with an itinerary.It will be invaluable, however basic.
3. Measure your child’s height before you go.You’ll know exactly which rides they can go on and you can incorporate that into your plan
4. Don’t try and do everything.Pick parks and attractions that are ideal for the ages of your party and focus on them.
5. Utilise the free mapsFree maps are available at the entrance and the tip boards located around the parks which will also advise on wait times.
Getting Around & Beating the Queues
6. Do the opposite to everyone else to avoid queues and crowds.Start at the back of the park or travel anti-clockwise, except at Epcot’s World Showcase where you should go clockwise!
7. Avoid parks on a Saturday.Saturdays are busy due to locals visiting.
8. Avoid Magic Kingdom on a Monday.Most holidaymakers head there at the beginning of their break.
9. Use complimentary Disney transportationThe transportation network includes the monorail, buses and boats.
10. Utilise the fastpass systemAlways have one valid fastpass at a time to ensure minimum waits.
11. Use the ‘Baby Switch’ serviceParents can take turns on a ride but only queue once. Just ask a cast member.
13. Don’t forget hats, suncream and comfortable shoesThere’s a lot of walking to be done!
14. Day on/Day offIf you are staying for a couple of weeks, consider a ‘day on, day off’ routine to give everyone (especially young children) the chance to rest and recuperate. Happy kids = happy parents! On your ‘off’ days you could visit the parks in the evening to see fireworks and illuminations, it’s much more pleasant doing this with well rested kids.
15. Use the baby centres located around the parksThe baby centres offer superb changing facilities and lovely rooms to breastfeed, feed toddlers or just take some time out.
16. BuggiesYou can hire buggies at Disney World for $15 per day, however if you’re staying for a while a better option may be to pick up a cheap stroller at a nearby supermarket.
17. Refillable cupsShare a refillable cup with the whole family.
18. Take your own snacksTake your own snacks to keep you going during the day. Fruit, breakfast bars and crisps are all welcome during pit stops.
19. Enjoy free diningBook your stay during a Free Dine period.
20. BirthdaysVisit on your birthday and have your entrance free waived (take proof)
21. Magic KingdomArrive very early to Magic Kingdom and you may just be asked to open the park! The lucky family gets to ride the train with all the Disney characters.
22. Railroad TrainSit in the last carriage of the Railroad train and you may get to be the guest conductor.
23. Epcot for kidsDo the 11 Kidcot stops which are throughout the World Showcase. Kids can collect stamps and create a personalised souvenir.
24. Magic ShotsAsk photographers around the parks for ‘Magic Shots’
More tips? Check out my friend Becky’s comprehensive list of Disney World tips here.