Planning a trip to Disney World in Florida proved to be one of the toughest trips – if you can believe it! You literally need a Guide to Disney World to find out some of the baffling questions you and your kids will have. Since I have been there multiple times with my kids I decided to write all the information you need to know for planing a trip to Disney World with Kids, with facts and a lot more!
Disney is a dream destination for most people! Most of us know that if you are going to travel to Florida visiting the Disney parks is a must! They are all amazing in their own way and will guarantee hours and even days of fun for people of all ages.
If you want to look at amazing photos of my adventure with kids in Disney world, here is a full post of my Disney Memories.
The number of questions that constantly popped up for me were amazing. And truthfully, if I didn’t have them answered beforehand, our trip would have been completely different and not as great.
Luckily there are plenty of places to get the answers, and we were well-prepared before arriving!
NOTE: all the helpful links are listed at the bottom
How to plan a trip to Disney?
1. Which parks to visit?
Before arriving I thought there were only three main parks: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot. I’m glad we found out about Hollywood Studios as well.
This made a huge difference for us, we went from three day – two-night trips. To make it five days – four-night tours with a four-day park pass.
2. What kind of park passes are there?
There are all types of park passes. But the main ones are one-day passes, 3 day passes, four-day passes, and more.
Plus, you have the choice between a park per day or hopper passes.
Disney Hopper passes simply mean you can hop from park to park all day long.
3. Are there discounts for buying Disney Passes?
I found one site that gave the best deal – Undercover Tourist
Also, visiting the Disney official ticket site you can see different deals for the slower seasons.
Plus, Florida Residents get huge discounts as well.
4. Can you come and go from the parking lot?
Yes! And you can park at any park’s parking lot. You pay a one-time daily fee. When we were there it was $14 for the day.
5. What are the hours of the parks?
I learned that each park has totally different schedules and even sometimes some exhibits inside the parks also have different hours of operation.
Definitely check the hours of operation before making your plans.
This was the most reliable site.
6. Parades, Shows, and Reservations – is this important?
Yes again! Some parks have must-see shows that, in my opinion, make the true Disney experience and magic come alive. This will really help you arrange your day either because you are traveling with small kids and want to space it out properly so they can make it to all the fun. Or because you bought hopper passes and want to know if you need to make it to one park at a certain hour or not.
Example – DO NOT MISS the fireworks show, the light show, and electric parade shows at Magic Kingdom. They all start at the very end of the day (depending on the hours of operation when visiting).
Or scheduled shows at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
Also, a lot of the popular restaurants have limited seating, so it will work best if you make reservations either via phone or going to their customer service department.
7. Fast Passes – how to use them most effectively?
Fast Pass is the greatest invention of Disney by far. I remember when I was little we’re waiting sometimes for hours for one ride! Who has time for this?
Fast passes are usually issued for the most popular rides in the park. So you can start with these.
This was how we did it:
1. I checked out the different maps for each park to see which rides had the Fast Pass next to them. Then my family and I decided on the ones we wanted to do most.
2. Once we arrived to the park one of us took the tickets and ran over to the Fast Pass distribution area.
3. Now you simply arrive when your fast pass time is and watch how everyone on the lines that say 75 minute waits – look with envy as you walk right in and have a great time.
8. Wifi – is there wifi at Disney World?
Yes! But this is relatively new, so I was glad to look it up before arriving.
However, there are no places to charge your phones or tablets or computers. Which is great. I mean, you didn’t come to Disney to waste your day browsing or calling, right! But for emergencies you’re good to go.
9. Can you bring snacks and food to Disney Parks?
Yes! Again, not something we knew before arriving. We’ve been to many different zoos and amusement parks in the past where you are not permitted to bring in food. So it was imperative for us to be fully prepared.
With two little kids who get cranky quickly, bringing in our own snacks was a huge money saver!
10. Can you drink water and find water in Disney?
It is the rule of Disney that at any food stall or restaurant you can get free water. All you have to do is ask.
My baby still drinks formula, so this was also super important when you are spending ten-hour days inside the park. Carrying gallons of water around is a huge hassle.
Also, you can get boiling water almost anywhere you want as well!
These were just some of the questions we had. I know for sure you will have tons more that are specific to your family’s needs. So don’t be shy, find out before you go and have a great time!
Fun Disney World Facts About The Parks
This park has by far one of the best Safari we have ever visited. All of the habitats are well made and perfectly landscaped as though you are visiting Africa for real. But that’s just one of the many, many insanely and perfectly replicated attractions here. You can also see fun shows, being the best the Lion King show.
Disneyworld Animal Kingdom is a unique place where you can check out many endangered animals, meet your favorite Disney characters, explore the surroundings of the tree of life and even participate in dances and street parties.
This is a huge park from Disney that was built to celebrate all of the most important technological accomplishments of humanity. It also showcases many interesting cultures from around the world.
For my family it was a fun place to visit and the best park to see Disney characters at Disney World. You can do it in a special room with A/C, carpets and seating areas. Trust me, it really makes a difference when it’s 100 degrees out and 100% humidity!
Out of all the Disney parks this is the most famous one. Normally, if you have limited time, this will be the place to be. Aside from the rides, you have to stay late for the fireworks and laser parade shows at night.
When you visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom ask about the fast passes. If you follow the rules, they are a good way to avoid the extremely long lines on some of the most popular rides. And of course, you can’t forget about the characters that you can meet as you walk through the park.
Hollywood Studios in Disney World is a beautiful place with different areas that resemble settings from famous movies and sets. There are also exciting shows by characters like Indiana Jones and classic rides like the Tower of Terror.
This park is a lot of fun, however, if you are coming with small kids it might not be a great idea. I’d recommend this park only if you have time after enjoying and exploring the other three parks.
Where to get all your questions answered and get all the info you need on Disney:
Hours of operation for Disney World Parks
Moms Panel Disney Forum for all your questions
Overall Disney Help and Contact information
Fast Pass information on how to use them
Disney World official ticket site
Florida Residents tickets for Disney World
Planning a Trip to Disney – Disney FAQ’s Answered