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Walt Disney World Resort – Things to do!

Have a magical time at Walt Disney World

Have a magical time! That is how Mickey Mouse himself welcomes you when you purchase your tickets for the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

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Have a magical time! That is what you can expect when you visit Walt Disney World Resort! It is my second time in Walt Disney World Resort*, Orlando. The first time I visited was three years ago on my first solo trip, and it was indeed “magical.” I wanted to relive my childhood fantasies as my parents, and I visited Disneyland Paris when I was little. In my memory, it still was excellent, but I couldn´t remember any details. As I did not have a lot of fixed ideas or plans for my trip three years ago… Walt Disney* was damn set when I visited Florida. So I did! And I loved it.

If you go to Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World Resort is a MUST! It does not matter what your plans are when you are in Orlando; you have to go there for at least a day. That is why my friend Alex and I once again visited Walt Disney World Resort*. And it did not lose any of its Magic. It was a weird mixture of feeling like it was yesterday that I´d been there and seeing everything for the first time. Crazy.

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Walt Disney World Resort – Things to Do!

There are a couple of things to do, which makes visiting Walt Disney* a lot easier. Easy means fewer worries, and fewer worries mean more relaxation, which you want during vacation time.

1. Tickets (Where and What to buy?)

Every visit begins with the choice of the card. There are several possibilities for combining the tickets and parks. The standard is a visit to the Magical Kingdom, which is a must on a visit to Walt Disney World Resort*. The Park Hopper Ticket is the best choice for those who want to visit one more Park within one day. If you visit Walt Disney for more than a day, you could purchase a ticket for several days, which will be less expensive than buying one daily.

The easiest way to buy the tickets is through the Walt Disney World Resort online shop. You could pay them online and download or send an email with the barcode to your mobile phone. Show it at the entrance, and you´ll be in within seconds. Tickets are also available at the ticket booth in front of the gate, but expect some more or less long waiting lines.

2. Prepare for the stay

As drinks and food are not included in the admission fee, I recommend bringing at least a bottle of water or anything else to drink. I have not tried it, but I believe you could also bring some food. But the good thing about a bottle of whatever is that you could refill it at one of the drinking water fountains, which you could find everywhere. At least it saves you some money and avoids waiting in lines. Food and drinks are available, of course, in the Parks, but be prepared to spend some money on them.

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3. Free WiFi and the Disney App

A brilliant way to organize your stay and get around is through the Disney App My Disney Experience.” You can download it from the App Store for free, and it includes a map of all parks, showtime hours, waiting times, and a calendar where you can plan your visit. If you want to dine in one of the restaurants, you can also book a table using the app. But the most useful thing the Disney App is good for is the FASTPASS!

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4. Fastpass

The Fastpass is the best thing ever about a visit to Walt Disney World Resort*. You could choose the attraction you want to do and save time when you want to be there. Then, you have one hour to ride to the selected attraction. With the Fastpass opportunity, you can eliminate all the waiting lines and pass them. You enter the draw directly without staying in the queues. But be wise; within one Park, you could only save three fast lanes per day. Book your preferred times for the attractions you want to do and which have the most extended waiting times. Saving your energy by waiting in shorter lines for 25 or even 40 minutes is not a huge thing to expect. But staying in a queue for 140 minutes??? Use the Fastpass; it will pay off.

5. What to do if the WiFi doesn´t work?

It might happen occasionally, even at Walt Disney World Resort, that the WiFi doesn’t work. We experienced that a couple of times, while we tried to update our Fastpass with the App, and the page, did not load. Also, the map did not work properly. So, what should we do now?

First, take a map of the relevant Park right after you enter the Park. Paper maps are available there only. So, if you still consider whether you need one, forget about it and take one now.

The second possibility is to save the Fastpass time with the help of the Fastpass Kiosks. You will find them in Tomorrowland. They work like the app, but you do not need the WiFi.

6. Get around

There are a couple of ways to get around. You could take the Monorail or the Ferryboat from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom. My preferred choice is the Ferryboat, as it already has a unique atmosphere, and the first thing you see from the other side of the lake is the magical Castle.

The Monorail is the best alternative for traveling between parks. It also brings you to the Hotels within the Disney World Resort. In the Parks themselves, you could walk or take the Railroad train.

7. Attractions not to miss

From my point of view, the Magic Kingdom is a must-see on your visit to Walt Disney World Resort. If you have chosen the Park Hopper ticket, I also recommend starting here.

Do whatever you want to do, but don´t miss the following attractions:

  • “It’s a small world.”
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain  – A zoom through the Galaxy
  • Splash Mountain – If you don´t mind getting wet, 🙂

8. Events not to miss

  • “Festival of Fantasy”

Ensure you don´t miss the “Festival of Fantasy” Parade at 3 p.m. That is why I recommend starting with the Magic Kingdom. You could spend your day there until after the parade and then hop to the other Park you choose.

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  • “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular”

The second event you shouldn´t miss is the Fireworks at 9 p.m. around the castle. It is so beautiful and truly magical. There are also some events in the other Parks, but this was the most important one for me.

I saw it twice (three years ago and now), so I experienced two different ways of watching it. The first time I visited, I saw the fireworks on Main Street, near the entrance. The advantage is that you could enjoy the atmosphere and the music, and the fireworks were closer. But it was packed and hard to watch because of all the people. And to leave and go on board the Ferryboat was even harder.

The second possibility is to watch the Fireworks from the other side of the lake or directly on the Ferryboat. If you want to leave the Magic Kingdom for the Parking lot, you could also take the Monorail, but I recommend the Ferryboat. In my opinion, this is a better and more excellent choice. Leave shortly before the Fireworks begin so you can watch it from the other side. Fewer people, less stress, and a better view are the advantages.

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9. Ways to relax

When you are on your feet for the whole day, it is not surprising that you get a bit tired. You could have some food or a drink and sit down somewhere, but taking the Magic Kingdom Railroad is a very nice possibility to relax and allow your feet and body to rest for a while. The water-steamed train brings you around the whole Park and takes you from Fantasyland to Main Street and Frontierland. Just sit on the train, enjoy the ride, and rest.

10. I´ve been here Starbucks Mug

For the Starbucks fans, this is a hint for you in particular. There might be a Mug of Walt Disney World Resort, but there is a Magic Kingdom Mug, which is very special, and as there are Starbucks Cafés in the other Parks, I wouldn´t be surprised if there are some Mugs of the other Parks, too.

11. Cash or Credit Card

One last piece of advice regarding payment methods is at the end. As it is no problem to pay everything with your credit card, you don´t need to worry that you can´t pay, but primarily, for us travelers, it might be a better way to get some cash beforehand. At the very least, you should be able to avoid the banking fees associated with using your credit card.

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These are a couple of recommendations from my site. If you find this article helpful, feel free to use them. I hope your time at Walt Disney World Resort* will be, at least, as magical as it was for me.

Where did you have a magical time? Tell me about it under this post!

15 thoughts on “Walt Disney World Resort – Things to do!”

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    1. Hi Geezelle, for me it is also still a dream, every time I visit. Actually, I am not familiar with DVC Points or Disney Points. Could you let me more about it? Perhaps, I could about my post accordingly.

    1. Haha, I feel you! I´m also amazed every time when I visit. I love this theme park stuff and a proper roller coaster is highly appreciated 😀

  2. Who doesn’t love Disney? I can’t wait to go this year and visit Pandora! Epcot is one of my faves. The customer service and experience is top notch.

  3. OMG! this is like a dream come true. always dreamt about such kingdom in childhood. after reading your writeup I am definitely going to this place very soon! Cheers!

  4. Ive never really been into theme parks even though Disney is one of the most famous. You have made some good suggestions for the fans though. I can understand that they would be a favourite for kids though and bring some films to life for them.

  5. I have yet to visit but know many that have. I would add that if you are active or retired military they have great discounts and even run a few hotels that are cheaper than most of the other properties.

    1. Hi Bob,thank you for commenting. Also thanks for the suggestion regarding the military discounts and hotels. I will consider your tips when I update the post.

  6. I have to admit I was a bit sceptical about such resorts, especially because of the money they must cost. But it’s good to know there are ways to make the visit not as expensive as that.

  7. Disney World gets all the heart eyes from me! I live in Orlando, so I like to think of it as my second home. Great list! Even helpful for a self-proclaimed Disney expert!

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