The Best Disney World Tips 2020
With 2019 almost coming to an end, it was time to look at some of the best tips to make your Disney World trip one to remember. I am talking about the best place to view fireworks, tips to keep you dry while visiting the parks, and which apps to download on your phone.
Speaking of apps, make sure to bring a portable charger with you to the parks as you will be using your phone a lot (especially for photos).
Disney World continues to update their parks with things like the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios or the Skyliner. I rode this one myself and it is such a cute relaxing ride. Also a Disney World free experience. Anyway, lets get to these tips.
A visit in 2021 again, for the avid Disney fan, for the 50th anniversary will be well worth it!
Over two dozen trips later, the one thing I can tell you about Disney World is that a vacation here needs to be planned.
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Download games on your phone to play as a family when you are in line like Heads Up.
If you want to visit the shops at the Magic Kingdom, the best times to go is either during the afternoon when the sun and heat are unbearable or once the park closes. The shops stay open for another hour at night.
Prepurchase your souvenirs, like the princess outfits. By buying them from Walmart or Amazon instead of Disney, you can save a ton. Princess dresses on Amazon
Leave the park for a midday break from 1-4pm at least. This is one of the most powerful touring tip I can give you.
The first row of the Soarin’ ride in Epcot is the best place to sit as you can’t see any feet dangling and still get the extra motion.
Don’t leave the park if it stops raining. Make sure you bring ponchos and a plastic bag with you and keep enjoying the park. It’s well worth it.
Download the My Disney Experience app to check out the interactive map, you can change your FastPass times, look at menus, and way more!
Best place to view Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios – Fantasmic is shown in an amphitheater and the easiest way to get a great viewing spot is with the Fantasmic Dining Package. You do spend a little more on the meal but you get a guaranteed good spot and don’t need to arrive extra early or use a FastPass.
Best place to view Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom – This show has projections and is best viewed near the Walt and Mickey statue and behind. Not any closer and no further than the end of Main St.
Best place to view IllumiNations at Epcot – La Hacienda in Mexico is my favorite place to watch IllumiNations because I can eat and drink while I do so. As long as you get a seat close to the water on the little terrace they have, you will have a great view. Another great place is on the second floor of the Mitsukoshi Department Store, on the terrace.
On your Animal Kingdom day ride Na’vi River Journey first thing and get a FastPass+ for Avatar Flight of Passage.
Get a 4th FastPass right after you use your third. When you are booking your FastPasses try to use all three as early as possible so you can get more afterward.
I usually kill my phone battery by opening up the My Disney Experience app to often to check what’s next (FastPass, dining reservations, etc). Now I take a screenshot of my schedule for the day and put it as my phone wallpaper. I also bring a portable charger with me to the parks.
I used to wear really comfortable sneakers to the Disney parks because you are walking a lot. But it also rains almost every day in Orlando so I’ve switched to Crocs because if my feet get wet, I’m not uncomfortable all day. They also are more comfortable to walk in at Disney then sneakers.
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Uber is the best way to get around Orlando if you aren’t getting a rental car. Read more about using Uber at Disney World here.
On your Epcot day, ride Frozen Ever After first thing, as soon as the park opens.
Toy Story Land opened June 30th, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When you walk in you will shrink down to toy size and get to play with Woody and his gang. I am so excited to see this.
When to go? Late August finds a lot of the school-aged children back in school and the crowds lower but mid-January is a great time too. When to go to Disney.
How long to stay? It really depends what you want to accomplish at Disney World. I would dedicate one day to each park you want to visit and a day or two to relax. My favorite Disney trips are 7 days long, Saturday to Saturday, and I get the tickets from GetAwayToday so that I can get the best deals available.
If you are going to invest anything into your Disney trip, let it be for the Unofficial Guide to Disney World. I never wait in line because of the touring plan at the back of this book and it has every piece of information you can ever need about Disney World.
If you are celebrated anything, make sure to stop at any Disney guest services desk and ask for a free celebration button. They’re so much fun, everyone will congratulate you, and there are a ton of surprises along the way.
Check out each park’s hours before you schedule out your days. That way you can go to the parks with Extra Magic Hours or visit a park on the day it’s open the latest.
Start scheduling dining reservations 180 days in advance, especially for popular restaurants like dinner at Be Our Guest in Belle’s Castle.
Use your research to figure out which rides to FastPass+ for. The Unofficial Guide tells you exactly which ones you need FP for. You can reserve FastPass+ 30 days in advance, 60 days if you are staying at a Disney resort.