Disney World tips from Orlando locals

Orlando is a pretty big city, that means I still live about a 50-minute drive from the magic… but I have been to Disney a fair amount. I also have a few friends that go quite often (thanks to annual passes) and they also offered some tips, thank you, Cindy and Christine!

I think it would be good if I go deeper into each topic in the future (booking, prepping, how to get the most out of Disney) but for now, I’ll list a list of the best tips:

Planning a Disney Trip

  • Every time I say to my friends that Orlando gets VERY hot, they never believe me! Then later, they come back to me, “you were right..”. To me, the best times to go to Disney are during late fall, winter, and spring. If you can choose, come during the cooler months.
  • Both Cindy and Christine agreed on this: Don’t plan to go during holiday weeks, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, etc. The park will just be a lot busier than normal and you won’t get to enjoy as much.
  • Tip by Cindy: Best days to go are Tuesdays and Wednesdays!
  • Fast pass every day – You can book your fast passes a couple of weeks in advance (I usually use the Disney App). You get 3 per day for FREE, and then when you use them up, you can get another one! This is a must, especially for those rides with long wait times.
The Avatar ride (flight of passage) usually has a 2+ hour wait. Make sure to grab a fast pass!
  • Download games on your phone: You will most likely be in long lines waiting for rides, so having a few games on your phone can help you pass some time. I like Heads Up! the most because you can play with a big group.
Epcot’s Flower & Garden festival is one of my favorite times to go!

Link here for the Epcot’s flower & garden festival.

What to Bring to the Parks

  • Tip by Christine: H2O! You spend a long time on your feet and outdoors, so bringing a water bottle will help you out. You can fill it up inside the park.
  • Comfy shoes: Oh my god. I always make the mistake to wear ‘cute shoes’ instead of going for the comfier route. Just trust me and wear some sneakers, you will be walking a LOT and your feet will thank you.
  • Cindy recommends just bringing your phone and keys, that way you don’t have to wait in line to get your bag checked. Smart!

While you are in the park

  • Don’t try doing everything in one day: Chances are you will be going for multiple days, so don’t rush and try to do every single ride in one day. You will be exhausted, your feet will hurt and you will be hangry. Be efficient but take it slow. The rides will be there tomorrow.
  • My tip: Grab one of the maps at the entrance so you can look at the shows and activities throughout the day. Mark the ones you want to see, and if you really don’t want to miss one, set an alarm on your phone.
  • To cool down: get in one of the low wait rides like the carousel of progress or the movie one at Epcot. You’ll get some AC and entertainment.
  • Get photos early! You’ll probably get fewer people in the background and have fresher hair/makeup/ etc.
  • Animal Kingdom tip by Cindy: Take one of the last safaris of the night and you will get to see a lot of the animals awake and active. Especially those lions!

I hope you liked these tips. Again, thank you to Cindy and Christine for helping me with this post. I will definitely do more Disney blog posts in the future, so stay in touch!

If you have any questions, message me on Instagram (@amapoland).

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