Published on December 4th, 2012 | by Emma Hackwood0
5 Things to Know Before Venturing to Disney World
Walt Disney World Resort is known by some as the most Magical Place on Earth, but if you don’t know what you’re getting into, it can be hectic and confusing! We share some tips on how to get the most out of your Disney World vacation.
1. Explore Your Flight Options
Flights to Orlando from Canada can be more expensive than flights within the US. The most enjoyable flights are with either Westjet or Air Canada out of Toronto. The new cabins on Air Canada are incredibly comfortable and the On Demand seat back system makes the time fly by, and definitely worth the extra money.
2. Stay On Property
Staying on site within Disney is well worth it for a couple of reasons: Transit is available free of charge between the parks, resorts, and downtown Disney. And two, you have the ability to add on the Disney Dinning Plan, which is a great benefit that we’ll talk about more soon. The main reason though, is the Disney resorts themselves. From the staff that say “Welcome Home” each and every time you walk in, to the friendly service and constant smiles of the “cast members” that help make your vacation much more enjoyable each and everyday. We stayed at the Animal Kingdom Lodge with a Savannah view room, and it was incredible. There is nothing comparable in our hemisphere to waking up in the morning, making yourself a pot of coffee in your room and enjoying the roaming giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, and countless other species wandering around just outside your balcony.
3. Get the Disney Dining Plan
The great thing about the Disney Dining Plan isn’t really how much money you save, but how much time you save. The Dining Plan is quick, convenient, and easy. Quick Service meal portions are generous, and can even be shared if need be, especially if you are travelling with kids. Where the Disney Dinning plan really comes in handy, is dinner time! The restaurants in the parks often have large line-ups by 5:30-6:00 pm and already have close to a 2 hour wait which can seriously cut into ride time. Pre-booking your Disney dinners is a MUST! It’s extremely easy to do on the Disney website and makes your life that much easier once you are in the parks. Some of our favourite restaurants are:
- Tony’s — Magic Kingdom
- Les Chef’s de France — Epcot
- Le Cellier — Epcot
- The Crystal Palace — Magic Kingdom (Winnie the Pooh character buffet)
- Wolfgang Puck’s — Downtown Disney (great pizza!)
- Artists Point — Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
4. Don’t Miss the Shows
The fireworks at Magic Kingdom over the castle every night are spectacular. The best place to see it is on Main Street USA, and people start lining up before dinner for the night time parade and stick around for the show afterwards. We ate at the Crystal Palace and watched the fireworks show from just outside and there was nowhere near the same kind of crowd. Fantasmic in Hollywood Studios is not to be missed. People start lining up at least an hour and a half before the show starts, and it is absolutely worth the wait. Indiana Jones stunt show and the Lights Camera Motors show are also worth seeing. Get there early for those and try to sit as close to the front as you can.
5. Get Fast Passes
Fast passes are the way to go throughout the day at the Disney parks. The lines for some of the more popular rides can get crazy, especially later in the day. Pick the rides you can’t miss and head over to the fast pass line first thing; your fast pass will tell you when to come back, and you can skip the line and get on in minutes instead of wasting time in lines. Tower of Terror and Toy Story Midway Mania both fill up quickly, as well as Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom.
Disney was a great time and can be fun for anyone who still feels like a kid at heart or who wants to treat their family to the experience of a lifetime. So pack your Mickey Ears, pre-book your dinning options, find your best walking shoes, and get ready to have a magical day!
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