Travelgirl’s Walt Disney World Travel Tips

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I recently spent a wonderful week in the land of Mickey and Minnie – and if Walt Disney
World is in your future, I have a few words of wisdom to share. Here are some tips that can
save you time and money.
First, don’t underestimate the power of the Fast Pass. This is an electronic or sometimes
paper ticket, that allows you to choose a specific time period to enter a ride, or a
character meet and greet, with a much shorter wait than the folks who don’t take the time
to learn the system – or those who waited until they got to the park to choose their
This service is available at no additional charge to all park guests. It can mean the
difference between hours or minutes of waiting to meet Tinkerbell or visit the Haunted
Mansion. If you’re overwhelmed by the idea, ask for help! If you are staying at a Disney
property, the concierge can walk you through the process, even before you arrive. Take
advantage of their help, or you’ll spend too much time on your smartphone or online at the
Fast Pass kiosks in the park.
Second, the magic bands are somewhat magical, but they are not the answer to everything. I
heard them described as a “room key, wallet and ride organizer” all in one. But that’s not
accurate. In particular, there are many vendors in the parks who don’t take the band as
currency, so you should always have some cash on hand.
Next rule, don’t over plan. I made the mistake of reserving seats at multiple character
breakfasts. You really only need one, maybe two in your itinerary, to thrill your little
ones with an up close character interaction.
Remember, there are four parks to prepare for: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and
Hollywood Studios. You’ll want to do as much research as you can ahead of time. But even if
you feel confident, be sure to double check the location of any special events, because
things can change from what’s written in the guidebook or online.
One last bit of Disney advice, if you’re spending the money to stay at one of the fabulous
Disney properties, set aside one day to enjoy your resort. They each have incredible
activity lists, kids programs and unique personalities. There’s even one that looks like
New Orleans in case you get homesick.
Consider the ages and abilities of everyone in your travel group. And most of all, keep in
mind, you are at the happiest place on earth, so try to keep the stress at bay.
I’m Stephanie Oswald. I’ll see you next time.