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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

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

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

FastPass

1. Fastpass With so many attractions to choose from, it’s important to pick the right Fastpass reservations for Magic Kingdom. Which Magic Kingdom attractions are worth your FP+ reservations? Which are worth skipping?  According to those who monitor Fastpass times and crowd levels, the top 5 attractions you should use FastPass+ for to avoid long waits in line are: Peter Pan, ...

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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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Top 12 Places to Have Dinner at Walt Disney World Parks

Cobb Salad

8. Brown Derby – Hollywood Studios Representing the original restaurant in Hollywood, this elegant dining location seems almost out of place in a theme park.  It recalls the magic of the bygone era of the silver screen, with caricatures of old-time celebrities decorating the walls.  You definitely must try the Famous Cobb Salad, with finely chopped greens, turkey breast, egg, ...

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Top 12 Places to Have Dinner at Walt Disney World Parks

9. 50’s Primetime Café –  Hollywood Studios This fun restaurant is especially appealing to baby boomers.  It’s 1950s kitsch, with decor straight from your grandmother’s kitchen. Black and white televisions are placed throughout the restaurant, playing clips from 1950s sitcoms.  The menu features good ole comfort food.  Save room for their extensive dessert menu. 

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Top 12 Places to Have Dinner at Walt Disney World Parks

tiffins

10. Tiffins – Animal Kingdom One of Disney’s newest restaurants, the theme of travel can be seen and felt everywhere you look. Hike your way through the rustic front doors to find an enormous map of the globe. There are three elegant dining rooms honoring the spirit of Africa, Asia and some of the world’s most exotic animals.  One of ...

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Top 12 Places to Have Dinner at Walt Disney World Parks

Tusker House Buffet

11. Tusker House – Animal Kingdom One of the most popular character meals, Donald’s Safari Dining offers the opportunity to meet Donald and Daisy Duck along with an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet. Donald’s Safari Dinner is offered starting at 4 p.m. daily.  The restaurant itself is decorated like an African marketplace. Be sure to look (up) for the allusions to Imagineer Joe ...

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