Tips and Tricks for First Time Disney Visitors

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Are you about to go “mad” trying to plan your first trip to Disney World? Get rid of the jitters by reading Tips and Tricks for First Time Disney Visitors.

I have put together a few helpful tips for first-time Disney visitors. Sometimes we can over-look the small, minor details so I have put together a helpful little list.

Tips and Tricks for First Time Disney Visitors

1. Walt Disney World is huge! Be prepared to walk A LOT! Bring your comfy shoes!

2. Disney has a My Disney Experience App that can be used in the parks and prior to coming on your Disney vacation in conjunction with the Get more info HERE.

3. Allow enough time for Disney transportation. Even if you are driving yourself from park to park, allow enough time. The parks are very spread out. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get to your Dining reservations and Fast Pass reservations.

4. Parents with small kids make sure you take advantage of the Rider Switch Service.

5. There is no gum sold anywhere on Disney property, so take your own if you are an avid chewer.

6. You can apply discounts to your trip after your trip is booked. No need to wait until a discount is announced to take advantage of a discount, it can be applied after the actual discount comes out if you have already booked your magical vacation.

7. You can do online check in on My Disney Experience 60 days prior to your Walt Disney World Resort stay.Tips and Tricks for First Time Disney Visitors

8. Look for hidden Mickeys all over Disney property! They are everywhere and super magical for the kids to look for and spot.

9. There are two interactive scavenger hunts throughout the Magic Kingdom. Both are loads of fun! A Pirate’s Adventures: Treasures of the Seven Seas and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. Epcot has two as well, Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure and Kidcot Fun Stops.

10. Don’t forget your rain gear! If you are going in the rainy months of Orlando, be sure to pack ponchos, rain jackets, umbrellas, stroller covers, etc.

11. Bring your own container for water! You can get it refilled for free anywhere food and drink is sold in Disney World. I like this container, HERE, totally worth it, I promise. It really works and keeps your beverages cold! I have left it on the counter overnight with water and ice in it, when I got up the next morning it was still very cold. I have taken it to Disney World in warm months and it worked fabulous! Highly recommend! I actually use mine everyday, not just in Disney World.

12. If you are still having a few jitters, find out if a travel planner would be beneficial to you!

So there you have it! Happy vacationing!

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Mandi is a wife, Mom of 3, writer, creator of, and self-proclaimed Disney nerd. She loves to travel to Disney Destinations and blog about her magical experiences so she can share all the tips, tricks and tidbits she picks up during her travel. She and her family visit Disney World several times a year and she is always in the know when something new is happening and she shares it here first! Mandi also works as an online consultant by empowering women to be all they can be in all aspects of their life. You can find her at

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