Visiting Disney World is a trip of a lifetime. Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, knowing essential Disney World tips for saving time and money will make your Walt Disney World adventure more memorable.
From getting around, saving money, eating Disney snacks, and making the most of your time in the park can take a few trips to learn. Luckily, we Disney nerds have done all the hard work and research for you. (Yes, you read that right. Many days of daunting visits to Disney World. Hard work figuring out the most effective Disney World tips for you.) Giving you and your family the best insights so you can have the best Disney World experience ever!
Here are 8 Disney World tips for having the best time ever
1. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
After a long awaited wait, the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and its premiere attraction, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, are both now open at Walt Disney World. Be aware though, these are the most in-demand attractions at Disney World. Being able to experience these attractions without it eating up your entire day requires a bit of planning.
Luckily, we have a guide Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue. Which contains great Disney World tips for getting the most out of this attraction.
2. Disney Memory Maker
So you’ve planned your trip to Disney World. What about capturing the memories with your family? This is where the Disney Memory Maker comes in as one of the most handy Disney World tips. Don’t know what this is, it’s essentially a way to have a Disney photographer take fun photos of you at key locations throughout the park.
3. FREE Drink Refills
Probably the most unknown of the Disney World tips is about getting free drink refills throughout the park. Yes, you heard us nerds right.
Essentially, from all the running around, you’re going to get parched. In the parks you can bring your souvenir cup to drink refill stations inside the Be Our Guest Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Sunshine Seasons and Electric Umbrella at Epcot, Restaurantosaurus & Satu’li Canteen in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Also, if you’re a member of the Disney Dining Plan you are allowed to order a large fountain drink at counter service restaurants. Typically you are automatically given the regular size.
4. FREE Disney World restaurant strategy
It’s happened more than once. We show up in Disney World, show up at the door of one of our favorite Disney World restaurants, only to find out they are fully booked. Not one table left to make a reservation!
5. Simplify your wait times with Disney MagicBands
If you haven’t been to Disney World in a while, then the whole concept of Disney MagicBands may be new to you. In short, Disney MagicBands are roughly the same size as a watch, and were created by Disney as a way to dramatically improve your experience at Walt Disney World. Essentially, you use your MagicBand to streamline your wait times via FastPasses and manage all other parts of your experiences in the park.
Interestingly, MagicBands are not only mini-fashion statements they’re becoming highly collectable. As you can purchase them in many different patterns, themes, character designs, and patterns.
While not the most secret of these Disney World tips. Using a MagicBand can not only simplify your wait times, but also open you rooms, and well… be a highly collected item. Read our review of Disney MagicBands here.
6. Save Time by Riding the Disney Skyliner
Save a TON of time by taking advantage of the Disney Skyliner. Want to enter the park not a minute after opening? Then leave your hotel room 30 minutes before and jump on the Disney Skyliner.
However, the Disney Skyliner is only accessed easily from certain locations.
7. Save money when you book a Disney World vacation
With most things in life, buying things in a package usually equals money savings. However, this is not the case with Disney World. An essential Disney World tip is to book your hotel and park tickets separately. But always double check. In most cases booking your hotel and park tickets separately will save you money.
8. Set an itinerary
There are a TON of things to do in Disney World.
Literally, you could spend weeks and even months in Disney World and not to do or see the same thing twice. It’s epic. With that in mind, we recommend not showing up to Disney World without a plan of action. That last thing you want is to wait in lines at attractions for 50% of your day. Disney World requires a game plan of fun!
We nerds recommend doing some research about what attractions you want to see, what restaurants you want to reserve tables at, best times to see attractions, and where in the park you can find intriguing Disney snacks.
Final thought on Disney World Tips
As you have read, the key to having a great experience at Disney World is to plan ahead and utilize a few apps and tools ahead of time. Sometimes weeks before you even leave for your Disney vacation.
While it may seem like a lot to think about, you’ll have fun as you become more familiar with all the hidden gems inside Disney World. From the new Rise Against the Resistance, highly sought after Disney snacks such as the Mickey Pretzel and Citrus Squeeze, plus other new attractions Disney has up their sleeves.
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Us nerds love to book a reservation at a different restaurant every night of our trip. It’ll make your experience at the park all that much more memorable.
We hope you enjoyed these Disney World tips. Keep checking back, because we’ll be updating these Disney World tips for you every so often when we uncover a new one.