Congratulations! You’re engaged and about to marry the person of your dreams. You’ve eagerly awaited the day when you could say “I’m going to Disney World!” when asked about your honeymoon plans — and that day is here. Whether you want to relive the magic you experienced as a child or it’s your favorite place on planet Earth, nothing can quite compare to a Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Of course, planning a honeymoon can be overwhelming. But don’t worry! Putting together a Walt Disney World honeymoon is easier than you think. Use our step-by-step guide to planning the best honeymoon for you and your significant other at Walt Disney World.

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1) Fund Your Walt Disney World Honeymoon

As with any honeymoon planning process, the first step is to determine your budget. Fortunately, there are multiple ways to enjoy the magic of Disney all within your defined budget.

Create a Honeymoon Registry
Do you really need yet another set of silverware? Of course, not. What you and your soon-to-be spouse need is an exhilarating ride on Space Mountain or a behind-the-scenes tour at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Forgo a traditional registry for a Walt Disney World registry. From theme park tickets to romantic spa treatments, wedding guests can help make sure you both have the magical vacation you desire by contributing to your honeymoon registry.

Travel Off-Peak, If Possible
If possible, travel to Walt Disney World during an off-peak time of the year. To avoid the crowds and take advantage of seasonal prices on flights, plan your honeymoon during these specific times:

  • Second week of January through mid-February
  • First three weeks of May (before the school year is over)
  • Late August and entire month of September
  • Mid-November through mid-December (except the week of Thanksgiving)

 

If these times aren’t possible, no worries! There are plenty of other ways to plan an affordable Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Skip the Park Hopper Pass
A Park Hopper pass allows you both to visit multiple Walt Disney World resort theme parks in one day. While this is a nice convenience, I recommend forgoing the park hopper pass on your honeymoon. You’ll want to slow down, and savor every moment, which is hard to do when you’re racing from park to park. This additional pass can cost anywhere from $50-$60 per person in addition to park admission. To save money, visit one park per day and use your free time for extra magical experiences such as shopping at Disney Springs.

Book a Year in Advance
It is recommended that couples book their honeymoon to Disney World a year in advance. This enables you and your significant other to have guaranteed lodging, tickets, dining reservations, and take advantage of the best possible rates.

Be Flexible with Your Itinerary
While I just told you to book a year in advance, one of the best ways to stretch your honeymoon budget is to be flexible. For example, arranging your travel days according to the cheapest airfare is always a good idea if you are able to be flexible. Also, being flexible in your itinerary is a good idea as it allows you to take advantage of extra experiences and unexpected opportunities throughout your Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Once you’ve set your budget, launched your honeymoon registry, and know how to save, it’s time to start the reservation process.

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2) Choose a Hotel or Resort

The Walt Disney World resort property is home to several hotels and resorts. From budget-friendly hotels to extravagant resorts, you have a wide range of lodging options to choose from.

Depending on your Walt Disney World honeymoon budget, you have three options:

  1. Book a hotel room at one of the budget resorts.
  2. Reserve a room at a resort offering premium amenities, but still within budget.
  3. Go all out and get a room at one of Disney’s top-tier resorts.

 

The budget-friendly hotel option for guests are Disney’s All-Star resorts. While the price of these rooms is enticing, keep in mind that the hotel property is geared towards families and children. This means that the pool, dining area, and resort lobby will be filled with families. Just remember, you aren’t going to Walt Disney World for the hotel room. If you plan to spend most of your time outside of the hotel room, this is a great option for budget-conscious honeymooners.

Upscale Walt Disney World resorts that won’t break the bank include:

 

These resorts are well within a honeymoon budget but offer a wide range of premium amenities and activities onsite.

On the other hand, if you and your new spouse want to reserve a room at the top Walt Disney World resorts, check out these options:

 

While at your chosen Disney resort or hotel, don’t forget to ask a cast member about “In-Room Celebrations”. After a long day at the theme parks, you can have a surprise bouquet of flowers or other gift waiting in your room.

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3) Make Your Dining Reservations

Everyone knows that the restaurants at Walt Disney World resort are outstanding. If there’s a specific restaurant you and your future spouse want to dine at during your honeymoon, make your reservation ASAP. In fact, it is recommended that newlyweds make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance to secure a table at the restaurant they desire.

Quick insider tip: Make sure you have reservations for a late dinner at California Grill, located on the 15th floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort. You can watch all 3 theme park fireworks shows from this restaurant while enjoying a meal. The viewable fireworks schedule is as follows:

  • IllumiNations at Epcot: 9:00 PM
  • Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios: 9:30 PM
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular at Magic Kingdom: 10:00 PM

 

Between the food and the views, dining at California Grill is a “do not miss” experience while enjoying a Walt Disney World honeymoon.

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4) Figure Out Transportation

When planning your honeymoon to Walt Disney World, your first thought might be to procure a rental car. However, think of all the costs associated with renting a car: gas, parking, insurance, and on. A rental car will eat through your budget in an instant. Instead, rely on the transportation options provided by Walt Disney World resort.

Disney’s Magical Express provides guests with transportation to and from the Orlando International Airport and guests can use the monorail or bus system to get around Walt Disney World resort. No need for a rental car, a taxi, or an Uber. This means you only have to figure out your flights. Easy enough!

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5) Purchase Theme Park Tickets

Now onto the main reason you chose a Walt Disney World honeymoon — the theme parks! If not already taken care of by your honeymoon registry, it’s time to purchase your tickets to the Walt Disney World theme parks. Be sure to check Reserve Orlando for discount tickets to all four theme parks and more.

Now that you’ve procured your tickets, use these tips to make the most of your honeymoon in the theme parks:

Utilize FastPass+
Dying to ride the Haunted Mansion? Anxious to finally try the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster? Unfortunately, so are hundreds of other guests. Bypass the sprawling attraction lines with FastPass+. Using the My Disney Experience app (which you both need to download!), select your top three rides or shows and create your reservation. When the reservation time approaches, head back to the ride and enjoy!

Use these extra tips from Reserve Orlando to take advantage of all that the My Disney Experience app and FastPass+ have to offer.

Visit on a Weekday
As you might have guessed, weekends at Walt Disney World theme parks are overcrowded. Visit the theme parks on weekdays to eliminate some of the crowd congestion and lines. With fewer crowds, you and your spouse can experience all the theme parks have to offer during your Walt Disney World honeymoon.

Purchase a PhotoPass
While at the theme parks, you’ll find yourself trying to get the perfect picture of you and your significant other. Instead of asking a stranger to do it, let one of Disney’s pro photographers help! With a PhotoPass, photographers will help you capture lifelong memories of your Walt Disney World honeymoon. You can then access your images on the My Disney Experience app and cherish them forever by downloading and printing or sharing with friends and family.

Let Cast Members Know It’s Your Honeymoon
Trust me – you’re in store for a treat once Walt Disney World cast members find out you’re on your honeymoon. From free dessert to complimentary souvenirs and more, you’re in for a great surprise. In addition, it’s super fun to wear bride and groom Mickey ears. You’ll hear congratulations from everyone which makes your honeymoon that much more special.

Go Behind-the-Scenes
Enjoy a unique honeymoon experience by reserving your spot for one of the exciting behind-the-scenes tours. Each theme park offers a vast array of tours, but my personal recommendation is the Keys to the Kingdom tour at Magic Kingdom. During this legendary tour, you’ll have access to the mysterious underground tunnels, learn about Mr. Walt Disney and his vision, and more.

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Time to Plan Your Walt Disney World Honeymoon

Before you dive into your planning activities using this step-by-step guide, let me leave you with a bit of last minute advice:

  • There’s more to Walt Disney World than the theme parks. Visit Disney Springs, go to the spa, play a round of golf!
  • Remember to get a customized souvenir from your Walt Disney World honeymoon.
  • Slow down and enjoy your honeymoon! You want to create lasting memories. There’s no need to rush!

 

Lastly, don’t forget to rely on Reserve Orlando for discounted Walt Disney World tickets, premier lodging, and insider advice. Now, stop reading this article and start planning your Walt Disney World honeymoon!

 

rsz_disney_cmasRinging in the New Year at Disney World is fun at all four theme parks. Here is a park-by-park guide detailing Disney World New Years Eve, complete with park hours and times for special shows and events.

Note: Disney World New Years Eve details for 2016 have not yet been released.The information below is from last year, just to give you an idea of what may be offered.

Magic Kingdom

  • Park is open 8:00am – 2:00am; Extra Magic hours 7-8am
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade: 12:00pm & 3:30pm
  • Main Street Electrical Parade: 7:00pm
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks: 7:30pm
  • Fantasy in the Sky Fireworks: 11:50pm
  • New Year’s Countdown Fireworks at 11:40pm
  • A DJ dance party in front of the castle and Celebrate the Magic projection show are also scheduled. Check showtimes upon arrival at the park.

 

Tips: The Magic Kingdom is the busiest of all the Disney Parks, and they host the most kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. Luckily, you can experience the same events on December 30 complete with the midnight countdown. Think of it as a rehearsal for the big night on the 31st! If you do plan on a December 31 visit, arrive before 10:30am as parks will fill to capacity early. Fireworks for the Magic Kingdom show are a spectacular sight. They are shot over the castle and all around the park perimeter. Even the countdown to midnight is done in fireworks forming numbers in the sky. If you’d like to view the show outside the park, the observation deck on the 4th floor of the Contemporary Resort, beaches of the Polynesian Resort, marina dock at The Grand Floridian and restaurants such as Califronia Grill and Narcoossees offer fantastic viewing spots. Please note alcohol will not be available at Magic Kingdom NYE celebrations, excluding beverages served with dinner at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

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  • Future World: 8:00am – 1:00am
  • World Showcase: 10:00am – 1:00am
  • IllumiNations Peace on Earth holiday version – 6:30pm
  • IllumiNations New Years Eve version with Countdown & Fireworks – 11:40pm
  • DJ dance parties will take place throughout the park. Check for time party times upon arrival at the park.

 

Tips: The Midnight Fireworks show at Epcot features a special salute to each country, with dazzling fireworks lighting up the sky over each pavilion, accompanied by traditional music. Epcot is a wonderful place for adults to ring in the New Year. Live DJ dance parties are hosted throughout the park at places like the Fountain Stage at Future World and America Gardens Theatre at World Showcase, as well as courtyards at Italy, United Kingdom and China. , and temporary bars are set up on the promenade, usually at Mexico, China, Italy, Germany, American Adventure, Japan, Morocco, France and Canada. All dance party locations also have free noisemakers and party hats.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Park is open 8:00am to 12:00am; Extra Magic Hours until 2:00am
  • Fantasmic!: 8:00pm & 9:30pm
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: 12 a.m.
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! : 9:00 p.m.

 

New Years 106522367Tips: To get the best viewing spot for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Fireworks find a spot on Hollywood Boulevard facing The Great Movie Ride. The fireworks show is shot from the roofs of the buildings surrounding that area. This park is generally less crowded than Epcot and Magic Kingdom. Plus, temporary bar kiosks are set up throughout the park.

Animal Kingdom

  • Park is open 8:00am – 8:30pm
  • No specific celebrations are planned at Animal Kingdom

Disney Springs (Formerly Downtown Disney)

  • Disney Marketplace: 8:00am – 1:00pm
  • Shopping: 8:00am – 2:00am
  • West Side: 8:00am – 2:00am
  • Cirque du Soleil: 6:00pm and 9:00pm performance. The show features a special NYE finale.
  • Splitsville Luxury Lanes will have NYE specials
  • Raglan Road is hosting two NYC bashes in one night. Raglan Road rings in the Irish New Year at 7 p.m. and again at Midnight. Live Irish music and the award winning Raglan Road Irish Dancers are featured. A complimentary champagne toast welcomes 2017. Call (407) 938-0300 for additional info or to make reservations.

 

All three districts within Downtown Disney will have DJ dance parties, live entertainment, Disney food trucks, plus wine, beer and cocktails will be served.

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Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort
Swing to the sounds of a live big band from 8pm-2am. Party hats and horns, and champagne toast are included with admission, as are viewing of the Epcot fireworks at midnight. Upgrade to VIP admission for access to the second floor dance club with guaranteed seats, access to private balcony for viewing of Illuminations and complimentary desserts.

California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
This elegant affair is pricey ($625 per person!) but promised to be a memorable NYE experience. The gala features elaborate food stations, complimentary alcoholic beverages, appearances by Disney characters and spectacular views of the Magic Kingdom’s fireworks.

Narcoose’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
There are two NYE dinner celebrations planned at Narcoose’s:

Early Dinner: Seating is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., and price is $159.75 for adults and $74.55 for children, prepaid (tax and gratuity included).

Late Dining Event: Seating is between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Price is $317.48 for adults and $118.28 for children, prepaid (tax and gratuity included).

Victoria & Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian
A ten-course New Year’s Eve meal, featuring eight courses and two desserts, paired with nine wines, is hosted at Victoria & Alberts. The meal is prepped by lauded Chef Scott Hunnell. The meal with wine and gratuity will be $375 plus tax. You should know that guests must to be older than 10 years of age to attend and older than 21 to be served alcohol.

As you can see, there are plenty of special events planned for New Year’s Eve at Disney World Orlando. Plus, all events are included with the purchase of Disney tickets.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Everyone knows about the pre-Disney World vacation feeling. You can’t sleep the night before and all you want to do is head to the magical resort right away. Kids and adults alike get this feeling, especially before their first Disney World trip.

Along with this feeling comes the desire to do everything just right. One’s first Disney World trip is a big deal and requires planning, research, and know how. To get started, this guide will tell you everything you need to know for your first vacation in Walt Disney World.

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Plan, Plan, and Plan Some More

Ask any Disney World expert or fan and the first piece of advice they’ll give you is to plan. You don’t have to obsessively color code your travel itinerary in a 3-ring binder, but you have to have a plan. Use these planning tips to get started:

Know How Many Days You Need
Each theme park is packed with fun. It’s tempting to try and fit as much magic as possible into a short amount of time, but it’s not ideal. Typically, first-time visitors need the following amount of time in the Disney World parks to experience it all:

  • Magic Kingdom: 2 Days
  • Epcot: 1 Day
  • Animal Kingdom: 1 Day
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 1 Day

 

For good measure, add one day to your itinerary that can be used to go back to a park you want to see more of.

Do You Really Need A Rental Car?
Rental cars in Orlando can be expensive, especially if you’re only using it to get from the airport to Disney World. Seek alternative methods of transportation to save on your Disney World vacation. Disney even offers a shuttle service to and from the Orlando Airport, called Disney’s Magical Express.

If you plan to stay on Walt Disney World property, there are several transportation options onsite that will bring you to and from the theme parks.

Make Dining Reservations Well in Advance
If you’re embarking on your first Disney World trip, making dining reservations is a must. From a table in Cinderella’s Castle to Le Cellier Steakhouse, Walt Disney World is packed with exceptional dining experiences. Here’s the kicker – reservations fill up fast!

To secure your spot at one of the top restaurants, make your reservation up to 180 days prior to your trip. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficult time finding reservations.

If everything is booked, don’t worry. Once you’ve arrived at Disney World, call the restaurants to see if any reservations have been canceled. You never know when a table may open up!

Use the My Disney Experience App

Disney offers a wide range of tools to help those going on their first Disney World trip plan ahead. The My Disney Experience app is a vital tool for planning and enjoying your vacation. The app allows visitors to:

  • Plan and manage FastPass+ rides
  • Link tickets, hotel reservations, and dining reservations to the app
  • Plan out each day of your first Disney World trip
  • Link and manage your Magic Bands for entry into the park and more

 

This app has everything you need for your trip and more. Seriously! You’ll discover ten times more magic inside and outside of the parks when you use the My Disney Experience App.

Take Advantage of FastPass+

Within your My Disney Experience app, you can select and manage your FastPass+ reservations. FastPass+ reservations allow you to skip the line for rides, meet characters, and get great seats for parades throughout the parks.

Guests are allowed up to 3 FastPass+ reservations (in a single theme park) per day. You can plan and make these reservations before you enter the park and manage them as you go. However, there are a few tricks you can use to maximize your park time and rock your first Disney World trip with a FastPass+:

  • If possible, get to your selected FastPass+ ride reservation early. If the regular line has a short wait time, cancel your FastPass reservation and get in line. You now have another FastPass+ reservation to use.

 

  • Take a screenshot of your FastPass+ reservations and change your phone home screen to this photo. This allows you to know your reservation times even if cell service or Wi-Fi is limited. (Disney World has free Wi-Fi throughout its theme parks.)

 

  • As soon as you use your 3rd FastPass+ of the day, you’re granted another FastPass+. As a result, it’s best to quickly open your My Disney Experience app to reserve your next FastPass+ selection right away. (Note, once you use your 4th FastPass+ you’re granted another and so on.)

 

A first Disney World trip isn't complete without a character breakfast!

A first Disney World trip isn’t complete without a character breakfast!

Tips for a Child’s First Disney World Trip

There’s nothing more magical than watching a child experience the magic of Disney World the first time. To make your child’s first Disney World trip one for the record books, use these tips:

Plan Character Meet and Greets Ahead of Time
Disney character meet and greet lines can be especially daunting. All characters, regardless of popularity, have exceptionally long wait times.

One way to avoid long wait times is to plan ahead. If your child is more interested in the characters than the rides, schedule character meet and greets for first thing in the morning. Use your My Disney Experience app to reserve a time with particular characters.

On the other hand, you can also make reservations for a character breakfast or lunch throughout the resort and at one of the many dining options in Walt Disney World. A popular option is the Disney Junior character breakfast or lunch at Hollywood and Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Surprise Your Child with a Wake Up Call from a Character
The Walt Disney World team goes to extreme lengths to ensure that all guests have a truly magical vacation. To surprise your child, schedule a wake-up call from a Disney character. Cast members at the front desk of your Disney World resort can help you with this.

Bring Strollers and Take Breaks
Children will get tired from walking around the massive theme parks. While it can be daunting, a stroller can help ease their impending fatigue. However, on your first Disney World trip you’ll soon realize strollers are everywhere. Be sure to distinguish yours with a balloon, ribbon or any other colorful decoration so you don’t get lost in stroller parking trying to find your stroller out of the many.

Remember to take breaks throughout the day too. Whether you take a snack break or sit in the shade for a bit, this allows you and your little one(s) to regain their energy for more rides, characters, and fun.

People of all ages love going to Disney World for the first time.

Everyone loves going to Disney World, especially adults.

Tips for an Adult’s First Disney World Trip

Is it your first time visiting Disney World as an adult? Use these tips for a memorable first Disney World trip.

Take Advantage of Rider Switch
If you’re visiting Disney World with young children who might not meet all ride requirements, you’ll want to leverage the “Rider Switch”. Also known as “Child Swap”, this allows one parent to stay with the children who don’t meet ride requirements while the other parent waits in line with those who do.

Once the “riding parent” has completed the ride, the “waiting parent” can go on the ride by going in the FastPass+ line. This allows both parents to ride the attraction and not miss out on all the fun in the theme parks! Ask cast members at each ride or attraction about this pass to gain access.

Go on Rides During Off Peak Times
One of the best ways to experience the top rides and attractions is to do so during parades and fireworks. If you don’t mind missing a parade or fireworks show, plan to ride the top attractions during this time. You’ll experience shorter wait times, as everyone is waiting for the parade or fireworks show to begin.

No Park Admission Necessary
Looking to find Disney magic outside of the theme parks? During your first Disney World trip, head to Disney Springs and Disney’s Boardwalk for exceptional shopping, entertainment, and dining. Be on the lookout for the renowned hidden Mickeys and more Disney magic.

World Showcase Wine Walk
For just $20, you can sample six pre-selected wines in certain countries throughout Epcot. You’ll receive your Wine Walk Passport and get stamps while at each wine stop. Your passport is valid throughout your vacation. Who doesn’t enjoy drinking around the world?

Don't forget your smartphone! It's the key to a great Disney World trip.

Don’t forget your smartphone! It’s the key to a great Disney World trip.

First Disney World Trip Insider Tips

To make your first Disney World trip especially spectacular, take advantage of these insider tips:

Get Ready to Walk
The average Disney World visitor walks anywhere from 6 to 13 miles per day in the theme parks. With this in mind, choose your shoe selection carefully. Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes that you won’t mind walking and also standing in for an exceptionally long period of time. Your feet and legs will thank you.

Pack Appropriately
From sunscreen to a poncho, a Disney World vacation requires quite a lot. This packing list has everything you need for a perfect first Disney World trip.

Arrive at the Parks Before They Open
Arriving 15-30 minutes before the posted opening time for each theme park is advantageous. You might even find that the park is already open when you get there! If not, you’ll beat the crowds.

Have Your Smartphone Prepared
Your smartphone is your biggest vacation advocate while in Walt Disney World. From taking pictures to managing your trip, you’ll need a phone by your side at every moment. Make sure you have the following downloaded on and with your phone:

  • The My Disney Experience app, loaded and prepared
  • Memory space for pictures
  • Phone charger
  • External battery charger, if desired
  • Phone case

 

Bring a Cooler Inside the Park
Did you know you can bring your own cooler into the park? With this in mind, you can save money and time by bringing your own drinks and snacks with you. Keep in mind, though, the cooler must be smaller than 24″L x 15″W x 18″H (the size of the large lockers).

What are You Celebrating?
Is your first Disney World trip part of a bigger celebration such as a honeymoon or birthday? Disney Cast Members go out of their way to ensure that first-time visitors and those celebrating an occasion have an exceptional time at the parks and resorts. Inform a cast member that it’s your first time at Disney World so you can receive ongoing magic and surprises throughout the day.

Use these tips for a fantastic first Disney World trip.

Use these tips for a fantastic first Disney World trip.

Enjoy Your First Disney World Trip!

There’s nothing quite as exciting or memorable as the first vacation to Walt Disney World. For even more Disney World vacation tips and savings, book your first Disney World trip with Reserve Orlando.

Bring your family to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Disney World Orlando.  Held on select nights this holiday season at Walt Disney World, the Orlando Christmas event adds a dose of holiday cheer to your Orlando vacation.  Featuring live entertainment, dazzling fireworks and a festive parade, this party – hosted by Mickey himself – is a sure way to create memories with the ones you love. 

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special after-hours event that promises jolly fun for everyone. The Disney World event features an exclusive holiday fireworks extravaganza – Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season. Likewise, nothing is more enchanting than the Castle Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle. Character greetings, complimentary cookies and hot cocoa and a magical snow fall on Main Street, U.S.A., are all part of the experience. Live entertainment featuring your favorite Disney Characters is also central to your magical evening.

Holiday Shows

The Holiday Wishes fireworks show is scheduled for 9:30pm, while the Celebrate the Season show occurs at 7:45pm, 10:05pm and 11:20pm. “A Frozen Holiday Wish” returns in 2016, with showtimes set for 6:15pm and 8:00pm.  Marvel as Cinderella Castle transforms with a Frozen display of gleaming winter magic.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

This a is a true highlight of the event. Not only does it feature Mickey Mouse and friends, but Santa Claus makes a special appearance too. The parade occurs at 8:15pm and 10:30pm each night of the party.

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Castle Dream Lights

Cinderella’s Castle enchants visitors as it is covered in thousands of twinkling lights, covering the castle in a dazzling “blanket of ice” for a wintry effect.

Dates, Times & Cost

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be held November 7 through December 22, 2016, on these select nights, from 7pm-Midnight at the Magic Kingdom:

November: 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22
Event time: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Admission to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not included with the purchase of regular Disney Magic Kingdom tickets.  Prices for tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party start at $86/per person. 


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

During the winter season in Orlando, crowds are smaller which makes it an ideal time to visit Disney World Theme Parks. January through March you can navigate parks like the Magic Kingdom with ease, and hop on rides like Space Mountain and Journey with The Little Mermaid with little to no wait. The only downside to visiting during this time is the parks tend to close earlier than they do in peak season. So, what should you do on a Disney World winter vacation? Let’s find out.

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

1) Stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel
With smaller crowds comes a smaller window of time for Disney guests to visit the parks. If you stay at a Disney World Resort Hotel you can maximize your time by shortening both your drive time. taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours at Disney Parks. Extra Magic Hours allot up to three additional hours at a Disney Theme Park open only to Disney Resort guests. It’s kind of the best! Plus, with the extra time you can park hop without feeling rushed. You may be seeing dollar signs at the thought of Disney World Resort prices, but that’s not the case for all. For example, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort and Disney’s Pop Century Resort are affordable and moderately priced.

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World of Disney at Disney Springs

2) Take a Break at Disney Springs
Downtown Disney has been completely transformed into the throwback, small-town styled Disney Springs. Here, you can take a break from the parks or visit after a day of character-filled adventures. From The Marketplace to the West Side, The Landing to The Town Center, one-of-a-kind shops, boutiques and eateries line the way. Favorites for kids are World of Disney, LEGO Imagination Center and the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. That’s not all, though. Entertainment is available at Disney Springs, too. For example, you can see the incredible talents of Cirque du Soleil artists or roll a strike at Splitsville, a lux lounge where bowling, pool and more fun awaits.

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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

3) Enjoy the Winter Weather (Seriously!)
Luckily Orlando’s southern location makes for a relatively warm vacation climate year-round. Average highs are in the lower to mid-70s—balmy compared to many other destinations! As a result, a Disney World winter vacation is the perfect escape from the cold.

One of the best ways to enjoy the mild temps is by making a splash–literally! Many Disney World Resort Hotels offer exceptional aquatic amenities. A few of my favorites are Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. Many have indoor pools and water features, but outdoor pools are heated too. With the Disney-designed waterscapes families can splash around for hours before they even know it! Furthermore, massive pools, twisting slides, lounge-laden sundecks, hot tubs, zero entry pools, waterfalls and more equal waves of fun for all.

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Disney’s Boardwalk is home to restaurants, lounges and much more!

4) Visit Other Disney World Resort Hotels
Disney World Resorts are expertly designed creating immersive environments with amenities all their own. During your Disney World winter vacation, why not spend time at these hidden gems? For instance, you can go for a horse drawn New Orleans-inspired carriage ride at Port Orleans Riverside; stroll the Boardwalk at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn to get a seaside taste of dining, dancing and performances; watch the nighttime Electrical Water Pageant from the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort, Contemporary Resort, Wilderness Lodge and Fort Wilderness; or dine at renowned restaurants like the California Grill at the Contemporary Resort or Victoria & Albert’s at the Grand Floridian.

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Treat yourself to a lovely dinner for two.

5) Plan a Date Night for Two
Many Disney World Resort Hotels have children’s activity centers and babysitting services. Subsequently, it’s easy to plan a date night for just Mom and Dad. And don’t worry!  The kids will be having so much fun they won’t even notice you’re gone. At these activity centers they can make crafts, play games, watch Disney movies and dinner is even included in the cost. Locations include the Simba’s Cubhouse at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Lilo’s Playhouse at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Cub’s Den at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Sandcastle Club at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Camp Dolphin at Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel. Reservations are highly recommended.

Put these Disney World winter vacation tips to the test this season. You’re sure to break away from the winter blues in Orlando, Florida.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

If you’re celebrating turkey day in Orlando, chances are Disney World will be a part of your plans. A Disney World Thanksgiving offers plenty of family-friendly activities, with each of the four parks—Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios—all open. From where to eat to what to see and do, my guide to a Disney World Thanksgiving will give you a head start on this traditional American holiday.

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Where to Eat

The following restaurants will be serving delicious Thanksgiving meals with all the trimmings:

Magic Kingdom
Liberty Tree Tavern: Lunch and Dinner

Epcot
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch and Dinner
Biergarten – Lunch and Dinner (buffet)
Coral Reef – Lunch and Dinner
Le Cellier Steakhouse – Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Marrakesh – Lunch and Dinner
Rose & Crown Pub & Dining Room – Lunch and Dinner
Sunshine Seasons – Thanksgiving menu all day
Via Napoli Ristorante – Lunch and Dinner

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe
Hollywood and Vine – Lunch and Dinner (buffet
Hollywood Brown Derby

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Tusker House – Lunch and Dinner (buffet)

Downtown Disney
Raglan Road
Fulton’s Crab House
Planet Hollywood
Portobello
Wolfgang Puck Cafe – The Café

Walt Disney World Resort Hotels will also be hosting Thanksgiving dinners.

What to Do

What are the best things to do at during a Disney World Thanksgiving? Each park features festive fun along with the classic Disney attractions you know and love. Keep in mind the theme parks will be busy, so bring your patience and be sure to utilize FastPass+.

See a Thanksgiving Parade
At the Magic Kingdom you are in for a special bonus as you can watch the Festival of Fantasy Parade as well as a Disney’s Thanksgiving Parade. It features Mickey, Minnie and the gang dressed in pilgrim regalia plus a nod to the theme of the holiday—turkey!

Have a Thanksgiving Meal To-Go
At parks like the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, you can grab a giant turkey leg to-go and skip the massive Thanksgiving meal. This way, you’ll be able to explore more theme park attractions yet still get your traditional holiday fix.

Experience an American Adventure
At the Epcot American Adventure pavilion the American Adventure show takes guests on 45-minute journey through the history of America. Fairly fitting for Thanksgiving, it is an innovative and visually enjoyable production honoring the humble beginnings of the United States.

Get a Sneak Peak of Christmas
During the Thanksgiving holiday, the Disney World Theme Parks will decked with beautiful Christmas decorations. It’s an excellent time to embrace the Christmas spirit without having to deal with the Christmas crowds.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Do you remember how excited you were to go to Walt Disney World as a child? Going back to the magic as an adult only amplifies the excitement. Done right, a Disney World vacation for adults can have as much magic — if not, more — as your childhood trip to see Mickey Mouse.

Before you travel to the world of Hidden Mickey’s as a grown-up, make sure you know how to have the perfect Disney World vacation for adults.

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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort is Disney done differently

Where to Stay for Your Walt Disney World Vacation

Deciding which Walt Disney World resort to reserve all depends on your personal preferences and vacation budget. While many on-site hotels are geared towards children, Walt Disney World is also home to multiple luxury resorts that appeal to adults including:

 

Another option is to reserve a room at an off-site hotel or resort. Keep in mind that off-site hotels and resorts may not provide transportation to and from the parks and Walt Disney World attractions.

Once you know where you’ll stay on a Disney World vacation for adults, it’s time to plan out your fun.

Things to Do on a Disney World Vacation for Adults

While there’s always the option of letting your inner child run free at the theme parks, there’s far more to experience on a Disney World vacation for adults.

Walt Disney World Nightlife
Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, offers everything from shopping to live entertainment for guests of all ages. For extraordinary nightlife, be sure to go to these popular Disney Springs spots:

  • Paradiso 37 Entertainment
  • House of Blues
  • Raglan RoadTM Irish Pub and Restaurant

 

During a Disney World vacation for adults, spend a night at Disney’s BoardWalk. The BoardWalk provides shopping, restaurants, and nightlife for guests above the age of 21. While you’re there, visit Jellyrolls and AbracadaBar for exciting cocktails, entertainment, and spectacular food.

The BoardWalk also provides phenomenal views of EPCOT. As a result, the BoardWalk bridge is one of the best places to watch the jaw-dropping fireworks show, “IllumiNations”.

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Disney’s BoardWalk is the best place to watch fireworks, especially “IllumiNations”/Flickr, Matt Popovich

Shows, Shows, and More Shows
Of course, Walt Disney World offers jaw-dropping shows for adults to enjoy. For a night of mystery and amazement, get your tickets to La Nouba by Cirque Du Soleil. This show is perfect for every age, especially adults. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as you wonder how the performers could possibly do these incredible feats of strength and agility.

Shows are performed throughout Walt Disney World theme parks as well. You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the magic of shows from the daring “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular” to the wonderment of “Fantasmic”. No Disney World vacation for adults is complete without watching a magical performance.

Tour Walt Disney World Behind the Scenes
Get an inside look at the enchantment behind the theme parks by taking a tour during your Disney World vacation for adults. Reserve your spot for these one-of-a-kind tours:

  • Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour — Have you heard about Magic Kingdom’s underground tunnels? Discover if the urban myth is true.
  • Backstage Magic Tour — Wondering how Walt Disney World produces magic on a daily basis? Your answer is on this tour.
  • Backstage Tales Tour — Go behind the scenes at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and meet the 1,500 furry, scaly, or slimy residents of the park.
  • Epcot Seas Aqua Tour — Snorkel in a massive EPCOT aquarium and meet sea turtles, sharks, angelfish and other stunning aquatic life. Will you find Nemo?

 

Non-Theme Park Fun for Adults
During a Disney World vacation for adults, you don’t have to attend a theme park every day. In fact, Walt Disney World has several non-theme park activities exclusively for adults.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

You deserve a spa day during your Disney World vacation

After a few days in the theme parks, you’ll want a day to relax. A reservation at one of the many spas across the Walt Disney World resorts will do the trick. Senses, a spa at the Grand Floridian Resort, offers a myriad of spa, massage, and relaxation treatments for Walt Disney World guests. While you’re here, be sure to try one of the facial packages.

You can also schedule in a round or two at one of the many Walt Disney World golf courses. Or, if you prefer a less competitive golfing option, there’s also Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Mini Golf for carefree fun.

Find time for these non-theme park opportunities too:

  • Carriage rides around the beautiful Walt Disney World resorts
  • Characters in Flight – a helium balloon ride that takes you 400 feet up in the air
  • Movies Under the Stars at one of the many resorts
  • Lounging by the pool at your Walt Disney World resort

 

Disney World Vacation for Adults

Taste the world at EPCOT!

Where to Eat and Drink in Walt Disney World

No Disney World vacation for adults would be complete without dining reservations at one of the many gourmet restaurants such as:

  • California Grill
  • Il Mulino
  • Victoria & Albert’s
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse
  • And More

 

Be advised that dining reservations at Walt Disney World can be hard to come by. Guests tend to secure their reservations months in advance of their Walt Disney World vacation for adults. It is also suggested that adults make late night reservations to avoid the family crowd between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

If your restaurant of choice is booked, make a reservation at one of the many other top-notch restaurants. The day before your reservation, call the original restaurant to see if any reservations have opened up. If so, cancel your present reservations and grab seats at the restaurant you desire. You are able to cancel your reservations up to the day before without incurring a cancellation fee!

Once you’ve experienced fine dining at Walt Disney World, it’s time to take your taste buds on a worldwide excursion at EPCOT. There’s no better way to spend your day at EPCOT than eating and drinking around the world. From Japan to Morocco and beyond, you’ll taste exquisite meals and strong drinks from across the globe. Just don’t go on Test Track after your food and drink journey!

Of course, if you can schedule a Walt Disney World vacation for adults around the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, your trip is guaranteed to be outstanding.

Disney World Vacation for Adults

Fireworks at Magic Kingdom / Flickr, Candace Lindemann

Tips and Tricks for the Best Walt Disney World Vacation for Adults

Use these quick tips and tricks for a phenomenal Disney World vacation for adults:

Book Your Vacation for the Off Season
Walt Disney World experiences the lowest attendance between the months of December and March. Book a Walt Disney World vacation for adults during this time to enjoy lower prices, fewer crowds, and more time to explore the theme parks.

Visit Theme Parks Early in the Morning or Late at Night
Families and large crowds tend to visit the theme parks from late morning to late afternoon. Therefore, if you can arrive during the early morning or late night, you’ll experience less ride wait times and smaller crowds.

Download the My Disney Experience App
Every aspect of your Disney World vacation for adults can be hooked up to the My Disney Experience App. From your park tickets to exploring your resort, your entire vacation is at your fingertips. The especially beneficial part of the app is the ability to add your Fast Passes or quicker wait times and a pleasant theme park experience.

Book a Disney World Vacation for Adults

Before you go visit Mickey and Minnie Mouse, I’d like to offer one last piece of advice.

Use Reserve Orlando to book a Disney World vacation for adults. Between the discounts and the easy process, you’ll use Reserve Orlando for all of your upcoming Disney World vacations.

Every family dreams of visiting Walt Disney World. It’s a true delight to see your little ones light up at the sight of their favorite characters and experience the magic of the parks. As we all know, though, traveling with kids isn’t always easy. Planning ahead will allay your worries, making your day at the park better. Need a few ideas to get started? Here are some practical tips for visiting Disney World with kids.

Disney World with Kids

1) Have a Plan

You won’t be able to see it all and you’ll make yourself miserable if you try. Pick out three favorites your kids absolutely must-see. Do your homework before you go, and make use of Disney’s My Magic+. You can reserve Fastpass+ passes for the rides and attractions on your must-see list. Then, plan on the rest of your time being flexible.

2) Make Your Stroller Stand Out

Stroller parking lots are notorious at Disney World. You’ll find masses of them huddled together outside attractions, and they all look the same. Make it easier to find yours by personalizing it. Tie a brightly colored ribbon or handkerchief on yours, or really make it stand out with a balloon. You’ll most likely be bringing your own stroller if your kids need it outside of Disney World Theme Parks. If your kids normally don’t need one, rent one any way while at the parks. With all the walking you do, the children tucker out and will make use of the stroller. Rent a double to make room for bags and purchases.

Disney World with Kids3) Reserve a Character Meal

The best way to spend quality time with your little ones favorite characters, reserve a character meal. One-on-one meet and greets (and hugs) are available throughout the parks. Favorites include Donald Duck’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House Restaurant, Cinderella’s Royal Table, and Winnie the Pooh and friends at the Crystal Palace. I also like book breakfast character meals, as they are less likely to cut into your time at the parks. Another option for Disney character meals can be found at Disney resorts. Typically not as busy as those within the parks, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Fort Wilderness Resort and the Perfectly Princess Tea Party at the Grand Floridian Resort.

4) Bring a Disney Day Pack

Come prepared. Your day at Disney will be much better if you do. Bring a backpack or daypack filled with snacks, juice boxes, refillable water bottles, wet wipes, change of clothes, ponchos, band-aids, sunscreen, singlasses, and lip balm.

Disney World with Kids5) Greet the Day Early

Kids are usually early risers, which makes getting to the park before it opens an easy option. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, be sure to check the Extra Magic morning hours. You’ll get inside the park an hour earlier than non-resort guests. When you start early, you can make time for ab afternoon break. Kids usually need a break just to nap or get away from the crowds. Afternoon breaks are also an excellent time for a swim, or to hop over to the Disney World water parks. After wards, head back to the parks for the evening parades and nighttime fireworks.

6) Locate the Disney Child Care Centers

Child care centers can be a lifesaver when your kid is having a meltdown or you just need some (air-conditioned) peace. Regroup with your kids, change a diaper, nurse or simply just take a break. Private nursing rooms with rocking chairs, changing rooms, main room with television and sofa, and kitchen area with microwave and sink are some of the perks of the Child Care Centers. You can also refrigerate any necessary medicines here.

Disney World with Kids7) Make Use of Rider Switch

If you have one child old enough for rides, but another who isn’t make use of rider switch. The helpful service is available at select Disney World attractions like Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train, Expedition Everest, Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, among others. One adult can wait with the non-rider while the rest of the party experiences the attraction. The waiting adult can then board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again when another adult in the party returns to supervise the child or children who do not ride.

Use these tips for visiting Disney World with kids to make your day at the park even more magical.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Are going to Disney World but short on time? If so, dedicate your time to the Magic Kingdom. But can you conquer the Magic Kingdom in one day? Believe it or not, it is possible. With a game plan, plenty of energy and a little bit of help you can have the best day ever at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”

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Key Tips to Follow

Reserve discount Magic Kingdom Passes in advance.

  • Get MagicBands for the whole family.
  • Choose your FastPasses for your must-do rides and attractions.
  • Arrive early and stay late.
  • Stay at a Disney World Resort.
  • Download the My Disney Experience app.

 

Magic Kingdom in One Day Itinerary

To make the most of your time, and truly get the full Disney experience, you really need to stay at a Disney World Resort. Ideally, you’re starting your day here rather than off-site. For this Magic Kingdom in one day itinerary, home base is Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort.

WDW Character Dining Lifestyle Shoot. 2013. Photographer: Melanie Acevedo

Morning
All Disney resort guests should take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. This perk lets you arrive early and stay later than off-site guests. Meaning, you have the park when it’s less crowded and more fun! Use the complimentary Disney bus to shuttle to the park. Once there, the best way to start your day is at Cinderella’s Royal Table. This character breakfast is perfect for the princess in your family. Further, it’s located inside Cinderella’s Castle which makes even an adult like me feel super special. After eating and taking about a million pictures with classic Disney Princesses, it’s time to for your first ride!

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Midday
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is nearby in Fantasyland. It should be your first FastPass pick. With the revamped MyMagic+ program, you get three per day. But, you’ll get more after you’ve used the first batch. That said, this ride is the newest addition to Fantasyland and always has long lines—so avoid them if you can!

Next, stroll through the rest of Fantasyland before hitting up Tomorrowland. There, you can tackle Space Mountain and meet Buzz Lightyear. He’s usually posing for pictures near his Space Ranger Spin ride. As you’re exiting Tomorrowland there’s prime photo op. Generally, there’s a Disney photographer there. Take time to take a picture as the Castle is picture perfect from this location.

Cross over to Liberty Square to ride The Haunted Mansion. By now, breakfast may have worn off. Columbia Harbor House is adjacent to the attraction. So, you can quickly grab a bite to eat at one of the best lunch options in the Magic Kingdom.


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Afternoon
Start the afternoon in Frontierland, where you should use a FastPass to ride Splash Mountain. Even though this ride has been around since the park’s opening, is still draws a crowd. In addition, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is right next door. Be sure to ride this, but choose to wait in line and save your FastPass for the parade. Hold the phone—for a parade? Yes! You see, with the new FastPass+ system you can reserve a prime viewing spot for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. As this is Disney’s newest spectacle it draws a massive crowd (as almost all Disney parades do). Don’t waste your time holding a spot. Instead, waltz up right before the parade begins for VIP viewing.

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Early Evening
Adventureland has three main attractions: Pirates of the Caribbean, Swiss Family Treehouse and Aloha Aisle. The last mention is a snack stand, but is the only place at the Magic Kingdom you can get a Dole Whip. These cool treats are legendary! So, when you’re in Adventureland you’ve got to have one.

Walk over to Main Street U.S.A. next. Here, I suggest meeting Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater. Because, really, what’s a trip to the Magic Kingdom without meeting the Mouse? You can use a FastPass for this meet and greet, too, so you’re not wasting time in line.

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Evening
I know you already splurged on breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table. If your budget covers it, make reservations for Be Our Guest restaurant too. It’s a must for any Beauty and the Beast fan. Dining here feels like you’ve walked onto a movie set, complete with falling snow and a magical rose. Alternatively, I recommend The Crystal Palace for dinner. It’s not as much of an event as the former, but Winnie the Pooh makes an appearance.

Wishes

Night
The atmosphere at the Magic Kingdom somehow becomes even more magical after dark. The park twinkles with light and nothing quite prepares you for the sight of the Castle. The impressiveness doesn’t end there, though. The Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, lasting an amazing 12 minutes, brings your favorite characters to life in the nighttime sky. As Tinker Bell flies around the Castle, you just may wish upon a star.

Even if your time is short, you can conquer the Magic Kingdom in one day with this itinerary. Sure, you can’t do it all but that’s just a reason to come back! Believe me, once is not enough.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Disney World vacation is a dream come true.  Families flock to this famous theme park to delight in meeting characters like Mickey Mouse and exploring iconic places likes Cinderella’s Castle.  If you’re looking to make this dream a reality we can help with some money-saving tips.  Follow our suggestions and you can visit Disney World Orlando without breaking your budget.

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1) Purchase a Park-Hopper Pass

If you know you’ll be spending the week at Disney, a Park Hopper Pass is your best option.  Currently, you can purchase a discount 4-day park hopper pass and receive two bonus days free!  That means you not only save on your ticket purchase but extend your time at Disney World to six full days.  The two days free promotion also applies to 5, 6, 7, and 8-day tickets. 

2) Stay-off Site

Sure, Disney World Resorts are a wonderful place to stay due to the extra amenities and park services they offer guests.  If they don’t quite fit into your budget, though, you can stay at Orlando resorts. Many are located just a few miles from Disney’s entrance for a half or even third of the price.  Some of our favorite Orlando lodging options located near Disney include WorldQuest Resort, Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, and Star Island Resort.    Looking for a value-based property?  We recommend Hampton Inn Lake Buena Vista and Comfort Inn Maingate. A Disney World vacation will be still me incredible when you stay off-site, and you’ll save a bundle. 

3) Use FREE Disney Fastpasses

Disney Fastpasses are invaluable timesavers that are available at many of the theme park’s most popular rides.  And, let’s face it, the longer you wait in line for anything, the more money you are wasting.  So, make use of Disney’s Fastpasses. The easiest way to do so is by using a MagicBand. Disney Resort guest receive one free with their stay, while off-site guests can purchase one for $12.95. Plan the FastPasses you’d like to do before you go, and you’ll be sure to skip the lines while riding the best and newest rides. And don’t worry. If you don’t want to purchase a MagicBand, FastPasses are still available at kiosks outside of ride entrances. 

4) Pack a Snack

Theme park drinks and food can add up quickly when you are on a family vacation. Luckily, Disney World allows coolers smaller than 24″L x 15″W x 18″H. So, you can bring some snacks and pack a few water bottles that will help you stay hydrated. Also take advantage of the FREE hydration stations available at any location serving fountain drinks. You can get filtered water from any of these stations.

5) Save the Souvenirs for Later

Disney World souvenirs are available everywhere throughout Orlando and Kissimmee.  While at the park all of the shirts, stuffed animals, coffee mugs and mouse ears call out to you, saying “Buy me!”  The call becomes even louder if you’re traveling with kids.  If you can, hold out on your purchases until you can browse stores located off-site.  You’ll likely find many of the same souvenirs as you will in the park, but at a much cheaper price.  But, if you must walk away with a Disney souvenir from the park we say go for the Mouse Ears.  You can purchase a pair for around $14.

6) Eat Smarter

There are a lot of dining options available at the Disney theme parks.  Plan ahead by browsing our Disney dining guides, which will help with price points and menu listings.  Then, when you’re at the park order a la carte.  Most of the time everyone in your party doesn’t need the combo meal.  Split the fries and coke.  You’ll be impressed with how much you can save over several days at Disney by choosing your food purchase wisely.

Don’t miss the Disney World vacation experience because you think it may be out of your budget.  Plan ahead, book early and follow our tips and you can find ways to maximize your vacation value.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.