Helpful Tips for Your First Trip to Walt Disney World

If you’ve never been to Disneyland or Disney World before, you may not know what to expect. Well let us tell you this, Disney World is huge! Like massive think of it being its own city. Walt Disney World has 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, an ESPN sports complex, two malls, and a variety of other dining and entertainment options. There’s even over 25+ hotels just in Disney!

When you purchase a ticket to a Disney World park, only the theme parks are included in your ticket price. In this article we will discuss some helpful tips to navigate Disney World for your first time.

Park Hopper Passes:

You don’t need a Park Hopper pass if you’re only planning on visiting Walt Disney World. Each Disney park has a huge parking lot and the 4 theme parks are NOT within walking distance of each other. You’ll burn precious daylight hopping from one park to another on the same day. While you may be able to visit say Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom on the same day, we’d recommend staying one full day atleast in Walt Disney World. If you’re looking for Park Hopper tickets, Best of Orlando features deals from time to time. Click Here to check out their Park Hopper deals.

Staying On Property or Off at Disney:

Whether to stay on or off property at Walt Disney World is going to be a huge decision when making your trip to Walt Disney World. We would recommend staying off property on your Disney trip if your family is on a budge. Staying off property will help save you money especially if you plan on going to multiple Disney World parks.

Staying at Disney resorts do have some advantages though. Because Disney has over 25 resorts, the prices of each resort will vary greatly. Depending on the time of year, there will usually be an on property resort that will fit your budget. When you stay on property, you will be closer to the parks and you will receive complimentary parking and transportation. You may also receive early FastPass+ reservation options and extra Magic Hours that give you early or late access to the parks with smaller crowds.

Understanding FastPass+:

It is extremely important to understand FastPass+ before you go to Walt Disney World. This will save you hours of having to wait on lines with Disney representatives. FastPass+ is a Disney ride/attraction reservation system. Alot of the popular attractions and rides at Walt Disney World have 2 lines: a standby line and a FastPass+ line. When you have a FastPass a Disney World, you generally spend 15-20 minutes in line. When you go standby, your wait depends on how many people are in front of you. On a very popular ride, this wait could be up to 2 hours and let me tell you this, you DO NOT want to wait for that long especially if it’s hot out. If you own a smart phone we’d recommend downloading the My Disney Experience app at this app will help you if you’re going to be using FastPass+ and need to make any updates for your trip.

Using Your Magic Bands:

If you are going to be staying on property at a Disney resort, you’ll have magic bands. The MagicBands bracelets are electronic and they provide you with a way to keep track of your park tickets and FastPasses. Note: this will also be your room key for an on property Disney resort.

Character Meals:Disney World Character Meals

Character meals are extremely popular with children. If you want to go with a character meal, you MUST make a reservation. These fill up extremely quickly and you want to book as early as possibly {we’re talking weeks sometimes months before depending on when you’re visiting}. For a list of restaurants with character meals, you can visit

Fine Dining:

Like the character meals, you must make reservations for the full service restaurants inside of a Disney World park.

The “FREE” Dining Plan:

The “Free” Disney Dining Plan is not actually free. You can get room-only discounts at Disney around 30% off quite often. If you go with this free dining plan, you are forgoing this discount in order to receive Free Dining.

Disney World Vacation Planners:

In Disney language, a travel agent is called an “Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.” You can use these agents to help book and plan your trip. This is an awesome way to save time and stress, and it doesn’t cost you anything! These agents get their commission from Disney, so the authorized planners won’t charge you for booking or helping you plan your Disney World trip. You can request Disney World quotes at

FREE Buttons:

If you are celebrating a birthday or some other special occasion, make sure to pick up a FREE button at your resort or in the parks from Guest Services. You may receive special treatment from cast members if you are wearing your button. If you are looking to trade pins with the cast members at Disney, these deal from Amazon will help you save money this is going to be a difference between spending less that a dollar per pin as opposed to $8-10 per pin at the park.

Stay 30 Minutes After Closing:

There are very few people who know about the “Kiss Goodnight”. The Kiss Goodnight is a little over 2-minutes long, and it is the Magic Kingdom’s way of saying “goodbye” to guests at the end of a long day. This generally plays every half hour after the park closes. It will start with the Cinderella Castle twinkling. This only happens at the Magic Kingdom and you’ll be able to see it from main street.


Hopefully the tips above will help you on your first Disney World trip. Overall if you have never visited Disney World, you should atleast try to have a rough idea of what you want to do. Because there is so much to do at Disney, you don’t want to miss out on anything! For more Disney World Tips, check out

If you’re looking for a great physical book to have on your hands at the park then we recommend the 2018 Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. You can get this guide on Amazon at

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