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AJ Wolfe, Disney Food Blog
  
Why you should listen to her
AJ Wolfe has been visiting Disney parks all her life. Her favorite thing to do in Disney Parks and Resorts is eat, and you should admit right now that you love it, too. Her Disney Vacation starts with restaurant planning, and she’ll take any opinions she can get (although, now a days, we are getting our opinions from her).

In March 2009, she launched the Disney Food Blog, and it has grown exponentially. DFB offers in-depth news, reviews, and information about food and restaurants in Disney’s parks, resorts, and cruise ships, along with reviews and photographs of and about anything food-related in Disney parks, resorts, movies, and events.

Her best piece of Disney World advice

At Disney World, food IS a theme park, but you have to plan ahead #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

At Disney World, food is a theme park unto itself! The dining experience is as packed with fun and magic as the parks. To make the most of your dining experience, plan it using a site like the Disney Food Blog.

Seriously, do plan ahead. Many of the best restaurants DO need to be booked 6 months in advance – that’s three times earlier than you need to book your FastPass+ to meet Anna and Elsa, so you KNOW it’s serious!


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KennythePirate
     
Why you should listen to him
In early 2007, Kenny came across a contest that involved 25 crazy Disney fans being given the opportunity to live out their dream at Disneyland.  After a video audition, he won the contest and became KennythePirate, a temporary character at Disneyland. Realizing how much joy meeting a character can bring, he created his famous Character Locator. The rest is history!
His best piece of Disney World advice

Characters are always ready to play with the guests. Interact with them! #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Interact with the characters when you meet them! Many guests who visit with characters merely walk up, get their book signed, take a photo, and walk away.

The average time a guest spends with a character is less than one minute.  They are missing out on some great fun! Characters are always ready to play with the guests and may need a simple prodding to do so.   Here are some ideas for Disney character interaction.


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Leap, Undercover Tourist
  
Why you should listen to them
Since 2000, Undercover Tourist has provided authentic attraction tickets at discounted prices, as well as insider planning tips and excellent customer service.
Their best piece of Disney World advice

Purchase your park tickets in advance and allow time for solid preparation! #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Purchase your park tickets in advance to allow time for solid preparation! We know planning can feel overwhelming, so we’ve put together a froggerific guide to get you started.

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Carson and Renee, Disney by Age
  
Why you should listen to us
Carson and Renee are the creators of Disney by Age (you are here). They publish Disney World planning information like park itineraries, packing lists, and reviews, tailored to specific age groups. They have information on doing Disney with babies and toddlers through teens and grandparents.
Our best piece of Disney World advice

Make an early morning breakfast ADR to get into the park early. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Make an early morning breakfast ADR to get into the park early, and enjoy little-to-no wait on most rides.

Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guest Restaurant will get you into Magic Kingdom early.

At Epcot, Akershus and Garden Grill are your early-morning options. You can make an early Akershus reservation if you want to first in line for Frozen Ever After.

At Animal Kingdom, Tusker House is a great early breakfast choice that is very popular!


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Melissa Pigden, Child Centered Disney
     
Why you should listen to her
Melissa’s a travel consultant specializing in Disney Destinations who also happens to be a Disney Vacation Club member, Disney Annual Pass Holder, Disney College Program alumnus, and a Disney Vlogger and Blogger.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Use a service like Prime Pantry to ship groceries to your resort before you arrive. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Disney trips can get expensive so as a Travel Consultant I aim to help guests save money wherever they can. One of the biggest tips I tell my clients is to use a service like Amazon Prime or Prime Pantry to ship basic grocery items and necessities to the resort before you arrive.

Prime Pantry allows you to ship cereal, snacks, bottled beverages, baby food, baby diaper care items and more directly to your hotel and your hotel will accept them up to 10 days in advance of your stay.

You can save a great deal of money eating breakfast in your room and bringing snacks and water bottles into the parks with you. Perishable items like milk can typically be purchased in your resort or at a quick service location to supplement. Each resort room has a fridge and many resort rooms also have coffee makers.



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Stuart Sternberg, WDW Fan Zone
     
Why you should listen to him
Stuart’s been blogging about Disney since February 2009. In January 2011 he founded WDW Fan Zone and a few years ago he started the WDW Fan Zone BlogCast. He wouldn’t go as far as to call himself a Disney expert … but we would!  He is a very passionate Disney fan.
His best piece of Disney World advice

The best advice I can give anyone planning a vacation to #Disney World is to stay on property. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Most of my Disney trips have been on Disney property. But, I have also stayed off property and there is a huge difference. Staying on property you become totally absorbed into the Disney experience. When you leave the parks the Disney magic continues right to your resort room.

There are some pretty good perks for staying at a Disney resort:

  • Complimentary MagicBands.  The MagicBand functions as your resort room entry, theme park entry, check in for FastPass+, PhotoPass account, and it allows you to charge merchandise and food purchases.
  • FastPass reservations 60 days in advance.
  • Ability to add Dining Plans.
  • Extra Magic Hours. Each day one of the parks will open early or close late and only guests staying on property can take advantage.
  • Free Magical Express bus service from Orlando International Airport. Your luggage will magically arrive in your room.

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Ryan Ogilvie, Theme Park Trader
       
Why you should listen to him
Ryan’s been travelling to Disney Parks since as long as he can remember. Although his first trip actually occurred before he was born (seriously), his first memory is sitting outside Casey’s Corner at about 3 years old, sipping on a Nesquik carton! He’s been traveling to Walt Disney World ever since and goes for at least 2 weeks a year.

His love for Disney Parks inspired him and a friend to cofound Theme Park Trader, a site dedicated to theme park news where they run a podcast, write theme park guides and will be opening a store soon.

His best piece of Disney World advice

Take things slowly, especially if it is your first time. You'll enjoy it more. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Take things slowly when you are at Walt Disney World, especially if it is your first time. Walt Disney World is an incredible place, but make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Stop for an hour or two during your day to just relax and you will enjoy it more.

Over the years I have seen so many groups who are rushing around to get to the next destination on their list. It either ends with everyone burning out and leaving the park early, or in an argument.

We used to rush everything on our trips and decided one year to just take things slowly and enjoy every single moment of our trip, it made a world of difference.

Instead of rushing around each park and having to go back to the resort early, we stayed in the parks all day but spent more time taking in the incredible sights, sounds and smells. We found that by taking it easy, we ended up enjoying our vacation much more and as a result actually did more at the parks than we did when we were rushing around!


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Sara Mahjoub, Middle of the Magic Travel
  
Why you should listen to her
Sara has been to Walt Disney World and Disneyland over 40 times. She even got married at Walt Disney World. She’s honeymooned there, traveled there while pregnant, traveled there with very young children, visited with large groups, and even taken trips alone. She is a Disney vacation planner with Middle of the Magic Travel, where she handles hotel reservations, park tickets, dining and FastPass reservations, as well as personalized itineraries and tips (for free).
Her best piece of Disney World advice

The more planning ahead you do, the more time you'll have for fun and memories #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

To quote Scar from the Lion King, Be PREPARED! Especially when traveling with children, the more planning ahead you can do, the better prepared you will be to handle anything that might come up during your trip.

Everything from hotel, dining and FastPass reservations, to packing lists and itineraries can be decided ahead of time, so that you can focus your full attention on what really matters – having fun and making memories!

Don’t have a ton of free time to do all that research- or just don’t want to? That’s ok! I offer my planning services and my highly specialized skill set free of charge.


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Anna Skamarakas, Disney Parks Moms Panel
    
Why you should listen to her
A long time Disney Vacation Club member, long time Annual Pass holder, and proud member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel since 2009, Anna has more than 1000 trips to Walt Disney World theme parks under her belt. She’s stayed in every Disney resort, eaten at more than 80% of the restaurants, and resolved never to leave a Walt Disney World vacation without having the next one mapped out!
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Be at the park when it opens, and visit as many attractions as you can, before the lines become longer… Click To Tweet

My best Walt Disney World advice is to hit it early and hit it hard. We are veterans of Christmas week and spring break, two of our favorite times to visit the theme parks. While my family groans at the thought of getting up early, we like to be at rope drop at our park of the day – even better if it’s an Extra Magic Hours morning.

Plan to be at the park when it opens, and visit as many of your favorite attractions as you can, before the lines become longer as the day wears on. Make your FastPass+ selections for early afternoon, after a nice lunch.

On even the busiest day, this strategy will easily get you into 8 or 10 attractions, even if you plan to leave the park early for an afternoon nap or some pool time! Save the least crowded attractions (Carousel of Progress, People Mover) for late in the day.


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Jen Pease, Author My Love for Disney
    
Why you should listen to her
Jen is an expert on Disney World and Disneyland. She is a lifelong Disney dreamer and lover, and Disney Vacation Club member and shareholder. She’s stayed at most of the on property resorts, cabins, and R.V.s, as well as off property resorts and houses.  She’s also written a book about Disney with lots of Disney World tips.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Go without huge expectations. Enjoy your family and the time you have with them. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Go on vacation without huge expectations. Enjoy your family and the time you have with them as it is only a short chapter in our lives to spend time together in such a beautiful place. Also, remember to be kind to the Cast Members. They work very hard to make you happy.

Try thinking outside the box. For example, perhaps you have done the resorts, but have you stayed in an R.V.? We rented one from Greenberg RV, and loved it. It gives you so much more space then a cramped hotel room, and is more cost effective for larger parties.

R.V.s can be parked at Fort Wilderness, on Disney World property with all the magic and amenities, and so much to do. We like to make day trips there even if we are not staying on the campground. We rent a golf cart and zip around, take the boat to the lodge for lunch, come back and play some tether ball, rent bikes or go fishing, and then for dinner go to Trails End Buffet (the least expensive buffet on property). Then we head over to the Sing Along with Chip and Dale, watch a movie on the big screen, then catch the fireworks on the beach and the electrical parade on the water.



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Leah, Five for the Road
   
Why you should listen to her
Leah is a self-proclaimed theme park enthusiast! She loves to plan Disney vacations and share all the research with her readers. She is also the founder of Five for the Road, a family travel blog.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Be flexible in your plans. For every change, there is a new fun experience. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

ENJOY it!! Do your research, plan your FastPasses and dining, go through everyone’s “Must-Do” list, and then enjoy it. You are at the happiest place on earth. Stressed out parents and kids can make an amazing vacation go south very quickly.

Be flexible in your plans and be okay if it doesn’t go the way you intended. For every change in a plan, there is a new fun experience. You can’t control everything, and the best you can do is remember why you are there – to have quality family fun!  Here are some tips for your first Walt Disney World Visit.


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Judith Lee
     
Why you should listen to her
Judith is a columnist at WDW Fan Zone and has been honored to be part of this fun group. She is also a Registered Nurse, and likes to blog about health related issues at Disney.  She is a Disney Vacation Club member with shares at Kidani and the Polynesian.  She goes to Disney World about 2-3 times a year, and has been to Disney over 20 times since 2005.  She’s also run 2 runDisney 5ks,  2 runDisney Wine and Dine 1/2 marathons and the Glass Slipper Challenge.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

There is no possible way you can see it all. This gives me an excuse to go back! #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

There is no possible way you can see it all.  I have been over 20 times in 11 years, and still haven’t seen it all!  This gives me an excuse to go back. Shhh, don’t tell Dear Husband my secret. 😉

Don’t try and cram every minute in the day with things, or people get a little grumpy.  Plan some down time and don’t be so rigid that you miss the little Magical moments.

I am not saying don’t plan.  The reality is that FP+ and ADRs are your friends.


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Ken & Emily, MouseHacking.com
     
Why you should listen to them
Ken and Emily blog about using travel hacking (points, miles, discounts, deals, and anything else!) to do Disney vacations for less at mousehacking.com. They’ve visited Disney parks at least annually for about 20 years. They’re currently planning trips to Disney World, Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, and Shanghai Disney in the next year, relying largely on points and miles!
Their best piece of Disney World advice

Everyone can save on their Disney trip, and saving doesn't have to mean doing Disney for 'cheap' #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Remember that everyone can save on their Disney trip, and saving doesn’t have to mean doing Disney for “cheap” or sacrificing key experiences. We have a list of 53 ways to save at Walt Disney World, and it includes options for saving on stays at deluxe resorts or doing things like days outside of the parks, which can be amazing experiences in themselves.

You don’t have to stay at a value resort to save on your hotel stay, you don’t have to be a frequent flyer to use points and miles, and you definitely don’t have to stick to the dining plan to save on food. Don’t settle for the old or obvious ways to doing things. Learn new ways to get the most out of your trip!


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Rachel, Hoop Dee Disney
    
Why you should listen to her
Rachel has been an Annual Passholder since 2015, when she went on her Disneymoon, and she hasn’t looked back since. She lives about 3 hours away from Walt Disney World, and tries to go as often as she can. When she’s not AT Walt Disney World, she has a Disney vlog on YouTube (Hoop Dee Disney), and she spends lots of time reading Disney blogs, listening to Disney podcasts, and watching other WDW vloggers.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Don't underestimate the power of the midday break. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Don’t underestimate the power of the midday break. We are a rope drop family because of how efficient you can be in the first couple of hours at a park. But, we also used to try and power through the entire day, which leaves you open to meltdowns.

I’m not just talking about kids here – adults can get tired, hot and cranky too! Take your midday break, from right around lunchtime until maybe dinner time or sunset, depending on park operating hours.

When we started incorporating midday breaks we really started to love and appreciate our resorts, because we could go back, take time to explore, and enjoy the room and amenities. When the sun goes down, we feel refreshed and can take on another 4-6 hours of park touring.


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Scott & Amanda, TheScottVenture
    
Why you should listen to them
Scott and Amanda, of the TheScottVenture, have Disney vlog on YouTube.  They are longtime Annual Passholders to Disneyland and more recently at Disney World.
Their best piece of Disney World advice

If you are staying at a Disney resort take advantage of the Magical Express. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

If you are staying at a Disney resort take advantage of the Magical Express, which is a free shuttle service to and from Orlando international airport (MCO).  Just put the Magical Express tags on your luggage and – voila! – it will arrive in your room.  Skip baggage claim completely and don’t worry about lugging your bags around.  The magic begins as soon as you drop your bags off at the counter.


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Shelby, WDW Lovin Mama
     
Why you should listen to her
Shelby is a travel agent who specializes in all things Disney.  She also blogs about Disney at WDW Lovin Mama and she has a Disney YouTube blog.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

If you are worried about the pictures, purchasing Memory Maker is a great option. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Enjoy the little moments. Step out from behind the camera and watch the shows and ride the rides with your children. Seeing Walt Disney World through your child’s eyes is a whole new perspective.

If you are worried about the pictures, purchasing Memory Maker is a great option, then everyone can be in the photos. And don’t forget the baby wipes. You will need them after the Mickey ice cream bar.


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Jessica Tullino
  
Why you should listen to her
Jessica has been visiting the Disney Parks since she was 3 years old.  There she’s enjoyed family vacations, Spring Breaks, birthdays, anniversaries, and even celebrated her own engagement and honeymoon at Disneyland.

She is now a vacation planner and concierge specializing in Disney Destinations, and she especially loves to help fellow military families create magical vacations.  She blogs about Disney at Imagineered Vacations.

Her best piece of Disney World advice

You can get free, personalized recommendations from an authorized Disney Vacation Planner #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Every family experiences Disney differently, and no two trips are the same.  The key is to design your visit around experiences that will create special memories for your family.  Work with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner such as Ears of Experience for free, personalized recommendations that will make your next Disney vacation truly unforgettable!

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John Peters
Why you should listen to him
John grew up in Orlando, and his second part time job as a teenager was as a monorail host. He and his wife own DVC points at Saratoga Springs. He’s also a Disney Travel specialist. And, he does two different Disney related Podcasts “WDWMainstreet” and the “Weekly Pint.”
His best piece of Disney World advice

Here are 3 character meet and greet spots that you will not find on a map! #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Here are 3 different character meet and greet spots that you will not find on a map!  I believe these spots are training for new characters and therefore the times and who you might see are random. Feel free to contact me for more Disney travel advice.

1. In the early evening, outside the main entrance to Hollywood Studios. I’ve run into Tiana and Aladdin at this spot.

2. Inside EPCOT, directly to the right of International Gateway, met the Country Bears here twice and ran into Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder here another time.

3. In EPCOT to the left of the Liberty Inn there is a Cast Member pathway. I’ve ran into lots of different characters here including Stitch, Baloo, Tigger, Chip & Dale, Captain Hook and Mr. Snee.


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Stephen, former Cast Member
Why you should listen to him
Steve has been a DVC Member since 2010 and he’s been an Annual Passholder for 7 years.  He was married at Walt Disney World’s Wedding Pavilion in 2012.  He’s also a former Cast Member.  He can be found constantly cruising on the Disney Cruise Line.
His best piece of Disney World advice

Download the My Disney Experience app to your phone. It's essential. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

My Disney Experience is an essential website for planning your Disney World vacation.  It’s also an APP that you should download to your phone.  You can choose your FastPasses for your entire group,  link everyone together, see your dining reservations, see your resort information (if staying on property), see what characters are where at what times, see ride wait times, see maps of all aspects of WDW, and more.

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Keith, Matt, Scott and Sean, Enchanted Tiki Talk
   
Why you should listen to them
There’s a  a wide range of expertise in this crew.  The Enchanted Tiki Talk crew includes Disney Vacation Club members, a Disney travel agent, local residents, Annual Pass holders, Disney park veterans, and passionate fans.
Their best piece of Disney World advice

Let your stress melt away and enjoy the parks as Walt intended. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Relax, have patience, and allow yourself to be a kid again. We all know how stressful planning a vacation can be. Especially now in the age of FastPasses, Advanced Dining Reservations, etc.

Once your feet hit Main Street USA all those sleepless nights planning are over. It is time to let your stress melt away and enjoy the parks as Walt intended.

Let yourself smile, laugh, skip, jump, hug characters, and scream on roller coasters. Disney parks are all about escaping to a world of magic and wonder. Let yourself travel back in time to when you were a kid. If something does happen that you didn’t plan, just go with it. Sometimes the most magical memories are those you didn’t plan.


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David and Vanessa, Beyond the Kingdoms
   
Why you should listen to them
David and Vanessa are Disney World Annual Passholders and have been visiting the parks since birth. They founded Beyond the Kingdoms website and YouTube channel in Summer 2016 to share their passion and knowledge about the parks with other Disney fans. Our hope is that we can provide other Disney fans with facts and tips to make their next Disney World vacation as magical as possible.
Their best piece of Disney World advice

Use Rider Switch Service to essentially double your FastPasses. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

If you have a child too small to ride some rides, use Rider Switch Service to essentially double number of FastPass+ reservations for those rides.

For example, if you’re traveling to Epcot, don’t book your entire party’s FastPass+ reservations with just Soarin’.  Instead, split the group and book half for Soarin’ and half for Test Track. When you arrive to Soarin’ explain that you using rider swap.

The cast member will give you a paper Fastpass ticket for up to 3 adults (or children above the height limit) to experience the attraction at any time in the day, without waiting.  You can book FastPasses for Test Track for the other half of the group, and repeat the process. This essentially doubles the amount of FastPasses you can use.


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Francine, Pixie Dust Fan
   
Why you should listen to her
Francine has been visiting Walt Disney World since 1974 and she’s made over 100 trips since! She’s a Disney Vacation Club Member, Annual Passholder and Castaway Club Member. She blogs about all things Disney related including dining reviews, planning tips and opinions at
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Disney World property is the size of San Francisco or Ottawa – you can’t see it all in 1 week #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Do not to expect to see everything in a week. There is too much to see and do between the parks and resorts that you won’t fit it all in. If you experience a parade, attraction or show that you love – do it again. Don’t spend your days running according to a strict schedule and stress that you haven’t kept ‘on track’.

Remember that Disney World property is the size of San Francisco or Ottawa – you can’t see it all at once. Relax, and enjoy the memories you’re making.


Yessy, The Wilds Disney Family
    
Why you should listen to her
Yessy has been a Disney Vacation Club members since 2009.  She blogs about her vacations to show people the different resorts they can stay in and does room video tours. Her family heads to Disney World at least times a year and takes Disney cruises once yearly.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

At Magic Kingdom, start the park from the back to avoid some of the crowds. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Have a plan or itinerary of what you will be doing that day. At Magic kingdom, start the park from the back rather than the first ride you see. Usually first timers start from the front of the park, and make their way to the back, so you can avoid some of the crowds. Magic Kingdom is also worth dedicating 2 days to.

I love character dining, so I try to make my reservations as soon as my window opens, which is 180 days before your vacation. Reservations get booked quickly.  I enjoy recording videos for people and would love to answer any questions about how I spend my vacations.


Lisa, The Dealicious Mom
  
Why you should listen to her
Lisa is a former Disney World Cast Member, with nearly 7 years in the Marketing division. She blogs about deals and saving money at Dealicious Mom.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Figure out how much you want to spend and then research your options within that budget. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Before you start planning, do yourself – and your pocketbook – a favor. Instead of thinking about how long you will stay or how many parks you want to visit, first decide how much money you want to spend. Whether your budget supports a one day adventure or a week-long vacation, the last thing your family needs is to rack up debt under the auspice of creating memories.

Figure out how much you want to spend and then research your options within that budget. Plan it right down to the cash you’ll spend each day. Check out these Mickey Mouse party ideas and many more frugal family tips.


Scott, Disney Cruise Line Blog
      
Why you should listen to him
Scott and his family have Walt Disney World Annual Passes and are frequent visitors to the parks as well as the Walt Disney World restaurants. Oh, and he runs the Disney Cruise Line Blog.
His best piece of Disney World advice

Go off script, put down that spreadsheet and touring plan and just enjoy some spontaneity. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Plan down time at the parks and resorts. Let yourself go off script, put down that spreadsheet and touring plan and just enjoy some spontaneity. Walt Disney World is too big to experience everything it has to offer in one trip. We live close to the property and still have not experienced everything there is to experience.

Planning every minute of your trip can get you on all the attractions, but at what cost?  You may miss an impromptu street performance at Hollywood Studios or some amazing design work at Animal Kingdom if you do not give yourself time to be spontaneous.


Melody Priebe, Exclusive Travel Partners
    
Why you should listen to her
Melody is a Travel Agent and certified Disney Specialist. She’s been to Disney World over 30 times collectively as a child, teenager, honeymooner, while pregnant, and with infants, toddlers, and pre-teens.  She’s also taken 10 Disney Cruises. She offers special advice for those with dietary restrictions and all families traveling with infants, toddlers, and special needs children.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Take full advantage of the Baby Care Centers located in each park. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Having been to Disney World with infants many times, I can give you some great advice on traveling with babies! Keep as close as you can to your baby’s schedule. This means allowing for uninterrupted naps in the hotel room daily.

Although we’d love to go, go, go, and our baby might sleep through anything, we might not see the effects until several days into the trip.  The noise and visual stimulation of the parks, buses, etc. can get to be too much, so a quiet, dark room is a great way to reset not only a baby, but also a parent.

Take full advantage of the Baby Care Centers located in each park. The Baby Care Centers feature a quiet, low-lit feeding room, a room with changing tables, high chairs, small tables and chairs for toddlers, as well as toilets small enough for the potty training toddler. 



Lisa, Let’s Go Do That
    
Why you should listen to her
Lisa is a mother, a blogger and Disney lover. She blogs about Disney tips and tricks over at Let’s Go Do That. She also writes Disney reviews and planning information. She’s been going to Disney ever since she was a little girl and now she visits Disney World every year with her four children.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

It's important to use FastPass in order to reduce your time in lines and maximize your fun. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Use your FastPasses! Believe or not, some guests do not use their FastPass at all! It’s important to use FastPass in order to reduce your time in lines and maximize your fun.

Guests receive 3 FastPasses for any of the attractions. After you have used all three of the FastPasses, you can make another one. After you use that one, you can make another one and so on.

If you want to ride popular attractions, it is important that you make early FastPass Reservations. If you are staying on property, you can make your FastPass selections 60 days in advance. If you are staying off, you can make FastPass selections 30 days in advance.


Jordann, Mickey Mom Blog
    
Why you should listen to her
Jordann is an Annual Passholder and her family has been Disney Vacation Club Members since 1998.  She’s been visiting Disney World 3-4 times per year for 25 years. She likes to help friends, family, and sometimes strangers plan their trips to Walt Disney World.  She also blogs about Disney World at Mickey Mom Blog.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Go during the OFF season! #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

I don’t care if you have to take the kids out of school, going to Walt Disney World outside of peak season is well worth it! This may seem like obvious advice, but simply adjusting your trip by a couple of days or weeks can make a world of difference.

Before booking each of our family trips, I use tools like Undercover Tourist’s crowd calendar to get an idea of what the estimated crowd levels look like for our target trip dates. By doing a little research, we’ve been able to enjoy special events, like the Epcot International Food & Wine festival, with minimal crowds.

In my experience, the lowest crowds tend to be in January, February, September, and October, although things are constantly changing with new events and attractions. Check out my blog for more Walt Disney World advice from a mom’s perspective.


Erin, former Cast Member
 
Why you should listen to her
Erin is an alumnus of the Disney College Program. She’s also an Annual Passholder, with over 50 Disney World trips under her belt.
Her best piece of Disney World advice

Having a plan makes the vacation less stressful. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Plan, especially if you haven’t been there before. Do your homework and plan your park days around Extra Magic Hours. Check out the peak times of day for park capacity during your stay.

Plan out your dining reservations and FastPasses ahead of time, especially for the popular attractions. Having a plan makes the vacation less stressful.

Also to make sure to plan for the weather. Take that extra poncho, jacket, and sunscreen. The weather always changes in Florida and you never know what the afternoon may bring.


Mike Conrad
    
Why you should listen to him
Mike has been a DVC member since 2000, however he’s been visiting Disney World since the 1970’s.  He recently started a blog www.wdwfamilytips.com to help people plan for their best Disney experience. He’s been an annual passholder for the last several years, and visits Disney World at least 2-3 times a year.
His best piece of Disney World advice

Spend the extra money to get the Park Hopper option. #BestDisneyAdvice Click To Tweet

Spend the extra money to get the Park Hopper option.  This is a highly debated option, as there are strong arguments for both sides.  I will tell you why I recommend this option all the time for my most recent visit in February 2017.

My wife and I visited the Magic Kingdom on Saturday of President’s weekend.  The park was packed!  If we didn’t have the Hopper option, we would have been stuck in extremely long lines all day.  The good thing was, we had planned early so we used our 3 FastPasses and decided we would leave and visit EPCOT.

With late night options like the new Star Wars Spectacular at Hollywood Studios, the River of Lights at Animal Kingdom, Illuminations at EPCOT and an all new fireworks show coming to the Magic Kingdom, we often go to a different park to watch the show.  I have more tips at www.wdwfamilytips.com.

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