Planning Tips

While spontaneity and discovery are part of the fun at Disney World, you will want to have at least some activities planned. This is especially the case during the peak season. recommends making a list of must-do activities and a list of alternate activities. Plan on doing activities on your must-do list first. Make a tentative plan, but realize that you will need to be flexible depending on the size of the crowds and the weather conditions during your visit to Disney World. If you can't do something on your must-do list, then switch to an alternate activity and try again later that day or the next day.

DINING TIPS - If you are interested in character dining experiences, such as Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella's Castle, then make your dining reservation as soon as possible, perhaps at the same time you book your flight. (The same goes for the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and the Pirates League.) The quick service breakfast options are not very good, so make a reservation for a sit-down breakfast or plan on eating breakfast in your hotel/condo.

SPRING BREAK (or other PEAK SEASON) TIPS - Prepare to be among the crowds if you plan to visit Disney World during Spring Break. If you are going to visit during Spring Break, then we recommend that you stay at a Disney Resort and purchase the Park Hopper Pass. If there are specific rides that are on your must-do list, then make sure you arrive at the park early to get a Fast Pass for one of the rides and then get on line for a different ride. (Note: If you have the MagicBands, then you can reserve fast passes from your computer - up to three fast passes per day.) So, you should be able to enjoy at least two of your favorite rides without having to stand on a long line. Staying at a Disney Resort makes it easier to go back to the hotel for a swim if the crowds or the heat are just too much. Guests of Disney Resorts (and partnering hotels) are offered Extra Magic Hours. The Extra Magic Hours vary such that different parks open earlier or close later for Disney Resort Guests. Some Extra Magic Hours keep the Magic Kingdom open until 3 AM! The Park Hopper Pass makes it easier to visit another park where the crowds might be lighter. Magic Kingdom seems to get more day trippers and can get much more crowded than the other parks at Disney World. So, we recommend visiting Magic Kingdom in the morning and then plan on leaving for another park by 11 AM. You can return to the Magic Kingdom later in the day when the crowds are lighter. Keep in mind that the Electric Light Parade and the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular Fireworks draw big crowds during Spring Break, so plan to arrive at Magic Kingdom one hour in advance of the parade/fireworks so you can get past the Main Street, U.S.A. area before everyone congregates for the show. Then you can enjoy the rides while most people are viewing the parade/fireworks.