Thursday, May 9, 2013

DisneyWorld Beginner Tips...

#1 Get a PhotoPass Plus if you plan to take a lot of pictures. The PhotoPass+ card includes all photos for: Character Dining Opportunities, Special events like Halloween Party/Christmas Party, Special Dining options such as Spirit of Aloha/Hoop Dee Doo Revue, & every single ride photo! They have a ton of photographers set up for character meet & greets,in front of castle etc for you to get your money's worth! We used this last trip & will definitely use it for every trip after that! Most of the time if you pre-order it you can save a ton of money! Here is a link that explains the photopass plus:

The famous Beer cheese soup at Le Cellier 

#2 Make Advanced Dining Reservations or as Disney gurus call it ADR's. :) If you are part of the dining plan this will help you a great deal. No matter what time of the year you are visiting you should make an ADR. They are VERY easy to book. You can go to or call Disney Dining Reservations directly & a cast member can help you. You can update/delete reservation as well online yourself. Anyone can book these online. You don't have to stay on WDW Property to take advantage of this system. You have 180 days before your visit to book them. Don't be discouraged if a restaurant you want to go to is booked when you look. If you are persistent I'm sure you will find an open time slot. It normally takes me a few weeks to get a reservation at Le Cellier but it is worth the effort!

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#3 Take advantage of the fireworks cruises and/or behind the scenes tours. They offer an Epcot Illuminations cruise as well as a Magic Kingdom Wishes Cruise but they can have a hefty price tag.It is a little something extra that can make your trip magical & unforgettable. I've heard amazing things about the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. You can see all of theses & more at

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#4 You can get your haircut at the Barber Shop in Magic Kingdom on Main Street BUT you must book an appointment months in advance. They have special glitters & paints for hair to make it a special trip for kids. They take adults too!

#5 You can buy reputable discounted tickes at I used them last trip & saved around $70 plus I got a free day ticket for me & my hubby which was amazing! Please remember to photocopy the back of your tickets & bring that with you. Just in case you lose your tickets they can look up the information & get you new tickets!

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#6 You can get pins at city hall for any occasion. For your Honeymoon,birthday, or just because! They are free & you just have to ask! We had Happy Anniversary pins last trip & it was so fun wearing them!

#7 Get FastPass! They are free & anyone can get them. All you need is your park ticket to get a fastpass. Many people think it is extra but nope! You might even be lucky enough to get a Surprise FastPass like we did!

#8 You can take boats to/from different resorts to the parks! You can take a boat from DownTown Disney to Port Orleans. You can also take a boat from certain hotels to Disney HollyWood Studios & to Epcot! If you are staying on property make sure to research that!

#9 Make breakfast reservations in a park before it opens. It is a Once in a lifetime experience. We got some great pictures when we did this at Cinderella's Royal Table. If interested here is my story:

I Love Champagne :)

#10 Disney is known for their food low end & high end. Research things you'd like to taste! I always have a huge list of new things to try myself HAHA. So far my favorite treat is the carrot cake cookie you can only find at Disney HollyWood Studios currently. Epcot also hosts a fall Food & Wine Festival every year. I've been twice & it is a great festival. They have special events/concerts/celebrities during this time as well.

Carrot Cake Cookie!

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