Whether you’re 6, 36, or 60 years old, you can’t help but feel magic in Walt Disney World Resort, which is why it lands on the top of so many family vacation bucket lists. But between booking hotels, making reservations and keeping track of your little-ones in Disney World’s 40-square-miles, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Now don’t worry, our AAA travel consultants can help with a customized itinerary and time saving tips.
Here are 9 tips to make planning your Disney vacation feel like a walk in the park—or should we say, “theme park?”
- Make reservations early. You can make dining reservations 180 days before arriving in Disney, and claim your favorite FastPasses 30 days prior. If you choose to stay at a property resort, you can reserve FastPasses 60 days prior to arrival.
- Download the My Disney Experience app. You can manage your reservations, change FastPasses, find Character Greeting locations, and even open your resort room door—all in the palm of your hand.
- Have an early or late flight? Don’t haul your luggage around or linger in the hotel lobby. The bell service will happily hold your luggage until your room is ready, or until you take off for the airport. Enjoy the extra time to explore.
- Shave a few minutes off the queue. Start in the back of the park and work your way to the front to avoid peak crowds. Also, when selecting a line, remember left is best—the left line is typically shorter than the right.
- No fast pass? Write a list of your must-see attractions and rides, then start with those right when the park opens. The parks fill up quickly, but you should save a significant amount of time by visiting the popular rides first.
- Take advantage of the Rider Switch pass. Parents with children who can’t ride no longer have to miss out on the fun—Disney offers a Rider Switch Pass. Here’s how it works: one parent waits outside with their younger child. The other lets a cast member know they need a Rider Switch pass. After the ride, simply hand over the pass to the person waiting—they can go through the past pass lane with up to 2 other riders.
- Book your FastPass + for early morning rides. You have the option to reserve up to three FastPasses per day; it’s tempting to want to spread out the times. However, we recommend you book all three for early morning times—if additional FastPasses are available, you can reserve extra for the afternoon (hint, that’s extra rides).
- Take a walk on the wild side…in the morning. You can experience an African safari, right in Disney. Just be sure to ride Kilimanjara Safari either in the morning or later in the day; the animals are typically less active in the afternoon.
- Feel like royalty with souvenir delivery. We’ve all been there. You want to bring home a few souvenirs from your vacation, but don’t want to lug them around the park with you all day. Park property guests have the added benefit of souvenir delivery; guests can pick out t-shirts, toys, mugs and more, then have them sent directly to their resort from any Disney park.
Now you know a few theme park insider tips, but which attractions should you start with? Experience the magic of Disney, without the stress of planning. Talk to a AAA travel consultant to craft the perfect vacation for your family. < href="https://www.yocale.com/widget/AAA">book an appointment or call your local AAA store for assistance.