Ten Top Walt Disney
World Vacation Tips
From the authors of
PassPorter Walt Disney World®:
The unique travel guide, planner, organizer, journal, and
Ah, October! School is in full swing,
summer wardrobes are being packed away, and the
foresighted are already planning next years
getaways to Walt Disney World. Disney makes this autumn
even more interesting by starting their Year 2000 a few
months early on October 1. With such goings-on be
forewarned: Disney has another year of record attendance
on the horizon. Pick up a travel guide and start planning
early, before the next guy grabs all the magic.
PassPorter Planning Tips are written by
Jennifer Watson and Dave Marx, authors of PassPorter Walt
Disney World: The unique travel guide, planner,
organizer, journal, and keepsake! Available wherever
books are sold. Visit their web site at
http://www.passporter.com for more information, tips,
reviews, and fun!
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Planning Your Adventure
Its never too early to start planning your Walt
Disney World vacation. Kids in candy shops have fewer
choices to make, and reservations for some restaurants,
character meals, dinner shows, and special events are
fully booked for months ahead. For the popular holidays,
Disneys resorts may be sold out months or years in
Getting There (and Back!)
Watch for airline fare sales. The autumn off-season has a
way of bringing airfare discounters out of the woodwork.
Dont wait around, though. Book your air travel
early when prices are traditionally at their lowest, but
keep shopping after youve locked-in your seats. If
your airline offers a better fare, phone immediately and
update your reservations at the new low price.
Staying in Style
Theres no need to tote your newly purchased Mickey
merchandise and souvenirs around Disneys theme
parks and the Downtown Disney shopping district. Guests
at Walt Disney Worlds resort hotels can have
purchases delivered to their resort at no extra charge.
Ask before you ring-up your purchase. Not staying at a
Disney resort? Disney will still hold your packages for
you at the front gate, where you can pick them up on your
way out of the park.
Keep your eyes open for FASTPASS, Disneys solution
to the long lines at their most popular rides. Machines
outside each participating attraction issue reservations
that take you right to the head of the line (as long as
you show up within the appointed 60-minute period).
Youll need the printed FASTPASS to use the special
FASTPASS entranceif you have a PassPorter Walt
Disney World travel guide, store your FASTPASS in it so
you wont lose it. Then go eat lunch, visit another
attraction, or do some shopping while you wait your turn.
Feasting and Snacking
Give Walt Disney Worlds full-service restaurants 24
hours notice and they can serve-up meals to suit a
variety of special health- or religiously-oriented
dietary needs (including kosher). Most restairant menus
normally feature choices low on fat, cholesterol and/or
salt, and vegetarians will usually also find a few
Making More Magic
Enameled pins are a favorite Walt Disney World
collectible. Theyre a durable, inexpensive,
lightweight, and compact way to remember your vacation.
Each theme park, resort, and many rides offer unique
pins. Special events (such as the Millenium Celebration
beginning October 1) are a great time to start a
collection. In fact, Olympic-style pin-swapping is an
organized feature of Epcots Millenium festivities.
If your vacation plans will take your children out of
school, do everyone in the family a favor and be sure
they do their homework before you leave for Walt Disney
World. Their vacation will be much more carefree, and
yours will be, too. It also leaves them free to do an
extra-credit report on what theyve learned at
Epcot, once they arrive.
Upcoming Special Events
Celebrate pumpkin season at Mickeys Not-So-Scary
Halloween Party on October 28, 29, and 31, 1999. Disney
opens the Magic Kingdom theme park from 7:00 pm to
midnight just for the partys guests. Enjoy a
special parade, fireworks, DJ dancing, a costume parade
for the kids, and all your favorite rides and
attractions. Tickets are around $25. Call 407-W-DISNEY
for tickets and detailsthis one sells out fast!
Winter Disney Vacations
Early December is an especially magical time at Walt
Disney World. All the holiday decorations are up and the
special events are already in full swing, but the crowds
that mark the Christmas/New Years week have yet to
arrive. In-the-know Disney fans have made this period
their own, but everyone is welcome. Alas, it
wont be quite so slow this year since the Millenium
Celebration will be in full swing.
Disneys vacation package deals can sound very
tempting, but it pays to carefully compare prices of each
part of the package. Most components in a
packageairfare, lodging, meals, park admission, and
extrascome at close to list price (if
not more). A package is convenient and makes you feel
pampered, but a do-it-yourself plan can trim costs in a
variety of ways, especially if you eat modestly or
wont spend every day at Disneys parks.
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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