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Jimmie is a retired school teacher from Texas, who has been going to Disney World for 25 years. He has experience in taking large groups to Disney, in addition to taking his own children and grandchildren. Jimmie and his wife Rhonda make annual trips to Disney World, Disneyland, and sail on the Disney Cruise Line.

10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Magic Kingdom Parade

3. Parades At the Magic Kingdom, consider watching the parades from back in Frontierland.  The crowds are much thinner back there and as a bonus, sometimes the parade will start from the back of the park, allowing you to resume riding attractions sooner.  

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Disney Park App

2. Dining reservations If you were unable to get reservations (ADR) to the restaurant of your choice, you might still get in. As your trip nears, keep checking the My Disney Experience website or app.  Due to no show penalties, guests cancel reservations all the time.  Or, ask the hostess/host if they have had any cancellations, and sometimes you’ll be ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Grand Floridian

10. Resort hopping Not everything at Disney World has to cost you lots of money. If you would like a great activity that is inexpensive, try resort hopping! If you stay on property, then you have unlimited access to all the Disney resorts. All the resorts are unique, and it’s worth checking out each hotel’s lobby or eating in one ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Illuminations

4. Illuminations Every night at Epcot, the day concludes with the spectacular Illuminations laser, light and fireworks show.  If you are not in a hurry to leave after the show, watch from the back of the park in World Showcase.  Afterwards, gently stroll back to the front of the park, enjoying the lights and atmosphere.  Take advantage of Photopass photographers ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Kidcot

5. Kids Epcot has always been considered more of an adult park, with its themes of history, science and technology.  Over the years, the park has become more kid-friendly.  In World Showcase, the kids can collect stamps for every country visited. The Kidcot stations at each country are wonderful. Friendly cast members help kids make their own souvenirs, and with ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Boardwalk Inn

6. Epcot dining tip If you don’t mind leaving the park for a little while, head out the International Gateway (between the UK and France) and go over to the Boardwalk area. There are a lot of great dining options at the surrounding hotels.  Some of my favorites are Flying Fish at the Boardwalk, Fountain at the Dolphin and Beaches ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Jedi Training Academy

7. Star Wars Are you visiting Disney World with a Star Wars fan between the ages of 4 and 12? Then Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a must do on your next trip. This show lets young Padawans dress in a Jedi robe, wield a lightsaber, and face off against villains like Darth Vader. Sign-ups open up right when ...

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

bellhop Tower Of Terror

8. Nighttime Several attractions around Disney World are a completely different experience at night. Darkness can add a “scary” effect. These include Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Splash Mountain, 7 Dwarfs Mine Train and Astro Orbiter.  Photo credit Disney  

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Cast Member Buttons

9. Celebrations If you are celebrating anything during your trip, be sure to stop by Guest Services and pick up a celebration button to wear. Possibilities include birthdays, anniversaries, first trip, just married, etc. You will be surprised how many cast members and guests will congratulate you!

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10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet You Haven’t Heard

Magic Kingdom Sign

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World?  Is this your first time or maybe first in a long while?  Planning a trip to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” can be overwhelming.  It’s always helpful to get advice from veteran Disney travelers.   After more trips than I can count, here are 10 Tips From a Disney Expert We Bet ...

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