Here are my Top Tips for visiting Walt Disney World! Of course there are so many more tips throughout this website, so please feel free to scroll through some of the past articles or do a search for something specific!
BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS
Bring your own drinks into the park. Disney allows food and beverages (no glass bottles or alcohol) into the theme parks. You are allowed a soft sided cooler smaller than 24”L x 15”W x 18”H in the parks. We fill ours with cans of soda and juice boxes. Two large soft drinks at the Parks will run you around the $6.00 mark. At my local Walmart I can purchase a 24 pack of soda for around $6.00. That is a lot of money saved by just bringing your own beverages in the park.
WATER & ICE ARE FREE
Water and Ice are free! You can go to any counter service location and ask for an Ice Water and/or Ice and they will give you a standard size cup, lid and straw for free! We like to bring our own soda (see above) ask for free ice, pour the ice into our refillable resort mugs and enjoy our cool beverages in the parks. I have found by pouring the ice into your refillable resort mug, the ice doesn’t melt as fast on a hot Florida day!
BRING ZIPLOC BAGS
Put all of your personal belongings in a Ziploc bag inside of your purse or backpack. At Walt Disney World you never know when you will be getting wet! Keeping cell phones and money inside a Ziploc bag keeps things nice and dry. It also keeps bags much more organized throughout the day!
BRING BABY WIPES
Bring baby wipes. Children or not, I always recommend having some baby wipes stashed in your bag at Walt Disney World. Things get sticky in the Florida sun and it is much easier to grab a wipe out of your bag then head to the bathroom every time you could use a good cleaning!
BRING CHEWING GUM
Bring chewing gum from home. You will not find any gum being sold on Walt Disney World Property. If you need something to chew on its BYOG – bring your own gum.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE, HEAD TO YOUR LOCAL DOLLAR STORE
Save yourself some money and buy glow sticks from your local dollar store before you head on vacation. Your child will be thrilled to have something that lights up for the parades! They are pretty pricey inside the park!
USE A STROLLER
I always suggest, no matter the age, if your child can fit into a stroller bring it! Little legs, heck and big ones too, get tired out so quickly at Disney. It’s great to have when they do tucker out. I also like the stroller to dump all of my bags in. I don’t carry anything around the parks; it is all in the bottom of my stroller. Disney has designated stroller parking outside of almost every attraction. So if your little one does want to walk for awhile, you can leave it parked. I personally have never had any problem with stroller tampering of any kind. Once in a while a Cast Member will move it to a nearby location just to tidy up the area.
SPOT YOUR STROLLER FASTER
Make your stroller easy to spot. If and when you do take advantage of the stroller parking, make it easy on yourself to identify your stroller. Try tying a bandana or a balloon on it so you can spot it quickly!
RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST
Make dinner reservations! Sometimes when checking in at restaurants I overhear people getting very upset that the restaurant is booked up. You can make dining reservation 180 days in advance! Disney dining is a huge part of a lot of people’s vacations and the good places get booked up quick! Make reservations or don’t be mad when you can’t get in.
TRY, TRY AGAIN
If you cannot get a reservation try, try again! Disney World vacations have to be paid in full 45 days prior to travel. Unfortunately, lots of families have to cancel their trips due to financial reasons or other events that came up, therefore their dining reservations also get canceled- opening up a spot for you. Keep Calling!
USE YOUR MANNERS
Be polite! There is a lot of Disney magic at Walt Disney World flying around but there is also the hot Florida heat, crowds and tired kids. We all get it. No need to be rude because of it. Please and thank you can get you a long way!
BE SMART, BE SAFE
If you are traveling with small children and they are in that in-between stage where they don’t want to sit in a stroller but aren’t big on holding hands invest in some SafetyTats. They are a great company, I have personally used them! SaftyTats are a temporary tattoo that has your contact info on them if your child gets lost. They also make them for food allergies.
TELL CAST MEMBERS YOU ARE CELEBRATING
If you are celebrating your birthday make sure you let everyone know! You may receive special attention, including a birthday cupcake at dinner.
HAVE A PHOTOPASS PHOTOGRAGHER TAKE FAMILY PICTURES
Even if you did not purchase the Photopass CD or any of the pictures they put on your card you can have the Photographer take a picture with your iPhone and/or personal camera! So everyone gets to be in the picture
PACK AN EXTRA OUTFIT FOR YOUR KIDS
You never know when an ice cream bar is going to explode all over your child’s clothes. So pack and extra outfit in a ziplock bag and put it in your day bag. That way the pictures wont all be stained with ice cream too!
IF YOUR HOTEL ROOM DOES NOT HAVE A REFRIGERATOR PACK YOUR SINK DOWN WITH ICE
Drinks are pricey in the parks. If the hotel room doesn’t have a fridge pack your sink down with ice and put some drinks in to cool over night. The drinks will be cool by morning and then you can rinse the melted ice right now the sink before tooth brushing time!