Ten Top Walt Disney
World Vacation Tips
From the authors of
PassPorter Walt Disney World®:
The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal, and
Winters chill makes January one
of the top months for Disney vacation planning, but most
snow birds dont start arriving in
Florida until mid-February. January is the perfect month
for a spur-of-the-moment, off-season getaway. Room rates
are at Value Season rates, and even better
discounts are available for those with Magic Kingdom Club
cards and annual passes to the theme parks.
PassPorter Planning Tips are written by
Jennifer Watson and Dave Marx, authors of PassPorter Walt
Disney World: The unique travel guide, planner,
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Planning Your Adventure
You can never get too much advice, especially when the
topic is as big (and popular) as Walt Disney World.
Nearly everyone has been there, havent they? Your
family and friends are a great resource because you
understand each others likes and dislikes. That makes
their Disney advice that much more valuable. Just be sure
to double-check the facts before you act on their
recommendations. Parks, prices, policies, and particulars
change far more quickly than you think.
Getting There (and Back!)
Do you really need a rental car? If you stay at an
off-site hotel or plan to visit many other Orlando-area
attractions, a car can be a necessity. But if you spend
your entire vacation at Walt Disney World, why not relax
and let someone else do the driving? Disneys free
monorails, buses, and boats will transport you around
Disney property. Pay a shuttle bus or town car service
for the trip to and from the airport.
Staying in Style
When choosing lodging for your large family or group,
dont just count the number of beds available in the
room(s)count the bathrooms, too. Sometimes two
smaller, adjoining rooms work better than sharing a
larger room with a single bath. Youll get going far
faster in the morning!
Although some vacationers swear by a ride-by-ride,
minute-by-minute plan for touring a theme park, we prefer
a more relaxed plan. Make a short list of must
see rides and attractions. Put a few more on the
we will if we can list. Decide where
youre going to eat your meals and make appropriate
reservations. After that, be flexible. Take advantage of
opportunities that arise (like a shorter than expected
line), and dont go crazy trying to do it
all. Youre supposed to relax on vacation,
Feasting and Snacking
Fine dining can be a big part of a grown-ups Disney
adventure, but Disney never loses sight of a
familys needs. Nearly every restaurant at Walt
Disney World, no matter how exotic or
grown-up, offers a reasonably priced kids
menu. And if you dont see what you like on the kids
menu, ask for it Disney may be able to honor your
Making More Magic
Not all of Disneys magic takes place in the theme
parks. The Disney Institute offers a variety of
dream-come-true classes and experiences for children of
all ages. You can try your hand at everything from
animation and photography, to rock climbing and wine
tasting. Children can experience behind-the-scenes
workshops in art and the performing arts. Call
800-324-5243 for information.
If youve got a flock to shepherd around the theme
parks, why not make your lambs a bit easier to find when
they stray? If everyone is wearing the same, boldly
colored shirt or distinctively-styled hat, you will all
have a much easier time staying together.
The Walt Disney World Speedway comes to life at the end
of January for the first event of the Indy Racing League
season, the Delphi Indy 200. Practice is on the 27th,
qualifying on the 28th, and the big event is on the 29th.
Call 407-939-7810 for information and tickets.
Winter Disney Vacations
If youve never visited Central Florida during the
winter, the weather may surprise you. This is not the
tropics. Daytime temperatures range from about 60°F/16°C to
75°F/24°C, and evenings dip down to 50°F/10°C or lower! A rainy day can be downright
uncomfortable, but a good day can be a delight! You may
need shorts or long pants, and definitely bring sweaters
and jackets. Fortunately, the pools are heated.
Join the Magic Kingdom Club. Members can get discounts on
resort accommodations, theme park admission, meals at
selected Disney restaurants, merchandise purchased at the
Disney Store, and from the Disney Catalog. Membership is
a free benefit for employees of some companies (ask Human
Resources) and members of some Credit Unions. Anyone can
join if they pay $65 for a two-year Gold Card membership.
Phone 800-563-4763 for details.
As special as any Walt Disney World vacation can be,
its even better when you plan ahead. Theres
so much to see and do, and so many hopes and dreams rest
on a successful visit. Start planning now, and watch for
more PassPorter Planning Tips in the months to come.
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