50 quick Disney World tips and tricks!

So exciting news. Exciting news indeed. Guess who has booked to go back to Disney!!
This will be my 6th time, can you believe that? I feel so incredibly privileged to be able to say that. I will be going next year, from the 11th until the 25th September 2017, staying at Carribbean Beach resort, somewhere I have never stayed before eep! I absolutely cannot wait and to share the excitement, I'm going to be doing a weekly disney related post alongside my others as a sort of mini countdown for myself. I love writing about my trips and travelling and this time I'm planning a few things I haven't done before, so look out for those! SO without further ado, here are my 50 quick tips and tricks for Disney World! 

  1. Never underestimate the importance of planning. You will fit so much more into your trip, do so much more, enjoy so much more and remember so much more if you adequately plan.
  2. Take photographs of everything! You never know what Disney will get rid of next, so get snap happy.  
  3. Do your math. There are SO many deals on the internet and every year prices change and fluctuate so much. Sometimes the dining plan isn't worth it and sometimes buying it out of pocket saves you money. Do the math and make it a fun part of your planning!
  4. Get up early. Enjoy the welcome shows and the parks when they are dead. 
  5. But also have a lay in. You are on holiday after all. And Disney is exhausting.
  6. Make those dining reservations ASAP. I have never eaten at Be Our Guest, can you believe it. I just can never get reservations. I have missed SO many amazing dining opportunities because I didn't get in there quick enough. 
  7. Hit up wal-mart. You'll come to see how expensive water can be at Disney. Don't bother using a precious snack credit on it. Hit up wal-mart when you arrive and fill up on the essentials. We always buy water (or for my boyfriend... mountain dew!), breakfast croissants and muffins, chips, things like that to save us money. 
  8. Take advantage of every experience. Do all the fireworks, all the shows, all the rides no matter how much you think you won't like them. My favourite is the Enchanted Tiki Room, which everyone laughs at, but I absolutely love it. 
  9. Use those photo pass photographers. You'll 100% get a photograph you love. 
  10. Never listen to 5 minute queue times. It pretty much always means walk on. 
  11. Go with your best friend. My favourite trip was with my bestie, I made so many wonderful memories. 
  12. Running shoes are your best friend. Trust me. Your feet will thank me later.
  13. Sunscreen is SO important. Florida is hot yo. 
  14. Driving is quicker than the buses. Something we recently discovered. We were cutting out times to and from the park substantially and it took so much stress out of our holiday. No more freezing AC when you're soaking wet! 
  15. Downloading the My Disney Experience App will change your life.
  16. Buy a perfume at the duty free. I bought Estee Lauder Bronze goddess and that has now become my florida scent.
  17. Take a towel in your backpack. You have no idea HOW much you will need it for wiping off seats, to wiping yourself down after a Florida shower. 
  18. Rent a car. We will never ever look back. It gives you so much freedom. 
  19. Finding hidden mickeys is great fun and a really good time passer for when you're in the queues. Buy the little hidden mickey book and happy searching! Although I warn you, it gets very addictive. 
  20. If you're on the dining plan and have leftover snack credits, buy little cookies and take them home as gifts!
  21. Make room for pool days. I have so many regrets about not spending more time at the water parks. 
  22. Don't forget lots of dollar bills for tipping!
  23. Take a look on Etsy and get some fun ears. They are great talking points for characters and get you talking to other guests. I have some Ratatouille ones, Baymax ones and Arlo ones for my next trip! 
  24. If you're staying on a Disney resort, check out the amenities it has to offer. Some resorts offer bike-rides, movies under the stars, activities for kids, boat rentals, golf, loads of things to do! 
  25. If you have booked with Virgin, they offer complimentary luggage check out service at Downtown Disney. This is great because it means you don't have to lug your luggage to the airport, get some more Disney time and it takes away a huge stress (for me anyway!). If you didn't book with Virgin but are flying with them, i'm pretty sure you can pay for this service
  26. If you are staying on a Disney resort, take advantage of sending your bought souvenirs back to your resort. There's nothing more annoying than having to lug heavy mugs, fragile pieces of artwork or even just big bags full of plushies around with you. So get them sent to your resort and pick them up when you return back to the resort.
  27. Check out all the hidden gift shops. Some of them sell things you can't get anywhere else. In the Paris pavilion of Epcot, I found a HAVEN of Remy merch, just waiting to be discovered. In Animal Kingdom there is clothing, cute dresses and jewellery that can't be found anywhere else. If you see something you like, get it! Chances are you won't find it at World of Disney.
  28. And on that note, if you see something you want, buy it there and then. Things sell out so quickly. I fell in love with a jacket, planned to come back and get it further into the holiday and everywhere completely sold out. If you want it, get it!
  29. One word. Ponchos. 
  30. Take screenshots of your dining reservations and fast passes on the My Disney Experience App. Sometimes wi-fi in the park can be a bit temperamental and if you're anything like me and can't remember times, a screenshot can be very handy.
  31. Also take photos of any car-lot numbers, locker numbers and things like that. Trust me, you'll need em. 
  32. Visit the boardwalk. SO many people forget about it. Its such a calm and pretty place, a lovely break away from the hustle and bustle. 
  33. Don't spend your dining plan credits on needless things like $1 plastic cheese and water. it would be more worthwhile for you to pay out of pocket for these sorts of things and use the credits on bigger snack items like cupcakes and dole whips! 
  34. Really think about those extra magic hours. While staying later in Magic Kingdom, so does everyone else and sometimes it can work out quite busy. I find getting to Magic Kingdom earlier for opening much more worthwhile. 
  35. Want a castle shot while Magic Kingdom is closed? Book a dining reservation at Crystal Palace or Cinderella's Royal Table. 
  36. If you're staying in a Disney resort, Mousekeeping can do some really cool things for your little ones. Try leaving out some stuffed toys and see what happens! 
  37. Invest in a waterproof case for your phone if you're planning on going to the waterparks. You can get some really nice shots that you otherwise wouldn't be able to get!
  38. Did you know you can walk from Epcot to Hollywood Studios? I only found this out on my last trip. Its a beautiful walk particularly in the evening. 
  39. Some quick service meals are so big they can be shared! Cosmic Rays in particular has huge portions. 
  40. If you have a large group, for as little as $15-20 each, you can grab a private cabana at the waterparks. They work out quite expensive for just a couple, but a large party can take advantage of shade, private sun loungers and a great location. 
  41. Did you know Disney offers way more than just theme parks and great food. You can swim with dolphins, be part of some super cool tours, learn to surf at Typhoon Lagoon, starlight safaris at Animal Kingdom and so much more. They are kinda pricey, but I think next year, I'll be doing some of these!
  42. Don't forget that some of the best restaurants are at the resorts! 
  43. Unless its peak season, you needn't waste a fast pass on Fantasmic. You can get great seats showing up 10 minutes before!
  44. Do some research into the type of resort you are staying at. Art of Animation is great for theming and children but may not be so good if you're looking into a relaxing couple getaway. Saratoga Springs is perfectly located near Disney Springs, but may be a little boring for younger kids. 
  45. If you're on the dining plan, don't be reluctant using your credits. My boyfriend AND best friend both insisted on saving theirs and ended up wasting a bunch of credits. Better to use them than let them go to waste.
  46. There are some wonderfully hidden spots in almost every park to relax and have a perch. In Epcot, I love the benches at the back of the UK pavilion, in Magic Kingdom, the sideway streets around Main Street always have a nice place to people watch. I also love walking to the Yacht and Beach Club and swinging in their rocking chairs, watching the world go by. 
  47. Don't underestimate the power of pin trading. I thought it was kinda pointless, but my best friend got super hooked when we went and she got me into it too! Although I never made my own lanyard, I always was on the look out for pins for her!
  48. If it starts to rain, DON'T head home. The parks will clear out and you can enjoy a relaxing empty park. Just put your poncho on and go about your day. And keep waterproof shoes in your backpack just in case. Remember a rainy day at Disney is better than a sunny day back home! 
  49. If you're a tea addict, take tea with you. Same with gum!
  50. The plastic souvineer cups always work out better value money than the cups you buy in shops AND more unique. Always grab a souvenir cup. They won't break in your bag compared to a mug and are great little memories for home!
So those are my 50 quick (or not so quick) tips and tricks for WDW. If you have an upcoming trip, I hope some of these have been handy and if not, I hope you learnt something regardless!
I'll see you for my next Disney post next week, eep!

Kayleigh x

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  1. I loved this post so much! :D
    I learnt so much that I will definitely use to help me plan any future trips!

  2. Ahh these tips are so helpful!! I'm also going next September! We're there the 4th-18th and I'm so excited, we've been planning and saving for 2 years already! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

  3. The "take tea" tip made me giggle! I always take a bag of Yorkshire tea to disney with me hahaha! Love this post <2


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