10 Tips to Make Your Disney World Vacation Better

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Disney World can be a lot of fun, but hot weather, long lines, crowds, expensive prices, and other things can all put a damper on your vacation. The next time you head to the Disney World parks, keep the following tricks and tips in mind:

  • Plan to hit the most popular Magic Kingdom rides during the parade. The parade is a lot of fun, but if you’ve already seen it or have no interest, this is when lines for other attractions are shortest.
  • During the beginning of the week, most families head to the Magic Kingdom, since this is what kids are most excited to see. The other parks won’t be empty by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ll be less crowded on Monday and Tuesday than the Magic Kingdom.
  • Visit the Animal Kingdom in the morning, and specifically check out the safari ride as soon as it opens. It won’t be as hot and this is when the animals are most active.
  • Be aware of the “Extra Magic Hour” park each day. If you stay at a Disney resort, you can get into one of the parks early each day – but keep in mind that this is typically a more crowded park throughout the day.
  • Disney will send you gorgeous personalized maps of the parks you’re visiting for free. All you have to do is request them via the Disney World website.
  • Bring rain gear. In Florida, there’s usually a short thunderstorm in the afternoon, and depending where you are in the park, there may not be a roof nearby to duck under.
  • Don’t try to plan your Disney experience down to the minute. It’s okay to make a list of the things you want to do, but at Disney World, there are often cool, spontaneous happens, like a character popping out of nowhere to take pictures or a singing group in the streets. Take time to enjoy these little things.
  • Consider purchasing the Disney dining package. If you take the time to make reservations in advance, you can eat at some of the nicer Disney World restaurants for a fraction of the cost this way, as well as avoid having to carry lots of extra cash.
  • Bring two pairs of shows. You will get blisters, no matter how worn-in your shoes may be, so it can be reliving to switch to your second pair for the following day.

For those of you who are new to Disney World traveling, it’s important to understand a few things about ticketing as well. You can read about your ticket options on the Disney World site, but what they don’t tell you is this: there are a lot of scams out there, especially in the Orlando area, where they’ll sell you “discounted” tickets that are actually more than face value, expired, or otherwise unusable. Make sure you’re buying directly from Disney or from an authorized dealer.

Lastly, before leaving on your trip, make sure you purchase travel insurance. While at Disney, if you or a member of your family gets sick or you have to cut the vacation short in any way, travel insurance is invaluable. With travel insurance, you can easily find a doctor, reschedule your trip, and more with little out-of-pocket cost to you. Best of all, it costs next to nothing to insure you Disney vacation, so there’s really no reason not to pick up a travel insurance policy.


This guest post is from Allison from TravelInsurance.org, where you can go for more travel tips and to learn about purchasing travel insurance.

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