How long should I plan for my trip?
Ideally, a nine-day trip is recommended to fully enjoy your trip to Walt Disney World Resort. This gives time for all four theme parks, plus Disney’s two water parks, resort pools, minigolf, 18-hole golf courses and tons of other activities around the resort. Planning a day of rest (like sitting poolside) in the middle of your trip can help everyone, too.
You can, of course, still have plenty of fun in less time—although, plan for at least four days. After all, there’s a lot of magic to go around.
What if I’ve only got a few days for my trip?
If everyone in your party is old enough to keep up, we recommend park hopping and hitting as many highlights as possible. Go to Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in the morning and then head over to Magic Kingdom Park for some classic attractions. Or start in Epcot for a walk through the World Showcase and close out the day with Fantasmic! and fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
If you have younger kids with you or simply want to take it easy, consider focusing on only one park like Magic Kingdom Park or Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Will a trip to Walt Disney World Resort just be nonstop waiting in line?
With free Disney FastPass+ service and dining reservations, it’s possible to go all day without a lengthy wait in line. Here’s a pro tip: One key to getting the best Disney FastPass+ service reservation is staying in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel or certain Good Neighbor hotels, which allows you to book 60 days in advance as opposed to the standard 30-day window. And once you’re in the park, you can book your next Disney FastPass+ service reservation in the My Disney Experience app as soon as you scan your MagicBand.
Should I shy away from visiting when something new is opening?
Recent additions like Toy Story Land, Pandora—The World of Avatar and the soon-to-open Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge can draw big crowds and scare off some travelers. But by taking advantage of Disney FastPass+ service, you can still have fun even when attendance surges.
Plus, while everyone’s attention is on the newest rides, you can expect to find shorter wait times at older attractions.
What’s one simple money-saving tip?
If you have young kids, purchase Disney souvenirs—shirts, dresses or stuffed animals—before entering the park. This will help to avoid meltdowns when you won’t buy things with their favorite characters in the parks’ gift shops. Disney has a store at the Premium Outlets in Orlando where you can get park gear and souvenirs at a great value.
What’s your biggest piece of advice?
Don’t forget downtime! If you go nonstop at Walt Disney World Resort, you’ll get exhausted. So here’s one of the most important Walt Disney World Resort tips to remember: Schedule some time for lounging by the pool or taking it easy around the hotel. There’s plenty to do to keep your family entertained while you take a much deserved day off.