10 Things I learned on my first trip to Disney World!

10 Things I learned at Disney

As we headed home I was reflecting on our week in Disney World. I thought I’d share some of what I learned on our very first trip to Disney World!

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1) For every rude guest there are two or three nice ones. Standing in endless lines always goes quicker when you have friendly people to talk to. We met people from New Jersey to Arkansas to California and everywhere in between. All nice, helpful, good people. Thank you awesome people! Also plan to spread the ‘magic’…we helped people this week numerous times in many ways (i.e. folding pesky strollers is no match for this mom of four…you’ve got a stroller I can figure out how to fold it in under one minute! Need 50 napkins to clean up a spill…I’ve got those in my purse.)
2) The dining plan was well worth it for our family of 6! (We had the 1 snack, 1 quick service and 1 sit down meal per person per night at our resort.) I kept track all week of what we would have paid at meals and compared it to the amount we paid for the dining plan, we saved almost $500!! Yes we would have eaten that much food without the dining plan. No food was wasted with my growing bunch. Yes we used every last dining credit up until we left this evening.

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Dining in ‘China’ at Epcot! We had reservations for a sit down meal every day!

3) All those tips/tricks you read on blogs (or from friends on FB) are worth your time to read before you go because they’ll save you precious time at the parks. We never stood in an attraction line more than 20 minutes, we knew several short cuts around the parks, and we didn’t zig zag through the park wasting our energy because I had a plan thanks to all those tips.
4) Being at rope drop/park opening every day then leaving for naps and pool time around 2pm then back to the park around 5-6pm was the best advice I received! Kids lasted until 10pm each night with very minimal meltdowns. And only two of our children fell asleep on a bus ride to our resort.

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Here they are on the last day waiting for rope drop. The park was very calm and quiet on this morning!

5) Rider swap fastpass for parents is great! However it doesn’t dry the tears of your 2 year old who is sure he is 6ft tall and can ride anything he wants.

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Yep you guessed it…the 2 year old is mad because the older kids just got to ride space mountain while he had to wait for them outside!

6) Despite some negative feedback the new Fastpass system is awesome and I highly suggest using it. We rode most of our rides all week long with fastpasses…little waiting for antsy kids is perfect!!

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We fastpassed this Buzz Lightyear ride 2 times over the three days we visited the Magic Kingdom!

7) You can never have too many bottles of water. Yes you can get a cup of water for free at quick service restaurants but dragging a family of six to get cups of water just doesn’t happen. Bring lots of water!
8) If you live more than a days drive away and can afford to fly, do it! You’ll feel like you ran two full marathons after a week at WDW and won’t want to drive 17 hours home! (I recently read that the average person walks 10 miles a day in Disney World parks….we were there for 6 days, that’s 60 miles in a week!)

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This is day 5 of visiting the parks (day 7 of our trip). Someone of us are getting grumpy and tired.

9) Most people have no idea that many bike trailers double as a stroller. You will be the only one with one at WDW. People will think you invented a new stroller. More people should consider using theirs at WDW so their kids and ride comfortably with lots of cargo room!

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Funny thing is Hubby forgot to check the stroller before we left so we left the front wheel at home and the tires were flat. The resort aired up the tires and the stroller worked just find without a front tire!

10) My older two boys (ages 8 & 7) are capable of walking many many many miles a day with no complaints. I will be using this fact in my favor this summer!! They got many pats on their back for not complaining about the long walks, running to catch our bus so we didn’t miss it, and keeping up with my very fast walking pace.

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The last day…the older two boys have walked around 50 miles so far!

 I share my top 6 tips for making the most out of your Disney World Trip here! Also other related posts I’ve done are Traveling Tips, Saving Money on Food while traveling, and Packing efficiently here!

 

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  1. We did three days at Disneyland/California Adventure, and I was so proud of my 5 year old who didn’t complain about walking AT ALL. We had a Kinderpack for our toddler, and it was nice to be stroller-free!

    These are great tips!
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  2. You mentioned on #3 about ways to zigzag through the parks with shortcuts, etc. Could you please share your tips, suggestions on that? I haven’t read anything about the best path to take through the park.

    Also, you mentioned naps after 2. Did you catch any of the parades? from what I’ve read they’re usually around 3:00.

    • Hi Jackie! Here are a few short cut/paths I know about… turn right on Main Street right after the ice cream parlor – this will take you in the Tomorrowland terrace then directly into Tomorrowland. There is a path right by the train track (near Space Mountain enterance) walking from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland (brings you to the train station there). We also walked along the water on the board walk from Liberty Square to Frontierland. All of these paths have low traffic making it very easy to navigate, even with a stroller.

      We did catch the Magic Kingdom parade at 3pm on our last day there. If you are wanting to catch a few daytime parades I’d suggest staying for the parade around 3 and then going to the hotel directly afterwards for naps/quick rest.

      I hope you found this info helpful. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll answer them as best I can!!

  3. Thanks for all the useful tips. We are taking our 7 children to Disney World this spring for their first trip. I appreciate you including the shortcuts in the comment above. Did you buy your red and blue tee shirts at Disney or did you make them? They are super cute!

    • I hope you have a wonderful trip and are able to use these tips! I made our shirts by cutting a Mickey head out of cardboard and using sparkle fabric spray paint around it to leave the impression on the shirt! Super simple and frugal.

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