Top 10 Tips for Visiting Disney with Kids

My family just returned from our 20th visit to Walt Disney World in Disney.  Here are my top 10 tips for visiting Disney with Kids:

1. Use a travel advisor. Talk to someone (like myself) who knows all the tricks, and knows how to plan what is right for your family.

2. Stay at an onsite Disney hotel – the “extra magic hours” alone are worth it, as is the free Magical Express shuttle to and from the airport (and the ability to park for free if you do rent a car)

3. If you can, stay at a monorail hotel (there are 3 deluxe hotels on the Magic Kingdom resort monorail). If you can’t, pay for the best comfort you can. There are 22 hotels onsite that range from value to deluxe but price is only one factor. The categories vary according to price, room size, service standards, amenities, bedding, dining options, recreational activities, and convenience. Choose wisely to make the most of your vacation experience.

4. Get a park hopper pass. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. You’re spending thousands of dollars to go to Disney. Give yourself flexibility, and stop focussing on saving $52.

5. Get a dining plan. You’ll save money over purchasing meals a la carte.

6. Plan your sitdown meals in advance.  Don’t get caught without advance dining reservations. Walk up queues can be 2hours or more (or there may be no availability at all).

7. Take advantage of the “extra magic hours” – go early when a park opens early, stay late when a park stays open late.

8. Use the fast passes to your maximum advantage. Watch the virtual queuing windows on your ticket, and show up at the appointed time.

9. Get a Disney photopass – get Disney photographers to take your family’s photo. Buy the CD package before you arrive.

10. Don’t overschedule yourself. Make sure you have time in every day to play in the pool, and just relax.  Have fun!

Give me a call, and I can help your family visit Disney with kids!