November 22, 2015

November 22, 2015
10 MORE Disney World Hacks That Will Make
Your Trip Even More Magical

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Sunday and I hope you are having a beary safe and great weekend so far. Dab the AIDS Bear is back on the road again this weekend so stay tuned for more new pictures soon.

Want to beat of a Florida Summer or winter's chill? Yesterday I start blogging about ways to help you enjoy your trip to Disney even more that I will continue today.

11. Get to the park early.
Get the clan up in the morning and get to the parks for rope drop! You can see so much with no wait at all while half of the guests on property are still asleep! Power through the morning, and then get out of the parks for the afternoon.

12. Find the characters you want to see by asking attendants where they are located.
If you're trying to see a specific character, the attendants at information booths have tablets they can use to look up where specific characters will be and when they will be there.

13. Consider splitting up if you're in a group.
Consider splitting up the group from time to time, especially for character interactions... You'll be able to pick up a "Times Guide" with the park map at each park, and those will show character availability throughout the day. Don't discount when you'll see the characters out walking around, either!

14. The shops on either side of Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom are all interconnected.
If for whatever reason you need to move down Main Street quickly, you can beat the crowds by going through the shops. This is especially nice when it is raining or extremely hot, as the buildings are air-conditioned.

15. Know which rides have short lines for when you feel like resting.
Knowing which rides at each park usually have short waits to get on, and also somewhat lengthy duration are a great way to give you and your feet a break: 
Magic Kingdom: Carousel of Progress, People Mover, 
Epcot: Ellen's Energy Adventure, Living with the Land boat ride,
 Hollywood Studios: Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Lights Camera Action Stunt Show, 
Animal Kingdom: Wildlife Express Train.

16. If you want to rent a car, rent it on property after you arrive.
Airport rentals are expensive, and you can probably get better rates from the on-site agencies. Renting a car gives you flexibility, and with small children, that's a good thing.

17. Eat when people ride; ride when people eat.
Make dining reservations for kind of weird times (early or late lunch, not at noon, for example). You'll be able to eat without waiting (you have a reservation), and you can ride things while everyone else is waiting in long dining lines.

18. Get a Fastpass+.
Once you've made a reservation, when you are 60 days away from your first day, you can start making FastPass+ reservations online: Walt Disney World FastPass+.

This is also where your "top list" comes in handy, so you can pick the things that matter most to you, which include character visits which you can get a FP+ for. Also, general tip for FP+: if you can get to the parks when they open (you should!), then avoid making FP+ reservations before 1pm. Ride lines are short up until about noon or 1pm, anyway, so save FP+ for 1pm 7pm which are always ride peak hours.

19. Use memberships and statuses to get discounted tickets.
AAA members, active military and tour groups of 10+ can also get discounted tickets (through Disney).

20. Don't overlook Disney's Hollywood Studios during Fantasmic!
I loved seeing the show one night of our last trip, but we were also there one other night during the show, and we rode the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror about five times in a row with no wait. It was glorious!

Hope these tips help make your trip to Disney the best ever and you have a beary safe and great Sunday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab