Who doesn’t get excited when planning a trip to Walt Disney World, arguably the happiest place on earth? There is so much to do and see – from the iconic costumes, funny cast members, and splendid colors to the exhilarating parades, incredible fireworks, tasty foods, and breathtaking rides. What’s not to be excited about here?
If you haven’t been to Disney World in the last few years, brace yourself for some immense changes – visiting Disneyland is a whole different game now. There are no more long lines for rides, no using cash at food stands, no misplacing your hotel room keys, and the landscape is more dramatic and fun.
Today, guests reserve their rides in advance, pay for the cotton candy with just one swipe of their bracelets, enter their Disney World hotels with a nifty text message, and have access to a variety of convenient features within the theme park.
Even with these upgrades, visiting this Orlando-based theme park without adequate planning and information can be challenging and overwhelming, especially if you are a first-timer. You have to book in advance and have everything planned out to have a pleasant stay.
Here’s everything you need to know about preparing a trip to Disney World:
Plan Ahead and Do Your Research
Many people visit Disney World without doing any prior planning and this results in a very devastating experience compared to what you could have had if you did a little research. There are so many books and online resources that you can take advantage of.
In addition, if you come across any challenges or need some extra information, you can always call the hotline. The operators are incredibly knowledgeable about anything to do with Disneyland, from booking rides to booking Disney World resorts.
When to Travel to Walt Disney World
Always schedule your trip during the off-peak seasons – it makes a huge difference. During spring break, the theme-pack is crowded and this can greatly affect your vacation experience.
However, during off-peak seasons like between the months of September and November, there are fewer people at the park and the weather is still warm enough for swimming. If you are particularly irritated by overcrowded places, this the best time to visit.
Make Your Reservations in Advance
Ensure you get your Walt Disney World tickets and other reservations at least 6 months in advance.
If it’s your first time going to Disney World, this has probably blown your mind, “Six months?”
But this is very much true – Fast Pass+ tickets and restaurant reservation open six months ahead of time, and the best rides and accommodation fill up quite fast especially during the peak seasons.
So figure out when you want to travel and make your reservations as soon as possible.
Admissions and Ticketing
There are two types of Walt Disney World tickets – single-day and multi-day tickets. Multi-day tickets can last between 2-14 days. You can upgrade your tickets to “park hopper” at a fee, and be allowed to visit several theme parks, water parks, and golf courses in a day.
Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the special offers and discounts that are offered occasionally. More importantly, it is always recommended to have your ticket days before you arrive. It is more convenient this way.
Additionally, ensure that every member of your party has a personalized rubber Disney bracelet if you are planning to stay in Disney’s property throughout your vacation. This will act as the parking ticket, the ride ticket, the FastPass+, the room keys, and many more functions. You can personalize these bands with your name and favorite color online and have it mailed to you.
If you are on a budget, there are plenty of cheap and free fun things to do without admission. These include visiting Disney’s Broadwalk and Disney Springs, riding the monorail, taking a boat ride, and carriage rides.
Getting to Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World and its environs are serviced with the Orlando International Airport. If you had already booked your admissions, you’ll get a free round-trip on Disney’s Magical Express to and from the airport.
Alternatively, you can use taxi services to take you to the theme park and drop you back at the airport at the end of your stay. If you are more of a hands-on person, you can rent a car to use for your Disneyland vacation.
Enjoy the magical world of Walt Disney!