I posted a quick recap last week of my family vacation to Disney World and Cynthia from Cindy’s Creative Corner, asked if I would post my tips and tricks to Disney. Keep in mind that this was my first trip to Disney but my older sister has taken her kids a few times. So, without further ado, here is a complied list of our tips and tricks to making the most of your Disney vacation.
- Off-season. Planning your vacation during the off-season will mean fewer people and less waiting for rides. The best times to go to Disney are mid November through mid December, excluding the week of vacation; the second week of January through mid February; the first three weeks of May and late August through all of September.
- Timing. We had the most fun on the days that we slept late and didn’t get to the park until around 4 or 5pm. Most days, the parks are open until midnight or later. By going later, most people have already left, making the lines shorter. The downside is, depending on the time of year you go, the later it gets, the colder it gets so keep that in mind.
- Pack food. One of the greatest parts of Disney is that they allow you to bring food and drinks into the park! This saved us a ton of money! By bringing a backpack full of sandwiches, snacks and water, we didn’t have to pay the outrageous prices at the park. Also, keep in mind that the vendor will give you a cup of ice water for free.
- Plan! It’s easy to get overwhelmed because of the many options Disney provides. I suggest looking at each individual park and planning carefully. You don’t want to be walking from one end of the park to the next 5 times in a few hours. You’ll be exhausted and grumpy.
- Fast Pass. If you know there are a couple rides that you have to ride, use the Fast Pass option! You can choose 3 each day and this will allow you to jump to the front of the line. You may still wait but 10-15 minutes is better than 55 minutes.
- Dress appropriately. Choosing weather appropriate clothes is obvious but make sure to wear comfortable footwear! My sister and I bot have Fitbits and we clocked 10 miles a day, on easy days!
- Stay off property. If you want a way to cut costs, stay off property for your hotel. A lot of the hotels in the area offer shuttles to Disney in order to avoid the parking cost. I’m not sure if they charge for the shuttle however.
- Rest! We took a rest day and went to see Hope and Winter at Clearwater Marine Aquarium and spent some time at the beach. It was definitely helpful to recharge everyone and we were ready for the next few days at the park.
I hope this is helpful for anyone planning a trip to Disney in the near future. If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.