10 Things Walt Disney World First Timers Need To Know

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Planing for Walt Disney World can seem like a monumental task. We want to help make it easier. Here are 10 Walt Disney World tips we think everyone should know before going to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Plan Accordingly

  • Go in with a plan. Watch YouTube videos, read blogs and go on forum boards to decide what your must do items are. For example: Are you going with young children? You might want to focus on character interaction and all ages rides. Going to Walt Disney World for your honeymoon? One of our tips would be to go to some nice romantic dinners. We would highly recommend Narcoosses’s at the Grand Floridian.
  • Realize that you cant do it all. If you try to do everything in a four day vacation odds are you’ll end up being tired and frustrated. If you are spending about two weeks you’ll be able to do most things but even then you wont get everything at all four parks done. Honestly it could take months to do everything Walt Disney World has to offer. Look at whatever you don’t get to do as something to look forward too on your next trip.
  • Book dining reservations 180 days in advance. It can be difficult to get all the dining reservations you want. If dining is very important to you be flexible about what days you are going to what parks.
  • Book Fastpasses 60 days in advance. Fastpass bookings are available at 5:45 EST. Do be up and waiting to get your Fastpasses. Flight of Passage is still difficult  to get, so be ready to look first thing in the morning. Our tip is if you have a must do ride, like Flight of Passage or Navi River Journey be ready to  change what days you are going to be at certain parks. We moved around several days worth of Fastpasses during our last vacation to get Flight of Passage.

Be Prepared For Florida Weather

      • Bring lots of sunblock. Even if it’s an overcast morning our tip is to still put sunblock on. Weather in Florida can change at the drop of a dime and you can still get a sunburn on an overcast day.  We recommend sunbum as it’s hypoallergenic.
      • Bring a water bottle or a bag with a hydration bladder. Hydration is key in the parks. It will keep you going strong and help fight fatigue. Staying hydrated also helps keep your muscles from cramping. For example, we walk 7 to 8 miles a day with our toddler and that’s us taking it easy at the parks. We used to average about 12 to 15 miles a day pre-baby.
      • Bring a poncho/ stroller cover. Florida has it’s fair share of storms. Make sure everyone will have something to cover them and that you have a cover for your strollers. Our tip is to buy these before you head to Disney. The ponchos are much more affordable on amazon
      • Wear a hat and sunglasses. Again the Florida sun is no joke. Heat stroke is a real concern, mainly during summer, so we like to reinforce that you need to protect yourself from the elements as much as possible and stay hydrated.


  • Always carry a valid form of ID, and at least one credit card or cash. Since Disney has made it possible to make room charges with your magic bands (when staying on property) we’ve noticed that a lot of people no longer carry these items on them. If you want to purchase alcohol you are going to need a valid ID to show that you are over 21. The ID can be either state or government issued(passport). Another thing we have heard of is people carrying a photocopy of their passport for their ID. In Florida this is not considered a valid form of ID. Keep in mind that the system used to make room charges with your Magic Band occasionally does not work. Though rare, when this happens you will not have the ability to makes purchases if you don’t have another form of payment. We have had this happen at least once on every single vacation.
  • Transportation is available from MCO to Walt Disney World. If you are flying in and staying at a Disney Resort Magical Express will take you to your resort. Disney Transportation Buses will also take you to the parks and Disney Springs from your resort. You cannot take a direct bus to another hotel. Transfers can be made at Disney Springs, a park or the Ticket and Transportation Center to get to  your final destination. It can take a while to get to places, especially if you are trying to get to another Resort. Disney recommends leaving your resort 90 minutes in advance for all reservations.
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