About to head south this winter to see Walt Disney World for the first time? This attraction is nothing like other amusement parks you’ve visited, so planning ahead of time is key if you hope to get the most out of your inaugural trip.
Here’s what you should keep in mind when planning your holiday to Walt Disney World…
1) Pre-buy your tickets on the internet
While your Walt Disney World holiday will be filled with joy, one of the least favourite experiences of this trip in years past has been the experience of waiting in line for entrance tickets.
This problem has been done away with in the present day, thanks to the internet. These days, it is possible to buy your Disney tickets online to avoid the queues that will leave you out underneath the punishing Florida sun for as long as an hour in peak season.
Take the time to order them beforehand, and avoid this giant time suck.
2) Accommodations: on-resort, or in Orlando?
The fact that Disney has a number of hotels on its property is another thing that you should consider when planning the logistics of your trip to Orlando.
While it is convenient to be situated within a stone’s throw from all the parks of Walt Disney World, it also costs more, and it isolates you from the attractions of Orlando.
Staying in the city is cheaper, exposes you to a wider variety of accommodation and dining options, and places you within easy reach of the city’s non-Disney amusement parks, but it is located a considerable distance from Disney’s location outside Orlando.
If you go the latter route, you will need to rent a car.
3) Consider purchasing a Disney Dining Plan
The Disney Dining Plan is another way that families can save money on food during their trip to Walt Disney World.
A scheme that allows them to pre-load a card with the amount of cash that they are willing to spend on meals, it also is crazy convenient, as you can pay your bill with the simple swipe of a card … no fumbling around with purses or wallets required.
4) Draw up a plan to tackle the various WDW parks
Walt Disney World is a place that should not be taken lightly. With six different parks on the property, each of which sprawl over a wide area and have multiple distinct sections, it is incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to see everything on your visit.
We recommend a minimum visit of four days, ideally a week. Read up in-depth on the various attractions that each park has to offer, draw up a list of the ones you want to see, and you’ll have a guide that will help you make the most of your first trip here.