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Laurel took her first trip to Walt Disney World when she was only 18 months old and hasn’t stopped visiting since. Now she enjoys taking her own twins and husband as often as she can. And don’t tell the boys, but sometimes she goes without them, too.

15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Cinderella Castle Wishing Well

1. Pay Attention to the Details One of the things that truly sets WDW apart from a “standard” amusement park is the incredible attention to detail. If you’re pushing through at breakneck speed you’re missing out on so much of the Disney experience. Slow down and look around. From the pavement under your feet to the music that seems to ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Fastpass

13. Make Good Use of FastPass+ As part of your planning you’re going to want to make FastPass+ reservations for your top priority experiences. Nothing will reduce your time spent waiting in line as much as FastPass +.  Reservations are available for select rides, characters, and parade and show viewings. Make the most of those reservations! Do your research and ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Epcot

12. Don’t Try to Wing It Take time BEFORE your trip to make some plans. Download the My Disney Experience app and figure out your must-see attractions, characters, and restaurants, then prioritize those with your Fast Pass+ and dining reservations. Study park maps so you know where you’re going once you arrive. Some rookies worry that too much planning will ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Artist's Point

11. Make Advance Dining Reservations Early Have your heart set on a breakfast with the Princesses? Dying for dinner at Be Our Guest? You need to plan WAY ahead. You can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance and the most popular restaurants fill up quickly. Rookies are often surprised to learn that you don’t need to have ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Disney Castle Sunbeam

10. Be Prepared for Central Florida’s Climate Florida: The Sunshine State. While Florida gets its sunny reputation fairly, it can also rain frequently and be downright chilly in the winter. Be prepared! Going in the summer? Know that it’s going to be very, very hot and humid. If you aren’t used to the southern climate it may take more out ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Splash Mountain with Castle View

9. Be Sure to See the Iconic Attractions With new rides and big thrills filling your Fast Pass+ queue it’s easy to overlook some classic Disney attractions. “The Enchanted Tiki Room,” “it’s a small world,” and “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress” might seem outdated or quaint, but they’re the heart and soul of the Resort and were conceived by Walt ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

8. Know Your Travel Times No, I’m not talking about the flight or drive from your hometown, I’m talking about travel around the Walt Disney World Resort! Remember that Disney World is really, really big (are you sensing a theme here?). Pay attention to the estimated travel times that WDW provides. You want to get to Magic Kingdom for a ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Castle Money

7. Be Careful of Your Budget You may have experienced some sticker shock when you purchased your Disney tickets and made your hotel reservations, but you still have expenses related to your trip! Food at Disney World isn’t cheap, so be sure to budget for meals. Check prices before you dine so you don’t get surprised with a bill that’s ...

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Disney Suitcase

2. Consider a Travel Agent Are you overwhelmed yet? There are so many things to consider when planning a Disney vacation, it can be easier to call in a professional. A travel agent can get you the best prices, make your dining and FastPass+ reservations, and find you the perfect hotel, typically at no charge to you!

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15 Things Every Walt Disney World Rookie Should Know

Castle Right

3. Take Lot of Pictures This may sound obvious, but you’ll want lots of photos to remember your visit. So you aren’t stuck behind a camera for the entire trip, consider purchasing MemoryMaker. This great service provides you with all of the photos taken on rides and by Walt Disney World PhotoPass Photographers. You can even get studio portraits in ...

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