Making the Most of a Magical Trip to Disney World
Summer break is right around the corner and it might be time you take a well-deserved vacation. After a long semester of papers and tests, you need to go to a destination full of fun. You need to go to the happiest place on Earth: Walt Disney World. Even though it is a popular destination for families with small children, it is also a great destination for a person of any age who is looking to bring out their inner child. The atmosphere is lively and carefree. If you want to go on a vacation where literally everything is taken care of for you, Disney is where you want to be. After getting back from a recent trip to Disney World, I have a few suggestions to help plan your trip.
Plan to Use a Magical Package
I highly suggest staying at a resort on Disney grounds and paying a little extra for a Magic Your Way package. In the end, you will save money by taking this option and you will get the full Disney experience. Originally, my boyfriend David and I planned to buy a ticket for a single park each day we wanted to go and just stay at his aunt’s place. My dad talked us into staying at a resort and I am extremely happy he did because of all the benefits guests at resorts receive. First, Disney almost always has discounts on resort rooms, typically ranging between 10 to 35 percent off depending on how long you stay and where you stay. If at any point during the day you get tired, you can go back to your resort and take a nap by the pool. It is also good to have a hotel room right near Disney so that after you are done at Magic Kingdom at 3 a.m., you do not have to drive home.
The Magic Your Way Package gives you one of my favorite extras: fastpasses. Fastpasses are tickets that allow you to skip the regular line at a ride of your choosing to get on faster. With the package deal, you are able to get three fastpasses per park, which is a huge benefit if you have a lot planned that day. Park hoppers are also included in the package, and those allow you to visit any of the four parks as many times as you like throughout the day. You will want that because some parks, like Animal Kingdom, do not take a full day to experience and some parks are even open later than others. One more suggestion I have is that you should sign up for a dining plan. We did not because we thought it looked too expensive, but after calculating how much we spent on food, we decided that the next time we visit we will add on a meal plan.
That’s right, the next time we visit. We had such a fantastic time on this vacation that we are already planning another visit.
I am not sure where you are traveling to Disney from, but we traveled there all the way from Ohio. Our directions told us it would take approximately 15 hours and about 25 hours later we were there. It’s necessary to take those numerous stops, such as gas stops, rest stops, food stops, and the overnight stop, but it was too much for me. You might be different; you might not mind traveling all that way. All I know is that next time I will be flying.
Beat the Crowds
When the day finally comes to check into your resort hotel, get there early. Check in before any of the parks open and drop your bags off, because your room will not be ready yet. The reason I say this is because then you have the rest of the day to go have fun, and when you are ready to nap, your room will be ready. When you get to the park right before it opens, you have the best chance of the day to walk onto most rides and attractions. Most of the families there will not be up that early, so you beat the rush. When we went to Animal Kingdom right when it opened, we walked onto Expedition Everest twice. The only park you would be fine with going to a little later is Epcot because the main attraction, for us at least, was the world showcase and all its food. We figured the food would not be ready to sell until at least 11 in the morning.
A great time to go to Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios for riding rides is later at night when all the families are burnt out. During the peak of the day, we went back to our hotel to nap at the pool and regain our energy. That way, when night came, we would head out to Magic Kingdom. We walked on many rides by doing that.
Look For the Details
One of my favorite parts about Disney World is the intricate details that they put in each and every one of their parks. The park designers go above and beyond to make Disney an unforgettable experience. While you are at Disney World, keep an eye out for hidden Mickey Mouse heads. I know there is one that can be found on the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain. They are hiding everywhere.
Here is a link so you can make a list of where the rest are : http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/WDW/Official/official.html
A few more details that I wish I knew of before our trip were located at Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel, The Haunted Mansion, and the Hall of Presidents. I love carousels, so to find out that there was one horse on the Regal Carousel that was Cinderella’s favorite killed me. There is one horse on there with a gold ribbon on its tail, which is her favorite horse. I plan on beating all the little kids to it next time I go. The Haunted Mansion has a lot of awesome details that you must pay attention to; you will get a kick out of them. First, the graveyard outside has tombstones with very funny sayings on them about the person and how they died. Also, keep an eye on the ground for the bride’s ring that she threw out of the attic before it was trampled by a horse. The Haunted Mansion has so much character to it that you have to ride it at least twice, and do not forget to look for the hidden Mickeys!
The most important piece of advice. Your Disney trip will give you memories that last a lifetime. Many of my friends questioned why I wanted to go to Disney World for spring break instead of Panama City, and it was because I knew Disney would bring me better memories. It really is a one-of-a-kind trip and it is fun for all ages. I promise that after you go once, you will want to keep going back to the place that made you feel like a kid again.
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