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Tips to Maximize your Enjoyment of Walt Disney World

Here are some tips to help you enjoy your stay at Orlando's Walt Disney World.

  • Get there early! The parks fill to peak capacity around 11:00 am. Take advantage of the early entries offered at on site Disney hotels. If the gates are scheduled to open at 9:00, be there at 8:30, sometimes they are opened early.

  • The parking lot for the Magic Kingdom is far from the park itself. Allow at least 45 extra minutes to get to the gate because you will have to take a tram from the parking lot and then a monorail or ferryboat.

  • Hit the most popular attractions early, and don't try to get them all in on one day. The most popular attractions are:
    - Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain, Dumbo, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain
    - Epcot: Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Test Track
    - Animal Kingdom: It's Tough to Be a Bug, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Lion King Show
    - MGM Studios: Star Tours, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock n Roller coaster, Voyage of the little Mermaid, Fantasmic!

  • Stay on site if you can afford it.

  • Eat at off times - Lunch by 11:00, or late lunch at 3:00. Dinner at 5 p.m.

  • Have a plan on what you and the family want to see/do. Work it out before you get to the park. Split up if necessary for certain rides or events.

  • Consider the size of the parks you plan to visit and vary the attractions. A full day at Disney MGM Studios is a lot of sitting and watching. A full day at Epcot is too much walking. Do some half-day park hopping to vary the action.

  • Take a break during the day to rest. There are resting areas in the park, or return to your hotel mid-day. Take a full day mid week for sleeping in, laying by the pool, shopping or relaxing if you have more than 4 days of vacation time.

  • Leave an extra day for kids to return to their favorite sites and bring the video camera that day only.

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