Are you thinking about creating a more “magical” trip to Walt Disney World? Planning a visit to the happiest place on earth involves making numerous decisions, from securing dining reservations to choosing the right Genie+ attractions. To ensure that your experience is truly memorable, here are some key factors to consider and splurge on.
Keys to the Kingdom Tour: Unveiling Disney’s Hidden Gems
Embark on the ultimate VIP experience by joining the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom. This memorable tour not only allows you to explore the park with a knowledgeable cast member guide, but also grants you access to exclusive on-stage and backstage locations. A highlight of the tour is the opportunity to discover the Utilidors, the infamous underground tunnels beneath the park.
The nice part about the tour is that you’re able to ask questions during the experience, and this can help set up an additional understanding of the Disney theme parks that you may not have understood prior. Even as a former Cast Member, I was able to ask questions that had stumped me for years, including topics from the parades and nighttime experiences.
To secure your spot, make reservations by calling 407-WDW-TOUR (407-939-8687).
Beyond Keys to the Kingdom: Unforgettable Experiences
Disney offers a variety of experiences that can enhance your visit and add to that “magic” that folks are always looking for. Consider indulging a tour, like the Behind the Seeds tour at EPCOT, where you can discover the wonders of Living with the Land. Animal lovers may find extra excitement in the Caring for Giants tour and the Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Additionally, keep an eye out for seasonal tours that provide unique insights – because you never know when you’re going to get the opportunity to dine with an Imagineer!
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Extra Ticketed Parties: Maximizing the Holiday Magic
For an extra part of the Disney experience, don’t miss out on Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP) and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP). These special events, available on select nights during the holiday seasons, offer exclusive entertainment, dining and merchandise. Since admission is limited, securing your tickets early is crucial to ensure you don’t miss out on the parties.
The closer that you wait to the date of your desired party, the more of a possibility that it could be sold out…and yes, the Halloween Party definitely sells out.
Victoria & Alberts: A Culinary Adventure to Impress
Indulge in one of the most memorable dining experiences at Walt Disney World – Victoria & Alberts, located in the Grand Floridian Resort. Renowned for its exquisite cuisine and impeccable service, this restaurant is a splurge-worthy treat.
While reservations can be challenging to secure, booking online 180 days in advance for the regular dining room is a must-do strategy. It’s never guaranteed that things are going to be listed on day-one of availability, but it’s a great way to start.
As your vacation approaches, you can also join the cancellation list for coveted options like the Queen Victoria Room or Chefs Table. Although the menu changes seasonally, rest assured that every bite will be a conversation starter.
We’ve been three times:
- Queen Victoria Room (2015)
- Main Dining Room (2015)
- Main Dining Room (2022)
Preserving the Magic: Memory Maker
To capture the moments of your Disney adventure, consider investing in Memory Maker. This service provides unlimited downloads of photos taken by Disney’s Photopass Photographers throughout the resort. Whether it’s on-ride photos, the infamous “magic” shots, or special event memories, you can relive these cherished moments forever.
Purchasing Memory Maker in advance could be discounted, but things change all the time. Keep in mind that while this splurge may not be for everyone, Photopass Photographers are always available to take photos with your personal camera, ensuring you don’t miss out on preserving those memories.
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Personalized Splurges: Resorts, Signature Dining, and Merchandise
While selecting a resort may not be the centerpiece of your Disney adventure, spending time at deluxe resorts for dining reservations or shopping experiences can add an extra touch of luxury to your trip.
Consider indulging in specific signature dining experiences that align with your personal preferences, as these can vary greatly in terms of ambiance and culinary offerings. Reservations at things like JIKO or Saana at Disney’s Animal Kingdom or breakfast at ‘Ohana in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort could definitely add to your trip.
And, of course, don’t forget to treat yourself to Disney merch! Whether it’s Mickey ears, clothing, or artwork – choose items that resonate with you and reflect the trip (and your space left in your suitcase).
Remember, planning your Walt Disney World vacation is all about creating memories that will last a lifetime.