Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

5 Walt Disney World First Time Vacation Tips

It's your First Time to Walt Disney World?!

That's so incredibly exciting!

Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Cinderella's Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is in Orlando, Florida and it consists of FOUR theme parks: Magic Kingdom (in the photo above), Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom.

You might like to know:

  1. What type of tickets are there to get into the theme parks?

There are two "types" of tickets.  One kind of ticket is called a BASE TICKET.  These are the least expensive tickets Disney offers.  A Base ticket allows the holder to go in and out of ONE theme park per day of their trip.  You can buy as many days as you need.  So if you'll be there for 6 days, but only want to go to the parks 5 days, you could buy a 5 day base ticket per person in your party.  The great thing about Base tickets is that if you go into a park in the morning, say for example Magic Kingdom, but want to head back to your resort to relax and swim at the pool for a couple of hours, and then head back to Magic Kingdom in the evening, you can!  Base tickets are a great way to see one park per day of your visit.

The second type of ticket is called a PARK HOPPER TICKET.  Now this ticket does cost a little bit more, but it allows you to go in and out of as MANY theme parks during one day of your trip.  So, if you want to start your day in Magic Kingdom and then take the monorail to Epcot in the afternoon and then see the fireworks in Hollywood studios in the can!  These tickets offer you flexibility.  They do cost a little bit more, but it's important to weigh out the value in the tickets, because sometimes it is worth it to upgrade to these tickets.  It all depends on your party and the length of your trip.  If your time is limited and you want to see all four theme parks, this is a great ticket choice!

2.  What are Extra Magic Hours?

Extra Magic Hours is a little gift to clients staying at a Disney resort hotel.  It's only offered to those guests.  At least ONE theme park every day of the year has either an EARLY HOUR entry (one hour before normal opening hours to general public) -OR- EVENING MAGIC HOURS which give clients 3 hours to stay in the parks later in the evening.  There is a schedule on Disney's website showing which parks have extra magic hours in calendar form for the months to come.  Definitely check it out!  It's a safe bet to say that the theme park with extra magic hours tends to be the busiest park that day.  It usually attracts a lot of guests!

3. Should I make dining reservations BEFORE my trip?

I mean, why would you want to make dining reservations months before your Disney trip?  Can't you just walk into a restaurant that day and ask for a table for four?  That's not going to be a problem, right?  WRONG!  Definitely make your dining reservations as soon as you are allowed to!  Disney onsite guests can make dining reservation by either calling Disney on the phone, using their website, or by using a disney vacation planner 180 days before their arrival at Walt Disney World.  It seems like a long way out, BUT if you want to enjoy meals at the hard to make character dining or Cinderella's Castle, you will be happy you did.  You need a credit card to "hold" your reservation, but it won't be charged....unless you are a no show, then it will be charged $10 per person.  If you need to cancel, do so at least 24 hours before your reservation time.  Then no charges will apply.  Although Disney does offer a few dining plan choices, you do not have to be on a dining plan to make advanced dining reservations.

4. Can someone help me make my Walt Disney World reservations/bookings?

Absolutley!  In fact, there are Disney vacation planners, that provide great services to clients, helping them understand all the ins and outs of Walt Disney World at NO ADDITIONAL COST to you.  The prices are identical to Disney's website pricing.  You just benefit from the added value to working with an experienced Disney expert who cares about your family having the most magical and memory filled vacation.  Not all vacation planners are the same, however.  Definitely read their reviews on their websites or Facebook pages to find the perfect fit for your family.

5. Isn't Walt Disney World just for little kids?

Absolutely not!  In fact, many clients head down to Walt Disney World as adults only groups, family reunions with kids/adults of all ages, and family's with teens and older.  Depending on your ages, Walt Disney World has a diverse amount of activities, rides, foods and experiences to cater to EVERYONE.  Speaking from experience, everyone feels a bit of magic walking through the four theme parks at Walt Disney World.  There is magic in the air and it's appreciated by "kids" of all ages.  Walt Disney World is not just Mickey Mouse and princesses.  It is a massive adventure filled with memory making opportunities that all family's can enjoy.

If you would like assistance planning a Walt Disney World vacation or another Disney vacation, I highly recommend reaching out to Coral from Coral Joy Travel (click to look at her business page on Facebook).  She is a Mom of two, Disney lover, and passionate planner, prioritizing her first timer families and getting them prepared for their vacation to Walt Disney World.  Email Coral for a free quote or to get more information on Disney resort hotels.