Lessons From Walt Disney World – Part I

Walt Disney World

Even if you’ve visited Walt Disney World nearly 20 times like I have, you will still find yourself learning new things each trip. From vacation tips to Disney trivia and even finding new hidden details in attractions, there is always something fun and new to learn. I recently had the chance to visit Walt Disney World again and I learned several things – some of which I already knew and seemed to forget and some of which I didn’t know before. I hope you will enjoy reading these Disney lessons and can use them to benefit your next Disney vacation!

Travel During The Off-Season – This is one of those tips that I’ve always known, but hardly ever practiced. All but two of my trips to Walt Disney World have been during peak season. I’m used to the crowds and with the exception of the New Year’s Eve crowds, they don’t bother me at all. However, there is a reason people say to travel during the off-season. We went to Disney at the beginning of September and the longest stand by wait time we had was 15 minutes! 15 minutes for Splash Mountain! I couldn’t believe it. We used only three Fastpasses and really would have been just fine without them.

Slow Down To Notice The Details – When I travel to Walt Disney World, I want to get in as many attractions as possible. Yes, I may or may not be the adult you see walking as fast as possible without actually running to the next attraction (ok, so I have been known to run to catch the train or monorail or get in one last ride on Tower of Terror). When I arrive, I usually get to my favorite attraction as soon as possible to get a Fastpass and get in line before the lines get too long. However, on this trip, due to the low crowds, I had time to casually walk down Main Street, taking in all of the Halloween decorations and even noticing the names on the windows. I think we spent about an hour walking around Town Square and taking pictures. I even got to meet Mary Poppins!

Get To Magic Kingdom In Time For Rope Drop – I’m not a morning person at all. Yes, I’ll get up earlier to go see Mickey, but not super early. This trip was the first time I have ever experienced Rope Drop. Let me tell you, Rope Drop is worth getting up for! On the monorail ride to Magic Kingdom, we saw the characters waiting on the train. After we arrived at Magic Kingdom, the train pulled in to the station and Rope Drop began. A train, Disney characters, talking Mickey, and fireworks! I don’t think there could be a better way to start the day!

Ride The Monorail Through Epcot – It had been years since I rode the monorail through Epcot. In case you didn’t know, the Epcot monorail actually travels through the park in Future World. It will take you very close to Spaceship Earth. This monorail ride also gives you an opportunity to get some great photos of the park – just be sure to snap those pictures fast! The ride through Future World goes by quickly.

I learned many more lessons from my most recent trip to Walt Disney World – too many to fit into just one blog post, actually. So, stay tuned for more lessons from Walt Disney World in part II.

Do you have any lessons from your Walt Disney World vacations you’d like to share? We would love to hear them in the comments below!

 

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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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  • Hilary Smith

    I love rope drop 🙂 I’m hoping to do it on our next trip at the beginning of October.

  • Rebecca Kelly °o°

    I always try to get to MK for rope drop at least once per trip, but I do need to try harder to slow down and look at the details. I keep telling myself I’m going to! Then I miss stuff anyway! Siiiigh. Maybe this next time… 🙂

  • All great tips – arrive early for sure and now that we go more often it’s so nice to just relax and enjoy all the details.

    • Thanks! This was the first trip where I actually slowed down enough to notice the details. It was a nice change!

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