Disney Planner First Timer Tips For Disney World Holidays

I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since our magical first trip to Walt Disney World! It’s flown by. I still feel immersed in the magic and excitement and I have loved sharing our Disney posts with you. Today I am going to be talking about some of the first timer Disney planner advice I learned from our trip, for anyone else looking to book a Disney World holiday. I would love to hear any of your tips or advice too!

This post is written collaboratively with Attraction Tickets Direct.

Lady swirling around in front of Walt Disney World's princess Castle

Disney Advice – Tips for first timers!

Plan, Plan, Plan!! Understand where the rides are located to help plan your days by taking a look at the park maps. This helps you reduce the amount of back and forth walking you may have to do when you are going to rides, shows and meals. Plan, but understand that you may have to adjust plans if things like the weather affects them! Plus, don’t be disheartened if you have to change your plans – you are at Disney – whatever you do will be amazing!!

Use Fast Pass Plus to reduce queuing – Especially advantageous if you’re staying onsite at a Disney Hotel!

Pre-Book your park ticketsAvoid the queues with Disney tickets by buying them in advance. You can buy a 7 day pass up all the way up to a 21 day pass if you’re fortunate enough to be going for an extended period.

Don’t waste your snack credit/money on waterAny quick service restaurant will give you free ice water tip – take a mini bottle of squash to add to water if need be.

Don’t sleep in! I know you’ll be jet lagged, but I really don’t think Walt Disney World is the place to be catching up on your Zzzzz’s. The early starts are great for making use of your magic hours!

Don’t exhaust yourself!Ok, so you don’t want to waste your mornings sleeping, but equally you will get tired, so factor in some rest time and some time out of the sun, then come back to hit the parks in the late afternoon, perhaps take a trip to the beach at Disney’s Blizzard beach or even just lounge by the hotel pool while the children play. 

top 10 must do things at Disney's Magic Kingdom Park with the princess castle

SnacksIf on a Disney dining plan don’t spend snack credits on things like crisps which you can bring in yourself for free! tip – just jump in an Uber to stock up on some snacks at a local supermarket.

Don’t expect to do it all!Disney is always changing with the seasons and new things are always being introduced so there is far too much to do in one trip even if you’re there for weeks – write down some things you absolutely must not miss and try and be flexible with the rest.

Try and factor in some down time – especially in the first few days when everyone will be feeling tired, this can even just be at a show – get out of the heat and off of your feet! 

lady holding balloons in Disney's Magic Kingdom Park with the princess castle in the distance

Top Disney Planner Tip!

Wear your shoes in first Walt Disney World covers 47 square miles of beautiful Floridian landscape; that’s the size of San Francisco!! You’ll be walking miles and miles!

Pack plasters for blisters! For the inevitable

Pack a multi USB charger rather than lots of plug adaptors for charging points – genius huh!

visiting toy story land as a family

Pack on the go phone chargers! – You don’t want to miss out on taking photos if your phone dies! (If you do then definitely take advantage of the Memory Maker!)

Bring an extra spare bag for bringing everything home indon’t kid yourself that you wont be doing this! 

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Consider taking a ziplock bag for keeping your phone dry during the storms & wet rides! – you can even use your phone inside the bag to make it waterproof!

Buy your Disney merchandise before you go a trip to Primark or the UK Disney store will kit you out with some amazing Disney clothing for a fraction of the price. Alternatively there are two outlets near the parks called Disney Character Warehouse which you could check out.

Get there for Rope Drop a great Disney planner tip – this is when the park opens, sometimes you’ll be allowed in before official opening time. Tip – if you pick 2-3 rides that are close together then you’ll be able to fit loads in before the crowds arrive.

come rain or shine Magic Kingdom holds memories that will last a lifetime
At Hollywood Studios, if you’ve already watched Fantasmic go on the rides while the show is on half the park will be in the show so the queue will be shorter.

And finally…Always pack ponchos even on sunny days – Florida is also the Lightning Capital of the World – who knows when it will rain! TipPack a ziplock bag to store wet ones in when you put them back in your bag!

Use the My Disney Experience App it is your essential guide for your planning!

I would LOVE to hear your First Timer Disney planner advice, leave me a comment below!

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