No doubt if you’re reading this, it means the kids are already nagging you to go to Disney World, and you’re considering it! Do so, it’s a blast of exhilarating experiences that you and the kids will remember for a lifetime. But remember, it can also leave you with a throbbing head and aching feet if you don’t take the time to prepare.
The thing about Disney World is, well, it’s huge, and that means there’s a lot to learn before you go. For one thing, did you know that Disney World is actually several separate parks, including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. And then there’s Downtown Disney, a massive shopping and entertainment venue, all the Disney hotels and the water parks.
Here’s a few things to think about before you leave:
Timing is everything
Disney World isn’t the most famous resort in the world without good reason! It’s hugely popular, and gets incredibly hectic during the school holidays. That means it’s much harder to get a good deal on a hotel, and of course other places like restaurants like to hike their prices during these times too.
It’s definitely better to visit Disney World during the off-season if you can, in particular November (before Thanksgiving) is a good time to go, as the crowds are less and the weather is at its best. And be sure to go early each day, at least 30 minutes before the gates open. You’ll get so much more out of your vacation if you stick to this rule. You might not think it’s much of a vacation if you can’t enjoy a leisurely breakfast at 10:00 am, but get inside the park first and Disney World is your oyster.
Get up early
Go to visit the things on your “must-see” list as soon as you’re inside, because there’ll be long queues later. At the Magic Kingdom, bring the older kids to see the Space and Splash mountains, and don’t forget Dumbo, Peter Pan’s Flight and Buzz Lightyear either. At Epcot, Soarin’ and Mission:SPACE are two of the biggest thrills that are must-sees. If you’re visiting Animal Planet, be sure to check out the Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest.
One of the best things about taking an early start is you can easily chill out with a midday siesta and swim at the hotel, then go back in the afternoon when everyone’s refreshed. You’ll need the rest, because the average visitor walks around 7 to 11 miles per day while visiting.
Buy the right tickets
There’s a good chance you’ll be so excited that you’ll buy the wrong ticket and end up losing out. While it’s a great idea to buy online, be aware that Disney World offers so many different ticket packages and promotions for people of different circumstances. Be sure to look for specific Disney park tickets for the family that include the attractions you want to see, but not the ones you’re going to pass.