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  • Writer's pictureMcKenna Vincelette

5 tips for your Disney Trip

Updated: Nov 12, 2023

Have a trip to Disney World planned? I’ve participated in the Disney College Program and have been to Disney World as a guest multiple times, so I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to having the best experience possible in the parks. Here are five of them!

  1. Purchase Genie Plus- If you don’t know what Genie Plus is, it’s Disney’s skip-the-line service. The cost of Genie Plus Ranges from about $15-$35 per person per day, depending on how crowded the park is. I’ve used Genie Plus on my last two visits to Disney World, and I believe it was worth it. We were able to get so much done, and it made the trip so much more enjoyable not having to wait in those long lines. It’s always a good idea to use Genie Plus on the rides that tend to have longer wait times, rather than waste it on rides that have lower wait times.

  2. As useful as Genie Plus is, it can be pricy. If you decide to opt out of Genie Plus, one way to save time is to ride the most popular rides at rope drop or close to park close. The parks are not as crowded at these times, so the wait times drop considerably. Also, be sure to look at wait times on the My Disney Experience App. I’ve seen multiple videos where people are able to ride all the rides in one park without Genie Plus, so it’s not a necessity.

  3. Florida’s weather can be unpredictable, and during the summer thunderstorms occur almost daily. It’s a very good idea to pack a poncho and umbrella . If you do forget to pack a poncho, Disney does sell them. Also, have a plan B if the outdoor attraction you wanted to ride closes due to weather. There are plenty of shops, restaurants, and indoor attractions to enjoy.

  4. It’s always a good idea to take a break during your park day. Long periods in the heat are never good, so head back to your hotel and enjoy the pool or take a nap! This is especially good advice if you have younger kiddos.If you don’t want to leave the park, make sure to ride some indoor attractions, or go to a quick service restaurant where there is air conditioning.Also, dress in light colors. Dark colors attract the sun, so it’s important to avoid wearing them while in the parks.

  5. Planning on purchasing merchandise on your Disney trip? Use mobile checkout! It can be a huge timesaver as the lines in the shops can get long. If you have the My Disney Experience app, it’s as simple as pressing the plus sign on the bottom, pressing Merchandise Mobile Checkout, scanning the item, then paying for it. You then show your phone to a cast member by the exit, and that’s it! Also, If you’re going to eat at one of the quick service restaurants, I highly recommend mobile ordering. Mobile orders take priority over register orders, so your food is ready much quicker.

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