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Visiting Disney World: 7 Things You Need To Know

Visiting Orlando? A trip to Walt Disney World simply has to be on the cards. Experience the magic of four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon).

There’s also luxury resort hotels, 81 holes of golf on five courses; Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex; and Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining complex. Looking for some insider tips for Disney World? These are the key things you need to know for a magical visit…

Visiting Disney World: Things You Need To Know

1. What’s so special about Disney World?

What isn’t special about Disney world?? Disney World is truly a magical place for kids of all ages. Relive your childhood by seeing some of your favourite characters brought to life. The Disney World experience is filled full of joy and wonder: indulge in a number of cuisines, experience thrill rides, magical shows, and shop for some classic Disney souvenirs.

2. How do I get there?

If you’re arriving via plane, you can take Disney’s Magical Express, a complimentary roundtrip service that whisks you and your luggage between Orlando International Airport and select Disney Resort hotels.

Most resorts offer complimentary transportation options at Walt Disney World Resort to travel between the parks and different areas. There’s also car parks at each park: Guests pay one fee for a parking pass good all day at all 4 theme parks—Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park.

  • Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $45-$50 per day
    Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $25 per day
    Oversized Vehicle Parking: Shuttle, Limo, Camper Trailer, RV, Bus or Tractor Trailer – $30 per day

3. How much will it cost?

Tickets vary depending on the time of year and the number of days you plan to spend. General ticket prices for Disney World (including tax) are:

1Day Advance Purchase

Adult (10+) $116.09-$169.34
Child          $110.76-$164.01

3 Day Pass

Base Tickets          $335.89-$476.00

Advance purchase $320.93-$461.03

4. How long will it take?

Depending on your group and age the most common trip length is 3 or 4 days. This gives you enough time to see all four Disney World theme parks. It is possible to squeeze all 4 parks in one day, but it’ll take careful planning. Your best bet is to either start or end at Magic Kingdom. Opt to drive if that’s an option for you, as Disney transportation can take some time.

5. When is the best time to go?

Avoid peak season which is usually Summer and Christmas holidays. The best time to visit is between February to mid-April, and, September to mid-November.

Try arrive as early as possible to make the most of the magic! Morning Extra Magic Hours allow Disney resort guests into the theme parks an hour before everyone else. That gets you into the park as early as 7am or 8am, depending on the time of year and the park.

6. Where will I get the best photos?

  1. Cinderella Castle for the ultimate Instagrammable picture!
  2. Thunder Mountain
  3. The Floating Mountains
  4. Ariel’s Castle
  5. The Tree of Life

7. Any insider tips?

  1. Always go left when going in line, not many people know this but most of the time the left line is shorter!
  2. If you’re planning on staying, stay on the resort property: it might seem more expensive but you get way more freebies and privileges!
  3. Don’t buy bottles of water, bring your reusable bottles
  4. Disney first aid is a must – from anything to blisters, band-aids, and headaches!!!

visiting Disney World

Siobhan McKenny