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Any more tips for going to Disney World? Planning a trip next year for the kiddos. This article had some good stuff.

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    somewaffles
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    It's pretty out of character for me, but Disney World is probably my favorite place to vacation to (it's a nostalgia high from going so many times as a child I guess.) Anyway, we were just there...

    It's pretty out of character for me, but Disney World is probably my favorite place to vacation to (it's a nostalgia high from going so many times as a child I guess.) Anyway, we were just there in December and it can be really tough if you don't know what you're doing. I skimmed that list and they are all good tips but want to stress a few things.

    It is literally all about planning. From fast passes, to dinner reservations, to which parks you'll go to on which day, you gotta plan. It's kind of annoying but will make the experience actually enjoyable. I know lots of people who tell me how stressful / bad their trips to Disney were and it's always because they didn't reserve / plan ahead.

    DON'T go on major holidays unless you're ready for a nightmare. It's definitely beautiful on Christmas but the parks were borderline dangerously packed. Before the massive light-show Christmas day, we were stepping over people to get out of the main square in the Magic Kingdom. It was a pain for my family and we were 5 adults, I can't imagine doing it with kids.

    1000% take advantage of fast passes. I don't know who in their right mind would wait 5+ hours for a 10 minute ride, but people do so you are pretty much out of luck for the most popular rides unless you are super early or late to the parks.

    Besides reserved meals at park restaurants, I would bring food if possible. The smaller food places have pretty crap selection (especially if you're a vegetarian like me.) Most shops across all the parks sell the same low-quality $10 per-person meals. It's expensive and not worth it.

    I would also suggest staying at one of the park resorts. Once you get your luggage on your departing flight, you don't see it again until you enter you get to your room. There are trams from/to the airport and then between the hotel and the parks, just makes life a lot easier.

    Sorry for the rant, my family has dragged me to Disney 6+ times. It is a completely different experience if you try to play everything by ear. It can actually be a lot of fun if you plan everything ahead of time.

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      Pilgrim
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      Thank you so much! I was wondering about the park resorts. Sounds like they're worth the expense. This is something we'll only do once (most likely) so I want it to be great for the kids. Thanks...

      Thank you so much! I was wondering about the park resorts. Sounds like they're worth the expense. This is something we'll only do once (most likely) so I want it to be great for the kids. Thanks also for the comments about food - there are a number of food allergies in the house so that's something we were wondering about.

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      1. Rocket_Man
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        I've also gone about 4 times with my family so far and have some input. He's right, planning is 100% the most important thing. But only really for fast-passes and food. It's sort of odd to see a...

        I've also gone about 4 times with my family so far and have some input. He's right, planning is 100% the most important thing. But only really for fast-passes and food. It's sort of odd to see a recommendation to bring your own food while also recommending staying at a resort. I never considered food a hard thing to find but it is epensive but I'd suggest making sure you have a general idea of what's available. The resorts are cool but extremely expensive. They give you some benefits in terms of ease of travel and fast-pass benefits. But the main benefit is if you intend to come to the parks super early or stay super late.

        I would suggest you see what options you have for renting a house somewhat near the park. There are some very nice houses available that are just 100x more comfortable than a resort and much cheaper. But it's a trade-off. You lose the benefits of the resort but might have more money for staying longer or eating at a restaurant.

        A couple miscellaneous things to keep in mind.

        • A lot of people don't use all of the dining plan so it might not really be worth it.

        -Plan for rest days, going to the park is extremely tiring and after 2-3 days you really just want a break and a day to rest.

        -Ignore the touring plans app, it's absolutely useless for planning what rides to take in what order or what days the crowds will be bad. It's just not capable of being that precise. Disney app is great tho.

        -Have a plan for rain, buy some ponchos and maybe something to cover your shoes if you're going near the rainy season.

        -Don't be too attached to your money, Disney is just 2-3x more expensive than a reasonable would think it should be.

        -Definitely try and do a character breakfast at one of the parks. You get an early start at the parks and the kids can meet some of the characters. I'd suggest the crystal palace at magic kingdom.

        -Potentially get bottled water or filtered water bottle because Florida water might taste like ass to you.

        I might have forgotten some things, but the general idea is do what you're already doing. Look into things and plan ahead. But what park your going to hit on what day, what fast-passes to get, and what your plans for food should all be worked out.

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    There's already very good info here, but one I'd like to add, which someone told me, I trusted and it was brilliant, is taking a stroller if your kids are no longer riding in one but aren't still...

    There's already very good info here, but one I'd like to add, which someone told me, I trusted and it was brilliant, is taking a stroller if your kids are no longer riding in one but aren't still old enough to manage the whole day on their feet walking around.

    My daughter had just turned 6 when we went and I took one of those foldable strollers, even though she never used one at that point. During the day, I left my backpack with food, water, camera, etc. on the stroller, but once it got dark and/or the day was wrapping up, she would sit in it and be asleep every day before we got back to the hotel (and we were staying in the Grand Floridian, which is a minute's train ride away). Also, whenever she got tired, a quick stroller ride would have her ready to go again.

    It did save my back from carrying her and the gear on the way back, which I was thankful for.