Are you visiting Disney World anytime soon? After planning and going on multiple vacations to Disney World, here are some tips and tricks I learned along the way and wished I knew before visiting Disney World. These top Disney World tips and tricks will help make your Disney World vacations more magical.

Walt Disney World Planning Tips

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Partners Statue (Magic Kingdom)

Create A Vacation Plan!

Planning is crucial for a Disney World trip. There are several things you want to plan out before your trip:

  • Checking which parks you want to visit
  • Make a list of must-do attractions
  • List shows/parades/fireworks you want to watch
  • Choosing where you want to eat
  • Decide whether to purchase Genie+ and/or Individual Lightning Lane Selections.

Without a plan, you’ll likely miss out on some of the best things Disney World has to offer. A Disney vacation can be expensive, so making the most of your time and money is essential. Having a plan will help you do just that.

There’s so much to plan before going to Disney World but trust me; it makes a real difference.

Plan A Day To Enjoy the Resort or Sleep In

One of the best parts about staying at a resort is that there’s always something to do. However, sometimes it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the parks and forget to take advantage of all the amenities your resort offers.

That’s why I recommend taking a day to explore all the resort has to offer without leaving the property.

Start by checking out the swimming pools—many resorts have multiple pools with different features, from waterslides to relaxing hot tubs.

Afterward, head to the front desk and ask about any activities or recreation that might be happening during your stay. From movies under the stars to campfire sing-alongs, there’s bound to be something that will pique your interest. So go ahead and take a break from the parks—you might just find that you enjoy your resort just as much (if not more!).

A Disney vacation is just different from any other kind of vacation. It’s also crucial to plan a day where you can sleep in and relax after walking and standing for hours in the park.

Choose Least Crowded Dates For Trip If Possible

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United Kingdom Pavillion (EPCOT)

Check out a crowd calendar before choosing your dates. If you have flexible dates, try to select the least-crowded dates. Walt Disney World can get busy during holidays, special events, and spring/summer breaks. The Disney parks are usually the least crowded from January to February and September. Watch out for 3-day weekends, school breaks, and special events (such as Epcot festivals and Disney marathons). 

Make Park Reservations

Update: Starting December 8th, 2022 Disney is implementing “park-specific pricing” for single-day tickets (1-day, 1-park).

This means that a theme park reservation will automatically be made when you purchase a ticket. So you won’t need to make park pass reservations! Here is the approximate price breakdown for tickets when this new system comes into effect on December 8, 2022:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom $109 – $159
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios $124 – $179
  • EPCOT $114 – $179
  • Magic Kingdom $124 – $189

For dates before January 9, 2024, Park Pass Reservations are needed if you are purchasing date-based tickets. No reservations are needed for trips on or after January 9, 2024. Click here for more information.

Already purchased a ticket? Great, but there’s just one more step to do. You have to make a park reservation to enter the park. Park reservations will fill out fast. Figure out which dates you want to go to beforehand, and make those reservations ASAP!

Download the My Disney Experience App Beforehand

Download the My Disney Experience app before you visit Disney World. This app will be your friend throughout your entire trip. Log into your Disney Experience account and play around with the app; look at the park maps, see how mobile ordering works, see My Genie, etc.

Skip the Park Hopper

If you’re staying in Walt Disney World for more than 4 days, I usually don’t recommend buying park hopper tickets. Of course, this will differ for every group and how crowded the parks are. If you’re debating on whether or not to buy a park hopper, you can always upgrade your tickets later on at guest services or from the My Disney Experience app!

Consider Purchasing Genie+ And/Or Individual Lightning Lane Selections

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Lightning Lane Sign for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)

The FastPass+ service is now replaced with this Genie+ Service and Individual Lightning Lane Selections. Although it will cost you money, you’ll be able to get on the rides faster and skip those regular lines. 

Click HERE for more information about Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane.

Protect Your Vacation with Travel Insurance

Disney vacations are a magical experience, but they can also be expensive. Protecting your Disney trip with travel insurance is a smart way to ensure that you’re covered in case of an emergency. Travel insurance can help you recover the cost of your trip if something unexpected happens, such as illness or cancellation. Disney does offer a travel protection plan, but I recommend buying insurance from a third-party source. One of the merits of using a third-party insurance provider is that certain insurance companies will allow you to add a “cancel for any reason” option.

This type of insurance can help to reimburse you for costs incurred if you need to cancel your trip. There are many different reasons why someone might need to cancel their trip. Having insurance can help reduce some of the stress that comes with canceling a vacation.

I recommend using This site allows you to compare plans and prices of multiple travel insurance companies. You’ll be able to compare benefits with ease using

Book With A Travel Agent

First time visiting Walt Disney World and/or want someone else to handle the reservations? Book with a travel agent! Travel Agents can hold a hotel reservation for you and automatically add any discounts that come out later. Some even help with booking restaurants in advance! The best part is that these travel agents are free! The Walt Disney Company pays these travel agents commissions from their sales.

Note: Be sure to book with authorized Disney Vacation Planners! Here are some of my recommendations:

Packing Tips

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Walt Disney World Entrance

Pack 2 Or 3 Pairs Of Comfortable Shoes To Walk In

You will walk A LOT at Disney World, and it’s super important to have comfortable walking shoes.

Well, why bring an extra pair of shoes? You never know what could happen. Your shoes may become soaking wet from the sudden rain and may not dry out. Or you could get blisters from the shoes you wore that day, and you might want to swap your shoes.

Bring A Portable Battery Charger!

You will use your phone a lot in the park, from making mobile orders to checking the wait times for attractions. You will find FuelRod (portable phone charger) kiosks around Disney World, but you’ll find better quality battery chargers on Amazon.

One that I recommend is the Anker Portable Charger. It’s helped me through multiple days in Disney World.

Bring A Portable Hand Sanitizer Or Disinfectant Wipes With You

You want to make sure that you and your family are staying safe. Disney has hand sanitizer stations/restrooms throughout the parks and resorts, but they may not always be immediately around you, or you may not like the smell or texture of those hand sanitizers or soap. So make sure to bring your hand sanitizer. I usually clip my hand sanitizer to my bag for easy access. 

Prepare for Any Kind of Weather

It’s essential to be prepared for any weather when visiting Disney World. The Florida climate can be unpredictable, so it’s always best to prepare for rain, sun, or cold. That means packing sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, or jackets just in case.

Prepare For The Summer Heat

If you’re visiting in summer, cooling items are a must-have! It will feel 10 degrees warmer than it actually is because of the humidity. Make sure to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. I recommend taking breaks inside buildings or returning to the resort for a short nap.

In addition, you do not want to wait in line in the sun outside unprepared. Some items that I recommend are Frogg Togg Chilly Pads and Mickey or Minnie Misting Fan

Pack A Poncho, Umbrella, Or Rain Jacket

Be ready for the rain. Disney sells umbrellas and ponchos when it rains, but it’s costly, so buy a poncho or rain jacket from Amazon or Dollar Tree before your trip!

Pack a Blanket

If you’re traveling to Disney with young kids, pack a blanket (or two!). It can get chilly at night, and a blanket is great for nighttime shows and parades.

Plus, if you’re renting a wheelchair, the seats can get pretty uncomfortable after sitting for long periods of time. Blankets make great cushions! So toss one in your bag, and you’ll be all set.

Walt Disney World Resort Tips

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Disney’s Art of Animation Cars Building

Don’t Wait For Hotel Discounts To Reserve

Hotel reservations fill up quickly, so make sure to book that Disney hotel before it fills up. You’ll be able to add discounts even after you book online or by calling.

Consider Staying At Disney Deluxe Resorts Or Deluxe Villa Resorts

Guests staying at one of the Disney Deluxe Resorts or Deluxe Villa Resorts can enjoy Extended Evening Theme Park Hours on top of Early Theme Park Entry. You’ll be able to stay in select parks longer on select days. 

Stay at One of the Monorail Resorts

If you’re looking for an extra-special Disney vacation, consider staying at one of the monorail resorts. The monorail resorts include Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

These resorts are located right on the monorail line, making it easy to get around the Disney World parks. Plus, they offer some of the best views of Disney’s Magic Kingdom park.

I highly recommend staying at these monorail resorts if you’re traveling with a small child. You can quickly head back to your hotel room during the day to take a short nap and head out to a Disney park.

Skip the Rental Car

You won’t need a rental car since Walt Disney World resorts offer free Disney transportation services to the theme parks and Disney Springs. All resorts typically charge for overnight parking. I recommend using an Uber, Lyft, Minnie Van, or Mears Shuttle Service for Orlando airport transportation!

Note: Starting from January 10, 2023, you can stay at a Disney resort hotel with complimentary overnight self-parking!

Request Rooms Near Transportation Locations

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Disney World Transportation Bus

Some rooms at Disney resort hotels can be farther away from transportation locations.

For large resorts like Caribbean Beach Resort, you might want to request a room that’s near the Disney Skyliner (gondola lift system) or transportation buses.

Before booking a room, check the resort map to see if there are particular rooms you can book near Disney transportation (e.g., Finding Nemo Family Suites at Art of Animation Resort).

Pick Up A Celebration Button

Is this going to be your first time visiting Walt Disney World? Are you celebrating a birthday or anniversary? Ask for a complimentary celebration button at your Disney hotel (or at guest services). It’s a great piece of souvenir to remember your trip, and some cast members may give you a little shout-out!

Buy The Refillable Mug On The First Day You Arrive At The Resort

By purchasing a refillable mug, you’ll be able to get unlimited free refills on fountain drinks, tea, and coffee from various Disney hotels (not theme parks) for the length of your stay. 

If you’re staying at Disney for over three days, buy the refillable mug!

Get A Wake-Up Call From A Disney Character!

Have a Disney character wake you up! This is a great way to start your day and get excited for all the fun that awaits you at the parks.

Call the front desk of your hotel or press the wake-up call button on the phone inside your hotel room.

Watch The Electrical Water Pageant

This small nighttime show is always fun to watch. You can watch it from the Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian, Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, and Contemporary Resort. Ask one of the cast members at the resort hotel about what time the water pageant will likely arrive. 

Have Bell Services Store Your Luggage

Have extra time before check-in or after check-out? Bell service will hold onto your luggage. Use that time to head into the parks or check out Disney Springs!

Money-Saving Tips

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Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort

Rent A Stroller Or ECV Off Parks Or Bring Your Own

Strollers and ECV rentals inside Disney Parks are more expensive than renting from a local Orlando company.

Consider these companies to save money:

If you’re bringing your own stroller, check the official Disney World website to see if your stroller size is within the guidelines.

Make Your Stroller Easy To Find

There’s nothing worse than not knowing which stroller is yours. Make sure to tie a ribbon or tag to the handle or drape a bright towel over to find your stroller quickly.

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My favorite are these personalizable Disney World Stroller Tags

Rent DVC Points

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Disney’s Riviera Resort (1 Bedroom Villa)

DVC, or Disney Vacation Club, is a points-based timeshare program. Disney Vacation Club members have points distributed based on the real estate interest they purchase. Members can use those points to stay at a Disney Resort. 

You can rent points even if you are not a DVC member.

One of my favorite places to rent DVC points would have to be David’s DVC Rental.

You can save hundreds or, in our case, thousands of dollars just by renting out points. Besides saving money staying at a Deluxe Villa Resort, you’ll also be able to enjoy Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours.

Check the “cost calculator” tab to see how much you can save by renting out points for a Deluxe Villa Resort instead of booking directly from Disney.

Buy Discounted Disney Gift Cards

Buy discounted Disney gift cards from Sam’s Club, BJ’s, Costco, and Target (using the RedCard). Or purchase at your local grocery store that offers fuel points.

You can use these gift cards for anything from hotels, tickets, souvenirs, dining, and so on. You can also buy separate Disney gift cards for the kids to use for souvenirs and snacks.

Make sure to hold on to your gift cards in case you have to cancel or return an item.

Have Groceries Delivered To Your Resort

Order snacks and bring your own food into the parks for you and your kids to nibble on throughout the day. If you’re staying in a room with a full kitchen, consider cooking a meal in your room to save money!

And for those of you that love to drink Dr. Pepper or Pepsi, make sure to order them because you won’t be able to find those in Walt Disney World.

You can pick them up in the Resort Lobby at no charge, or $6 will be charged to your room if you have your groceries brought to your room.

Always check with your hotel before ordering, as some resorts may not offer this service.

For grocery shopping, try out the following:

Check Off-Site Hotels

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Walt Disney World Swan

If it’s your first time going to Disney, I would highly recommend staying at one of the Walt Disney World Resorts but definitely check out the Walt Disney World Swan, Dolphin, and Swan Reserve Hotel (Marriott Bonvoy Hotels). Yes, there are other off-site hotels, but you can enjoy Early Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours if you stay at these three hotels. Plus, they’re so close to the BoardWalk!

Check the three Marriott Bonvey hotels if you’re a AAA member or a Marriott Bonvoy member.

Buy Discounted Disney Park Tickets

You can save money by buying discounted Disney World Theme Park tickets. 

Are you a AAA member? Check the AAA Discounts Rewards. You’ll be able to purchase discounted park tickets online!

Other recommendations for discounted park tickets include:

Charge Your Purchases to Your Room using MagicBand

If you’re staying at a Disney hotel, you can easily charge your park purchases to your room using a MagicBand.

This can be great for some credit cards because all purchases will be considered hotel charges. For example, the Sapphire Preferred card from Chase offers 2x total points on travel purchases.

So if you’re planning to spend a lot at the parks, charging to your room could help you earn some extra points. Just be sure to pay off your balance in full before the due date to avoid any interest charges.

Visit Disney’s Character Warehouse

Head over to Disney’s Character Warehouse located in Orlando Vineland Premium Outlet or Orlando International Premium Outlet to find discounted Disney merchandise! You’ll save so much more money than buying souvenirs inside the parks.

Buy A Popcorn Bucket On The First Day You Visit The Park

If your family loves eating popcorn, buy that popcorn bucket on the first day you’re in the park because refills are much cheaper than regular popcorn. 

Buy Disney Merchandise Before your Disney World Trip

If you’re looking to make your Walt Disney World vacation a bit more magical, then I suggest purchasing some Disney merchandise before your trip.

By buying some Disney gear before your trip, you’ll save time and money once you’re in Disney World.

You can buy Disney merchandise from shopDisney, the official Disney Merchandise store, or get a unique, one-of-a-kind item from Etsy.

These are some items I highly recommend buying!!

Disney Shirts

Disney shirts are a great way to get into the Disney spirit. In fact, you’ll see so many people wearing them!

Glitter Minnie Castle Shirt

Disney Family Shirts

Mickey Ear Hats and Headbands

Mickey ear hats and headbands are popular items to wear at Disney World. They are fun, festive, and can help you stand out in the crowd.

Personalized Disney Hat

Jungle Cruise Inspired Skipper Bucket Ear Hat

Minnie Mouse Rose Gold Ears

Custom Ears 

Disney Jewelry

There are many different pieces of Disney jewelry to choose from, including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Disney jewelry is perfect for Disney fans of all ages.

Disney Necklace

Minion Mickey Mouse Small Hoop Earrings

Three Dangle Mickey Mouse Bracelet

Note: Heading out to Walt Disney World soon and don’t have time for shipping? Head to Disney Springs. You can buy exclusive Disney products at the UNIQLO store located in Disney Springs.

Consider becoming a Disney Visa Card Member

If you’re a Disney fan, you’ll want to consider becoming a Disney Visa Card member. There are plenty of perks that come with the card, including the ability to earn Disney Rewards Dollars that cardmembers can use for future vacations at Disney World, Disneyland, or Disney Cruise Line. In addition, there are discounts available at select restaurants and shops.

Cardmembers also get to enjoy an exclusive character experience, as well as digital photo-ops.

Disney offers two Visa Credit Cards – a Disney Premier Visa Card (with an annual fee) and a Disney Visa Card (with no annual fee). So it’s worth looking to see which card would benefit you the most.

Dining Tips 

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Woody’s Lunch Box at Toy Story Land (Hollywood Studios)

Make Dining Reservations In Advance

If you have a table service restaurant you want to go to, you want to make that reservation before your trip. Some Disney restaurants have standby lines, but you’ll often have to wait 1 hour or more.

You can make advance dining reservations up to 60 days in advance. If you’re staying at a Disney resort, you can reserve 60 days in advance for your entire stay. 

You can book them online on the Disney official website or from the My Disney Experience app from 6 AM EST. If you prefer calling, reservation phone lines start from 7 AM EST.

Book Character Dining For Breakfast

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Mickey at Garden Grill (EPCOT)

Lunch and dinner can be pricier, so consider eating breakfast at character meals to save money.

Note: Some restaurants, such as Toppolino Terrace, only offer character dining during breakfast.

Book A Pre-Park Opening Breakfast Or After-Park Dinner

This is one of the tips that I absolutely love. A few restaurants will allow you to make a reservation before the park opens or after the park closes.

This means that you’ll be able to walk through Main Street in Magic Kingdom before the crowd arrives or after the crowd leaves. 

If you book a pre-park opening breakfast, you may be able to line up for those big rides even before guests enter at rope-drop. Just make sure you have the transportation figured out! Ask at the front desk of your resort to know when the first or last bus/Skyliner/boat is. Call a Lyft, Uber, or Minnie Van if they don’t have buses running.

Note: Only a few restaurants offer pre-park opening breakfast and after-park dinner. I would recommend booking a dinner reservation close to the park closing hour.

Keep Checking Back For Dining Reservations 

Update: Disney has changed it’s Dining Reservation cancellation rules and guests can now cancel their reservations 2 hours before their reservation without any cancellation fee!

Couldn’t book the restaurant you really wanted to go to? Keep checking the app and Disney World website!

Disney allows guests to cancel their dining reservations up to 24 hours before their reservation, so be sure to check every day for any cancellations. Many people tend to cancel their dining reservations the day before. 

The lobby concierge at the resort you’re staying at can also help you find reservations and recommend where to visit!

Check That Your Dining Reservations Match With Your Park Tickets And Hotel Reservation Before Your Trip

There’s nothing worse than finding out that you’ve made reservations for the wrong dates/park. Be sure to double-check those reservations!

Learn How To Use Mobile Ordering Beforehand

Mobile Ordering is a time saver, and you’ll want to learn how to use it before your trip.

You can practice ordering food from the My Disney Experience app before the trip. Just make sure not to click purchase!

Order Your Food Early With Mobile Ordering

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Orange Bird Mural (Magic Kingdom)

Make sure to order your food early to get the time slot you want when using Mobile Ordering (especially lunch and dinner).

I tried to order lunch at 11:30 AM and the next available time slot was 3:00 PM! So make sure to plan out what you want for lunch and dinner early if you are eating at a quick-service restaurant. You do not want any “hangry” family members!

Order Kids Menu

Not so hungry? Order off the kid’s menu at a quick-service dining location and save some money!

However, this tip may not work at table service restaurants. You can order from a kids menu, but they will most often give you an adult-sized portion at an adult price. Always ask the cast member before ordering and see what they can do.

Check OpenTable

Can’t find a reservation on the My Disney Experience App for Disney Springs restaurants? Try checking OpenTable, and you might find an opening there. 

Park Tips

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Partners Statue Mickey (Magic Kingdom)

Take A Screenshot Of Your Plans

You never know when the app may freeze up on your phone. Make sure to have screenshots of dining reservations and scheduled rides (made with Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane Selections).

Get A MagicBand Or MagicBand+

All right, MagicBands are not required, but they are so handy.

MagicBands become your hotel key (for Disney hotel guests), park pass, PhotoPass, and you’ll be able to charge merchandise and food to your room (for Disney Hotel guests).

Although MagicBands are no longer complementary to resort guests, you can buy them at a discounted price if staying at a Disney Resort. These should come up as an option when booking your hotel. If you already have a MagicBand from your previous trip, make sure to bring that with you!

Note: Disney now offers MagicBand+, a newer version of MagicBand. MagicBand+ will include all of the features of the MagicBand plus interactive features that guests can enjoy throughout the park.  

Check For Current Disney Policies

Disney is changing its policies frequently, so it’s best to keep up to date with those changes.

Use Early Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours Wisely

Entrance of Animal Kingdom

As any savvy Disney fan knows, one of the best benefits of staying at a Disney hotel is early park entry. Guests staying at select Disney resorts can enter the parks 30 minutes early, giving them a head start on the crowds.

And on select days, select Disney resort hotel guests can also stay in the parks later for extended evening hours. So if you’re planning a trip to Disney, be sure to take advantage of these extra perks! 

Early park entry is an excellent opportunity to enjoy some of the less crowded rides and attractions. So check which rides are available during early park entry hours and plan accordingly.

Take advantage of early park entry and extended evening hours. You can make the most of your time at the parks with a bit of planning!

Extra Tip: Try arriving at the parks before early park entry begins. Most of the time, you’ll be able to enter the park and head straight to your ride without waiting in line. Doing this may help you ride two attractions before the park opens!

Connect To The Park Wi-Fi

Connecting to the Wi-Fi will help save your phone battery, so make sure to join once you’re in the park.

Head Towards The Left Or Start Your Day From The Back Of The Park

People tend to naturally go to the right when they enter the park and ride to the attraction closest to the entrance. You’ll find fewer crowds if you go left or start at the back of the park.

Get A Free Cup Of Water In The Parks

Make sure that you are not dehydrated, especially in the summer.

You can always ask for a cup of water at a counter service restaurant or find water filling stations near some restrooms. 

Bring some lemonade drink mix or water drop with you if you are picky about water taste.

Ask Cast Members To Take Pictures Of Your Party With Your Own Camera

You do not have to pay for a PhotoPass to take a picture. Just ask a cast member, and they’ll take a photo with your own camera!

Be Prepared To Wait In Line A Lot

Avatar Flight of Passage Queue (Animal Kingdom)
Avatar Flight of Passage Queue

With FastPasses gone, expect to wait longer in lines if you’re not buying the Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane Selections.

Prepare games for your kids (and adults!) to play while waiting in line. Download some game apps or movies on your phone or iPad.

If you prefer less screen time, play a scavenger hunt card game like Skillmatics Card Game: Found It! in line.

Another tip is to bring your own food or snack for a recharge.

You can also plan for your next meal and mobile order before the reservation time slot fills up.

Use The Single Rider Line

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Test Track (EPCOT)

The Disney World single rider lines can be a great way to save time and avoid some of the crowds. If you’re traveling with a group and don’t mind being separated for a bit, using the single-rider line can be a great way to get on some of the popular rides faster. Lining up in the Single Rider line will significantly reduce your wait time and create time for another ride!

Get In Line For Popular Attractions At The Last Minute

Hop in line 10-15 minutes before the park closes, and you’ll be able to ride that attraction even if the wait time is 60 minutes or even more. This is an excellent tip for those “big rides” like Avatar Flight of Passage, Star Wars: Millennium Falcon – Smugglers Run, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and more.

Buy The Merchandise If You Like It

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United Kingdom Pavillion Shop (EPCOT)

Some merchandise is only available at that location or can sell out quickly. When in doubt, purchase the item and return it later.

Take Breaks In Between

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney’s Yacht Club

There are so many things to do at the park you might forget to take a break in between.

Go to rest spots, watch a show, or book a table service restaurant to sit down.

Great shows to watch in Magic Kingdom are:

  • Carousel of Progress
  • the Enchanted Tiki Room
  • Hall of Presidents

If you want to take a break without the crowd, head on over to a nearby resort. Take the monorail to one of the monorail Disney resorts if you’re at Magic Kingdom.

If you’re at EPCOT, you can walk to one of the Disney resorts from the International Gateway Entrance to Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club, or Disney’s Yacht Club.

Visit the Animal Kingdom Lodge, where you can watch animals from one of the on-property savannahs.

Taking a quick break at one of these Disney hotels will help you escape the busy Disney parks.

Don’t Overplan

Disney World is a place where magic can happen at any moment. While having a plan is essential, it’s also important to be flexible and go with the flow. Don’t over-plan your Disney World vacation, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the magic that Disney has to offer.

It’s nearly impossible to ride all the attractions and watch all the shows in just one day. Just pick a few must-do attractions and shows with your family.

Make Sure That Your Kids Are Tall Enough For The Rides They Want To Ride On

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TriceraTop Spin (Animal Kingdom)

If you’re headed to Disney World with kids, it’s important to know the height requirements for the attractions.

You do not want your kid to be hyped up about going on the ride, only to find out they aren’t tall enough to ride it at the last moment.

You can find a list of Disney World’s height requirements on their website.

Review The Rides Beforehand With Your Kids

Reviewing the rides is optional but if your child gets frightened with sudden movements/sounds/lights, watch the ride-on POV of the attraction with your child. This is a great way to make sure they feel comfortable riding it. This tip also goes for adults with anxiety. Knowing beforehand can make a real difference. 

Skip the Fireworks

If you’re not a fan of fireworks, there’s no need to stay glued to your spot on the ground during the show. Instead, take advantage of the shorter standby queues at the rides and enjoy the attraction! You might be surprised at how many attractions you can squeeze in during that time.

Fully Explore the Parks

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Donald Duck Signature at Hollywood Yard of Fame (Hollywood Studios)
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Tangled Rest Area (Magic Kingdom)
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Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)

When you visit a theme park, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the rides and attractions. But don’t forget to take some time to enjoy the more minor details of the park as well. If you take the time to look around, there’s a lot to discover, from hidden Mickeys to themed objects.

If you’re planning to visit during the holiday season, the parks are filled with Christmas decorations!

And who knows, you might find something you would never have noticed otherwise. So the next time you’re at a theme park, take a few minutes to slow down and explore your surroundings. You never know what you might find.

Magic Kingdom Tips

Cinderella Castle (Magic Kingdom)

Take A Photo From The Side Or Behind The Cinderella Castle

Back of Castle (Magic Kingdom)

If there is a crowd in front of the castle, try taking a photo from behind the castle. You might be able to take pictures without the crowd.

Ride Astro Orbiter, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad At Night

The dramatic lights of big thunder make the ride more thrilling, and you’ll be able to enjoy stunning views of the park when riding the Dumbo and Astro Orbiter at night.


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Fireworks from the California Grill and Lounge (Disney’s Contemporary Resort)

Where can I watch the fireworks?

If you don’t mind staking out 45 minutes to an hour before the show, I would recommend watching the fireworks from the following area:

  • Center view right in front of the Cinderella Castle (“seated spot”)
  • Behind the Partners Statue
  • Main Street, U.S.A.

Don’t want to wait and don’t mind having an obstructed view? Check out the following locations:

  • Swiss Family Treehouse
  • Back of the Cinderella Castle
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant Ride
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover

Want to watch from outside the park?

  • The TTC dock and beach at the Polynesian Resort are great places to watch. 
  • If you have a DVC member in your party, you can watch the fireworks from the Top of the World Lounge in the Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Don’t mind spending money?

  • Dessert Parties
  • Depending on which dessert party you choose, you’ll be able to watch the fireworks from inside the park at the Plaza Garden or the Tomorrowland Terrace patio.
  • Fireworks Cruise and Dessert Cruise
  • You’ll be able to watch fireworks from the water!
  • California Grill and Lounge at the Contemporary Resort 
  • If you’re planning on dining there, dine during the fireworks show. You’ll be able to watch the fireworks while sitting down at a table! Note: California Grill released a 50th Anniversary Celebration Menu that offers a 3-course menu that allows you to watch the Disney Enchantment nighttime show at Magic Kingdom from the 15th floor. (Dress Code Required)
  • Celebration at the Top: 50th Flavors & Fireworks Cocktail Party at the Contemporary Resort
  • At this cocktail party, you’ll be able to watch the fireworks from a private observation deck reserved for event guests at $129 per person. (Dress Code Required)

Stay For The Kiss Goodnight

Stay around Magic Kingdom for 30 minutes after the park closes. You’ll be able to watch Kiss Goodnight at Cinderella Castle.

The Kiss Goodnight at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a lovely way to end your day at the park. The castle is lit up, and the music is beautiful as you say goodbye to the park for the night.

Hollywood Studios Tips

Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Hollywood Studios)
Nighttime Show (Hollywood Studios)

Make Reservations For Droid Depot And Savi’s Workshop

Droid Depot
Droid Depot (Hollywood Studios)

Love Star Wars? Make a reservation for Droid Depot, where you can build your own droid. Or Savi’s Workshop, where you can create your own lightsaber. Or even both at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Make a reservation beforehand because walk-ins may not be accepted. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance, just like dining reservations.

Keep Checking If Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance Virtual Queue Comes Back

Disney World has announced that they are pausing virtual queues for the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Ride at Hollywood Studios and now switching to a standby queue. Great! But note that they are “pausing,” meaning that virtual queues may return, so keep an eye out for any updates.

If it’s a must-do attraction for your family, consider purchasing the Individual Lightning Lane Selections. 


EPCOT spaceship earth
Spaceship Earth (EPCOT)

Visit The Kidcot Fun Stops

Kidcot is a fun activity where you collect activity cards at each country throughout the World Showcase. Each fun stop is different and exciting, so if your kids love scavenger hunt activities, definitely check it out. You’ll find a Kidcot Fun Stop at every international pavilion.

Visit the Sea Base

The Seas Nemo
The Seas (EPCOT)
Sea Base EPCOT
Sea Base (EPCOT)

Need to take a quick break at EPCOT? The Sea Base is a great indoor area filled with large aquariums. It’s home to many marine lives, from fish to sharks! 

The Sea Base is located in the World Nature section. You can access the Sea Base without riding the Seas with Nemo & Friends attraction. Just enter through the gift shop located in the building, and you’ll find the Sea Base ahead.

Keep Checking If Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure Virtual Queue Comes Back

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure (EPCOT)

Disney World has announced that they are pausing virtual queues for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure and switching to a standby queue for now, just like the Rise of the Resistance Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Note that they are “pausing,” meaning that virtual queues may return, so keep an eye out for any updates.

If it’s a must-do attraction for your family, consider purchasing the Individual Lightning Lane Selections. 

Review How The Virtual Queue Works For Guardian’s Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind Ride

If you’re planning to ride the Guardian’s of the Galaxy, be sure to review how the virtual queue system works before heading to the park, as there are no standby queues for this ride.

Consider purchasing the Individual Lightning Lane Selections if Guardian’s of the Galaxy is a must-do attraction for your party.

Fireworks/Nighttime Show

Harmonious Spectacular
EPCOT Harmonious Spectacular (EPCOT)

Watch from the World Showcase

You’ll pretty much be able to see it from any country at the world showcase, but there are a few places that I would recommend watching from:

  • The World Showcase Plaza (or from behind either store of Port of Entry or Disney Traders)
  • From the sides of the American Gardens Theatre
  • The second floor of the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan Pavilion
  • The bridge between France and the United Kingdom
  • In between Norway and Mexico

Watch from a Restaurant

  • La Hacienda de San Angel at Mexico Pavilion
  • Tokyo Dining at Japan Pavilion

Book a Dining Package or Dessert Party (when it becomes available)

  • Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package 
  • Spice Road Table Fireworks Dining Package
  • Frozen Ever After Dessert Party (currently unavailable)

Watch from Outside the Park

  • Bridge between Beach Club and Boardwalk Inn
  • Rooftop Toppolino’s Terrace at Riviera Resort
  • Rooftop Restaurant at Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Animal Kingdom Tips

tree of life
Tree of Life (Animal Kingdom)

Visit Kilimanjaro Safari In The Morning

Want to see lots of animals? Line up for Kilimanjaro Safari during the morning hours. The animals are usually more awake at this time because they typically feed in the morning.

Visit Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Sanaa (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge)

Animal Kingdom Lodge is a beautiful resort home to many exotic animals. I recommend taking a quick break at this lodge when visiting Animal Kingdom.

The lodge is also home to some of the best Disney restaurants, including Boma, Jiko, and Sanaa.

Visit Pandora At Night

Pandora is so beautiful at night with its glowing lights and sounds of drums, waterfall, and night creatures. Make sure to visit before leaving the park. 

Bonus Tip: Bring some glow-in-the-dark face paint or items for your children! Everything glows at Pandora and these glow-in-the-dark items look amazing!

Have FUN!

Mickey at Town Square
Mickey at Town Square Theater (Magic Kingdom)

This is the last and most important tip that I will give you! There will be times when something doesn’t go right during your Disney trip. Be flexible for changes. In the end, it’s all about having fun during your trip. 

What Next?

Well, that’s a list of my favorite Disney World tips and tricks I certainly wish I had known before my first Walt Disney World Vacation. 

Thank you so much for reading this post.

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I hope you and your family will have a fantastic time at Disney World!

Planning a trip to Disney World can seem overwhelming. Well, it was for me, especially on my first trip. Here’s a planning guide I came up with after planning multiple trips to Disney World for my friends, families, and myself! Feel free to skip or change some steps to best fit for your Disney World vacation!  

Important Updates:

  • Disney’s Magical Express now discontinued (no free transportation options between the airport and Disney Resort)
  • FastPass+ replaced with Genie+
  • Extra Magic Hours replaced with Early Theme Park Entry (Disney Resort hotel guests and select other hotel guests can enter the parks 30 minutes early)
  • Extended Evening Theme Park Hours available for onsight guests at Deluxe and Deluxe Villa resorts
  • Now selling “park-specific pricing” for single-day tickets (1-day, 1-park), which does not require any Park Pass Reservations.
  • Park Pass Reservations are needed for date-based tickets, Annual Pass, and Florida Resident Ticket for trips before January 9, 2024
  • Disney After Hours Events returned
  • Park Hopping hours start after 2 PM
  • Advanced Dining Reservations are available 60 days in advance (180 days before the update)
  • Disney Dining Plan returning on January 9, 2024

1. When to Go

Partners Statue (Magic Kingdom)- Planning a Trip to Disney World
Partners Statue (Magic Kingdom)

So when should I plan to visit Disney World? 

This really depends on how flexible your schedule is. 

If you can only go on federal holidays, see if you can add some extra days before or after those dates. 

If your dates are flexible, here are some factors to keep in mind to narrow down your choices.


Are there any special events that you want to go to?

Here are some events to take into consideration:

  • EPCOT Festivals (four in total)
    • International Festival of the Arts
    • International Flower & Garden Festival
    • International Food & Wine Festival
    • International Festival of the Holidays
  • Halloween at Disney World
    • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (additional ticket purchase required)
  • Christmas Holiday at Disney World
    • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (additional ticket purchase required)


It’s best to consult a crowd calendar when choosing dates.

As a general idea, Disney is least crowded during: 

  • January ~ February
  • September
    • be sure to watch out for 3-day weekends and special events (such as Epcot festivals and Disney marathons)
  • December (before the holidays)

Remember that the higher the crowd, the higher the price.

Check Park Pass Reservation

Update: Starting December 8th, 2022 Disney is implementing “park-specific pricing” for single-day tickets (1-day, 1-park). This means that you’ll need to check if they still have tickets available for the park that you plan on going to.

Park Pass Reservations are needed for date-based tickets, Annual Pass, and Florida Resident Ticket for trips before January 9, 2024

Disney World currently uses a Park Pass Reservation System where guests must make a reservation in advance for each park they are planning on visiting. Make sure that the park passes are available for the dates you are planning to go. 

2. Choose Where to Stay 

Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort -Planning a Trip to Disney World
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Disney Resort or Off-Site Hotel (non-Disney Resort)

First, ask yourself whether you want to stay at a Disney Resort or an off-site hotel (non-Disney Resort).

Benefits of staying at a Disney Resort include:

  • Free transportation to and from parks and Disney Springs
  • More time in the parks
    • Early Park Entry – Enter any theme park 30 minutes early.
    • Extended Evening Hours (for Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts) – Stay in select parks longer on certain days.
  • Early access to dining reservations
  • MagicBands and MagicBand+
    • You can purchase certain MagicBands at a discounted price, use the MagicBand as a room key, enter parks, and purchase merchandise and food.
  • Free Parking for theme parks and resorts!
    • Note: You will have to pay for resort parking.  Starting from January 10, 2023, you can stay at a Disney resort hotel with complimentary overnight self-parking!
  • Disney-themed resort
  • Dining Plan (available after January 9, 2024)

Benefits of staying at an Off-Site Hotel include:

  • Less expensive 
  • More room space 
  • Loyalty rewards
    • Earn points if you’re a member. 
    • Use your points to stay at the hotel.  
  • Early Park Entry and Extended Evening Hours for select off-site hotels 

Obviously, the benefits will differ for each off-site hotel, such as complimentary continental breakfast, so check those benefits beforehand. 

Off-site hotels are often cheaper than Disney Resorts, but you may not save as much, especially if you’re considering renting a car (rental fee, parking fee, gas fee). So make sure to compare the total cost before deciding. 

Questions to Ask 

With so many resorts to choose from, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you. The “best resort” will differ for every person.  

Here are some questions to consider when choosing:

  • What’s your budget?
    • Disney categorizes its resorts into four: value, moderate, deluxe, and deluxe villas. If you have a lower budget, consider a Disney value resort or an off-site hotel.
    • Have a tight budget but want to stay at one of the luxurious Disney Resorts? Consider renting Disney Vacation Club points to stay at a deluxe villa.
      • Disney Vacation Club or DVC is a points-based timeshare program where members purchase points yearly and use those points to stay at a Disney Resort. At David’s DVC rental, you’re able to rent points even if you’re not a DVC member! Check the “cost calculator” tab and see how much you can save.
  • How many people are you going with?
    • If you’re traveling with a larger group, consider a Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, a suite-type room for an off-site hotel, or Airbnb/Vacation Home Rental
  • Are you going with the kids? If so, how old are they?
    • A Disney Resort might be a better choice if you’re traveling with kids because of its Disney theme. Younger kids might like the “cartoony” Disney theme at value resorts more than the subtle Disney theme at moderate and deluxe resorts.
  • How long are you staying?/Will you spend a lot of time at the hotel?
    • If you’re only going to be there for a short time or at the parks the whole stay, you probably won’t need to care about the hotel amenities. 
    • If you plan to go to the resort pool, remember that Disney Value Resorts doesn’t have waterslides. 
  • Which transportation do you want to use?
    • There are many different transportation options for Disney Resort guests; buses, boats, Disney Skyliner (gondola system), and monorails. See what type of transportation is available for each Disney Resort. 
    • If you’re also looking at an off-site hotel, see what type of transportation the hotel offers. 
  • Which park are you going to visit the most?
    • If you plan on visiting Epcot or Hollywood Studios more than once, consider a resort near the Boardwalk where you can walk to the park or use a water taxi. Or consider a resort that offers the Skyliner service.

3. How to Get There

Airplane - Planning a Trip to Disney World

There are many ways to get to Disney World; by car, train or plane. 

If you are considering a road trip, add some extra days to rest when planning your Disney World vacation!

4. Where You Want to Go

Slinky Dog Dash- Planning a Trip to Disney World
Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)

At this point, you want to have a general idea of where you want to go each day. Which parks do you want to visit? Visiting any water parks? If you only have two days to go to the parks, figure out which parks you want to go to or if you want to do all the parks by park hopping. 

Any Harry Potter fans? Schedule a day at Universal Studios during your Disney World vacation. Remember, there’s more to explore in Orlando. 

4a. Attractions/Shows/Characters

Look through the available rides and shows with your family and determine which theme parks you want to go to. Are there any characters your family wants to see? 

5. Check Park Hours

Park Hours are different for each park every day, so be sure to look at the park hours to schedule a rough idea of what dates you want to go for each park. 

*Note: If you’re staying at a Deluxe or Deluxe Villa Resort, be sure to check when those Extended Evening Hours are. 

6. Book a Hotel

Lion King Family Suite (Disney's Art of Animation Resort)- Planning a Trip to Disney World
Lion King Family Suite (Disney’s Art of Animation Resort)

Now that you have finished researching, it’s time to book the hotel you wish to stay in. 

If you decide to stay at an off-site hotel, reserve from their website.

For Disney Resorts, I recommend booking from their official website or booking a hotel through a Disney-authorized travel agent. 

Reserving from the Official Walt Disney World Website

If you plan on staying at one of the Disney Resorts you’ll either need to make a “room only” reservation or buy a Disney World vacation package, which bundles your hotel room and park tickets.

I recommend reserving for the “room only” if there are no special offers such as discounts or free dining (currently unavailable). Most often times you’ll be able to buy cheaper park tickets from other third-party sites, which I’ll mention later on.

Also note that, room-only reservations allow you to cancel 5 days prior to the arrival date (6 days for online booking) while vacation packages will require you to cancel 30 days prior to your arrival date to receive a full refund. For detailed information make sure to check the refund policy on the official Disney World website!

Reserving through a Travel Agent

Well, why reserve through a travel agent? There are so many benefits, and some of them include:

  • Disney pros
    • Disney-authorized travel agents are pretty much Disney experts! You can directly ask them questions you have when planning.
  • Save Money
    • Travel agents will change your vacation package when better discounts are released for you! You won’t have to do a single thing.
  • No additional cost
    • Travel agents earn commissions from Disney, so you won’t have to pay anything extra! 

Some travel agents I recommend are:

7. Purchase Park Tickets 

Update: Starting December 8th, 2022 Disney is implementing “park-specific pricing” for single-day tickets (1-day, 1-park).

This means that a theme park reservation will automatically be made when you purchase a ticket. So you won’t need to make additional park pass reservations! Here is the approximate pricing breakdown for tickets when this new system comes into effect on December 8, 2022:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom $109 – $159
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios $124 – $179
  • EPCOT $114 – $179
  • Magic Kingdom $124 – $189

For dates before January 9, 2024, Park Pass Reservations are needed if you are purchasing date-based tickets. No reservations are needed for trips on or after January 9, 2024. Click here for more information.

Time to purchase those park tickets!

Make sure to check the Park Pass Reservation system to see if the dates are available.

I recommend buying them from a third-party authorized seller to save some money.

Some recommendations include:

After purchasing park tickets immediately make those park pass reservations! You don’t want to wait until the last minute only to find out that there are no park pass reservations available!

8. Book Transportation

Book Flight/Train tickets

Book for any transportation you will need to get to and from Disney World; plane or train.

Airport Transportation To/From Disney Resort

Disney Resorts no longer offer their Magical Express complimentary airport shuttle, so make sure to figure out how you will get to your resort from the airport if you’re flying to Orlando.

Here are some of the options you have:

Car Rental

If you’re planning on renting a car in Orlando, make sure to make a reservation.

My Car Rental Service Recommendations:

9. Purchase a MagicBand or MagicBand+

I highly recommend purchasing a MagicBand or MagicBand+ if you’re staying at a Disney Resort. MagicBands are waterproof wristbands that can be used as a room key (if staying at Disney Resort), park pass, PhotoPass, and charge food and merchandise purchases to your room (if staying at a Disney Resort). 

Disney Resort guests can buy select MagicBands at a discounted price. If you don’t see a design you like, you could always buy them in the parks, Disney Springs, or on ShopDisney.

MagicMobile is a service where you can use your phone instead of the MagicBands. So if you’re not staying at a Disney Resort, I would definitely check out that service. 

Note: Disney announced that MagicBand+ would be launching on July 27, 2022. MagicBand+ will include all of the features of the MagicBand plus interactive features that guests can enjoy throughout the park.  

10. Make Dining Reservations

Garden Grill- Planning a Trip to Disney World
Garden Grill (Epcot)

Make your dining reservations!!! I know some friends who didn’t make any reservations thinking that they’d be able to dine without any reservations. Needless to say, they were unable to eat at places they wanted to and had to wait for hours at table service restaurants. 

You can start booking dining reservations 60 days in advance. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you’ll be able to book 60 days in advance of your vacation arrival date for the whole stay. 

Plan out which restaurants you want to eat at ahead of time and what day and time you would like to go.

Tips: I would recommend booking only one or two restaurants a day. I remember making three reservations in one day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and was worrying in the attraction standby line if we’d make it on time. My family was pretty much running to all of our reservations. 

11. Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection

Disney has replaced FastPass with Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Selections.

Note that these two services are not free

The Genie+ costs from $15 per guest per day at Disney World, similar to FastPass+, which allows you to skip the regular line and instead use the “Lightning Lane” for certain rides. You can only make one reservation at a time and choose the next ride after you tap in and ride the attraction or after 120 minutes. 

Individual Lightning Lane Selections lets you use the “Lightning Lane” for up to 2 popular rides like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Hollywood Studios) and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom).

So there are three options available

Option #1: Purchase Genie+

Option #2: Purchase Individual Lightning Lane Selections

Option #3: Purchase both Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane Selections

Purchasing or not depends on your budget, if your must-do rides are on the list for Genie+ or Individual Lightning Lane Selections, and/or how much time you have at the parks. 

Click HERE for more information about Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane.

12. Make a Daily Itinerary

I’m not saying to schedule every hour of your day. Just have a general idea of what you want to do for each day at the parks:

  • Must-do rides (1~3 rides)
  • Must-do shows/fireworks
  • Dining reservations 
  • Characters to See

Tips: Don’t over plan! It’s just impossible to do everything in one day. Ask the whole family or whoever you’re going with your top 3 must-dos for the day at the park, and if you complete that list, great! If not, that can be one of your to-dos for your next future Disney World vacation.

13. Download and Learn How to Use the My Disney Experience App

The My Disney Experience App is going to be your friend, from checking wait times for rides, mobile ordering, making Genie+ ride selections, joining the virtual queue for rides, and more! 

Download the app and familiarize yourself with the app and its features before your vacation.

14. Link your MagicBand to your Disney Account

If you decide to purchase a MagicBand, you’ll need to set up your MagicBand. Sign in to your Disney account and link your MagicBand.

15. Start Packing

Make your own packing list, and start packing for your Disney World vacation!

Be sure to include the following Disney World essentials:

  • MagicBands/Tickets
  • Resort/Dining Confirmation (screenshots/paper)
  • Portable Battery Charger
  • Any of Your Disney Planning Materials

16. Adding Some Extra “Magic” 

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom - Planning a Trip to Disney World

The following are some extras that can make your vacation more “magical”:

Memory Maker

Disney offers a photo package that allows you to download all of the Disney photos taken by PhotoPass photographers and photos from rides.  

Dessert Parties

This private event allows guests to view fireworks and nighttime shows from a semi-private area and enjoy delicious treats!

Dessert Parties:

  • Magic Kingdom
    • Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Pre-Party or After Party
    • Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Disney Enchantment Treats & Seats 
  • Hollywood Studios
    • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party (Look for Updates)
    • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party (Look for Updates)
    • Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience (Look for Updates)

Dining Packages

Dining Packages allow guests to dine at select restaurants and view the nighttime show or event from a reserved area. 

Dining Packages:

  • Hollywood Studios
    • Fantasmic! Dining Package
  • Epcot
    • Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package
    • Spice Road Table Fireworks Dining Package
    • EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival – Garden Rocks Dining Packages
    • EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival – Eat to the Beat Dining Packages
    • EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays – Candlelight Processional Dining Packages
    • EPCOT International Festival of the Arts – Disney on Broadway Dining Packages

Fireworks Cruises

Guests can watch those fireworks from the water without the crowd!


  • Specialty Cruises
  • Ferrytale Fireworks: A Sparkling Dessert Cruise

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Any princesses or princes between the ages of 3 and 12 in the party? Consider reserving a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience for them. Fairy Godmother’s Apprentices will sprinkle magic to transform them into a Disney princess or prince.

The boutique at Magic Kingdom reopened on August 25, 2022, while boutiques in the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney Springs will remain temporarily closed (look for updates).

Star Wars Extras 

Any Star Wars fan in the party? You can create your own droid at Droid Depot and/or lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop in Hollywood Studios. Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance for both.

VIP Tours

Want an unforgettable Disney World vacation? Book a VIP Tour. With a VIP Tour, you’ll be able to enjoy the perfect Disney World itinerary for your group; ride all the rides without the wait and snag the best seats for rides and shows. You can visit multiple parks during the VIP tour and shorten your stay. 

VIP tours may seem costly at first, but because you can shorten your vacation by visiting multiple parks, you might save a little bit of money because Disney resorts can be expensive. 

Calculate the total cost of your entire trip with and without the VIP tour, and see if you might actually save money. 

Note: Park tickets are not included in the price of the VIP tour.

Magic At Your Door

Want to have unique Disney merchandise sent to your door before heading out on your vacation? Check out Magic At Your Door and order a Disney Magic Box Subscription or a One Time Disney Magic Box to get your family excited for the trip and pack those merchandise with you! 

What Next? 

Hopefully, I have made the planning part for your Disney World vacation a little bit easier by breaking it into steps. Remember to talk with your family or whoever you’re going with and have fun during the process! 

Be sure to check out Disney World Tips before heading out on your vacation. 

Need some girls trip ideas to plan a vacation in the future? Here are destinations around the world to visit for a memorable girl trip!

Eager to go outside and travel? These past few years have complicated traveling and meeting with friends. As travel restrictions are starting to ease, why not start planning a girls trip for the future?

This list of best girls trip ideas includes beach getaways to city escapes so that you can find the perfect trip for your crew. Whether you’re looking for a quick vacation or long weekend getaway, this list got you covered.

So get ready for some unforgettable memories!

Verona, Italy

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Verona City view
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Juliet's House

When it comes to girl trips, Verona, Italy, is always at the top of the list. This enchanting city is filled with history and culture, not to mention mouth-watering food and wine. This beautiful hometown of Romeo and Juliet is located between Milan and Venice.

From touring Juliet’s balcony, shopping in the ancient markets, to hopping onto one of the Lake Garda boat tours, there’s something for everyone in Verona.

With its rolling hills and beautiful architecture, Verona is one of the most scenic destinations in Italy. Verona is a small city, and the most prominent attractions are within walking distance.

Top Things To Do:

Maui, Hawaii, USA

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Maui

This Hawaiian island is home to a variety of exotic Hawaiian landscapes, from beautiful beaches to rainforests. Maui is a great place to go on a beach vacation. It’s a beautiful island with plenty of things to do.

This island is excellent for nature lovers and those looking for a relaxing trip. You can go on hiking trails, swim or snorkel at one of the world-famous beaches, or relax by the hotel pool.

Maui is also home to some fantastic restaurants and bars, so you’ll never run out of things to do.

Top Things To Do:

Mykonos, Greece

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Mykonos

If you’re looking for an epic vacation, look no further than Mykonos, Greece. This charming island is known for its picturesque scenery and vibrant nightlife, making it the perfect place to relax and let loose with your best friends.

Be sure to visit the famous Paradise Beach, where you can sunbathe, swim, and enjoy cocktails while watching the world go by.

And when night falls, enjoy a girls night at one of Mykonos’ lively bars and nightclubs to dance the night away.

Top Things To Do:

  • Take photos at picturesque streets, cafes, and restaurants.
  • Watch the sunset from Little Venice.
  • Swim, snorkel, or set sail on a boat trip in the beautiful waters of the Aegean Sea.
  • Head to the beach bar and enjoy the music at Paradise Beach.

The Caribbean 

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Caribbean
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Puerto Rico

The Caribbean is an excellent place for a girls trip! There are plenty of beautiful beaches to relax on, excellent restaurants to enjoy, and fun activities to keep you busy.

The unique cultures and stunning scenery are the best things about visiting the Caribbean. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, add the Caribbean to your list of destinations!

Are you looking for luxurious accommodation? Stay at an all-inclusive resort. These resorts offer everything you need under one roof, from amazing food and drinks to entertainment and activities. Plus, they’re typically located in beautiful settings, so you can relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings.

Top Things To Do:

  • Lounge on one of the beaches.
  • Visit a nearby island!
  • Explore the streets of Old San Juan, an area filled with historic sites and colorful homes.

Da Nang, Vietnam

Best Girls Trip Ideas- My Son Sanctuary
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Hoi An

If you’re looking for an unforgettable girls trip destination for your next girl trip, look no further than Da Nang, Vietnam!

This city offers a wealth of activities and attractions to keep you busy, whether you’re interested in soaking up the history and culture, exploring the natural wonders, or enjoying a relaxing beach vacation.

Da Nang is located on the central coast of Vietnam and is well known for its stunning beaches.

Da Nang is also home to some impressive temples and pagodas, making it the perfect destination for those who enjoy sightseeing. Da Nang is located near three World Historical Sites. Da Nang is sure to please everyone in your group with so much to offer!

Top Things To Do:

  • Walk under the colored paper lanterns in Hoi An (one of the UNESCO World Historic Sites). This 50/50 Hoi An & Da Nang Private Tour will allow you to explore both in a day!
  • Tour the other two UNESCO World Heritage sites; Hué Monuments and My Son Sanctuary.
  • Enjoy a day at My Khe Beach, regarded as “one of the most attractive beaches on the planet” by Forbes.
  • Take pictures at the Pink Church (Da Nang Cathedral).
  • Hit the streets and discover tasty Da Nang street foods. 

Bali, Indonesia

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Bali Swing
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Lempuyang Temple

Explore the last city Liz visits on her self-discovery journey in Eat Pray Love. 

This city is filled with gorgeous natural beauty and breathtaking views; rice terraces, temples, mountains, beaches, and much more. If you’re looking for Instagram photo-ops, I highly recommend the Bali: Full-Day Instagram Highlights Tour! This tour will take you to all of the photogenic areas in Bali.  

You can explore attractions, go shopping, or get spa treatments. And of course, you can also relax on the beach.

Top Things To Do:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Santa Monica Pier
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Urban Lights

This west coast city is perfect for any trip. Los Angeles is packed with endless things to do, see, and eat, so you’ll never run out of things to keep you entertained.

Some activities include boutique shopping, exploring art galleries, and enjoying a day at one of the theme parks.

Plus, the weather is excellent nearly all year round so you can enjoy the outdoors and the city’s many attractions.

Top Things To Do:

Tokyo, Japan

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Teamlab
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Tokyo Tower

Tokyo is a fascinating city with a unique and vibrant culture. There is much to see and do in Tokyo, from the bright neon lights of Shinjuku and Shibuya to Asakusa’s historic temples and gardens.

The city is also home to some of the best shopping in the world, with everything from high-end boutiques to lively street markets. Whatever your interests, you’ll find something to enjoy in Tokyo.

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Orlando, Florida, USA – Walt Disney World

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Magic Kingdom

Visit the “happiest place on Earth” with your friends. Walt Disney World is one of the most popular destinations in the world.

People come from all over to visit the four theme parks, two water parks, and dozens of resorts on property.

Disney World has something for everyone, from rides to shopping to character meet and greets. I went to Disney World on my recent girls trip and enjoyed every moment.

Disney’s fun atmosphere and magic shine through in every aspect of the resort, from the themed lands to the Cast Members who make your trip memorable.

Top Things To Do:

  • Don’t have time to travel overseas? Travel to many countries around the world at EPCOT‘s world showcase.
  • Take a group photo with Cinderella Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom.
  • Explore the World of Avatar and meet exotic animals aboard the Kilimanjaro Safari at Animal Kingdom.
  • Enter the world of Star Wars and take a stroll through Hollywood Boulevard at Hollywood Studios.
  • Enjoy shopping and dining at Disney Springs.

If you’re considering going to Disney World, click here for a step-by-step Disney World Planning Guide.

Newport, Rhode Island

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Newport, RI

Newport, Rhode Island is a beautiful New England town. It’s home to some of the most iconic historical landmarks in America, from the Gilded Age mansions of Bellevue Avenue to the picturesque Cliff Walk.

With world-class fine dining, lively nightlife scene, and stunning ocean views, this historic city is the perfect destination for a girls getaway with your best friends.

Top Things To Do:

  • Step inside one of the Gilded Age Mansions.
  • Explore the landscapes and beautiful Newport mansions along the Cliff Walk.
  • Enjoy seafood dishes at one of the restaurants!

The Maldives

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Maldives

The Maldives is a tropical paradise located in the Indian Ocean. It’s made up of over 1,200 small islands, most of which are uninhabited.

The resorts here are some of the most luxurious in the world and offer everything from crystal clear waters and white sand beaches to world-class spas and restaurants.

If you’re looking for a relaxing and unforgettable girl trip, the Maldives should be at the top of your list!

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New Orleans, Louisianna

Best Girls Trip Ideas- French Quarter

New Orleans is the place to be if you’re looking for a city full of energy.

The live music, food, and culture are like nothing else in the world, and there’s always something happening no matter what time of year you visit.

From the French Quarter to Bourbon Street, there’s plenty to see and do in New Orleans – just make sure you’re prepared for a good time!

Top Things To Do:

  • Explore historical sights with a French Quarter walking tour.
  • Eat some traditional New Orleans food; beignets, gumbo, po’boy, and much more!
  • Cruise along the Mississippi river while listening to some live jazz music onboard a steamboat.
  • Spend time at the bars and restaurants on Frenchmen Street and listen to live music.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Santa Fe View

If you’re looking for a unique girls getaway destination, Santa Fe is worth considering. This rustic yet sophisticated city is home to a rich culture/history and some of the most stunning scenery in the country.

From its world-famous art scene to its delicious food, there’s something for everyone in Santa Fe.

So why not plan your next girls weekend trip here? You won’t be disappointed!

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San Francisco, California

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Golden Gate Bridge

If you’re looking for a fantastic girls weekend getaway, look no further than San Francisco, California. This city is packed with things to do and see, from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the lively Fisherman’s Wharf district.

You’ll never be bored in this vibrant city!

Top Things To Do:

  • Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, along the city’s waterfront, and around Alcatraz Island on a Golden Gate Bay Cruise
  • Ride on the Cable Cars that run down the city. Tip: Always make sure to get a day pass from MuniMobile (iOS, Android) San Francisco’s official ticketing app for select transportations .
  • Visit Lombard Street, known as the “most crooked street in the world.” 

Napa Valley, California

Best Girls Trip Ideas- vineyard

Napa Valley is a world-famous wine-growing California region known for its scenic beauty and award-winning wines. There are over hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley, making it one of the largest wine regions in the world.

If you and your friends are wine lovers, or if your group just wants to experience some of Napa Valley’s beautiful scenery, a girls weekend to this city is definitely worth your time.

Note: Some tours offer transportation from San Francisco to Napa Valley. 

Top Things To Do:

  • Sign up for a wine tour and enjoy some wine tasting.
  • Enjoy horseback riding through the vineyards.
  • Stay at North Block Hotel-an award-winning boutique hotel in Napa Valley.

Montreal, Canada

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Montreal
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal

Montreal is the place for you if you’re looking for a vibrant and unique city to explore. With its European flair and French-Canadian culture, Montreal offers an authentic, one-of-a-kind experience.

The cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes sometimes make you feel like you’re in a European city.

There’s always something happening in this city, from festivals to concerts to street fairs. So be sure to add Montreal to your travel list!

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is the perfect east coast destination if you’re looking for a fun and sun-filled girls weekend getaway.

With great restaurants, miles of sandy beaches, and plenty of activities to keep you busy, the city is a popular choice for girl trips.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or explore the area’s attractions, there’s something for everyone.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Fountains of Bellagio

If you’re looking for a city that has it all, look no further than Las Vegas, Nevada. This desert metropolis’s bright lights and non-stop action make it the perfect destination for a girlfriend getaway.

Whether you’re into gambling, shopping, or nightlife, Las Vegas has something to offer everyone.

And with world-class hotels and restaurants located right on the Strip, you’ll never have to worry about where to stay or eat.

Want to experience a special girls getaway? Sign up for a nighttime helicopter flight tour where you can get amazing views of Las Vegas from the sky. 

So round up your best friends and head to Sin City for an unforgettable vacation!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

Best Girls Trip Ideas- La Boca
Best Girls Trip Ideas- El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Buenos Aires is the place to be if you’re looking for a city with everything.

From its stunning architecture and lush parks to its lively nightlife and delicious food, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant metropolis.

So whether you’re looking for a photogenic getaway or an action-packed escape with your girlfriends, Buenos Aires is sure to deliver.

Top Things To Do:

  • Visit La Boca, the birthplace of tango, filled with vibrant and colorful buildings!
  • Step inside El Ateneo Grand Splendid, one of the most beautiful bookstores in South America.
  • Fly to see the magnificent waterfalls of the Iguazu Falls.

Denver, Colorado

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Denver Union Station

Are you planning a girls getaway with friends living in other states?

Denver is an excellent option if you’re looking for a fun and memorable vacation.

Its central location in the country makes it easy to get to from just about anywhere.

There’s plenty to do in this centrally located city, from shopping to sightseeing to enjoying the nightlife.

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Seoul, South Korea

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Seoul
Best Girls Trip Ideas- Seoul

If you’re looking for an epic girl trip destination, look no further than Seoul, South Korea.

This city not only some of the greatest food in the world, but it’s also filled with rich culture and history. Plus, with its convenient location, it’s easy to get around.

Your group can visit Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of Seoul’s most famous tourist spots. It’s stunningly beautiful and a great place to learn more about Korean history.

If you want a great view of Seoul, make sure to hike up Mt. Namsan. It’s definitely worth the effort!

Sample delicious Korean food! From barbecue to bibimbap, Seoul is home to some of the best food in the world. Be sure to try as much as you can while you’re there!

Top Things To Do:

  • Explore the traditional village, Bukchon Hanok Village; a great place to wander around and take in the sights and sounds of Seoul.
  • Visit Dongdaemun Design Plaza. This futuristic building is a must-see for anyone visiting Seoul. It’s full of interesting art installations and other exhibits.
  • Shop till you drop at Myeongdong. This famous shopping district is excellent for finding everything from cosmetics to clothes to souvenirs.
  • Stroll through Namsan Park, a park that offers beautiful views of downtown Seoul and is a great place to relax and people-watch.
  • Visit the royal palaces, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, and other Seoul highlights on a Full Day Tour.
  • Indulge in a traditional Korean massage. A visit to a Korean spa is a must-do in Seoul – they offer amazing massages at great prices!


Best Girls Trip Ideas- Jiufen Old Street

Taiwan is a beautiful country with lots to offer tourists. From the bustling city of Taipei to the stunning natural landscapes of Taroko Gorge and Sun Moon Lake, there’s something for everyone in Taiwan.

The Taiwanese people are incredibly welcoming and hospitable, making it a great place to visit with friends.

So if you’re looking for an unforgettable girls trip destination, look no further than Taiwan!

Top Things To Do:

  • Visit the National Palace Museum, one of the world’s largest and most renowned art museums.
  • Take a walk through the alleyways of Jiufen Old Street, one of the most beautiful areas in Taiwan. The surrounding atmosphere and buildings will make you feel like you’re in the Japanese anime movie Spirited Away.
  • Soak up some sun on Kenting National Park, one of the most popular beaches on the island.
  • Climb up Elephant Mountain for some stunning views of Taipei City.
  • Sample some of Taiwan’s delicious cuisine, from street food to fine dining establishments.

Cancun, Mexico

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Cancun

Cancun is one of the most popular girl trip destinations. There is something for everyone in Cancun, from fabulous beaches to world-class shopping and nightlife.

It’s also home to some of the best resorts in the world, so you can enjoy all the amenities and pampering you deserve on your trip.

One of the best things about Cancun is its stunning setting surrounded by turquoise waters and lush tropical vegetation. Be sure to take many photos to capture the beauty of this fantastic place!

Head to one of the city’s many restaurants or food stalls for some truly delicious Mexican dishes.

Just a short drive from Cancun lies the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum. These fascinating sites offer a glimpse into Mexico’s rich history and culture.

For those looking for an adventure-filled vacation, try your hand at adventure sports. If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping excitement, check out options such as zip lining, horseback riding, and ATVing.

Top Things To Do:

  • Hit the beach! With miles of pristine coastline, Cancun is a beach lover’s paradise.
  • Visit one of the Mayan ruins; Chichen Itza, Coba, Tulum Ruins, and more.
  • Go shopping at Mercado 28 marketplace for some truly unique treasures.
  • Dance the night away at one of the many bars and clubs, or take in some traditional Mexican music and dancing.
  • Enjoy a day of luxury. Indulge in some pampering with a day at a luxury spa resort. Relax with a massage, soak in a Jacuzzi, or enjoy a refreshing swim at the resort pool.

Splurge On A Luxurious Airbnb or Vrbo In Your Local Area for a Girls Getaway!

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Luxurious Villa

If you’re looking for a more memorable and unique experience on your next girls trip, consider staying at an Airbnb or Vrbo vacation rental. Enjoy a “mini” girls weekend getaway trip without the need to travel. All that matters is that you’re all together. 

There are many options to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your group. You’ll get to enjoy all the benefits of staying in a home away from home, like having a kitchen to cook in and plenty of living space.

Plus, you’ll get to know your local area better than if you were just passing through.

Book a Cruise

Best Girls Trip Ideas- Cruise

A cruise vacation is an excellent option for a girls getaway because it offers something for everyone. Whether you want to relax on the cruise deck, explore new ports/cities, or get a spa treatment, there’s something for everyone on a cruise ship.

Plus, cruises are convenient because all your meals and accommodations are taken care of in one package deal.

And with so many different cruise lines and itineraries to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect trip for your girls vacation.

Cruises are perfect for girls weekend getaways, especially if you live nearby one of the ports!

I recommend booking a cruise at Cruise Direct to get the best deals.

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Before Planning a Girls Trip

There are so many beautiful places around the world that would make a great girls trip. Get together with your best friends and plan out your next girls trip! 

When planning a girl trip, make sure to ask everyone the following questions:

  • What’s everyone’s budget?
  • What kind of trip are you looking for? Relaxing or adventurous?
  • When is everyone available? Short or long girls weekend getaway?
  • Are you looking for overseas destinations? Or look for somewhere in the US? 

*Always check the COVID-19 protocols for the city you plan to visit.

What Next?

Whether you’re looking for an adventure-filled trip or a relaxing getaway, I hope this post about the best girls trip destinations has given you some ideas for your upcoming girls trips.

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Wherever you decide to go, enjoy and have fun on your next trip!