With so many places to check out, tickets to book and logistics to figure out, planning a trip to Disneyland can be intimidating especially for first-time visitors. We’ve come up with a handy guide to provide you with an overview of Walt Disney World in Orlando to give you an idea about what you can expect. We’ve also have some great tips and tricks to help you organise your trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. Let’s get started!
Walt Disney World Resort is made up of four theme parks: Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot. There are two water parks, namely Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach. If your family is fond of swimming, the add-on for the water parks is a good idea. If your hotel already has a pool and other water features, that may be enough for you and you won’t have to spend extra for tickets to the water park.
When to visit
The best times to visit Disneyland are during the off-season weeks: the last week of August up to the third week of November, the first two weeks of December as well as the second week of January until the second week of February. Aside from the lower ticket prices during these times, Disney also offers additional off-season discounts when crowds are expected to be smaller. You can get a discount of up to 30 percent on hotel rooms and even for packages that already include food, tickets to the parks and accommodation.
You have several options when buying tickets to Disneyland. You can purchase tickets to see one park a day or for an additional $50-$64, you can go for the park-hopping option, which lets you switch parks in one day. There’s also an add-on for entry to the water parks for an additional $70 for each ticket. Purchase your tickets in advance so you can skip queues—book Fastpass so you skip the long lines at Disneyworld’s most popular rides.
Where to stay
Visitors have four hotel categories to choose from: Value, Moderate (including cabins and campgrounds), Deluxe and Deluxe Villas. You can of course choose to book rooms outside of Disneyland, but you would have to use private transportation to get to and from the theme parks.
What to eat
There are several restaurants and dining places in the resort—you can even have a buffet breakfast with Mickey Mouse! Visitors can choose from a range of prepaid dining plans that Disney offers or pay for food out of pocket. Some Disney packages already come with a dining plan, so make sure you check those out before you book. It can save you the hassle of having to think of what to eat when you’re there. The plans vary depending on your dining style and how much you eat.
With all these options, you can customise your Disney vacation according to your family’s budget, schedule and interests. Make sure you do additional research on the terms and conditions of the packages you get offered so you can be certain you’re getting the most value for your money and make your vacation all the more worthwhile. Have fun!