How a Disney Insider Tackles the Parks

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2. Backpack of Goodies

Disney allows guests into the parks with bags so long as they go through security. We love bringing a backpack filled with things we may need throughout the day — sunscreen, bottled water, snacks, bandaids, disposable ponchos, and a spare rechargeable battery for our devices. Guests may find waiting in line to go through security to be time wasted, but guests will love the money they’ll save by having everything on them and not having to spend money in the parks on these items if the need arises.

3. ADR Window

Disney now requires guests to have a credit card on file when they make dining reservations.  If they fail to show up, a fee of $10 per person will be charged against their credit card on file.  Guests wishing to avoid this fee must cancel their reservations at least 24 hours in advance.  Guests looking for a last minute reservation can use this to their advantage by looking for reservations within this window.  This can be a great way to find a popular, last-minute restaurant for your group!

4. Don’t Follow the Crowds

When the theme parks open, most guests will head to specific attractions.  Guests are encouraged to not follow them and go in the opposite direction.  For example, most guests head directly to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland when the Magic Kingdom opens.  We recommend that guests go to Adventureland first.  With no huge crowds to fight, guests can easily walk on to two very popular attractions — the Jungle Cruise and Pirates of the Caribbean.  There might even be enough time for a Dole Whip, too!

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