An Insider's Guide to Disney World

Disney experts share their secrets for planning, packing, and navigating the parks.

Buy Your Tickets in Advance

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Courtesy of Walt Disney World

There are so many ticket options -- from single admission to a park-hopper pass -- that it can be confusing to sort them out at the kiosks on your way in. Getting tickets online ( before you go will save time and sanity.

Know height requirements. There's nothing more disappointing than talking up a ride to your kids and then finding out that they're too short to go on it. All the info is on the Disney Web site (

Visit during the off-season. School breaks and holidays are the busiest -- and priciest -- times to see the parks. September and October are usually the slowest months.

Do it in reverse. Avoid crowds by heading to the back of the park first and then working your way forward. Also, go on the most popular rides at lunchtime or when others are watching the parade.

Sign up for a free Magicard. You can sign up at to get discounts on tickets, meals, shopping, and more in Orlando. It's especially good for deals at non-Disney hotels near the parks: You can get up to 30 or 40 percent off some room rates. Just make sure the hotels have free shuttles to Disney. Also, check to see whether you're eligible for discounts, like those for members of AAA or the military.

-- Danielle Courtenay, spokesperson for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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