Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World has been a popular tourist attraction for children and adults of all ages. Located in Central Florida between Orlando and Kissimmee, Disney World is one of the largest theme parks in the world, which means that making a trip there requires a little preparation. Whether it’s your first time at the Magic Kingdom or you’re coming back again for more fun, learning a few basic Walt Disney World travel tips will help you get the most out of your Disney World experience.
Planning Your Trip
When planning your trip to Walt Disney World, keep in mind how the time of year you decide to go will affect your trip. The best times to go are during off-peak times of the year when the rates are cheaper, the park is less crowded and the weather is not so hot. Off-peak times include the first two weeks in December, January through mid February and the end of August to the first week in October. In the summer, Disney World is often crowded and the weather in Orlando can be extremely hot. Prices are highest around holidays, such as Christmas and Easter.
Once you’ve decided when to go, start looking for deals on tickets. Many Orlando hotels offer package deals, which include discount park tickets. Buying multiple day passes is another way to save money. Multiple day passes will also allow you to experience other Disney parks in addition to The Magic Kingdom, such as Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Check Walt Disney World’s website and the websites of hotels in the area to see what discounts are available.
At The Park
When you get to the park, make sure you have a plan of action. Disney World is big, and there is a lot to see and do, so a little planning will help make your day go smoothly. Once inside the park, make sure to grab a park map. Take a few minutes to look over the map, and mark the rides and attractions you’d like to experience. This will save you time and energy, and you won’t spend the day crisscrossing the park until your feet ache. The map also lists all the places to eat inside the Magic Kingdom, from spots to get a quick snack to sit-down dining establishments. Make note of these as well in case you get hungry.
To avoid waiting in long lines for rides, take advantage of Walt Disney World’s Fastpass system whenever it’s available. Look for the Fastpass sign near the entrance to rides. A clock at the Fastpass distribution station will tell you how long you have to wait to get on the ride. Then you simply get a Fastpass ticket with that time stamped on it, and return when it’s time to go straight in without waiting. If you’re savvy, you can stagger your Fastpasses just right so you can go straight from one ride to another without ever having to stand in line.
If you’re parking your car at Walt Disney World, make sure to write down the name and number of the section you parked in. At the end of a long day, you may not remember whether you parked in Minnie 28 or Mickey 22. Also, sunscreen is essential in Florida, so bring some with you to apply periodically throughout the day. Comfortable shoes are also a must. If it’s a sunny time of year, bring a hat to avoid baking in the sun.
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