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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.

Disney for Dummies – 20 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Disney World Vacation

Magic Kingdom

20. Arriving/going home Here’s a trick Disney veterans use.  Book an early flight on your arrival day and a late flight on your departure day.  You gain two extra days of touring at no extra cost!  And if you stay on-site at Disney World, you can utilize their bus transportation Disney Magical Express to deliver you to and from the airport.

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Disney for Dummies – 20 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Disney World Vacation

Walt Disney World Sign

11.  Understanding Disney World If you are picturing your local Six Flags, think again!  Disney World is like a large city (think San Francisco).  There are 4 major theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), two waterparks, two shopping/dining/nightlife areas (Disney Springs and the Boardwalk), 5 golf courses, mini golf, a campground, 20+ resort hotels, roads, highways, ...

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Disney for Dummies – 20 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Disney World Vacation

Mickey Mouse Tusker House

10.  Character meals Disney characters abound at the parks and even some resorts.  The best and most efficient way to see your favorite characters is at a character meal.  There are many to choose from.  Select your favorite(s) and book with your other dining reservations. 

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Disney for Dummies – 20 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Disney World Vacation

9. Restaurants In most cases, Disney table service restaurants require advanced dining reservations (ADR).  You can book your dining reservations up to 180 days out from your vacation.  The most popular restaurants, such as Be Our Guest and Cinderella’s Royal Table, book up quickly. 

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Disney for Dummies – 20 Tips for Getting the Most out of Your Disney World Vacation

Port Orleans Riverside

5.  Where to stay? Seriously consider staying at a Disney resort hotel.  There are many advantages including: being closer to the parks, extra hours in the parks and free transportation to all Disney World has to offer.  On the other hand, if you are doing more than Disney on your vacation (Sea World, Universal, the beach), staying offsite will be ...

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