Disney World Resort has so much to offer its’ guests. With 4 theme parks, two waterparks, golf course, Downtown Disney and more – what might you be missing out on when you visit? Every time I go I discover something new! Here are a few tips and experiences you don’t want to miss when visiting Disney World Resort!
9. Disney Transportation Can Waste Time
It’s not the travel that takes awhile, it’s the waiting for the bus, boat, or monorail. If you’re relying on Disney’s transportation system to get you from your resort to the parks, Downtown Disney or other places, then you’ll want to allow extra time, in some cases an hour of travel time to get to and from your destination.
8. Disney Boardwalk
Guests enjoy a quarter-mile stretch of waterfront restaurants, entertainment, shops, hotels and more at this often times overlooked Disney hot spot. Visit the Boardwalk for a great meal and an afternoon or evening of entertainment you won’t forget. An arcade and Surrey bike rentals also lend to the amusement options. Access it through the “International Gateway” which is an exit in the back side of EPCOT’s World Showcase between England and France. You can exit EPCOT and walk to the Boardwalk or take a “Friendship Boat”.
7. Disney Character Wake Up Call
If you are staying overnight at a Disney hotel, you can elect to be woken up via phone by a Disney character. Talk about Disney magic around the clock!
6. Best Friends Pet Care – Pet Hotel
Can’t find someone to dog sit for you during your Disney vacation? Bring Rover along with you. No, your pet isn’t allowed in the theme parks or hotels on site but your furry friend will enjoy luxury accommodations including a grooming salon and large day camp room to play with other animal friends.
5. Pin Trading
Dive in, buy a lanyard and a few pins that take your fancy then, you’re ready to trade pins with other guest or Disney Cast Members. This activity isn’t for everybody but if you like collecting things, Disney Pin Trading is great fun.
4. Disney App
Wait times, FastPass+ reservations, dining reservations, maps and more are available through “My Disney Experience” app. Available for both Iphone and Android devices, you’ll totally get hooked on this utility but make sure you don’t totally drain your phone battery in the parks interacting with the app! Buy a lipstick-sized USB charger to keep in your purse or bag to recharge your phone.
Choices such as DiVine, a walking vine on stilts, and Hamarabe, percussionists at Animal Kingdom are ready to put a smile on your face! Add in jugglers and a barbershop quartet at Magic Kingdom or ethnically-specific entertainment all around World Showcase at EPCOT and your day can quickly fill up! There are myriad entertainment venues that will surprise and delight guests from park to park. Check the “times guide” available at the entrance of whatever park you visit any given day or look on the MyDisneyExperience app for showtimes.
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2. Rider Switch
Is your little one too short to ride Space Mountain or any other ride both adults in your party wish to ride? How do you decide which of you gets to enjoy the attraction? Now you won’t have to draw straws. Introducing “Rider Switch”. At any ride with a height requirement, tell the Cast Member that you’d like to do a Rider Switch. A switch pass will be assigned to you. With it the member in your “Group 2” party will be given a time to return and ride without further wait times. Eureka! Another tip, if you have two kids and only one of them wishes to ride the ride, the child can go twice, once with each parent. If you have a Magic Band this will be linked to your band.
1. Hidden Mickey’s
All across the parks are “Hidden Mickey’s”. What do we mean by this? Well, notice how the Ferry boat crews at Magic Kingdom arrange extra rope in three circles to look like Mickey’s head and ears? Or maybe how the French ice cream parlor in EPCOT’s World Showcase scoops up three scoops of ice cream and arranges them atop the containers of ice cream to look like the famous Mickey silhouette? Everywhere you turn, you’ll notice little Mouse details here and there. Treat this delightful detail as a sort of treasure hunt and keep on the lookout for these mouse motifs!
Disney is known for their attention to detail which makes them… well, Disney! Everywhere you look, there is a feast for the eyes, from lush landscaping, architecture and characters and Cast Members attired in interesting costumes. The next time you visit, don’t be in such a hurry that you miss the overall beauty and design that makes this one of the most beautiful and magical places on earth.