A daily question that comes through email, social media or face-to-face conversations with friends is quite telling…and it circles around “insider tips” and “advice” to make sure that they get the most out of their time in Walt Disney World.
This article started as a list but has evolved into something that is a great starting point before heading into more in-depth articles on the site.
Here’s my Best Walt Disney World Advice
Flexibility begins and ends with Budget
Where you stay, where you eat and where you shop…it’s all a personal decision that involves personal finances. As long as you have that as your starting point, it gives you flexibility to move within your budget and not stretch things too far on either side.
I’ve had amazing discussions with folks who spend tons of time on their planning and when they get home from vacation…everything surrounds the priorities when you’re actually on the ground.
Are you going for a relaxing trip or are you thinking about having the most magical experience possible? Each have different qualifications and planning steps & dates that are predictable. As soon as you’re honest with the plan, then you’re able to curate the experience around that.
Experiences are Essential
You can have the most amazing vacation, but there’s a common follow-up to any question about a Disney World Vacation…”oh, what was the highlight of your trip?”
Then you move over to a tour or an Additional Ticketed Event, like a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or After Hours in the Magic Kingdom. From there, you move into the FastPass+ reservations, with Flight of Passage and Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train.
Remember, it’s all about the experiences!
Time is Money
There are elements to any Disney World vacation that are blown out of proportion due to the time wasted as a percentage of your overall time in Orlando. Knowing ahead of time what you can buy is definitely a piece of information that only comes with experience, or spending time on a website like StepstoMagic.com;)
Our goal for a trip is to see as much as possible without wasting time, so we have a budget for ride-sharing and for extra ticketed events. We also spend more money on resorts that get us Extra Magic Hours, like official Disney World Resorts and Disney Springs Hotels (like the Holiday Inn Disney Springs).
In the past, the only way to get answers to trip planning questions was to go to a travel agent, but in today’s market…travel bloggers are becoming the new travel agents. There’s a shift in the decision making process which takes you out of a stuffy office with brochures and onto websites and youtube channels that actually show what something looks like in reality.
We also are moving away from travel books, because the information is coming so quick now that a book released in August 2020 was actually written in 2019. Knowing that there’s a huge push to online information, some directly from the My Disney Experience app and others from websites like this one, buying an 800-page travel guide just isn’t worth the investment anymore.
These are just a few of the Best pieces of Disney World Advice…so be sure to visit more articles that I’ve written if you like my style:)