Disney World’s self-proclaimed mantra is “it’s the happiest place on earth.” And why wouldn’t it be with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and other famous Disney characters that will keep your kids grinning from ear to ear. Hey, we’re not trying to throw shade, but we know there are just as many adults as kids who are excited about new attractions like the Star Wars Guided Tour, Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Pandora – The World of Avatar. We see you!
With four amusement parks, two water parks, and dozens of themed hotels and resorts, there's really a lot to see and experience. To make the most of your Disney vacation, we've put together some trip tips to consider.
Stay at a Disney Resort
You will pay more to stay at a Disney hotel, but you’ll enjoy all the perks, including free parking if you drive to the park. Guests also get extra time in the parks, aka “Extra Magic Hours,” which allow you to enjoy a less crowded experience. The whole family will flip for themed-hotels like Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge with four lush savannahs, featuring more than 200 animals and birds. Or the 200-acre Caribbean Beach Resort with six villages: Trinidad North, Trinidad South, Martinique, Barbados, Aruba and Jamaica. And the pools at Disney’s resorts and hotels offer a little something for everyone, from sandy lagoons to pirate-themed splash parks.
In addition to these hotel perks, your family can enjoy special Disney-themed activities that you won’t find anywhere else. For example, many Disney hotels offer character dining, so you’ll be able to treat your family to breakfast, lunch or dinner with their favorite stars. Check out Lilo and Stitch for breakfast at ‘Ohana, join Winnie the Pooh for lunch at the Crystal Palace, or sit with Cinderella for dinner at her Royal Table. Now, that’s a truly “awesome-sauce” experience your kids will never forget!
Purchase a Multi-Day Pass
The cost of a single-day Disney Pass is about $90. If you are planning on enjoying the parks for a few days, consider purchasing a multi-day, multi-park pass. The per day cost per ticket decreases the longer the duration of the pass. You could pay as little as $42 per day if you purchase a 7-day pass. And multi-park passes get you into the Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Now, that’s a smart way to save money and increase the fun factor for the family!
Travel in the Off-Season
During peak season, both Disney hotels and other hotels in the vicinity raise their prices. Save on lodging, food and entertainment by visiting Disney in September or January. For more specific off-season times to save money, you should visit Disney World from January 1 to February 1 (post-holiday travel season), July 5 to September 29 (coincides with hurricane season) or October 31 to December 19 (pre-holiday travel season).
Enjoy FREE Attractions
Experience the magic of Disney World without purchasing a ticket! Hop on the Epcot monorail for a ride through Future World, or take a ride on the Magic Kingdom monorail to check out the hotels along the route such as the Polynesian Village Resort. Or take a free water taxi ride along the rivers connecting Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and nearby resorts and hotels located in Disney Springs.
If you visit at night, you can see the Magic Kingdom’s 15-minute Electrical Water Pageant Show from the resorts that surround the Magic Kingdom, including the Wilderness Lodge and the Grand Floridian Resort. Or see the Magic Kingdom’s nightly pyrotechnics from great vantage points like the Ticket and Transportation Center, the beaches at Polynesian Village or Grand Floridian resorts, or the bridge between Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower. It’s a spectacular light show you don’t want to miss!