Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World In Florida

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JULY 31: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, finalists from season 12 of the "American Idol" television show pose with Mickey Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park July 31, 2013 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (L-R): Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur, Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez, Paul Jolley, Curtis Finch Jr., and Aubrey Cleland. The finalists were celebrated at the Walt Disney World theme park with a Hollywood-style motorcade and on-stage celebration at "The American Idol Experience," a Walt Disney World attraction based on the popular FOX television series. The finalists are in central Florida to perform at the "American Idol Live! Tour" at the Amway Center August, 1, 2013 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ali Nasser/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

I love Walt Disney World. It has always been a magical place for me, and once I had children of my own, I knew I wanted to take them on a (semi) regular basis so that they could experience it as well. I’ll never get tired of seeing the attractions through their eyes. It is important to plan well if you want to make the most of your trip, so take the following tips to heart!

1. Book Early

Booking your trip early is important for a number of reasons. First, you won’t have to worry about hotel availability if you plan ahead. In addition, dining reservations become available 180 days from the start of your trip. If you don’t book them at that time, you won’t get a chance to eat at some of the most popular dining establishments, like Cinderella’s Royal Table.

2. Take Advantage Of FastPasses

Most people know that you can schedule three FastPasses each day and have a minimal wait for some of Disney’s most popular attractions. But, did you know that you can schedule an additional FastPass once your first three are finished? And then another one once that FastPass is complete? You can keep doing this all day, as long as the passes are available. You just need to have the Disney World app downloaded on your phone to take advantage of the program.

3. Have A Plan

There is so much to do at each of the parks. If you try to go in and wing it, particularly if you have children, you aren’t going to make the best use of your time. Now, you don’t have to have such a strict schedule that it makes you and your family crazy. But, do a little research ahead of time and draft an outline of your day. Know when the parades are running. Put in the times of your dining reservations and FastPasses. Plan to visit attractions that are close to each other so you are not constantly crossing the park. A little bit of planning goes a long way toward making your trip more relaxing and fun.

If you are heading to Florida, and you plan to stop at Walt Disney World, use the tips included here to make the most of your vacation. With a little planning, your trip is sure to be magical.