Resist the urge to see everything at breakneck speed, and take time to enjoy the many amenities provided by your resort. You can’t possibly see everything, so think of this as your first trip to Disney not your final. There’ll be time to pick up what you missed on the next go-round.
Think ahead. Decide your priorities before your holiday begins and plan out every day beforehand. Get to the parks early! It is amazing, particularly in busy season, how many of the popular rides you can knock off before half the”World” gets out of bed.
Plan to get a rest in the middle of the day especially if you have kids in tow or the parks are open late. Stay at one of the Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts, allowing an easy return to your resort in the middle of the day for a rest or a plunge in the pool.
Tips For Disney World First-Timers
Call or go online just 180 days prior at 7:00 a.m. Orlando period (Eastern time) for dining bookings if a meal in Cinderella’s Royal Table or Be Our Guest at the Magic Kingdom is tops on your list. You might get away with sleeping in and booking a bit later but just when traveling during extremely slow seasons. If you’re caught unprepared just about every store in the parks sells inexpensive rain ponchos.
Arrive at the water parks at opening time in case a sofa chair is a priority, or, better yet, pre-reserve among the private cabanas or superior beach chair area. And keep in mind that in the summer months, water parks are occasionally filled with power by mid-morning with fresh guests kept from entering until late afternoon.
Use Disney’s FastPass+® choice which enables up to three FastPass+ attractions per day to be pre-reserved 60 days before arrival. Make Advance Dining Reservations, especially in the busier times annually (visit the Dining In Style at Walt Disney World Resort chapter for a more detailed explanation), to save hours of frustration and waiting.
Allow lots of time to accomplish the theme parks every morning. It’s easy to miss your breakfast bookings when enough time has not been allocated. Be spontaneous. If something catches your attention, even if it’s not on your daily list of things to do, then be prepared to stop and explore or else you will miss something wonderful.
Be attuned to the limitations of your children. If they are tired have a break; if their feet hurt get them a stroller (forget that they outgrew one years ago); in case a ride appears scary to them do not force the issue. It’ll definitely make your day and the day of other park guests less stressful. Better yet, bring several pairs and rotate them. Nothing is worse than getting blisters on your first day and then having to nurse them for the remainder of your vacation.