There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that you can easily be ready for a break, or even a nap, by lunch! In fact, many Disney guests joke that they need a vacation after their Disney World Vacation just to recover! Therefore, taking some time to relax and recharge while on property is important and we have put together a list of our 10 ways to rejuvenate at WDW!
10.) Grab a Coke at Casey's Corner - This Main Street USA location has great food and a great theme; and grabbing an ice cold coke on a hot humid day here is a great way to refuel!
9.) Take a Ferry Boat Ride - A relaxing mode of transportation at WDW is a Ferry Boat! These boats run all over the Seven Seas Lagoon, as well as to and from Downtown Disney, and between Hollywood Studios and Epcot. The rock of the boat, the breeze, and the overall gentle, scenic ride are the perfect medicine for tired feet and magic overload.
8.) Go Resort Hop - As one of our favorite activities, resort hopping lets us not only experience other Disney Resorts, but also gets us away from the lines and energy to see things at our own pace!
7. Have a Dole Whip - This is one of our personal cures for after too much walking and too much Florida sunshine! Plus, we just really like Dole Whips, especially Dole Whip Floats! Trust us, this frosty, pineapple treat can rejuvenate us right away!
6.) Hang Out at Club Cool - This Epcot gem offers FREE samples of soft drinks from around the world! You also can have as much as you want! After that long walk around World Showcase, a visit to Club Cool is often on our to-do list.
5.) Ride Living with the Land - Inside of Epcot's The Land pavilion is a peaceful boat ride which educates guests about the earth, as well as gives them a floating tour of the pavilion's greenhouses. While it is educational, this ride really is a lot of fun; and the greenhouses are filled with some pretty impressive produce, including Mickey-shaped pumpkins and other veggies!
4. Watch a Movie Under the Stars - At many Disney Resorts, you can watch a free Disney movie outdoors on a huge, blow-up screen! Guests can bring their beach towels and enjoy a night-in watching a Disney classic under the Florida night sky. It's fun experience you and your family won't forget, and a great way to recharge so you're ready to tackle the parks in the morning.
3.) Ride the WedWay PeopleMover - This classic, Tomorrowland attraction is one of our favorites and what we ride to rest our feet, cool down, and make plans for the rest of the day. We like how the seats face one another, so we can put our feet up or talk to one another; and the ride's brisk, smooth pace creates the best breeze.
2.) Take a Ride on the Monorail - Who isn't a fan of the Monorail? Some even consider it a ride! Unless it's standing room only, the Monorail gets you where you need to go smoothly and in air conditioning! The view is pretty nice too. If you're comfortable and enjoying the ride, there's no rule against staying aboard for another trip around!
1.) Take a Nap - It's not an original solution, but sometimes it's the only cure after a long day at Disney! In fact, we recommend heading back to your resort during the heat of the day to catch a few winks. It's hard to fully enjoy the Disney magic when you're exhausted, and a nap is often the best way to rejuvenate so you can better create more memories!
One of the best ways to escape the Florida heat is by a quick retreat to one of Disney's water parks! In true Disney fashion, Disney water parks are like no other when it comes to theme, quality, and the overall "wow" factor.
While we are big fans of Blizzard Beach, and really enjoy the ski resort theme, Typhoon Lagoon is usually are top choice for one reason: the Surf Pool!
Typhoon Lagoon's surf pool is a massive wave pool that churns out 6 ft. waves! Trust us, you will be spoiled when it comes to water park pools after this; and you will have a hard time tearing your kids away from this area to see anything else this park has to offer.
Typhoon Lagoon has a topsy turvy, windowblown theme as the legend is that a typhoon struck a tropical island leaving everything in disarray.
Tip #1: There is a Surf Pool wave schedule for when Disney churns out their famous waves. Check the chalkboard near the water's edge for the daily schedule.
The deepest and farthest end of the pool is where the giant waves shoot up and begin to roll their way towards the shore. It looks as if that dam is about to break any minute, doesn't it?
Tip #2: While there is a wave schedule, the waves typically come every 90 seconds.
Typhoon Lagoon's icon is the Miss Tilly, a shrimp boat that the typhoon precariously perched on top of Mount Mayday.
Tip #3: Water shoots out of the stack every 30 minutes! Be sure to point this out to the kids!
Here's a backward look at a wave. Pretty cool, huh?
The Surf Pool was a great backdrop for a family water park pic!
Tip #4: While the weather was picture-perfect, we were already feeling a little burnt in about thirty minutes. The lesson here is to DEFINITELY bring sunscreen and apply generously. The pool is so big and there's so little shade in the pool that the sun is extra powerful. It's probably a good idea to take a break and reapply during your visit, as the soaking you get from the waves could wash it off. We felt sunburn for several days after our visit and learned our lesson!
Tip #5: Bring a waterproof camera. We purchased a small waterproof camera with video options and brought it with us to Typhoon Lagoon. We captured some amazing underwater video and family pics at the park that you wouldn't normally get, plus some close-ups of Typhoon Lagoon's signature waves. To capture your fun in the sun, we highly recommend a water-friendly camera for you and yours too!
Take a look at this aerial view of a Surf Pool wave! These six foot monsters are a ton of fun and are sure to get your adrenaline pumping. However, if you're in the shallow end of the Surf Pool, the waves are much less intense and can even be relaxing in some places.
Tip #6: Unlike other water park wave pools, inner tubes are not allowed in the Surf Pool. Although, if you're looking to relax, there are beach chairs towards the edge of the pool; and at Castaway Creek, you can bob in the gentle waves as you float around the park.
Tip #7: These waves WILL you knock you off your feet; and while it's so much fun, you need to keep this in mind depending on how strong of a swimmer you are and where you decide to be in the pool. Also, be careful as the bottom of the pool is concrete and can be rough on your skin, especially if you've been knocked under by the waves.
The Surf Pool is an impressive 109,000 sq. ft. and contains nearly 3 million gallons of water! WOW!
Tip #8: If you have kids, we suggest starting in the shallow end of the pool first before
deciding to venture out deeper; and be sure to keep a close eye on them!
Tip #9: The Surf Pool is truly the centerpiece of Typhoon Lagoon. The other slides and attractions are located around it's perimeter. If you get turned around, this should help you navigate where you need to go.
Tip #10: Hold on to your hats and sunglasses and anything else you might have before a wave reaches you! You will find MANY guests searching the pool for their expensive, lost sunglasses or the like when you visit the Surf Pool; and you don't want to be one of them!
At the entrance of the Surf Pool, head up to the platform and venture inside the clock tower to see the "Board Room," where the Lagoona Gator lives when he's not out surfing the waves! As you can see, it's really cute and very detailed inside!
Tip #11: Lifeguards are stationed around the perimeter and even in the Surf Pool for extra safety and peace of mind!
Tip #12: The waves tend to be higher closer to the walls of the pool. Our favorite spot, right smack in the middle of the pool where it's not too deep, but not too crowded or shallow!
Tip #13: Water Shoes! While your feet are nice and cool in the pool, the pavement will burn your feet just about everywhere else! If you have a pair of water shoes that fit, we strongly suggest you bring them to Typhoon Lagoon.
Tip #14: Unless you arrive pretty early in the day, you will probably not find a beach chair or area to claim near the Surf Pool where you can park your stuff. Unless you want a place to chill or snooze, just keep your stuff in a locker and then relax and chat at a picnic table near the concession area.
Are you a fan of the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool? Are you looking to visit this water park in the future?
One of the Magic Kingdom's newest attractions, Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid, can be found in the New Fantasyland and is really making waves!
Once you hop aboard your clamshell vehicle inside of Prince Eric's castle, you will journey under the sea and through colorful scenes from the classic The Little Mermaid film. This attraction is done in the style of classic, Disney dark rides, but with some new technology, impressive audio-animatronics, and the hit Little Mermaid soundtrack!
If you want to take the plunge and experience Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid on your next trip, check out some of our tips!
Family Fun: This gentle attraction has no height requirement and can be enjoyed by the whole family; and despite the fact that Ariel is a princess, the little princes and pirates in your group will enjoy this ride too!
The Waiting Game: Since this attraction is new, and it's so kid-friendly, the lines can get long. If the wait is more than 20 to 25 minutes, we recommend getting a FastPass. However, if you drop by within the first hour of the day, or in the evening hours and near closing, you can probably walk right on! Strange as it may sound, you may enjoy waiting in this attraction's line as it is so cool! The queue looks like a grotto and contains piles of sunken treasure and Ariel's trinkets. There's also an interactive game where little digital blue crabs will collect which items you point to!
Finding Nemo: Within the rockwork of the queue, you may find an outline of the sub from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Why? The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction used to call this area home before it closed!
Want to Meet Ariel? On the other side of this attraction, there is area where you can meet Ariel. But be prepared to wait in line!
Special Effects: When you feel your clamshell gently descending backwards, look at the shell in front of you. See the bubbles? You're descending under the sea! Next, keep looking up to see Ariel and Flounder swimming up above!
At Night: Even if you rode Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid during the day, swing back after dark to see Prince Eric's castle at night. The windows of the castle are lit up as if someone lives inside, making this realistic castle even more believable and enchanting!
Be Strategic: If the ride happens to temporarily shut down, keep checking for when it comes back in operation. If you time it right, you can walk right on since the lines haven't filled up yet!
Clamshell Seating: Each clamshell can fit two people comfortably, with a small child in the middle if necessary. Keep this in mind if you have a big group!
Look Up: Once you have passed through the grotto themed queue area, you will enter a beautiful, forgotten cavern. Be sure to look up and see the faded murals on the wall. They tell the story of The Little Mermaid!
Splash Mountain is one of the most popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World and is considered one of the best examples of Disney's trademark storytelling.
Splash Mountain is a log flume style ride that takes you in and out of Chickapin Hill as you journey through the cartoon, country world from Disney' film, Song of the South, and join Brer Rabbit as he leaves home in search of his "laughin' place," and uses his wits to stay one step ahead of Brer Fox and Brer Bear!
This log flume ride features audio-animatronic characters, charming scenery, and several small dips that increase in intensity as Brer Rabbit finds himself further in trouble. The climax, of course, is the giant drop into the Briar Patch, which you see outside the attraction! If you and the kids can handle the drop, you will find that this attraction is great for the whole family as it offers a great story, cute characters, and mild thrills to keep everyone happy!
If you would like to take the plunge and experience Splash Mountain on your next trip, we have some tips for you! Check them out!
It's All in the Name: This attraction is called Splash Mountain, meaning that you are going to get wet! If wearing wet clothes doesn't fit into your agenda for the day, you may want to skip it. You can also buy a rain poncho to wear when you ride, or plan ahead and wear clothes that dry quickly.
Waterproof Your Stuff: To make sure your cell phone, wallet, souvenirs, and other goodies don't get damp, make sure you have them in a waterproof bag or pack them in plastic bags before you ride. Don't have a plastic bag with you? Ask for a bag at the nearest gift shop!
Smile!: As with most popular attractions, Disney takes your picture during the ride; and on Splash Mountain, the camera snaps when you drop! It has become a Disney pastime to pose or make a funny face at this moment, and some guests get pretty creative! If you don't, your expression is still sure to be entertaining! Take a look at your picture and purchase it if you wish when you exit the ride through the gift shop.
Where to Sit: The log on Splash Mountain consists of four rows seating two adults comfortable per row, but a child could fit in the middle if necessary. If you want to get, or you don't mind, the first two rows guarantee the biggest splash. The second row seems to be the wettest, especially on the right side!
Tick-Tock: It takes a little over ten minutes to ride Splash Mountain, making it one of WDW's longer attractions. This means a big payoff if there's a long wait! Although, if you're on a strict time limit, or trying to squeeze in another ride before showing up for your restaurant reservation or the Main Street Electrical Parade, you want to forgo Splash Mountain. Sometimes, the logs can get backed up making the ride last longer than the ten minutes, not counting the time it takes to wait in line.
The Numbers: Splash Mountain features five drops with it's signature drop at five stories high with a speed of about 40 mph.
To FastPass or Not to FastPass: In our experience, Splash Mountain varies throughout the day when it comes to wait times. Granted, there are days when the line is long pretty much all day long; but sometimes, this is not the case. Plus, the line itself is long, meaning that actually walking to the attraction loading dock is pretty lengthy. What do we recommend? Splash Mountain tends to have a short line in the first hour in the morning and during the parade and fireworks at night. Ride it then if you can; and if the wait is above 30 minutes, go ahead and get a FastPass.
Shop til You Drop!: In addition to the store at the exit of Splash Mountain, there is another at the front of the attraction area that is often less crowded, incredible cute, and offers rocking chairs inside where you can relax!
A Whole New View: If you time your ride right, you can see the Main Street Electrical Parade or Wishes from your log on Splash Mountain! Seeing the park from above at night is always beautiful, but the illuminated parade floats from a distance, and being closer to the fireworks, is really amazing and a whole new way to experience Splash Mountain!
It's Getting Darker: How do you know when you're close the big drop? As the Brer Rabbit story progresses, you will notice that the scenery is getting darker and the music gets a little scarier. This means, you're getting closer to the climax, where Brer Rabbit gets caught and is about to thrown in to the Briar Patch! (But don't worry, Brer Rabbit lives in the Briar Patch and actually tricks his enemies this way) Anyway, you also know that you're closer when your log begins to ascend up a steep hill, like you would on a rollercoaster.
Bathroom Break: After you pass through the exit gift shop, there is a bathroom area where you can assess the damage from getting soaked! Be warned that this bathroom can be crowded and damp, so you want to find another.
A "Dry" Run: Not sure if your kids are ready for thrills? This attraction may be a great one to test what they can handle, as it features characters, upbeat music, and lots to see before the drop.
are a great way to maximize your time at WDW and to enable you to enjoy some of Disney's best and most popular attractions without wasting hours in line!
However, there are some attractions at WDW that offer FastPasses that don't really need them. This wastes your FastPass opportunities and valuable vacation time! That's why we have composed a list of attractions that you should definitely save your FastPasses for when you visit, so you won't fall victim to those that don't.Magic Kingdom:Peter Pan's Flight
-This Fantasyland attraction is notorious for its long, long lines; but that doesn't mean you should skip it as it is a classic Magic Kingdom attraction and one of Disney's best! If you don't ride Peter Pan's Flight first thing in the morning, or right before closing, you will be facing a long, hot wait. Therefore, this is definitely an attraction worth getting a FastPass for.Space Mountain
-Tomorrowland's most popular, and most thrilling, ride is Space Mountain, an indoor coaster that makes you feel like you're rocketing through space! It takes place mostly in the dark and has been thrilling guests for decades. This attraction usually has a long, long wait, so definitely put it on your FastPass list!Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
-From time to time, you may find a short wait for this ride; but as this is hit and miss, you may want to get a FastPass. This ride is popular and great for all ages, as well as gives you the chance to compete against your family! Don't miss it!The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
-Another Fantasyland favorite is The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, where you board a hunny pot and venture into the pages of the Winnie and Pooh storybook. Naturally, this kind of attraction packs in the crowds; and while there are a few times during the day when the wait may be reasonable, it may wise to snatch a FastPass when you can.Under the Sea - Journey of the Little Mermaid
-One of the Magic Kingdom's newest attractions, found in the New Fantasyland, this ride takes guests via clamshell under the sea to experience Ariel's journey from the classic film. It's family friendly, colorful, immersive, and a lot of fun. Since it is so new, the lines fill up quick; but if the wait is reasonable, you may want to forego the FastPass to experience this attraction's amazingly detailed queue. However, if not, a FastPass may be best!What about Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, and the Jungle Cruise
? In our experience, these popular attractions don't always have long waits. Big Thunder and the Jungle Cruise rarely have long or unreasonable waits in the evening hours, particularly during the parade and fireworks; and Splash Mountain can accommodate quite a few guests at one time, as well as has a long, winding queue making part of the wait just getting to where the line begins. Although, if you don't have the time or flexibility, then grab a FastPass for one of these rides.
-One of the most popular rides in all of WDW, Soarin' is notorious for long, long waits; and since the FastPasses usually run out early, it can be difficult to even get a chance to ride this attraction. Unless you arrive right when the park opens, or are there right before it closes, get a FastPass as soon as you can. You won't be sorry!Test Track
-This newly refurbished ride sure draws the crowds, and for good reason! The lines are long most of the day, so get there early or get a FastPass for whatever time you can.Hollywood Studios
:Rock n' Roller Coaster
-This coaster is one of the WDW's most thrilling and the only one to take you upside down! It usually has a long line of guests waiting to rock out, so be sure to get a FastPass!Toy Story Midway Mania
-Along with Soarin', this attraction has the longest waits and is known to run out of FastPasses by the afternoon, if not earlier! When Hollywood Studios opens for the day, there is usually a stampede towards this ride. What should you do? Join in for a short wait in line or get a FastPass ASAP!What about Tower of Terror and Star Tours
? Both of these attractions typically have quick moving lines or have times during the day when the wait is light or at least reasonable. Therefore, we think it's smarter to save your FastPasses for the other popular attractions that don't have these perks.Animal Kingdom
-One of our favorites, Expedition Everest is an indoor/outdoor coaster that goes both backwards and forwards! It's a fast, smooth ride through a really impressive mountain where you try to outrun the legendary yeti! While the line is pretty cool to see, we recommend getting a FastPass if the wait is over 20 minutes. However, Animal Kingdom closes much earlier than other parks, so keep that in mind!Kilimanjaro Safaris
-This attraction is about as close as you can get to an actual African safari. You never know what you might see! The line for this ride, while covered, is long and outdoors. Plus, it's really popular! So ride it first thing in the morning or definitely get a FastPass!
On our recent trip to the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland, we learned a great tip! The popular Be Our Guest restaurant, which is open for quick service at lunch and table service for dinner, lets guests take a sneak peek inside before it opens for the day! You get to see the ballroom, the entry area, and a peek at the enchanted suits of armor before it packs full of guests.
Why is this great? First of all, as we said, Be Our Guest is very popular. We have seen people lined up down the drawbridge and around the corner waiting to get in for lunch. Also, getting reservations for dinner is almost impossible right now.
So, if you are wanting to get some pics of this awesome new restaurant, and it really is amazing, drop by before they begin serving lunch for a sneak peek! Cast Members are usually stationed at the entrance to the drawbridge; but if you tell them you want to get a glimpse, they will let you pass by to explore.
We headed straight for New Fantasyland after rope drop; and when we reached Be Our Guest, we had it all to ourselves! Take a look!
This is the entrance to Be Our Guest. Just walking up to this restaurant is an experience within itself! The ruins are a nice touch, don't you think?
Here's another view!
When you walk inside, immediately to the right is this mural which is a reference to the stained glass windows which tell Belle and the Beast's story in the film. This mural is huge and a great photo spot!
Almost immediately, you see the entrance to the ballroom! It really is like walking into the film; and snow falls softly outside the windows. If you are taking a sneak peek, you can walk around this dining room; but you can still get some pics and see it for yourself.
This hallway leads to the ordering stations. These suits of armor are enchanted and tend to whisper and even snore!
Look up to see the Beast's face in the molding. Awesome detail!
These statues and gargoyles frame and support the doorways, just like the ones you see throughout the Beast's castle in the movie.
Outside the restaurant, right above the huge wooden doors, look up to see another mural reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast's trademark stained glass windows. This one tells the story of how the Beast became the Beast.
So that's our sneak peek! Unfortunately, you don't get to see the Rose Gallery or the West Wing; but to have this place all to yourself without hungry crowds in the way, is still worth it! So on your next trip, come check it out before it opens for lunch and be sure to bring your camera!
So you have a Park Hopper Ticket and you've just arrived at WDW and now you're trying to decide which park to visit and where you should go the rest of the week. What do you do?
We have a tip for you! It's actually one we learned not too long ago; and so far, it appears to be working. Are you ready?
Tip: When it comes to Extra Magic Hours, do the opposite!
You see, Extra Magic Hours are bonus hours in either the morning or in the evening that only Disney Resort Guests can enjoy; and when you first hear about them, they sound great! Extra hours means more time in the parks and shorter lines, right?
Actually, in some cases, the opposite is true. You see, guests have a tendency to drift to the parks that are offering the extra magic hours that day, meaning long lines. However, there is nothing attracting guests to the other parks, meaning lighter crowd levels.
For example, if Hollywood Studios is offering Extra Magic Hours for that evening, than the Magic Kingdom should be much less busy while Hollywood is probably having a full day.
How do you know when they are Extra Magic Hours? Get a Times Guide at your Disney Resort front desk or when you enter the parks to see the week's schedule of hours and Extra Magic Hours; and from there, you can have more of an idea of how to schedule your vacation and which parks to avoid.
Do you avoid Extra Magic Parks as a rule at WDW? Let us know!
Disney World is home to dozens upon dozens of attractions ranging from live shows to classic dark rides to motion simulators to high speed roller coasters! There's a lot of variety, which is awesome, but there are also an elite group of attractions which seemed to draw more crowds than anywhere else; and when we visit WDW, those are the attractions we want to get FastPasses for!
But how do you know which attractions are FastPass worthy? Do all of the popular rides have long, packed lines?
Wonder no longer, we got this! Today, we are going to list which Disney attractions you should definitely get a FastPass for, along with a few conditions so don't end up wasting those valuable FastPasses and your valuable time.
Space Mountain-A very popular ride whose line tends to move slower than most. Unless you head to this attraction right when the park opens, or visit late in the evening, you are definitely going to need a FastPass.
Splash Mountain-Again, except for early in the morning or late at night, Splash Mountain's line is usually pretty long. However, the line for this ride tends to move pretty quickly and the scenery and upbeat music help to make the wait enjoyable; but unless you have time to spare, a FastPass is a good idea.
Peter Pan's Flight-This classic dark ride has created long waits since opening day back in 1971! This ride is a must-do and one that came from mind of Walt Disney himself. The line is very boring with little to see and is located inside of a bottleneck of crowds. The only time this ride doesn't have a wait is when the park opens. The rest of the time, a Peter Pan's Flight FastPass is at the top of our list.
Other popular rides at the Magic Kingdom, such as the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin do produce long waits; but short waits are common throughout the day too. If there's a long line when you drop by, come back later, especially once the sun goes down!
Test Track-Epcot doesn't have many big ticket attractions, so everyone seems to head for the same popular attractions leading to long, long waits so FastPasses are pretty much a requirement when riding Epcot's best rides. Test Track has always filled up the lines; and now that it has been revamped and updated, we don't expect that to change any time soon! The automotive theme is always popular; and the fact that it's a thrill ride without drops and inversions makes it family friendly.
Soarin'-Of all the rides at WDW, Soarin' is one of the most popular and is infamous for the long, long, but well worth it, wait times. It's probably the closest you will ever get to flying, but is tame enough for everyone, as well as absolutely beautiful. With all of these qualities, no wonder people flock through its gates! The best chance you have of riding Soarin' without waiting about an hour in line to head here first thing when the park opens; and sometimes, you can catch a quick ride near closing. However, a FastPass is still one of your best bets.
Rock n' Roller Coaster-WDW's only coaster that features inversions is every thrill junkie's go-to ride! Plus, the limo style ride vehicle is equipped with an awesome sound system that lets you rock out while riding; and if that wasn't all, the ride begins with a 0 to 60 launch in under three seconds! No wonder this ride is so popular! We recommend heading here when the park first opens, or stopping by before closing.
Toy Story Midway Mania-Next to Soarin', this ride is the most infamous for long waits and it's FastPass machines are known to run out around lunchtime! I've rarely seen the wait under 45 minutes, so be sure not only to go here first after rope drop, but to also get a FastPass as soon as you can! It's well worth it!
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror-This monster of an attraction is one of Disney's best rides of all time and can produce long waits. However, we've noticed that there have been times during the day that the wait time becomes relatively reasonable and, to be honest, wandering through the hotel garden and the lobby itself is really awesome and only adds to the ride experience! So if it's a busy day at Hollywood Studios, go ahead and grab a FastPass. If not, we bet the line will get shorter.
Expedition Everest-This thrill ride takes guests up into Mount Everest, where the legendary Yeti lives, before sending you backwards in the dark and then forwards as you rocket down and around and through the mountain to get away from the yeti! It's awesome! But since this is one of the few thrill rides at this park, and amazing in its own right, the queues fill up quick! So get here early to ride this giant! Although, if don't have time for a FastPass, the line itself is an experience and usually moves at a decent pace.
Kilimanjaro Safaris-One of WDW's most amazing rides ever is Kilimanjaro Safaris, where you board a safari vehicle and actually drive through a preserve where real African wildlife wander free! It's pretty much like being in Africa on a real safari and can be enjoyed by everyone in the family. Because of this, long waits are common; and this outdoor, rather boring, line is not fun, especially when it's really hot. Therefore, we highly suggest a FastPass ASAP.
Don't use FastPasses for shows! Disney theaters are so big that you really don't need them; and most of the time, the only waiting you will have is waiting for the next show to begin. So save your FastPasses for the rides, not the shows.
The more FastPasses that are distributed, the more time you have to wait for your ride time. Sometimes, you can get a FastPass at 11 a.m., but you won't be able to ride until 9 o'clock at night! Make sure you look at the return time on the sign above the FastPass distribution time if you have plans for later in the day. For example, you don't want to waste a FastPass for a Hollywood Studios ride when you have dining reservations at Epcot at the same time as your return time.
So these are the rides we suggest you save your FastPasses for when at WDW. We hope this FastPass wisdom will help you maximize your valuable vacation time!
There are tons of guide books, blogs, articles, and videos to tell you all about Walt Disney World and the Disney Vacation experience; but there are some little truths that you come to know for yourself when you visit.
Here are some of the Disney World truths we've discovered over the years; and we are wondering whether you've come to find these truths too!
1.) Epcot is exhausting! For one, the park is huge and there's so much ground to cover. For example, World Showcase alone is over a mile long! So yeah, prepare to fall asleep on the bus on the way back to your resort.
2.) Animal Kingdom is like ten degrees hotter than anywhere else on property. It's true! Maybe it's because most of everything at this park is outdoors, or because the terrain is hilly, or whatever; but hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and then go fall in your resort pool later that day.
3.) Running for the Bus Stop is like living an action movie-When you see your resort bus is about to pull away from the curb and you don't want to wait another 20 minutes for the next one, or Illuminations has just ended and you are trying to beat the masses to your resort stop, running for your bus stop can make even the most tired member of your family sprint like Jack Sparrow being chased by cannibals.
4.) When walking through the Pixar section of Hollywood Studios, have a travel buddy-This section of the park is really cool. It's actually themed after the actual Pixar Studios in California and it's home to really creative Toy Story decor, live Toy Story Green Army Men, and one of the most popular rides on property, Toy Story Midway Mania! But this area is a bit of a bottletleneck. So don't get lost like of an Andy's toys, grab a travel buddy and forge ahead!
6.) Disney Buses are always cold-It's a rule. Great for when you're hot and sweaty, not so much after a soaking from Splash Mountain or a day at Blizzard Beach.
7.) Sunset Boulevard is a Disney Thrill Junkie's Paradise-Sunset Boulevard is a street in Hollywood Studios which is home to both Rock n' Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone tower of Terror. These attractions are right next door to each other and screams and adrenaline are never in short supply. Your hair may never be the same after spending a few hours on this street.
8.) You can squeeze a surprising amount of people on a sidewalk curb-Anyone who is on Main Street USA for the 3 o'clock parade or in the evening for the Main Street Electrical Parade will come to discover this. Stand your ground, fellow Mouseketeers!
9.) No one likes Stitch's Great Escape-It's too scary for little ones, not thrilling enough for teens and adults, and just really doesn't work. Once you've done it, you probably won't do it again.
10.) Fantasyland is stroller city-This Magic Kingdom land is the most popular for families with young kids; and thus, there is usually a sea of strollers stretching in front of you. In short, this is not where you want to be texting.
11.) Almost every ride ends in a gift shop-It's a marketing strategy, and a very effective one. I'm looking at you Tatooine Traders!
Disney Resorts let the Disney magic continue long after you've left the parks, but they are also incredible in regards to their theming, design, dining, shopping, and pools! Yes, every Disney Resort features a variety of pools for even more fun in the sun!
There are many awesome pools at WDW; and so today, we are sharing with you some of our favorite Disney Resort Pool Tips so you will be prepared to splash and until your heart's content!
1. Pool Parties-Many Disney Resort pools host pool parties for kids and families at certain times during the day! There's usually music, games, beach balls, and more hosted by several Disney Cast Members. It's some extra Disney magic that the kids particularly enjoy!
2. Wear Flip-Flops-Be sure to wear flip-flops or some sort of shoe when walking to your resort pool. The concrete near the pool area can get blistering hot!
3. Swim with the Ducks-Silver Creek Springs Pool at Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is a beautiful pool with a great water slide; but one of the best things about this pool is that the ducks that live nearby often go for a swim as they make their way across the resort! They will jump right in the pool along with you, it's really cute! Especially for kids!
4. Watch the Fireworks-The Polynesian's pool, which offers a cool volcano slide, faces the Magic Kingdom; and at night, you can watch the fireworks high in the sky while you swim!
5. You Can't Pool Hop-This is a frequently asked question among Disney guests: can I pool hop to other resort pools? Unfortunately, in most cases, the answer is no. This is especially true of the pool that everyone wants to visit, Yacht and Beach Club's Stormalong Bay. You actually have to show your Key to the World Card to gain entry!
6. They're Heated-All of the Disney Resort Pools are heated! This doesn't mean that we suggest jumping in during mid-January, but if it's a little chilly or springtime when you can visit, you don't have to worry about freezing!
7. Do Your Laundry While You Swim-Most of the resort Laundromats are typically located near the pool areas! With this arrangement, you can start laundry and then get in some pool time or watch the kids splash while you wait!
8. Use the Quiet Pools-Every Disney Resort has a main pool which offer the best views, water slides, and décor; but these pools can fill up pretty quick, especially during the summer months. However, Disney Resorts also have smaller pools tucked throughout the grounds which rarely have crowds. In fact, you may find that you have these pools all too yourself! If you're looking for some peace and quiet, or less people, head to these pools.
9. Big Blue Pool-Disney's newest resort, the Big Blue Pool, has a Finding Nemo theme, along with some extra features! This pool features underwater speakers so you can actually hear music and some Finding Nemo characters while you swim! Cool, right?
10. Large Pool Toys Are Not Allowed-Some small pool toys are accepted at the Disney Resort pools; but large pool toys, such as rafts, are not.
11. Towels-Usually Disney Resorts have towel stations near the pool area for you to use, but you should return the towel when you're done. If you don't want to do this, or freeze on your way back to your room, bring your own. We especially suggest a beach towel for this situation so you don't have to waste your resort room towels.
12. Bring a Camera-Before your trip, purchase a waterproof camera to bring with you to the pools! Many families miss capturing the unforgettable memories that take place in the pool because they don't want to ruin their camera; but with a waterproof camera, you won't and you can get some really unique, candid photos too!