11 Park Tips from Walt Disney World Insiders


Walt Disney World opened its doors on October 1, 1971 and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an average annual attendance of more than 52 million visitors. The property covers nearly 25,000 acres and only half of it has been used.  It comprises four theme parks, two water parks, twenty-seven Disney themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, two miniature golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including an elaborate outdoor shopping center, Disney Springs.  Since a majority of Disney vacation guests come for the rides and attractions, let’s explore some tips for navigating the four theme parks.

1.  Be Prepared

Take photos of all your important paperwork, driver’s license, reservation confirmation, room number and location (if you’re staying on property).  You might also purchase cheap rain ponchos because you never know when those afternoon showers may come.  Pack sample medication products or sun block you may need.  They take up less room in your backpack or purse for your day at the parks.

2.  Magic Bands

Magic Bands are the greatest invention yet for Disney resort guests.  They are the room key, park ticket, payment method, photo pass, memory maker tag, and much more.  Do not leave your house until you make sure you have every Magic Band for every member of your family or group.  *Bitbelts* which can be ordered online are a lifesaver for your Magic Bands.  They hold the strap of your Magic Band in place, so when you’re reaching into your bag or purse and the clasp opens, the bitbelt will hold it in place, a great way to insure not losing your Magic Bands.

3.  Extra Magic Hours

The parks with Extra Magic Hours for Disney resort hotel guests tend to be the busiest the entire day, so you may want to consider visiting a different park that day.  The exception is the early morning magic hours.  If you’re staying at a Disney resort hotel, arrive early to the park with the early morning magic hour, then make your way to the more popular attractions, and get out as soon as the crowds begin arriving.

4.  Free Water

Ice water is free from any café with fountain soda service.

5.  Fast Pass

Schedule your first 3 fast passes for the morning in one park, then after you finish you can use the app or visit a kiosk to reserve your next 3 in the evening at the same park or a different park.

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