Top 5 Tips on Doing Disney Right 

 Originally Written: August 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on August 14, 2009 by Hanna Trafford

disneworldIf you haven’t visited Disney World yet, chances are that one day – sooner or later – you will. The visit can be a total blast, full of fantastic experiences that everyone will remember or it can be aching feet, throbbing headache and empty wallet.

There is a lot to know before you visit the park – correction – parks. The Walt Disney World Resort includes Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Plus all the shopping, eating, entertainment and water parks.

Here are top 5 tips on how to survive all of that and enjoy the visit:

Top 5 Tips on Doing Disney Right:

1. Deal Hunt: It used to be that you couldn’t really save much on Disney packages, but now, mainly due to the economy, they are bundling all kinds of deals. Check out www.MouseSavers.com – you will find official Disney offers and be able to get to other great discount deals like codes for saving on rental cars.

2. Be Realistic: Chances are that you will be excited about the pending vacation and buying your package ahead of time, you may be tempted to buy the package that includes too much, thinking you can do more than you actually can. Understand that you will not be able to do it all, so rank your priorities and check out TouringPlans.com. Answer some questions and you will get an advice on what package will best suit your needs. There is also a crowd tracker that will show you continuously updated prediction on waiting times for rides.

3. Think Timing: Give the off-season (late fall, early spring) serious thought – you will be able to get lower rates on just about anything. Apparently the best weeks to go are are in early November – crowd-wise and weather-wise. And when you get there, go early. It is a good idea to show up 30 minutes before the park opens – you will be one of the first in and you will have a free rein.

4. Plan it Out: Once you are in the park, head to the rides and attractions that you have put on your “must see” list. The beauty of an early start is that you can take a midday siesta or go back to your hotel for a refreshing swim and return to the park when the temperatures cool down a bit. It is estimated that you will walk 7 to 11 miles a day so be ready for it!

5. If You Have a Toddler, Get the 411: The official Disney site, Disneyworld.disney.go.com, has a planning guide for the little ones. You will know things like – if you are going to rent a stroller, bring a coloured ribbon to tie on yours not to mix it up with all identical others you will see parked at attractions., All the theme parks also have a ride swap program, in which one parent waits with a child who is too young to ride, then gets to hop right on after handing the baby off to the parent who just rode. There are also Baby Care Centres – and they are not for emergencies only. You can think of them as “cool down” rooms, where a family can take a break. You can sit down in a comfortable chair watch Disney movie and relax. Make sure you pick up a “Magical Beginnings” map at any theme park for clearly marked locations of these centres and other targeted information.

Hope you will enjoy your trip to Disney – it is truly an experience to be remembered  and  doing it the easiest way possible will make your memories last forever!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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