15 Ways to Do Disney Like a Professional
Did you know that even people who work for and at Disney and their theme parks enjoy visiting Disney? In fact, they're basically seasoned professionals at all things vacation-Disney. Not to mention those blessed with an ability to go all the time are going to know all the BEST ways to enjoy Disney, but wouldn't you want to know some of their tips to make your destination vacation a REAL dream come true? We've got 'em! All 15 of these tips come from seasoned Disney insiders who know the ins and outs of all things Disney vacation and these tips are guaranteed to take your vacation to the next level of enjoyment.
Your perfect Disney vacation is only 15 tips away!
1. Arrive EARLY
This might come off a little bit like a no brainer but if you're not a morning person and you want to sleep in on your vacation, you need to know you're making a huge mistake! In fact, according to the experts and Disney Insiders, they'll tell you that an early arrival means cooler temperatures (it gets HOT in locations like Florida and California, you know that!) and shorter wait times in shorter lines! You know that sounds better than a couple extra hours of sleep already, right? Get on the best rides in the fastest times in the perfect weather! Dream vacation off to a good start.
Seriously, does a line like this look better than 2 more hours of sleep? I doubt it.
2. Know what attractions and rides to SKIP.
Don't misunderstand, the attractions and rides at Disney theme parks are all totally amazing but let's put this into perspective. If you're newlyweds on a honeymoon you may not be interested in attractions and rides designed to delight and entertain toddlers, right? Or if you're a family of 5 with 3 kids under 10 you probably won't be on every single wild roller coaster in the park, right? Disney Insiders are all about accommodating their schedule to make their visit perfect for their party. There are ideal locations where one parent can entertain children in an appropriate play area while the other takes an older child (or flies solo) on an epic ride unfit for the little ones. The best way to make the best of your time is to look ahead and PLAN. Disney insiders are all about giving this tip: research ahead of time to make sure that you skip the right attractions because your family is unique!
3. STAY LATE!
Just like arriving early has it's perks and benefits so does staying late! I'm sure for some families it may be a bit on the difficult side to both come early and stay late but if your family can do it, trust them: DO IT! Just like coming early can mean cooler temperatures and shorter wait in lines, so can staying late. With the added benefit of some incredible evening shows! Make the most of your visit, these parks are usually open SUPER LATE, enjoy every second possible for maximum vacation perfection!
Disney after dark is MAGICAL.
4. Meal Plan
When it comes to being an expert at Disney vacations, insiders really know how to make the most of their time and that definitely does not exclude meal time. Don't wander around looking for food, plan ahead of time where and when to eat. Put it on schedule, make reservations, make the most of your time and money and have delicious meals (sometimes including entertainment!) A true Disney Insider won't poke around at carts or wander into a restaurant, they'll know exactly when and where to get their food. Also noteworthy: most restaurants will take dinner reservations as late as 10pm, a later meal is not a bad idea!
Get your grub on Disney style the right way.
5. Make the most use of Fast Passes!
Honestly don't bother doing Disney without fast passes. They are the key to breezing through attraction lines, even meeting your favorite Disney characters. Disney expert insiders snatch up their fast passes the moment they're able and it's not hard to see why! Maximize your time and energy at your dream vacation and get the right fast passes for you and your family.
Likewise, when Disney Insiders used their fast passes to their advantage and have time to spare, they'll book more from inside the park to add to their list of fun stuff to do. All of which they have time for because they maximizded their fast passes in the first place. Genius!
6. Waiting lines are for playtime.
Yep, play in line! Most long wait lines have ways to keep patrons entertained and these games are totally worth your time. Play the games in interactive ride queues to ensure every minute of your Disney experience is filled with fun and magic. No exceptions allowed! Disney insiders are all about these opportunities for magic and memories.
Waiting in line never looked so good!
7. Have a "Park Plan."
Plan everything ahead of time, seriously. Have you ever seen a group arguing over what to do next? Disney Insiders call that wasted time and energy. Have a plan ahead of time, make a schedule. It may sound like less fun to have this stuff planned out ahead of time but trust the experts, this is the best and most streamlined way to make sure you get to do and see all that you want. No arguments invited, all fun enjoyed!