Monday, 31 July 2017

TOP 10 WALT DISNEY WORLD HOLIDAY TIPS & TRICKS ❤



As some of you know I have a little bit of an unhealthy obsession with Disney and last year was my first year travelling to Florida for 2 weeks of fun in the top theme parks in Orlando!
It was honestly the best experience I have had in my life and am so thrilled to be going back there again this year in September! (YAS).
Since then I have rekindled my childhood obsession - Disney!
So this is why I decided to give Disney it's own section on my blog, however you may find a few other things on here that tie in with it, but I definitely wanted to add a bit of fun to this blog and why not!

So I realised whilst on my holiday last year that it's definitely important to know a few tips and tricks with Disney World that make your stay easier and hopefully this helps if your planning a trip to Disney World or another Disney Park.


NUMBER 1 

THE MY DISNEY EXPERIENCE APP

My number 1 to start of this list is definitely one of the most important and helpful ones to know and that is for someone in your party to download the My Disney Experience app as it helps you organise your trip to Disney.

On this app you can book food reservations and fast passes for your rides. What a lot of people don't know about the fast pass system at Disney is that you can choose 3 fast passes a day for 1 park of your choice and then after you have used up all of these fast passes you may claim your next fast pass which is great and most people don't think they get any more after the first 3!

This app is also great for navigating around Walt Disney World, because it is such a HUGE place and you may need a little help on figuring out what is close to you or where you need to go next. You can use this helpful app to look at their map (unintentional rhyme, sorry) of Disney.

There are so many great features to this app so that is why it is my number 1 tip for your trip to Disney.


NUMBER 2 

MAKE A DAILY ITINERARY

Next up, this is definitely an important tip not just for Disney World but if you are actually planning a trip to Florida as it is great to make sure you are in the know of what you are going to be doing each day.

When making our itinerary I make a little plan on Excel to write what we will be doing morning, afternoon and evening so that we can book our fast passes or food reservations. We usually do this together way in advance with a little help from the Orlando Crowd Calendar on Under Cover Tourist which advises you which parks are busy or quiet on each day of your holiday.
I will leave the link to this calendar below as it is very useful!

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/crowd-calendar/ 



NUMBER 3

MAKE FOOD RESERVATIONS

I know this seems like a pretty obvious one but I would definitely recommend booking table reservations for anywhere you really want to try in Florida, especially the popular places in Disney like Be Our Guest, Ohana's, Sci-fi Dine in Theatre, Yak & Yeti & Cinderella's Royal Table.
These places are definitely the ones that you will need to book quite far in advance, I'm sure you can just walk-in but it is a lot easier to have it all organised before you go.

You can make reservations on the My Disney Experience app or website which is very helpful!


NUMBER 4

SHOES!!

When going to Florida be prepared to do major amounts of walking. After all, you'll be park hopping form park to park.
A huge trick for footwear for me is to always go with trainers around the park for comfort! Another thing with trainers is wear ones that you have had for a while and have been worn in otherwise you should be prepared for blisters, blisters & more blisters.

When at waterparks a great tip is to wear sliders/flip flops as they are so easy to slip on and off.
Last year we went to Discovery Cove which is a day resort where you can swim with dolphins and snorkel with fish. Sliders where a great option for us both as we could keep them in the locker during our dolphin swim and when we where ready for our all inclusive food we could just slip them on and we where good to go! So definitely invest in some before your trip.


NUMBER 5

TAKE A BREAK

Taking a break is a major key when it comes to Florida as it is just so tiring, people aren't kidding when they say the need another holiday after Florida just to chill out.
When your going in and out of parks for 14 days straight it can get very tiring especially when there is so much to do and see and it's so hot!

My advice to you is just take a break. If you need to just have half an hour to sit down or have a drink then do that. Our huge mistake last year is that we didn't have as many breaks as we should of and when we would get back to the hotel room around 6/7pm and have plans to chill out and then go back out we simply couldn't, we would just crash on the bed and find it impossible to get back up again.
So 100% just take a break when needed!


NUMBER 6 

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM

Tip number 6, get up early to start your day off right!
Last year we where up and getting ready around 7am, this was a perfect time for us as we could get everything sorted to go for the day and be out and ready to start the day at 8am.

This was the best thing for when your going to parks as you can get there early for park opening ceremonies and really make the most of the day rather than wasting half of the morning and maybe even grab some breakfast either on the way or inside the parks!


NUMBER 7

TICKETS! TICKETS! TICKETS!

Obviously, before going to Florida you need to sort out your park tickets for access for however long you are there. In our case we needed 14 days worth of our park tickets which is fine for us as we usually book our tickets through Attraction Tickets Direct, I will leave a link to which specific tickets we have purchased for this year.
https://www.attraction-tickets-direct.co.uk/orlando-attraction-tickets/orlando-combination-ticket-packages/orlando-freedom-ticket

Another added tip with tickets is if you are wanting to attend any special ticketed events within the parks is to buy those in advance to be well organised with any other events that you want to attend.
It also saves you from standing at the park entrance to buy them if you spontaneously want to go to any.
Below I will leave a list of special ticketed events all year round that can be attended:
Disney
- Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party (select nights August - October)
- Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party (select nights November - December)
- Disney After Hours (select nights January - March)
Universal Studios
- Celebration of Harry Potter (select dates in January)
- Mardi Gras (select dates February - April)
- Halloween Horror Nights (select nights September - October)
- Grinchmas (select dates December - January)
- Macy's Holiday Parade (select dates December - January)


NUMBER 8

OUTLETS

When in the Disney parks you will most likely realise that a lot of things are quite expensive whether it be Food, Merchandise or Clothing.
However, I have a major tip for buying Disney Clothing & Merchandise and that is to go and explore the Disney Character Warehouse at the Orlando outlets. Maybe you won't find everything that you are wanting there but it is definitely worth a look before you splash all of that cash at Disney World.
By doing this it will definitely save you a $!
There are also some other outlet shops in the outlet malls which are really awesome to go and check out, so I would really advise visiting them.
There is two Outlet malls, one nearer to Disney World and the other one closer to Universal.


NUMBER 9

WATER!!!

Drinking water is a staple for me!
To actually be able to get through this very exhausting holiday it is very important to keep yourself hydrated.
The great thing about most parks is that they have water fountains around every park in order for you to keep hydrated without paying a fee. However, what most people do is have a really fun and lengthy trip out to Walmart or Target (lengthy because it is probably impossible not to be in there for hours) and by a multi-pack of waters to keep in your hotel fridge.
All the parks allow you to take a sealed bottle of water in with you aslong as they haven't been opened beforehand which makes it a lot easier for us as a bottle of water in the parks is around $3 (I know, extortionate).


NUMBER 10

NIGHT TIME IN THE PARKS

My final tip for you is to definitely take the time to go and experience night time in whichever parks you can. When it comes to Disney this applies to almost all of them as majority have a firework show that you can go and watch.
Some of these shows are just a cannot miss, they are honestly amazing!
Here is a list of some of my favourite night time shows and some that I haven't seen and am excited to see.

Seen:
- Magic Kingdom's Wishes Nighttime Spectacular (which has now been replaced with Happily Ever After which looks even better, so I can't wait to watch that multiple times this year)
- Hollywood Studios Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
- Epcot's: Illuminations

Looking forward to see:
- Animal Kingdom's Rivers of Light
- Animal Kingdom's Pandora at night
- Universal Studios Cinematic Spectacular


So I hope this helps you if you are planning a trip to any of these places in Florida or maybe all of them!
If there are any questions, suggestions or just fancy a chat you can find all my details on my contact page!!😀


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