The Happiest Place On Earth? How about the most overwhelming? Without a full cache of Disney travel tips it can be hard to navigate the park no matter how many times you’ve been. If you’re planning a trip to this famous Florida theme park, you need to be well-informed.
That’s why we grabbed some of the best Disney vacation tips from our favorite travel bloggers. Below you’ll find info on what rides to avoid, what foods to eat, how to skip the lines, and much more! We highly recommend following these bloggers for more Disney tips.
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Best tip for those with dietary restrictions: The Walt Disney World food and beverage team strives to accommodate guests with special diets. In three easy steps, you can dine knowing that all reasonable efforts will be made to address your concerns.
Make your Advance Dining Reservations and note your special diet on each reservation
Email the Special Diets department — SpecialDiets@DisneyWorld.com; or call them at (407) 824-5967
Talk to the Chef or Restaurant Manager when you arrive the restaurant.
When making your Advance Dining Reservation (ADR) for a table-service restaurant, specify your dietary requirements and have them noted on your ADR. Be adamant that you want your special diet noted on your reservation and request a consultation with a chef, if needed! Call (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463.
Best tip for those wondering when the best time to visit Disney World: “This quick schedule is repeated every year with slightly different dates, but here is a quick look at the Peak/Off-Peak times for 2018 at Walt Disney World.
- Peak Periods 2019 / Most Expensive Times to Visit Disney
- Winter Break: 2nd and 3rd weeks of February
- Spring/Easter Break: 4th week of March through 2nd week in April ( depending on Easter)
- Memorial Day: Last 2 weeks of May
- Summer Vacation Last week in May through 2nd Week in August
- Thanksgiving: Day and Weekend after
- Christmas: 2nd week in December through 1st Week in January
- Off-Peak Periods 2019 / Least Expensive Times to Visit Disney
- January: 2nd week in January through 2nd week in February
- August: Generally last week in August through 1st week in December
Note: your busiest times will always be around holidays, especially when kids are off school, and weekends.”
Best tip for those who visit Toy Story Land: Now if rope drop with a sea of people isn’t your scene then I have the best tip ever. Are you ready? Join Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the gang for Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land! Yep, that’s right you can now buy a special ticket and enjoy Toy Story Land before the park even opens to other guests. this means you will be among the first to ride Slinky Dog around Andy’s backyard or spin on Alien Swirling Saucers or say Howdy to Woody and other friends.
Best tip for Florida residents looking to take a Disney Cruise: “Special Rates for Florida Residents (FLR) are limited to 50 staterooms per category and sailing. Pricing varies, the lowest priced category per person per night listed below. New sailings added this week are in bold. Please note: This offer cannot be combined with any other special offer or discounts. Valid on new and existing reservations.
To take advantage of the Florida resident rate, at least one adult on the reservation must provide proof of Florida residency within 48 hours of booking. Proof of residency must be valid at the time of sailing, and includes the following: Florida Driver’s License, Florida Identification Card, Florida utility bill with Guest’s name and address, Florida voter’s registration card, or Renter’s lease agreement. Note: a property deed is not considered acceptable proof of residency. Failure to submit complete identification will result in a cancellation, with applicable cancellation fees. Proper form of verification must be sent via email to DCL.OfferVerification@disney.com or via fax to (407) 566-7739.”
Best tip for Military personnel on which ticket type to buy: “As I mentioned above, the Disney Armed Forces Salute tickets will save you 50% off of similar tickets. These come in 4 and 5-Day lengths for Walt Disney World and in several versions: Park Hopper, Water Park, and both Park Hopper and Water Park together.
Because of the huge discount on these tickets there are very restrictive rules, the biggest of which is a limit of 6 per military member during the life of each Salute offer.
So using the Salute tickets a family of 4 or more people would be limited to 4 or 5 theme park days. Buying the Salute tickets with the Water Park option or both the Park Hopper and Water Park option together would allow you to extend your vacation by up to 4 days by using the Water Park Fun and More options on these tickets.
There are other ticket options that are also available to fit other vacation lengths. These are the Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets and the Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes.
The Regular Military Discounted Magic Your Way Tickets are identical to the tickets offered to the general public, but at a slight discount to the military through Base Ticket Offices. They come in 1 to 10-Day lengths, in base, Hopper and Hopper Plus options. You will only save 4% to 8 % off of the gate price based upon length and options when using these tickets.
The Shades of Green Stars and Stripes Passes are sold exclusively by the Ticket Office at Shades of Green (WDW’s military only resort) only to those staying at hotels and resorts on Disney World property. The Stars and Stripes Passes come in 2 to 10 day lengths and include the Hopper and Water Park options. These passes are purchased for a set number of days and expire 1 day after their length, for example a 5-Day Stars and Stripes Pass expires 6 days after purchase.”
Best tip for those who don’t mind waiting in long lines: “Remember the early days at Disney — standing out in the sun, weaving back and forth between the chains, while waiting to get on your favorite attractions?
Well thanks to interactive queues and FastPass+, that’s hardly a concern anymore! Disney has certainly figured out how to help guests pack the most into their day, and we are ever so glad they did! Fastpass+ allows you to pre-book three experiences a day, so you can have guaranteed seating at a show or bypass the lengthy lines.
However, FastPasses can book up (and do, quickly) for the most popular attractions, leaving the only option for riding the Standby queue (regular line, in non-Disney speak.) While there are some attractions we wouldn’t necessarily recommend waiting a long time for (sorry, Journey Into the Imagination), there are some that we feel are certainly worth the wait!
Located in Epcot’s The Land pavilion, Soarin’ takes you on a hang-glider journey you’ll never forget! You’ll “soar” over famous icons around the globe, such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, and the Eiffel Tower. When you think about it, an hour isn’t very long when you get to see this much of the world!
Soarin’ has been a fan-favorite ever since its Epcot debut in 2005, where it was simply Soarin’ and the views were exclusively from California. In 2016, the attraction was re-imagined into its current version, featuring worldwide travel. The attraction is incredibly realistic — you will really be 40+ feet in the air and able to feel the wind and smell the scenery around you!”
Best tip for those who are considering park hopping: “As much as it pains me to say this since I love Park Hopping, but if you’re on a budget, it might be wise to skip it–depending upon what park ticket discounts are available when you book. It’s tempting to upgrade to the Park Hopper tickets because they usually aren’t that much more, but if you aren’t going to Park Hop much, it’s still a waste. Plus, for your family, the “small” cost of Park Hoppers does add up quickly, and you might be able to save $250 or more simply by skipping the Park Hopper option.
Determine whether this is something you need or can drop in our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. If we were not Annual Passholders, Park Hopping is not something we could live without, but your mileage may vary on that. We like to stay in the park that is open latest, and that usually means hopping to that park towards the end of the day. For us, it would unquestionably be worth the extra cost, even if on a budget, and even if that meant sacrificing something else.
Many guests, especially those with young kids, aren’t staying late at night anyway, and calling it an early night rather than park hopping to the one that’s open latest each night isn’t going to be a big deal to them. If you are on a tight budget, consider how important Park Hopping is to you, and whether you can do without it.”
Best tip for those looking for good food at Disney: “The Walt Disney World resort has announced its latest ‘Free Dining Plan’ travel package options and this year they’re perfect for your summer vacation. The resort wants you to visit in the summer before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens and is hoping the free dining plan package is the cheese that will get you to come.
The Free Dining Plan is available to guests booking a non-discounted 5-night/6-day Disney World vacation package that includes a room at select Disney Resorts and a minimum 4-day ticket with a Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Option.
Book now through February 10, 2019 for arrivals most nights July 5 through September 30, 2019.”