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Walt Disney World: Tips for visiting

If you're heading to Walt Disney World, here are my top tips to make the most of your time there. Let me know yours in the comments!


1. Use FastPass+
It may seem organised thinking about what rides you want to skip the queues on when you're still weeks from your holiday, but the less time you spend queuing, the more fun you get to have! FastPass+ lets you skip a ride's queue - super important if you're going to Walt Disney World at a busy time.

If you're staying at a Disney hotel you can make your choices 60 days in advance; it's 30 days for everyone else. You're allowed three choices per day (though you can only select one park per day), and you're then allowed to make a fourth choice once you've been on those three rides.

To use FastPass+, scan your ticket or MagicBand at the FastPass+ entrance of the ride. Simple! Oh, and you can also change your choices on the day, via the app! Each park post has my suggestions of which rides you should pick. (Magic Kingdom | Epcot | Animal Kingdom | Disney's Hollywood Studios)

2. App and WiFI
Download the My Disney Experience app to keep an eye on live queue times, see and change your FastPass+ selections, view your PhotoPass snaps and more! When you're in the park, you might not have a great signal, or your data might be switched off, so remember to connect to the free WiFi. You can also look up when the parades are, show times, the nearest loos and more!


3. Stay comfortable
Wear trainers - your feet will thank you for it! We walked around 25,000 steps each day, and I can't imagine doing that in Havaianas.

4. Capture the magic
Get snapped around the park and on rides by PhotoPass photographers. You'll need to buy a Memory Maker to be able to download these official snaps, but you can always ask them to take a picture on your camera or phone as well!

5. Stay energised
There are plenty of drinking fountains around the park so make sure you stay hydrated! As for food, it's so easy to forget to eat. We'll have lunch... wait, that ride only has a ten minute queue. Ten or so minutes later... ooh, look, the parade is starting. Before you know it lunch has been and gone. You're going to be spending a very long day in the park - make sure you're at your best to enjoy it!


6. Take advantage of the Extra Magic Hours
If you're staying in one of the Disney hotels, make the most of Extra Magic Hours. These get you into the park early or allow you to stay late, so queues will be short to non-existent. If you're not staying in a Disney hotel, queues tend to be much shorter in the morning - arrive for when the parks open.

7. Plan your day around the weather
If you're visiting in hurricane season (June through to November), it's likely you'll have some stormy weather and rain. Outdoor rides close if there's a storm in the area, so if there are certain rides you REALLY want to go on, tick them off in the morning (storms usually happen later on in the day). If you don't buy a poncho at the park, bring something waterproof (and to wear on the water rides).

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