I get asked lots and lots about Disney recommendations and tips and I could honestly talk about it for hours and hours. We are a Disney obsessed family and I have spent hours and hours over the last few years researching and planning and finding really helpful tips that I can share with others and fingers crossed I can help someone plan the perfect trip. I am in no way endorsed by Disney, the information in the blog is based on all the best things that we found made our holidays so magical.
The more you plan before hand, pre-booking restaurants, events and getting an organised schedule will allow you to enjoy the whole holiday without disappointment. You can pop on your summer clothes and just check your planned itinerary on your Disney app in the morning and off you go.
My Favourite Character Dining:
Cinderella’s Royal Table
Hollywood & Vine: Minnie’s Seasonal Dining with VIP seating for Fantasmic
Disney Festival Fantasy Parade Dining Package – VIP seating to see the full parade
My Favourite Restaurants:
Be our guest (QUICK SERVICE)
T-REX (TABLE SERVICE)
Rainforest Café (Disney Springs has a fire volcano on top)- (TABLE SERVICE)
Coral Reef Restaurant (TABLE SERVICE)
My Favourite Snack Items:
Joffrey’s Large Iced Donuts
Mickey Ice Cream
LeFou’s Brew from Gaston’s Tavern
Strawberry Frozen Lemonade
Absolutely everything from the Boardwalk Bakery
Character Cupcakes- These are Unbelievable
Grab an amazing drink from Pongu Pongu at Pandora
My Must See’s:
Festival of Fantasy Parade (Magic Kingdom)
Happily Ever After Firework Show (Magic Kingdom)
Fantasmic (Hollywood Studios)
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth (Epcot)
Festival of the lion king (Animal Kingdom)
Finding Nemo- the musical (Epcot)
Beauty and the Beast- Live on stage (Hollywood Studios)
For the First time in forever: A frozen sing along celebration (Hollywood Studios)
Star Wars: A galactic spectacular- (Hollywood Studios)
Tree of Life Awakenings (Animal Kingdom)
My Must Do’s:
Fireworks Dessert Party at Tomorrow Land Terrace with VIP seating for the Iconic Castle Happily Ever After Firework Display…There are several others which we’re yet to try yet.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique- Preferable Inside the Castle but it’s the same experience in Disney Springs
Meet and Greet with Mickey and Pals…. This is a MUST!!
My Favourite Rides:
Avatar Flight of Passage
Na’vi River Journey
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger spin
Enchanted Tales with Belle
Mad Tea Party
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Frozen Ever After
The Seas with Nemo & Friends
Soarin’ Around the World
Toy Story Mania
Tower of Terror
Baby Care Centre in the Four Main Parks
Fairy Dusting when you approach the Staff at the Door to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique inside the Castle
Shout “Andy’s Coming” to all the toy characters and watch their reactions…Awesome!
Minnie Van service is available, if you don’t hire a car it’s a great service if you need a quick trip back to hotel when bus and other transport queues are large
Epcot cut through to the Boardwalk by France
Car Hire Centre Close to Magic Kingdom- They will Collect you from your Hotel to go pick up your car hire if you hire during your stay rather than from the start. You can then return to them or straight to the airport…this is amazing.
Orlando Grocery Express is one of the Supermarket Delivery Services you can arrange to have necessity items for your trip delivered to the hotel like water, fruit etc…
Kingdom Strollers is a company that hires out single and double buggies to save you bringing one on the flight if your little one doesn’t usually need one at home. I would strongly recommend you either bring or hire a buggy for the children as you can walk miles and miles each day. My eldest is six and a half and even she needed to rest when it was time to watch the fireworks.
Fast Pass is your most valuable Tool!! If you are staying in a Disney hotel you will be able to book your favourite rides 60 days before you arrive and 30 days prior if you’re not staying in a Disney Resort. Having a fast pass will save hours of queuing.
Rider switch is a system where one adult can request a ticket for the other adult standing with the children not going on the ride to go on when the other adult comes off to switch places. The other adult can then present the ticket and join the fast pass queue. This also saved hours of queuing. The rider switch ticket allows up to three other people to go on again. The people manning the ride will need to see the other adult with the children before they will issue a rider switch ticket. They can then go and grab an Ice Cream while waiting for the others to come off the ride. This was awesome.
This process allows you to be very clever with your fast passes as you don’t need to book the all the adults on the same rides. Genius.
And the best tip is to have FUN, embrace the MAGIC and treat yourself to some Minnie Ears, the selection is amazing.
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