Top Tips for Disney World Newbies

by Lithium Technologies ‎08-12-2015 04:45 PM - edited ‎08-31-2015 02:57 PM (4,348 Views)

AAA Travel Consultant Henry Munoz shares how to make the most of the Magic Kingdom.

 

I worked for eight years at Walt Disney World, taking reservations and planning trips, so I got to know the park well. And since I live about an hour away, I visit the park with my wife and two children as often as possible.

 

My most memorable Disney moment is Valentine’s Day last year, when my wife and I renewed our vows in front of Cinderella’s Castle.

 

My 9-year-old son is autistic, so I can offer advice to families with similar special needs. I tell them about Disney’s Disability Access Service Card, which lets them schedule return times for rides and attractions, and avoid waiting in long lines.

 

My top tips:

  1. If you want to dine with a favorite Disney character, make reservations at least six months in advance. And to meet popular characters—like Anna and Elsa from Frozen—get in line at least 15 minutes before the park opens.

 

  1. You can reserve FASTPASS access to your favorite rides and attractions up to 60 days before your travel dates. That’s the best way to beat the lines. Hit in-demand rides like Space Mountain and Thunder Mountain first, as wait times can jump from 60 to 90 minutes by the afternoon.

 

  1. Use the Disney Experience app to make dining reservations, locate your favorite characters and more. Free WiFi in the park and at the resorts means you won’t have to use your data plan.

 

  1. Among Walt Disney World’s least busy times are the periods right after spring break until just before Memorial Day and just after the new year up until Valentine’s Day. To beat the heat, September through November is a great time to visit.

 

  1. I always recommend staying at one of the Disney resorts on the property. There are options for every budget, plus you don’t have to pay parking fees and you can enjoy extra Magic Hours, when the parks open early and stay open late for resort guests.

 

Learn how AAA Travel Consultants like Henry Munoz can help with your vacation planning.

 

A version of this story appears in the September/October 2015 issue of AAA Living magazine.

 

Image credit/source: Mike Brinson/Exactostock-1958

Comments
by captaz29
on ‎07-14-2016 12:49 PM

 Henry was the ABSOLUTE BEST Travel Agent I ever had the pleasure of working with. He answered ALL MY CALLS EMAILS & QUESTIONS promptly. He provided pesonal insight into the Best Techniques to use to manuvuer through the Planning Details...

 

I cannot praise Henry enough for assisting our Family to ENJOY every moment of our Disney Experience.

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