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Five tips for a smooth Walt Disney World vacation

A Walt Disney World vacation can seem like a daunting task from the get go, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips to make the most out of your vacation and hopefully relieve a little bit of the stress.

  • Map out what you want to see: Each of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks offer a lot to see, so take a few minutes in advance to figure out what are the must-see attractions. Now, this doesn’t mean you must to the Enchanted Tiki Room at 2:13 p.m. on Wednesday or the entire vacation is ruined. But, you don’t want to make it through the vacation and realize I really wanted to ride the Carousel of Progress and didn’t make it to Tomorrowland.
  • Extra Magic Hours (for Walt Disney World resort guests only): Whether it is early openings or late closings for resort guests, this is a great way to experience any one of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks while the crowds are smaller – this is a great perk for Walt Disney World resort guests since the parks are only open to those staying on property (and at a Disney resort). Take these hours into account if you are planning out your week in advance and be sure to schedule in a nap time if staying out late one night and waking up early the next morning might cause a problem.
  • Utilize Fastpass: Sure, there are lines at Walt Disney World, but by using Fastpass, you can reduce the wait time for certain attractions and see more attractions while you are waiting for your Fastpass window.
  • Make dining reservations in advance: News flash, you aren’t going to show up at Cinderella’s Royal Table five minutes in advance and expect to make a reservation. Don’t let that ruin your vacation. Call ahead.
  • Know the short-wait and restful attractions: If your return time for that Big Thunder Mountain Fastpass isn’t for another 45 minutes, know that there are plenty of attractions you can see in that time. For example, hop the Walt Disney World Railroad for a restful grand circle tour or head over to Adventureland and check out the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse, which often features little to no wait.

There are certainly many more tips – such as buy an autograph book before meeting Mickey Mouse for the first time – but keeping these five in mind should

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