All Things Disney
Hey guys! I just got home today from my 7 day vacation to Disney World. I am Disney obsessed and have learned a lot over the years and wanted to share some of my tips and tricks! Planning a Disney trip can be very overwhelming and if you do not go prepared and with a plan, your vacation will be a hot mess and you will not tackle all things you want at each park! I had various requests on what to go into in this post so I am going to break things down into various categories!
***All things related to fast pass, hotel reservation, dining reservation are all done through the MyDisneyExperience app
Personally, I love staying on Disney grounds. I do not foresee myself ever not staying on the grounds, simply, because of the convenience. Having the ability to just hop on the bus to go back to your hotel to freshen up or rest for a little is literally the bomb. Not to mention, the hotels are basically a resort and have so much for you to do that you do not even have to leave at all!
I recommend staying at medium to lower end scale hotels (all star, port orleans, dolphin/swan, arts of animation) due to the extremely high prices Disney charges. You are rarely in the room and you just need a clean place to lay your head at night. I have stayed at various hotels and have never had a bad experience. Everywhere I have stayed has been very clean, even All Star Resorts.
Lastly, the two most IMPORTANT bonuses to staying on grounds is that you get to book your fast passes 60 days in advance which is so important if you want a fast pass to the most popular rides such as, Slinky Dog and Flight of Passage. You also get magic hours, where as a Disney Hotel Guest you either get to enter the park early or stay in the park later (short attraction wait times)
Another option to save a little bit of money is to stay at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Disney Springs Area. It is not technically a Disney Grounds hotel but you still have bus transportation to all the parks and you are walking distance to Disney Springs!
Use your fast passes wisely is the best piece of advice I can give! When you go book your fast passes, be sure to book them one after another. This allows you to be able to ride your "three" fast passes quickly so you can get more! Disney does not allow you to get another fast pass until your third one is used. So don't make the mistake of making two of them in the morning time and then the last one at 8pm because then you cannot get any more fast passes the entire day!
Do not wait until last minute to get your fast passes! I promise you people set their alarms at the 60 day mark (those staying on grounds) to get their passes, myself included. If you want the best attractions then setting an alarm is necessary.
If you don't get a certain fast pass you really wanted, that's okay, just continue to check randomly every day because people are always canceling and Disney does drop more passes periodically. I have gotten lucky SO many times just by randomly checking.
Food can really add up during your Disney vacation! I like to dine at a lot of Disney restaurants because food is amazing but I have to be smart so we don't go broke! I like to reserve 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners and 1 lunch for a 7 day vacation. The restaurants aren't cheap so for myself, it isn't practical to have sit down meals every single day for every meal. the four reservations for me, I have found, work great! You get a little time to indulge and enjoy Disneys dining and have a waitress! Which sounds so silly but after long days in the park, I so look forward to sitting down in an air conditioned building and being in a restaurant atmosphere! If you are on a tighter budget you can even cut the reservations to just one or two times! If you cannot afford any sit downs- (60 dollars per person seems to be pretty standard in Disney) that is okay, too, because there are plenty of walk ups with great food!
-Be Our Guest
-Le Cellier (the steak is amazing!)
-50s Prime Time Cafe (so cute for lunch or even dinner!)
-Yak and Yeti (seriously the lomein noodles, SO GOOD)
-Kona (Tonga toast is to die for!)
-Chef Mickeys (a literal classic)
-Beaches and Cream (best ice cream, great lunch spot)
-Teppan Edo (delicious japanese cuisine)
***every single restaurant in Disney Springs is delicious
-Frontera, Raglan Road and Wolfgang puck are my current favorites
I hope this was helpful to you guys! If you have any other questions, I would be so happy to answer them! Just connect with me via instagram @styledby_maryelizabeth or email firstname.lastname@example.org