5 Disney Vacation Tips & Tricks from a Disney Nerd

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Navigating around Walt Disney World is a challenge. Planning the ideal day is also pretty challenging, especially when you don’t know where to start or how to maximize every minute you spend there. I’ve been around that proverbial block a few times and now that I work at Disney (which is one of the coolest things I now get to say!) I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to share with you folks today.

1.) It’s Not Just the Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World is comprised of four theme parks, two water parks, golf courses, mini golf courses, and Downtown Disney Disney Springs, which is a newly renovated shopping and dining area for the family. It can be confusing to narrow down what exactly you want to do during your trip, so start researching. Disney provides a helpful mobile app called My Disney Experience, where you can make Fastpasses, learn more about the parks, and so many other options. And if you want to see the castle, go to the Magic Kingdom.

2.) Stay Later
Some of the best times and memories happen at night. Stay for the second showing of the nighttime parade- it’s practically deserted- catch Splash Mountain or Thunder Mountain near park closing- they’re usually walk-ons. If your party is up for the adventure, stay late at the parks!

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3.) Don’t Be That Guy
Disney has a safety spiel on many attractions: no flash photography or video lighting, please keep your hands, arms, feet, and legs inside, and stay clear of the doors. These are so everyone stays safe and enjoys their experience. As far as flash photography is concerned, many dark rides and nighttime firework shows or parades (such as my favorite, the Main Street Electrical Parade) can’t be captured with flash, or even without it. Grab a flash-less picture or two, but make sure you’re in the moment to remember it fully.

4.) Prioritize
It’s impossible to fit every attraction, ride, and show into a four or five day (let alone two!) trip to Walt Disney World. Knowing your “must-dos” before you step foot into any park saves time and stress. Even if there is a plan, however, don’t be afraid to deviate from it and try something new or different if the opportunity arises.

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5.) Show Grace
Be kind to the people who cut in front of you on Main Street, to the mother with the crying child in an attraction, to your cranky kids/husband/sister, and to anyone you encounter at Disney. Keep the magic alive for you and everyone you come by. And please, please don’t take your anger out on the Cast Members. We’re there for you and can help.

I hope you have a magical trip to Walt Disney World! Do you have any tips or tricks that you’ve learned while at Disney? If so, share below in the comments!

Have a magical day.

Quote of the day: “We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.”
-Walt Disney

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