For many people their trip to Orlando is the holiday of a lifetime. And in order to get the best out of your trip, it is essential to plan. Orlando isn’t like, say for example, a beach holiday where you know that the majority of your time is going to be spent playing in the pool or relaxing on the beach. There is so much to see and do, there are so many attractions, so many restaurants and then there is the craziness that is Disney World.
Disney World spans a size of over 43 sq miles, there are four parks, countless other entertainment attractions and there is quite literally so much to see and do. When I first started researching our holiday, I am not ashamed to admit that I was a little overwhelmed by the prospect of what lay ahead of me. There are blogs and websites simply dedicated to Disney and as a newcomer I felt like I was never going to understand how to get the best out of my holiday. I therefore wanted to write a post today outlining some of the essential basic things I think that you need to know before you go to Disney World
The fast pass system was something which I got really confused about and which overwhelmed me the most the first time we went, but basically it is is an appointment system meaning you arrive back at a ride or attraction at a certain time- this can save hours of waiting in line. You get three fast passes a day (you can choose your fast passes before you travel by signing in on the Disneyworld site and I hugely recommend doing this as the most popular attractions slots fill up fast) and then once you have used them all up, you can head to machines in the park and get another one. (And keep doing this until the park closes) Some fast passes book up months in advance, for example to meet the Frozen characters etc, but if you can get them they save loads of time, you can book from 30 days in advance if you aren’t staying in a hotel and 60 days if you are staying at the Disney resorts. As an example we got a fast pass for Toy Story Midway Mania at Hollywood Studios and we got on the ride within ten minutes, but the standby queue was over 90 minutes long. Another really big tip is try and get your three fast passes as early as possible in the day as then you can keep getting new ones once those run out.
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