Six Quick Tips For First Timers at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world! If you’ve never had the chance to visit The Most Magical Place On Earth, you’re going to want to plan ahead when you do get a chance to go. As an avid Disney-goer, I’m here to share my top tips for making the most of your first trip to Walt Disney World!
6. Download the My Disney Experience app.
The My Disney Experience app will be your best friend on your trip to Walt Disney World! Tasks like checking your dining reservations, looking up wait times for attractions, and finding your way around the parks are all possible with this one helpful tool. Recently Disney has added even more features like in-app ordering for food! Needing a map or itinerary in the parks is a thing of the past, this app covers it all. You can learn more about the app and download it here.
Pro Tip: Download your My Disney Experience app a few weeks before your trip and take the time to get familiar with it. It will save you a lot of time and stress when you do make it to the parks!
5. Comfort is Key When Dressing for Disney.
Did you know Walt Disney World guests will walk an average of ten miles per day while visiting the parks? With all that walking, a comfortable pair of shoes is a must! Aside from great shoes, you’ll want to dress for any type of weather. While Orlando has warm and sunny weather most of the year, they may experience chillier temperatures a few times throughout the year! It can never hurt to pack an extra pair of jeans or shorts just in case the weather doesn’t match up with the forecast.
Pro Tip: Prepare for rain. Instead of being caught purchasing an overpriced poncho in the middle of a downpour, buy these before your trip! You’ll save a some money and if you pack them then you probably won’t need them, amiright? Check out my other Park Bag Essentials here.
4. Take Advantage of Advanced Planning.
Disney allows you to plan different aspects of your trip as your vacation countdown continues! You can book Dining Reservations up to 180 days in advance. Using a Dining Plan? I’ve got tips to make the most of your Dining Plan here! Your Fastpass+ Reservations can be selected 60 days in advance if you have a Disney resort reservation and 30 days in advance if you’re staying off grounds on your trip. Booking your dining and Fastpass+ reservations as early out as possible can help you to snag the more exciting choices! If you’re looking for Fastpass+ suggestions for Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, I’ve got you covered!
Pro Tip: Keep tabs on your current Disney countdown to avoid missing these important windows of time! You’ll be so much happier knowing you got that character dining reservation locked in instead of having to check back for cancellations and a chance to get one.
3. Let Disney Know You’re Celebrating.
There’s always something to celebrate when you’re visiting Disney! Whether it’s your first time visiting, an engagement, an anniversary, or a birthday, they’ve got buttons for everything. Disney loves to celebrate with you, so don’t be shy. Grab yourself a button at a Guest Relations desk and show it off! (Not to mention that these buttons also make pretty great souvenirs!) We had a cool experience happen for my brother’s birthday in Epcot last year. Learn all about it here!
Pro Tip: Make sure your celebration button is visible. You never know when a little extra Disney magic might happen!
2. An Early Start Will Make Your Day.
The early bird gets the worm, and a day at Disney is no exception to this saying! Rope Drop is one of my favorite Disney Park hacks and I cannot suggest it enough. Didn’t book a Fastpass+ reservation for a top ride? No worries, head there for rope drop! Not only will you have a chance to ride more popular attractions with little to no line, but the park will also be the emptiest and less chaotic in the first few hours. My guide to all things Rope Drop and my suggestions for Rope Drop attractions are right here!
Pro Tip: Looking for even lighter crowds? If you’re staying on grounds, you can take advantage of extra magic hours! Plan to make it to the park for rope drop on extra magic hour days for the lightest crowds.
1. Buy Memory Maker for your Vacation.
This is probably my favorite tip for any trip to Walt Disney World. On your vacation you’re going to make lots of memories, so you’ll want to keep every single shot! With Memory Maker you get access to all of your trip photos whether they are group shots, ride photos, or character meet and greets. You can even view these photos almost instantly on the My Disney Experience app! Feel free to download your favorites and share them on Facebook immediately. Disney does a great job of capturing a lot of pictures, so don’t be afraid to ask for more if you’ve got ideas! You can check out my favorite tips for Memory Maker here.
Pro Tip: Order Memory Maker in advance! By ordering it early, you’ll only pay $169 versus ordering it on your trip for $199.
Congratulations on booking your trip to my happy place! Walt Disney World is a blast for kids of all ages, just like Walt Disney always planned. With these tips your trip will have some pretty smooth sailing! If you’re looking for even more Disney Tips to help you plan, feel free to check out my other posts here.