June 7, 2023

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For many, vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort is an experience of a lifetime. But, with so much to do and see planning a Disney vacation can seem overwhelming. That’s where we come in. Our Orlando expert is sharing Disney tips that will make your next visit to Walt Disney World stress-free and simply magical.

Visit During the Off-Season

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While it’s not always possible, the best time to visit the Walt Disney World Resort is between September and early December and January through early March. During this time, crowds are much lighter meaning less waiting and more adventuring. Some of the park’s best events take place in the off-season. Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is held from August through November, while December brings all the holiday magic and decorations without the crowds. Visit in January and not only will the weather be ideal, but Epcot’s Festival of the Arts kicks off the New Year.

Stay on the Property

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If the thoughts of renting a car and driving sends you into a panic, stay on the property. Disney transportation is efficient and complimentary, including the Disney Airport Shuttle, which provides transportation from the Orlando International Airport to your WDW resort.  On property, shuttles run between the parks, resorts and Disney Springs.

Splurge on Luxury Accommodations

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To truly maximize your Disney vacation, stay at one of Disney’s premier properties, such as the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. In addition to beautiful pools and activities for the kids, the Spa at the Grand Floridian consistently receives accolades. Even better, the resort’s ideal location offers great views of the Magic Kingdom nightly fireworks.

Take Days Off From the Parks

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Not spending every day at the theme parks may seem counterintuitive, but trust us. A break from the crowds and long days will be a welcome reprieve. Spend your off days relaxing by the pool or visiting the dining and entertainment complex, Disney Springs.

Download the My Disney Experience App

The My Disney Experience App puts important park information in the palm of your hands. You can even book fast passes and check ride wait time.

Book A Character Breakfast

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Character breakfasts are a great start to the day, and the perfect chance to get autographs and photos of your favorite characters without waiting in lines. Each breakfast features a different set of characters, so choose your location based on preference. If you want to dine with Disney classics like Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto, book at Chef Mickey’s, located in Walt Disney World’s Contemporary Resort.

Explore the Walt Disney World Resort Hotels and Grounds

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While the theme parks are the main attraction, there is a world of adventure awaiting throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Head to Port Orleans for paddleboat rentals, bike rentals and even guided fishing trips. Or check out Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for an evening of fun at the Hoop Dee-Doo Musical Revue or the complimentary Chip n’ Dale Campfire Sing followed by a classic movie under the stars.

Making Dining Reservations in Advance

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Popular restaurants like Le Cellier and Be Our Guest book up months in advance, so book a table as early in the planning process as possible.

Dine at Less Known Restaurants

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Some restaurants like The Hollywood Brown Derby are gastronomical havens, but often less crowded than their more well known counterparts.

Fireworks & Dinner

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A few restaurants on property such as the California Grill and Narcoossee’s, offer great views of the Magic Kingdom nightly fireworks display. Time your dinner around the fireworks for an epic dinner and show.

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