There is so much magic happening everywhere at Walt Disney World, it’s easy to miss a lot of the extras and fun activities that are available! I’ve put together some of my favourite tips to help you find extra magic, save more money and find activities that you may not have tried yet. Don’t forget to read all the way to the bottom to learn how to enter Trekaroo’s #sendmetodisney contest. You just might win a trip to see the mouse with your family!
Behind the Scenes Tours!
Have you heard of the behind the scenes tours? You have? Ok, how about Disney school?! Did you know that there are classes children of all ages can take in the parks? In the Disney Youth Education Series your children can learn about Marine Life Conservation at Nemo & Friends, Chemistry at Epcot Center, take a photography class at the Magic Kingdom, learn about Animal Behavior at Animal Kingdom and more! They get a behind the scenes educational view of one of their favourite attractions or shows. You can register individually for many of these educational sessions or go as a group.
Have you read the Kingdom Keepers books? I loved them! Now you can take a Kingdom Keepers Quest at Walt Disney World and save the Kingdom from the Villans! The Kingdom Keepers Quest is only available to youth groups of 10 or more.
Read All About It!
I highly recommend reading The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness. If you really want to learn more about all the magical details Walt Disney and the Imagineers have placed all over Walt Disney World, it’s the book for you! I couldn’t put it down!
It is amazing how much more there is to see, such as the old-style phone mounted on the wall in the candy shop at the Magic Kingdom. If you pick up the receiver, you can hear a conversation between a mother and her daughter on a party line. They discuss what they are going to buy at the store, the cost of things, and how to attract a man. Every now and then, a nosey eavesdropper, Miss Klump, listens in and is politely told to hang up by the mother. This book will really take the magic to the next level!
Visit Other Disney Hotels!
Did you know that you can visit all of the Disney Resort Hotels, even if you aren’t staying on site, to dine in their restaurants or check out their activities?! One of the most memorable Disney World activities is taking in an outdoor movie, under the stars, with Chip & Dale.
There’s a nightly sing-a-long and movie at the Fort Wilderness Resort featuring the cutest chipmunks around, a campfire and marshmallow roast and a classic Disney movie under the stars. It’s a magical and relaxing way to end a day at Walt Disney World and you don’t have to be a Disney resort guest to attend!! Don’t miss out on getting a smores kit from the snack bar!
Did you know that you don’t have to pay for a photopass at Walt Disney World to get great photos? If you ask them, the photographers around the parks will snap a shot for you using your own camera! How amazing is that!
One of the best resources around is the Disney Moms Panel. This Disney website is full of tips, including great spots to see the fireworks! All you have to do is search for your question to find a lot of possible answers. Almost everything has been asked at least once before, but if you don’t see anything then post a new question and one of the moms will get back to you!
Ask The Moms Panel!!
While all the restaurants at Disney feature amazing food and a magical atmosphere, some go above and beyond. I’ve already mentioned that we love dining in Cinderella’s Castle and all of the dinner shows and character dinners are amazing. You should definitely take in one of them during your trip. If you’re looking for something truly fun for little ones at a reasonable price, check out the Whispering Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. It’s a fun (but loud) atmosphere for young kids. Children can ride wooden horses around the restaurant and you have to yell “Ketchup” really loud if you want some. You won’t have to worry about bored children here!
One of my favorite Disney tips is that you can split meals at Disney restaurants or order from the kids menu. Disney portions tend to be huge so you can pay less by eating off the kids menu or splitting a meal with your child or spouse. Don’t forget to take leftovers back to the hotel for a snack later on! We also tend to do a nice big sit down meal at lunch and a take out meal for supper. This can sometimes save you money and gives you a nice break in an air conditioned restaurant at lunch.
I have one final really important tip for today! If you don’t already know about the crowd calendars from Undercover Tourist take a look at them! They have been a life saver for our family, especially if visiting at a busy time like Christmas. Look for the days that are green so that the park you’re visiting won’t be as busy. Get there very early – at least a half hour before the gates are due to open. It’s also a good idea to buy a park hopper pass so that you can use the extra magic hours at two parks if you’re staying on site! I guess that was more than one tip!
Read Trekaroo Reviews & Blog Posts!
I love sharing my knowledge about Walt Disney World so that other families can have the most magical vacation possible! Make sure you also visit Trekaroo’s Disney Days 2016 for many more tips, planning tools and reviews of Walt Disney World, Disneyland attractions, hotels and restaurants! You can also enter to win one of two amazing prizes during their #sendme2disney sweepstakes:
Package includes three-day park hopper passes for a family of four (two adults, two children) plus six (6) nights’ accommodation!
Package includes CityPass tickets for a family of four (includes three-day park hopper entrance to Disneyland and California Adventure) plus three nights’ at the Anaheim Courtyard Theme Park Entrance hotel.
How amazing is that!! Which trip would you choose if you won?