Disney World tips

Ian's Good Guest Tip: Don't Spoil it for Others

There's sometimes somebody that just has to be the wittiest person at the park - the ones who talk along with the River Boat spiels, or heckle the Great Movie Ride Tour Guide.

Everybody else on the ride is being polite, so I'll say it - please stop. Don't spoil their experience or ruin somebody else's adventure.

The jokes are bad - that's the point. There's probably somebody on the ride with you that hasn't heard it, or somebody that absolutely LOVES the humor.

Be cool and respectful so that you're not the worst joke on the ride.

About the author:  Ian and his wife, Toni, work together to help their clients have wonderful Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando vacations.   There is no extra charge to get their expert help for your trip when you book your trip through them.  

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Disney World Tip - Wishes Fireworks Viewing Advice

In spite of what you might have heard, standing right in front of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom is not the best place to view Wishes! If you stand right in front of the castle, you will be looking almost straight up and will miss a lot of the fireworks.

Disney World Advice - Tips for watching the Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Here is a side view of Wishes (Christmas Wishes to be exact!). You can see how far away some of the fireworks really are!

Disney World Advice - Tips for watching the Wishes Fireworks in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Here is a side view of Wishes (Christmas Wishes to be exact!). You can see how far away some of the fireworks really are!

As you can see in the shot I took from the side of the castle, over near Big Thunder Mountain, the fireworks are far behind the castle! In order to see the full magnitude and beauty of the fireworks, the best viewing area, in my humble opinion, is right as Main Street opens up into the hub. You will be close enough to see the majesty of the castle, while being far enough back to see the magnitude of the fireworks. My absolute favorite spot to watch Wishes from?!?!? Hmmmm....that's a secret that I share with my clients! :)

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Have a magical day!

Monica

About the Author: Monica is the most experienced agent at Build A Better Mouse Trip, a travel agency specializing in Disney World and Orlando theme park vacations.   Click here to read Monica's full bio.

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Disney World Tip from Toni: Talk to the Cast Members!

Disney World Tip:  Take time to talk to the Disney Cast Members - they have great tips and stories.

Disney World Tip:  Take time to talk to the Disney Cast Members - they have great tips and stories.

Talk to the Cast Members! They're called "Cast Members" because they are part of the show.  Ask them where they are from and how long they have been at Disney. Chances are, you will hear some great stories or get some good tips.  Many of them live in Florida now but have their city or country of origin listed under their names on their name tag.

The Cast Members in the Epcot World Showcase pavilions are often from the represented country, giving you a unique opportunity to ask questions and visit with someone from another culture...someone who has intentionally chosen to interact with tourist!  This is also true of the Cast Members in the Asia and Africa part of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and the Goodwill Ambassadors over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

Here's another great tip - take time to talk to me, Toni, before your trip.  I can help you plan a great Disney World vacation starting with narrowing down hotels to those that are right for your budget and then we'll tackle dining and FastPass+ reservation and itineraries that keep you ahead of the crowds.  

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Ian's Theme Park Tip: Don't Skip Meals!

Disney World & Universal Orlando Tip: You've gotta eat to stay on your feet; don't sabotage your vacation by skipping meals. 

Disney World & Universal Orlando Tip: You've gotta eat to stay on your feet; don't sabotage your vacation by skipping meals. 

While at the parks, you may be tempted to "push through" and sacrifice eating to experience more attractions - don't. 

Listen to the advice of our friend Stacey:  "My husband witnessed our eldest son in a hangry* moment several years ago.  Two bites of a Subway sandwich and he was a different child.  Now my hubby is more willing to get snacks and take short breaks.   It makes all the difference!  We make sure to always have granola bars and water bottles in our backpacks!"

Walking around the parks for an entire day can burn up to 1,000 calories, so take the time you need to replenish the fuel your body is definitely burning off. Don't sacrifice your health or your sanity - your family & friends will thank you!  

In addition to decades of experience feeling rumbly in his tumbly, Ian Scott is an expert at helping people plan Disney vacations.  Read more about Ian and ask him for a no-obligation vacation quote at http://www.buildabettermousetrip.com/ian-scott-bio/ 

 * Hangry (han-gree), adjective: an amalgum of hungry + angry.  Click here to read about the science of "hangry". 

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Rain Poncho Tips for Disney World & Universal Orlando

One of my biggest tips for Disney World and Universal Orlando guests (or any other Orlando theme park) is to be prepared for rain! Florida is notorious for rain showers, so be prepared!  You can purchase them for about $10 each in the theme parks but I save money by buying a whole bunch of rain ponchos from Amazon and carry them with me. Most rain showers are over pretty quickly, so when rain comes, we put on our ponchos, grab a little snack (Dole Whip!!) and wait it out!  A lot of people flee the parks when the rain starts so coming prepared is a great way to take advantage of the shorter lines during rain showers.  No need to let a little rain ruin your day!!!   

You can also find inexpensive, disposable rain ponchos at most Dollar stores and in the camping section at Walmart.  My local Dollar Tree had them in the section where hair accessories are sold.   The fashion maven in your family may declare that they would NEVER wear a poncho but will probably change their mind when they see lots of people putting them on when the rain starts. 

Inexpensive disposable rain ponchos for your Orlando vacation are available on Amazon and at Walmart and Dollar Tree. 

Inexpensive disposable rain ponchos for your Orlando vacation are available on Amazon and at Walmart and Dollar Tree. 

Even if it isn't raining, you may want ponchos to help keep you dry on attractions that can soak you to the skin like Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom or Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls and Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges in Universal's Islands of Adventure

Have a magical day!

Monica,

Travel Agent specializing in Orlando theme park vacations

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