Last week I shared a few tips for Frequent Walt Disney World Travelers. This week, I'm sharing some for First Time Guests. Here are a few of my top tips for First Time Guests.
1. Stay on property. Even though it may cost more per night to stay on Walt Disney World property, I feel it's worth it for the first time guest- especially if you don't think you'll visit again. You'll receive free transportation from the airport on Disney's Magical Express and free transportation to all the parks. You'll also have extra hours inside one of the parks each day and you'll never leave the "Disney Magic" during your vacation!
2. Don't forget to book your dining reservations 180 days prior to your vacation! The signature restaurants, character dining, dinner shows and newest restaurants fill up quickly. If you have your heart set on a specific restaurant, wake up early 180 days out to make those reservations!
3. Interact with the characters. It doesn't matter how old you are- have fun with the characters! If it's a "face character" (not wearing a mask) engage in conversation about their interests. Ask Belle what book she's read lately, ask Peter Pan if he's seen Hook that day, ask Ariel if she's found any new treasures. If it's a "fur character" (wearing a mask) play around with them. You can still ask questions, just make sure they are yes/ no questions! If you are searching for your favorite character, ask guest services when and where you might be able to find him or her.
4. Use Touring Plans to pick which park to visit each day. This tool helps you choose the least crowded park for each day of your vacation. It uses past attendance and crowd levels to determine the current crowds. This tool can also help you make daily plans.
5. Utilize the "My Disney Experience" app to help you see wait times, make last minute changes in dining reservations, select fast passes and more!
6. Prioritize your vacation. Make a list of the top things you want to see and do. You won't be able to do it all, so make sure you do the things you have on your 'must see' list.
7. Know your child's height prior to your trip. In fact, be familiar with the heights for attractions so your child isn't disappointed as she approaches Space Mountain to find out she's too short!
8. If you're traveling with kids, bring a stroller from home to save $15-$31 per day!