Disney for Every Family

Best Insider's Tips

  • Chart your course. Figure out in advance what you want to do. Helpful sites include www.disneyworld.com, www.wdwig.com, www.mouseplanet.com, www.disneydollarless.com, and www.mousesavers.com.
  • Stay on site. Though not the least expensive option, Disney resorts provide the quickest transportation to its parks. Plus, guests benefit from the "Extra Magic Hour," when, each day, one of the theme parks opens early for Disney resort guests.
  • Check the boards at the center of each park for an update on wait times, and head for the rides with the
    shortest lines.
  • Get a fastpass. Available only for certain attractions, it allows you to return at a specified time, when you can enter a ride with a minimal wait.
  • Be realistic. At peak times (the summer months, as well as Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas breaks), you may conquer only a few attractions a day. Crowds are thinnest in January, October, early November, and December (before Christmas week).
  • Purchase park passes in advance. This allows you to avoid any potential price increase. Tickets can be ordered by calling 407-934-7639, through www.disneyworld.com, or at any Disney store.
  • Pick a park-hopper pass. Unless you're planning to stay only a day or two, multiday Park-Hopper passes give you admission to the four main Disney theme parks, plus the flexibility to "hop" from park to park each day.
  • Join the disney club. For $39 a year, you get access to substantial discounts on park passes, vacation packages, car rentals, and merchandise (800-654-6347, www.disneyclub.com).
  • Get the free orlando magic card for a variety of discounts in the Orlando area (800-551-0181, www.orlandoinfo.com).
  • Split up your stay. Consider spending most of your time at a budget resort. Then splurge by staying a night or two at one of the pricier Disney hotels.
  • Ask about special deals when booking your trip, and mention if you belong to AAA (Automobile Club of America) -- you may qualify for a discount.

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