As you’ve likely learned, it takes a huge amount of time and a huge selection of Google queries to plan your family’s first trip to Disney World. With four parks, two waterparks, a massive downtown district and 31 different lodging options, it’s not unexpected to feel like you need a Disney vacation from just planning one!
Once you’ve got your bearings, made your reservations and spent way too much time researching breakfasts, you probably think you’re set with a few recommendations, but it helps to know a little more. Friends, family members, and Disney regulars will happily offer up their favorite meals, rides and experiences, but often neglect to mention what you really need to know. Like, say, how to prepare correctly for rain, find your stroller within a row of hundreds, and take a nap in public without anyone realizing you are.
We’ve pulled all the easily forgettable details, tips, and warnings that could impact your plans in one convenient place, so your trip can go off without a hitch, no matter what happens. This is Disney planning honesty, from us to you. You’ve done much work already, therefore let us take it from here:
Overestimate how lengthy it’ll take to do, well, everything.
Give your family as much buffer time as feasible. The buses are said to run every 20 minutes, but sometimes they show up late, get stuck in traffic, sit and wait for additional passengers to board or take extra time to load motorized scooters and wheelchairs. For regular park transportation, that’s okay, but just remember to budget 60-90 minutes to arrive -or consider taking a taxi. For anyone who is staying at the villas in Orlando Florida, leave your home early to steer clear of the worst traffic.
You can always find good food-if you understand where to look.
Not everyone understands or chooses to create restaurant reservations half a year beforehand – and even though you do, getting unexpectedly stuck along Splash Mountain may blow all likelihood of rendering it. Families can fully wing it with quick-service spots, but having a short-list readily available helps in the event everyone starts to get angry and pretzels won’t suffice. At Pet Kingdom, the Harambe Industry offers four different foodstuff stalls with authentic ribs, corn pops, and chicken which will make sure you both adventurous and timid eaters. Guest Products and services at Epcot often offers a board listing Community Showcase eating places with day-of availability, and Magic Kingdom’s long-anticipated Jungle Skipper Canteen restaurant presently accepts same-moment reservations.