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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.

Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Castle, Boat, Monorail

2) Park tips There are two important things to do to assure you experience shorter waits and more attractions and shows. You should do one or both every day you enter the parks. First, arrive early! Most guests are unwilling to get up early on vacation. You will experience short lines and cooler temps at park opening, for at least ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Wilderness Lodge

1) Stay with Disney Having stayed both offsite (in Kissimmee) and onsite (multiple Disney hotels), my first and best tip is to stay at a Disney hotel. You gain several advantages including: Extra Magic Hours before and after regular park hours, transportation to and from everything Disney has to offer and proximity to the theme parks, some within walking distance. ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Cinderella Castle Main St. USA

When I was a youngster, the idea of a Disney vacation was never discussed by my family. In 1990, I took my high school band, for which I was the director. We participated in Disney’s Magic Music Days by playing a concert in the Magic Kingdom. Because I was in charge of about 100 people, I did not get much ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Disney World Photo Pass

10) Photopass Wouldn’t you like to return home with dozens (maybe hundreds!) of pictures from your vacation, all of them taken by a professional Disney photographer? You can if you purchase Disney’s Memory Maker or Photopass service. Photographers are stationed throughout the four theme parks to take your family’s picture in front of icons like Cinderella Castle, Spaceship Earth and ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

My Disney Experience - Your Personal Planner For Your Disney Itinerary

9) My Disney Experience Once you’ve booked your trip, set up a personal account at www.mydisneyexperience.com. Here you can view all your reservations, book dining reservations, make fastpasses and more. It’s a “one stop shop” for all your vacation plans!

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Festival Of Fantasy Parade

8) Parades and Fireworks Most every night, one or more of the Disney parks offers a parade and/or fireworks or nighttime spectacular. Don’t miss Wishes at the Magic Kingdom, Illuminations at Epcot, Fantasmic at the Disney Studios and others. These are likely to be the highlight of your trip!

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Food and Wine Festival

7) Special events Throughout the year, Disney schedules additional events that are fun for the whole family. These include: Marathon Weekend in January, the Flower and Garden Festival in the spring, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and the Food and Wine Festival in the fall and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Christmas time. Consider adding these events to ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Tomorrowland

6) How long to stay? Recently, a colleague asked me about planning a trip to Disney World for his family. “Three or four days should be enough, right?” he asked me. I tried to be sensitive to any budget issues they might have, but I told him that would require some tough choices. Here’s my advice when considering your length ...

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Top 10 Tips from an Experienced Disney World-goer

Magic Kingdom Parade

5) Understand the calendar Disney World is extremely popular and crowded much of the year. Basically, if school is out, the parks are crowded. Don’t let that scare you off! Disney is great at handling crowds. However, the times of the year with the lowest crowds include January (after marathon weekend), February (except for President’s Day weekend), May, September and ...

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