It’s many children’s big dream to visit Disney World, an enormous character-themed resort and amusement park in Orlando, Florida. From the larger-than-life exhibits to the relatable characters to the famed Epcot resort, Disney is truly one of the most magical places in the US. If you and your family have the opportunity to visit, there are a few important tips to hack the experience.
Make a list of priorities: There’s no worse feeling than getting home after a trip and realizing that you forgot to do or see something that was really important to you. Before you go, spend some quiet time doing research on Disney and the plethora of sites, events, and exhibits and budget your time according to your priorities. That way, you can budget your time, resources, and appetite accordingly. Speaking of appetite…
Eat a little bit of everything: Disney prides itself on meals, drinks, and snacks that draw inspiration from international cuisine and the universes of the shows and movies it produces. You don’t want to put on 15 pounds from eating lots of everything, and you don’t want to let a huge meal make you sluggish for the rest of the day. It’s easy to lose track of how much you’re taking in, so get some help. Download an app that will allow you to tally how much you’ve eaten throughout the course of the day. Little tastes of everything add up more slowly that eating eight full meals, so eat everything, but in moderation.
Take advantage of free stuff: Disney’s number one goal is to make their guests happy, and to that end, they don’t put a huge sticker price on everything. Some souveniers, classes, and food items are free of charge. Consult a guide to make sure you’re not spending money on items or experiences you could get for free!
Clear up your phone memory: You’re going to want to take lots and lots of pictures and videos while you’re visiting Disney world, so don’t let a memory shortage ruin your day. Having to sort through photos to delete and pick and choose between apps can suck upwards of an hour of your time. Do this before you leave. Get rid of unnecessary images and apps at home so you can spend all your time at Disney enjoying Disney, not frantically thumbing through your smart phone.
Protect yourself: Traversing Disney’s multiple parks all in the sun can be physically taxing, so it’s important to tend to your body’s needs while going about the park. Use plenty of sunscreen to avoid sunburn or poisoning. Drink plenty of water so that you don’t dehydrate and pass out. Take regular breaks when you’re tired to let your legs and your mind relax a little bit.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Everyone at Disney is trained to answer any questions you have about locations of landmarks, bathrooms, and general inquiries about the park. If you’re ever stuck, don’t be afraid to reach out.
As long as you’re thoughtful, your trip to Disney will be the most magical experience of your life! Michael Harper of North Palm Beach, Florida, has spent most of his adult life in Florida with his family and is an expert on all things Florida travel.