During our trip to Walt Disney World, we learned a few tricks to enhance the experience.
- Take a cooler. The largest size cooler you may bring is 24” x 15” x 18”. No alcohol and no glass containers.
- Hold on to your cups and water bottles to refill them at water fountains without spending money every time you want water.
- Ask a cafeteria for a cup of ice. You may get it free and they may even fill it with water for you.
- The Starbucks at Hollywood Studios gave me a cup of ice water when I asked and it was free.
- Get a small fan that hangs around your neck for the hot season and avoid buying the expensive water spritzing fan bottle they sell at the parks. It keeps you hands free and saves money. (Unless you just want a water spritzing fan bottle. Then buy one somewhere else and bring it with you.)
- Go in January. Great deals are available during this time and it’s the slowest time of the year in terms of attendance.
- If you’re going with a large group, rent a house instead of staying in hotels. You can get a nice house for a few days at a fraction of the cost when you break down the fee between everybody.
- Use the My Disney Experience app.
- If a member of your party would benefit from a wheel chair, rent one. This give special access to your party at SOME attractions. (Shorter wait times.)
- Use online resources to plan your trip. You’ll find special offers and even more tips and tricks to make it better.
- Watch diapered children closely for diaper rash, especially during the hot season.
- Save phone battery. Bring a time occupier that will fit in a pocket like a book, small sketch book, crosswords, sudoku, etc.) If you desire to use your smart phone to pass the time in the long wait lines, carry a mobile recharger. (Don’t forget the cord.)
- Buy your souvenirs on the way out. It allows you to view everything before you decide what to buy and you don’t have to lug all that stuff around all day.
- Ride popular rides during the fireworks and light shows. Most folks are up front watching the show and the wait lines for rides are far shorter. (This tip is best observed if you have two days in that park. We watched the fireworks the first night, then rode rides during that time on the second night.)
- Get there when the park opens. You might be surprised how empty the parks are immediately after they open. Then schedule your fast passes on the most popular rides for busier times of the day.
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