Tips and Tricks

It’s only been a few months since we’ve been to Disney, and I am dreading every day that I wake up and I am not there. So, I am doing my research, and trying to help you guys out as well as myself so you and I can get the best out of “our” next trip!

  • Free Dining & Disney resort rates: if you want to qualify for free dining, you have to sign up for the package deal; room, dining, and park tickets when you book your room (which I’m sure you most of you will do). Note: if you stay in a value resort you will only get free dining for the quick service dining plan. If you stay at the moderate resort (such as Port of Orleans), that is when you will get free dining from the Disney dining plan (with table services also). Also, you cannot get both free dining and percentage off of your room. It is one or the other. Depending on how big your party is, and how much you will eat will depend on which value is better for you.
  • If you need one, I would not suggest renting a stroller from Disney World itself, especially if you have more than one child. We brought our 14-month-old and 4-year-old and rented a double stroller from http://www.kingdomstrollers.com . We were very pleased.  For 7 days it was $75, and they dropped off and picked up the stroller at the luggage pickup at out hotel. Otherwise, you would have to wait in line every day to pay, rent, and return a hard, bulky stroller at Disney World, and have the risk of them running out of strollers.We were able to stay at the parks all day all 5 days, and my 4-year-old even took naps in the stroller all 5 days (amazing!).
  • You can meet most of the princesses in their countries in Epcot, instead of trying to chase them around the Magic Kingdom. Belle (in her blue dress) in France, Jasmine and Aladdin in Morocco, Mulan in China, Snow White in Germany, Elsa and Anna in Norway.. etc
  • I LOVED going on the Kilimanjaro safari in Animal Kingdom.When we went, it was in the evening, and not all of the animals were out, but there were still a lot of exotic animals, a lot that I have never seen before. So, this time we are scheduling an extra day where we don’t go to the parks, a day to “sleep late” do you do that in Disney? I know I don’t, but I have to jump on the rest of my family to get up! Anyway, we are going to go tour Animal Kingdom Lodge and eat at Sanaa and watch the animals graze (did you know you could do that? I didn’t.).
  • Another thing, I would not recommend attending the parks on the day that they have extra magic hours. They are going to be super crowded, and it may take you an hour or more just to get in, and you’re missing that extra hour right there. If you just so happen to be an early person, you can book an early morning breakfast at another park, and get special admission into that park, example: if Hollywood Studios is having Extra Magic Hours, get reservations at the Crystal Palace at Magic Kingdom for 8:45 (or earlier if you prefer) and get into Magic Kingdom earlier that day so that you are in Magic Kingdom before everyone else and you don’t have to wait in a long line to get in, and usually if you have young children, you’re not going to last until 9pm anyway, I know we didn’t. And the hopper pass, we paid for 5 days, but only used it once because we had reservations at a different park. So, that is up to you too. You can always buy them at the parks, but it is going to cost you more money.
    • Update: now that the new rope drop procedure has changed in MK (2017), everyone can get onto Main Street at 8 AM, but not into the lands until 9 AM.

Until Next Time,

-M

Published by themadmousekabean

I am a mom to two little girls and one furry little girl, a loving wife to an amazing and supportive husband to my Disney addiction, a Disney Vacation Club member, and a lover of anything Halloween!

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