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Planning our 1st trip for 12/15-12/28. I have done a great deal of research & seem to be uncovering some pretty magical information. Would you be able to suggest any of WDW best kept secrets? I recently just found the Tomorrowland Dessert Party, exciti
- Asked by Daniel on 7/28/2013
Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Walt Disney World!
Some of my favorite tips for visiting Walt Disney World, that are not as commonly known, include:
1. The best place to watch Wishes isn't inside Magic Kingdom, but instead at California Grill, which is atop The Contemporary Resort. You can even watch Tinkerbell fly from Cinderella Castle from above!
2. If you have young children, you can obtain a Rider Switch Pass, so you and your partner can each ride an attraction your desire while the other one stays with the little one. Then you don't have to wait in line twice
3. Make your Advanced Dining Reservations 180 days in advance and make them for off-peak times so you can limit your wait time and have a better chance of scoring the location you desire
4. The best character greetings are in Epcot around the World Showcase. You can meet Beauty and the Beast, Snow White, Marie and many other awesome characters
5. Book Mickey's Very Merry Chrismtas Party!
6. The Living the Land Tour at Epcot is the best, least expensive Walt Disney World tour available
7. Arrive at the parks prior to rope drop to hit up the best rides first. Also, if you want to be selected for any special parade or experience, being first at the park and looking extra enthusiastic can help!
8. To save money on meals, you can bring your own snacks and refillable water bottle into the park. Also, at the Quick Service restaurants, many of the meals are big enough to share
9. You can get a FREE "My first visit" button by visiting a Cast Member at Guest Services
10. Some of the best things to do at Walt Disney World are free - walking the Boardwalk at night with your loved one, watching Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian and seeing the look on your child's face when they see Mickey in person for the first time.