If there is one rule for going to Walt Disney World – I would say it is PLAN!!! I’m not talking about an agenda so tight that every waking moment is planned out, but a plan of what all you do want to see or do while at the most magical place on earth.
Walt Disney World is over 40 square miles and includes 4 different parks, with each park housing an abundance of rides, shows and shops. This doesn’t include the multitude of places to stop and smell the roses, see the sights or capture the perfect photo shot to remember your time there. Of course you also have the characters, character meals and restaurants, including sit-down meals, counter service and snack locations.
I have found that doing a little research online gives everyone involved a little insight into things they might enjoy. Pre-planning can go a long way to making your trip a pleasant one rather than an overwhelming experience.
A good rule of thumb is to plan 3-4 more popular rides for each park and maybe a few sit-down meals throughout your trip, then filling the gaps with a little shopping, a parade, some snacks or counter service meals, meeting characters and enjoying the ambiance Walt Disney World has to offer. There will be opportunities along the way to catch a ride that you would like do if the line is short enough or fast passes are available for the time frame convenient to you.
Shows are something that can be planned once you have arrived at Walt Disney World. The theaters hold a lot of people, so there ends up being less of a wait for these than for most rides and can also be a great place to rest your feet and maybe cool down in the air conditioning. Disney always strives to make the shows new and refreshing, so the show you see today may or may not be the same on your next trip. Some of these changes can be subtle and hardly noticeable while others may be a complete over-haul.
Whatever your style of traveling is when at Walt Disney World, be sure and do a little planning to take the stress out of your trip.
Debbie and her husband live in Collegedale, TN where her youngest son is going to college. She is a huge Disney fan who dreams of someday retiring and working as a tour guide at Walt Disney World. She has enjoyed many trips to WDW with children, grandchildren and sometimes adults only. It is her ultimate goal to make sure everyone who visits WDW has the same magical time that she enjoys every time she visits.