Your first Disney Trip is a big deal. Whether it’s the first time going as an adult or the first time for your kids, each experience is different and deserves specialized care!
Travel Off Peak When Possible. September – early November is really the best tie to go to Disney! The weather is still warm, crowds are low, and prices are low as well. Disney often offers free dining or discounted promotions during this time so you get more for less. Free dining continues to be the most popular promotion Disney offers and there’s a reason they choose specific season to offer this great promotion.
If summer or spring break is your only option, don’t sweat it. You can still enjoy Disney when crowd levels are higher. You can enjoy FASTPASS+ to the fullest by staying on Disney property which will allow you to skip the line for even more of your soon to be favorite attractions.
Plan Ahead! Once you have your dates, get them secured. Discounts can ALWAYS be applied at the time a new promotion is released. It’s just a phone call away. Packages require a $200 deposit to book and is 100% refundable 46+ days in advance, so if things change, no problem.
Work With Someone That Knows Disney. You will save time, money, frustration, and stress by working with a travel agent. I’m always here to help if you have general questions or are looking to get your Magical experience started! I’ve found that once a person starts with a good travel agent, they continue to use him/her for future trips or refer friends. That’s a really good marker of a great person! You should not be another page in their book!
Try At Least One Sit Down Restaurant. Your feet will thank you and it’s fun to get a different experience and a break from the go, go, go atmosphere of Disney. If you’re interested in scheduling a Character Dinging Meal, check out my post to find out more information!
Use FASTPASS+ To Your Advantage. Whether you have base tickets or park hoppers, make sure take advantage to all the free things Disney offers as part of their package. Each ticketed guest will receive 3 FastPasses each day. Disney resort guests have the opportunity to earn more once inside the park.
Customize Those MagicBands! Learn how to get to your customization page and get creative! You can change the colors and designs for your MagicBands to match everyone’s personality!
Children Under 3 Are FREE! If are thinking about Disney travel in the near future and your son or daughter is under 3, think about travel sooner rather than later. Children under 3 years of age are free. Free park tickets, free dining at buffets, and are able to eat off your plate at other restaurants. They also don’t count toward the total guests in your room . For a family of 5, this is huge. Once you hit 5+ in a room, you lose many hotel options.
Children Under 10 Cost Less! Once again, if you are going to travel in the near future, 9 years old and 10 years old make a huge difference. At 10, kids are considered Disney “adults” and pay adult prices for food and park tickets. You will save quite a bit of money by traveling before (or near) the age your child turns 10.
Tell Disney (Or Your Travel Agent) About Any Celebrations. This includes everything from first visit to birthday, graduation, anniversary, etc. Anything you can think of. Even if travel doesn’t fall specific on a birthday or anniversary, you can still celebrate at Disney! You’ll get a little something extra. While it’s typically just a button, you never know what kind of fuss Disney will make over your special celebration. Typically cast members will notice your button and wish you happy birthday or make your dining experience more special than it already is. Check out my post Celebrating at Disney to find out more information about how you can Celebrate while at Disney
Do Your Research! Know what resorts have to offer and know where each one is. Typically there’s a reason that one hotel is cheaper than another in each resort category. Make sure you know the details before you make your final decision!