There is always something new to learn about Disney and great ideas to pass along to other fellow travelers. Since I have only been to Walt Disney World, these are largely based for those parks, but most tips are universal. Here are a few I’ve gleaned over the years:
Before you get inside the parks
- Rainy days can still be wonderful park days. Lots of people will veto park visits on gloomy days in favor of staying indoors, but that can be a great advantage for you. Shorter wait times are common and most rides are indoors, so there is still plenty to see.
- Pack light. If you can fit your camera and phone into your pocket, you can bypass the security bag checks before entering the park. This probably won’t work for families with small children, but great for older groups.
- Hopefully before your trip, you downloaded and became familiar with the free My Disney Experience app on your phone. This will update you during the way on ride wait times, character meet and greets, and even let you make restaurant reservations.
- Sync your app with your Disney reservations and secure Fastpasses up to 60 days before arrival. This helps guarantee you’ll get to experience the most popular rides.
Inside the parks
- If you’re celebrating a special occasion like a birthday, head to guest relations for a free birthday button to wear, which gets acknowledged all day by park employees
- Recently, Disney upgraded Fastpass options- after you use your three passes, you may come back for another to use, and then another. Great perk of planning ahead!
- Worried about your phone battery dying? Fear not; there are multiple charging stations located around the park.
- You can make food reservations up to 180 days before your trip and some places book up fast! Ask your travel specialist for recommendations of restaurants- Disney has something for everyone
- Food allergies can be stressful in new places, but Disney is on top of this. Let your server know when you sit down about any concerns you may have and they can help with whatever you need. There are also websites like Allergy Eats with helpful suggestions on safe places for your party member to eat.
- Celebrating a special occasion? Many Disney restaurants can provide cakes (for extra charge) with 72 hrs notice. Prices vary based on size and decor, but can be completely customized