12 Disney World Tips For First Timers

12 Disney World Tips For First Timers from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Disney World is a dream destination for many, but it’s so enormous that it requires lots of planning. That’s especially true when you’re anticipating your first visit. Here are 12 tips to help you maximize the fun. 

1. Plan Early

Many people plan their Disney World vacation several months to a year or more in advance. The better you plan, the more likely you are to enjoy your stay. Planning’s not obsessive, it’s part of the fun.

2. Call Disney World

If you have any questions, just call at (407) 939-2273. Friendly operators provide all sorts of information and advice about where to stay and what to eat. You might even get a special discount on your stay that’s not available elsewhere.

What they won’t tell you about is how you can save up to 50% off a Disney resort by buying or renting Disney Vacation Club (DVC) timeshare resales online from current DVC owners. DVC resorts are highly regarded and make your Disney vacation much more enjoyable. If you choose to become a member, you always have the option to sell DVC points later to reclaim some money.

3. Watch for Specials

Disney periodically offers special pricing on hotel stays, free dining, and other incentives. If you’ve already made your reservation before the sale, don’t worry. Just call, and a representative can add the sale to your package.

4. Don’t Try To Do Everything

Disney World features four theme parks, two water parks, mini-golf courses and the Disney Springs area. It’s impossible to see and do it all in one trip. Use your planning time to choose which parks and attractions are “can’t miss” for your family.

5. Timing Is Everything

Disney World changes with the seasons. Special events and decorations come out for Halloween and Christmas, and summer brings enormous crowds. Off-season months like mid-January and mid-September promise smaller crowds, but some attractions may be closed for refurbishment. Choose the type of experience that best suits you.

6. Pace Yourself

Disney World sells “Park Hopper” tickets that allow you to visit more than one park per day. Given the size of the complex, “hopping” can be too much. Pick one park a day, and stick to it. 

7. Schedule Down Time

Enjoy your resort by lounging at the pool or checking out the other amenities. It’s a restful break from the excitement.

8. Focus on Resort Choice

Disney World has Deluxe, Moderate and Value resorts, each one highly themed. Choose your hotel budget, then stick to a hotel category that fits it. All of the resorts are great, so you can’t go wrong.

9. Make Dining a Snap

A dining plan saves a ton of money. Paying for your meals in advance also makes your time in the parks carefree.

10. Make Dining Reservations

Sit-down restaurants fill up fast. Don’t miss an opportunity by not planning. Reservations save you time and headaches. Plus, everyone loves to anticipate a chance to sit down and relax in air-conditioning.

11. Consider the Elements

Wear sunscreen, and drink plenty of water. Too many people forget to take basic precautions like wearing comfortable shoes and bringing a sweater for the cooler evenings.

12. Have Fun

Don’t get caught up in an itinerary or in the idea that you have to cross things off of a to-do list. Go with the flow, and focus on sharing quality time with your family.

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