Being an avid Disney fan, I’ve been to the parks a few times. It really is pretty magical. That being said though, I’ve definitely had my fair share of hiccups. Here are some tips and tricks to survive your trip to Disney!
WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHES
I know this seems like a no brainer, but I can’t tell you a time where I’ve been going into Disney and thought my clothes were comfortable and they WEREN’T. I’m not saying that you need to wear workout gear and nothing else, it’s just that you’re going to be doing a lot of sitting, getting wet, having to dry off, and there will be a lot of standing around… You need comfortable clothes and most importantly comfortable shoes that you’ve had for a while. You don’t want to be breaking in a new pair of “comfortable shoes” while you’re spending 10+ hours in an amusement park.
BRING A CHANGE OF CLOTHES
I know this seems silly, but I’ve been soaked to the bone on some of Disney’s rides and having to dry off after the fact is not fun. However, I’ve learned to keep a change of clothing in the backpack I carry around so I can do a quick wardrobe change if I’ve gotten too wet to dry off in an hour or so.
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS
Yes, you can bring food and drinks into Disney World. I know right? #gamechanger However, you can’t bring in anything alcoholic or anything in a glass container. So do keep that in mind when you’re packing your cooler for the day. There’s absolutely no reason to pay the crazy prices that come along with all the mouse themed foods. Make sure to save your money for souvenirs or food that you really want to try **COUGH COUGH** dole whip.
IF YOU GET HOT OR TIRED…GO SEE A SHOW
I cannot stress this enough. STAY HYDRATED and STAY COOL. It’s so easy to overheat in an amusement park. You are so busy that you don’t stop for food or water for hours. We’ve all been there… but seriously, if you get hot or tired, hop into a show or sit down somewhere and cool off with some water.
IF YOU CAN…GET DISNEY FAST PASSES
These little guys are LIFESAVERS! Get them for the most popular rides that you know are going to have lines out the wazoo. You can also do this by planning out what time of day you’re going to be in which section of the park and time your fast passes for whenever you’re going to be in that section of the park.
If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can start booking your fast passes 60 days in advance. If you are staying off-site, you can make your fast pass reservations 30 days from your trip. We HIGHLY recommend you book them ASAP. When Courtney went in October, she stayed off-site and all the fast passes for the more popular rides (i.e. Seven Dwarfs Mine ride, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Avatar Flight of Passage) were gone.
RIDE RIDES DURING THE PARADES
Unless it’s an end all be all parade that you absolutely cannot miss for any reason…skip it. It’s crowded and unless you line up SUPER early, you’re not getting a good view. Use this time to ride all the popular rides instead. I’m telling you, we walked straight onto every single ride that had hour-long waits earlier in the day. Some we even got to ride 3-4 times because no one was there!
PARK HOPPER ISN’T ALWAYS WORTH IT
Unless you have a huge group going with you, there is more than enough entertainment in each park to last you 10+ hours. Plan out your day so that you get to see and do as much as you can within one park (make sure you look up events and their times so you can plan accordingly). Then do this for each subsequent park and you’ll have no need for park hopper passes!
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