Disney World Tips and Tricks
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Guide2WDW reader Karen H shares how spending $2 at a dollar store brightened up Fantasmic for herself and others: "Last year, my adult daughter bought a couple of packages of the neon necklaces and bracelets at a local dollar store before going to Disney World. We were at Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios, where Disney sells neon necklaces for a large amount of money. (Much more than the dollar store). With a lot children around us looking disappointed because their parents thought the neon necklaces and bracelets were far too expensive, my daughter got hers out and handed them out around us. You should have seen the look in the children's eyes when she gave them out! They were thrilled to be a part of the neon light show after they turned out the lights at Fantasmic. She'll be doing it again when we go in October. It was worth the $2 she spent." Thanks to Karen H for this tip!
Here's a cheap DIY tip to keep your clothes clean and dry while sitting down on benches and the pavement at the parks. Purchase an inexpensive, plastic, flannel-backed picnic table cloth and cut it into pieces large enough to sit on. The flannel will keep it in place, and the vinyl or plastic top will keep you dry. These seat covers are also great to keep your seat cool on hot days when the sidewalk or benches are scorching hot. Thanks to Karen for this tip!
Definitely try the much-overlooked Plaza Restaurant at Magic Kingdom. It's a small venue, but the menu has some of the best offerings at Walt Disney World. Better yet: The prices are very reasonable. The Chicken Strawberry Salad and the Brownie Sundae come highly recommended by Guide2WDW.
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Want to be the rebel spy in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue? Don't put your 3D glasses on until the ride actually starts. This will increase your chance of being picked!
Check out Disney World's official Disney Parks Mobile Magic App for the iPhone. It provides up to the minute wait times, character location, and even dining reservations. This free app is a must have for any Disney World expert.
While you used to be able to use Fastpasses for attractions any time after the starting time, Disney World is starting to strictly enforce the ending time. Be sure to pay attention to your Fastpass time and plan accordingly.
Get a Fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania as soon as you arrive at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The attraction is very popular and can run out of Fastpasses by 12pm.
A good way to take a nap without going back to your hotel room: Take a nap in the Hall of Presidents - 23 minutes of air conditioned relaxation. Thanks to Roger for this tip!
To avoid paying for parking at Disney, try taking the Disney resort buses. Park at Downtown Disney (in the lot in front of Planet Hollywood) and just hop a Disney bus to any resort then get a connecting bus/monorail into the park of our choice. We didn’t pay a penny for parking and got from Planet Hollywood to the park in under 20 minutes. Thanks to Matt for this tip!
The last time we went to Disney World we asked the monorail captain when was the least crowded time to go. He said the last two weeks of September are the least crowded of the whole year! Thanks to Melissa for this tip!
The last two weeks of September means few crowds at Disney World!
After you park your car at one of the Disney World parks, take a photo of the designated name where your car is located. I use my cell phone to take the pic and when I leave I have a visual location of where I parked my car. Thanks to Fran for this tip!
Use the single rider line on some of the most popular attractions to dramatically decrease wait time. It is available at Rock n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Test Track, and Mission: Space.
When going to Animal Kingdom, make sure you make reservations for breakfast for before the park opens. That way you get into the park way early and get first in line onto awesome rides :) Also, make sure that you do that on a day the park doesn't open early for some guests. Thanks to Giraffegirl126 for this tip!
Save money at Disney World counter service restaurants throughout the parks by requesting the entree without the sides. By ordering a sandwich without the fries, you can often save over $2!
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