10 Things You Might Not Know About Planning a Trip to Disney World

10 Things You Might Not Know About Planning a Trip to Disney World

10 Things You Might Not Know About Planning a Trip To Disney World

Snow White at Disney World

1.      Disney World is big.  Really big.  There are 4 main parks, 2 water parks, 32 resorts, over 100 restaurants, and over 130 attractions.  It has its own transportation system.  There are a lot of aspects to consider in your planning.

2.       The sit-down restaurants are very popular and some book up the morning that reservations first become available for your dates.  In fact, reservations open 180 days in advance.  Do be sure to reserve all of your dining early in your planning.

3.       There’s a lot more here than the rides.  Fine dining, fireworks cruises, princess makeovers, parades, firework spectaculars, shows, tea parties, character meetings…the list goes on and on. Your trip can be extra magical by planning for more than just rides.

4.       You don’t have to wait in long lines.  You just have to know how to avoid them. (More on that in a bit).

5.       Your vacation package can be changed up until 45 days before you travel, meaning that if Disney releases a new discount, it’s possible that you can get it applied to your existing reservation.

6.       It’s a LOT of walking…even preschool aged children may benefit from a stroller…heck, even kindergarten aged kids!  Disney’s strollers are NOT always the best option, though… there are some better places to rent through.

7.       There are three levels of dining plan: Quick Service, Standard and Deluxe.  Be sure that the one you are booking is the right kind for you – price may not be the only factor in that. 

8.       You may need more days than you think!  You could stay at Disney World for a month and still likely not do every single thing that is offered.  5 park days is the absolute minimum I recommend.  If you want a little relaxation thrown in, some non park days thrown in the mix can be really nice.

9.       There are many seasons at Disney World, pricing wise and crowd wise.  School breaks are always the most crowded and most expensive.  If you can manage to go sometime other than these breaks, you’ll find it a little easier on your wallet.

10.   It takes many, many hours of research to plan a really smooth, enjoyable Disney World experience.  Or, you can have a Disney expert take care of all of it for you!

Remember how I mentioned not having to wait in long lines?  Just one of the things I do for my clients is creating entirely customized park touring plans to help them avoid the long lines.  And all the rest on this list?  I take care of that, too.  It’s common to think that it’s “just Disney World” when you first come up with the idea to visit.  But if the sheer volume of information starts to get overwhelming and too time consuming, the entire experience can be easier and more magical by having a professional take care of you and your family.  Feel free to contact me for more information!

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    Disney World Transportation: How Do I Get Around?

    Disney World Transportation: How Do I Get Around?

    Disney World Transportation: How Do I Get Around?

    Disney World monorail

    photo by Tanya Saul

    If you are staying on property at the Walt Disney World resort, there are many transportation options available to you.  Let’s take a look at how you can get from here, to there, anywhere inside this giant resort!

     

    Disney World By Bus

    This is the most popular form of transportation in the parks.  A bus system circles the entire complex, with dedicated buses for each resort that go to each park and Downtown Disney.  In front of your resort there is a bus stop.  Simply wait at the bus stop for the bus that shows your destination on it’s reader board on the front.  Hop on board and away you go!  When you want to return, head outside the park to the bus terminal, and look at the sign for which waiting area is for your resort.  Go to that waiting area and wait for a bus marked with your resort to pick you up.  The buses run on a regular schedule and tend to come approximately every 20 minutes.

     

    Disney World By Monorail

    There are 2 parks and 3 resorts on the Monorail line.  The resorts in clued the Contemporary, the Polynesian and the Grand Floridian.  If you happen to be staying in one of these fine resorts, you’ll be able to take the monorail to either Magic Kingdom or Epcot (via a transfer at the Ticket and Transportation Center).  If you are not staying in these resorts, but plan to visit one of them for a special meal or just for fun, you’ll be able to enjoy the monorail coming from Magic Kingdom.

    The monorail also has a line from the Ticket and Transportation Center.  If you are staying off the property or are parking a car in the parking lot here, you’ll be able to ride the monorail from this stop into the Magic Kingdom.

     

    Disney World By Boat

    There are several boat options throughout Walt Disney World.  From the Ticket and Transportation Center, you can take a Ferry across the lake and to the Magic Kingdom.  If you are staying at the 3 resorts on the monorail loop, or you are staying at the nearby Wilderness Lodge or Fort Wilderness Resort and Campgrounds, you can also take a “Friendship Boat” (much smaller than the ferry) to the Magic Kingdom and back.

    At the Boardwalk area resorts, including Boardwalk, Beach Club and Yacht Club, you can take a Friendship Boat to Epcot or to Hollywood Studios.

    If you are staying at Port Orleans Riverside, Port Orleans French Quarter, Old Key West or Saratoga Springs, you can also take a boat to Downtown Disney.

     

    By Rental Car

    If you’d rather drive yourself from place to place, you can rent a car.  If you are staying on property, parking is free at both the resorts and the parks.

     

    By Taxi

    Sometimes it’s easier to get somewhere fast via Taxi.  For example, traveling from resort to resort does not normally have a direct bus route.  If you are staying at the Beach Club but want to have breakfast at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary resort, you would have to take a bus to a theme park, followed by a bus to the Contemporary.  This can take a while, and may be impossible early in the morning before the buses are up and running.  In this case, taking a Taxi would take just minutes and be your best option.

    MEARS is the official taxi provider for Disney World and can be contacted at   407-699-9999.

     

    As you can see, there are plenty of transportation options once you are inside of Walt Disney World.  Many people opt out of a rental car, saving money, because it’s so easy to get around for free!

     

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