5 Things to Do BEFORE Your Disney Trip to Avoid Big Trouble at the Mouse House

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It’s become sort of a running joke among the Mouze Kateerz staff that I don’t exactly vacation like most Disney vacationers, so I rely on them for their expertise in all the areas I miss. I don’t make ADRs. I’m never awake for park openings. I have never eaten in a Signature restaurant. I rarely see any type of show. I ride un-popular rides. Other than finding a place to stay, there’s really not a lot I have to plan ahead. But if you don’t vacation like me, off the Main Street path, there’s some things you need to take care of, or you could be in trouble.

I’m a big Disney reader. I like reading about Disney topics just to feel like I am knowledgable in all areas of Walt Disney World. One of my newest favorites is Walt Disney World with Kids 2012 by Kim Wiley. She gives some tips on what to do before you get to Orlando, and I’ll expand upon those ideas a bit.

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1. Get on You Tube or Disney world.com and watch videos of rides you think your kids will enjoy.

Let them pick the rides they just really want to see. While you’re checking out Disneyworld.com, make sure you order a planning video. Kids love this, and it’s also fun for adults to watch, putting you in the Disney spirit well before your trip. You may not get to all the rides if the parks are busy- make sure you ride the really important things your kids are looking forward to.

No kids? You make the list of what YOU want to ride.

2. Lay down your expectations about rides BEFORE you get to Orlando.

We can’t all ride everything we want if we are traveling in a group larger than one. You go solo – you ride what you want. But the older kids will often have to ride rides to please the younger bunch. You may have to see Carousel of Progress more than once to make Granny happy, because she loved it as a child. You may have to take some kids one place while your spouse takes the rest elsewhere. This drives my husband nuts, because he likes us all to be together. But that’s not always possible, so talk it out BEFORE your arrival, so that everybody knows what’s going on.

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3. Make those Advanced Dining Reservations as soon as you can.

Just because I’m not making ADRs doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. An ADR is an Advanced Dining Reservation, and here’s all you need to know in more depth if you’ve never made one before.

Here’s Why Disney World ADRs are So Vital to Your Vacation

You can make some of them up to 180 days in advance, and you should. Disney is a crazy busy place, especially at holidays and during free dining opportunities. If you want to enjoy that character meal, make the ADR as soon as you can. It takes the spontaneity out of your vacation, but it will ensure you get a table.

While you’re at it, take care of buying tickets and making hotel reservations in advance.  Now I am totally on top of this one because we are DVC members, so I make my reservations 11 months from my date of travel. As Wiley points out, every ticket you buy or reservation you make now will save you from standing in a line later. You want to be in the Space Mountain Fastpass line, not the line to talk to a Cast Member about where you want to eat dinner.

Speaking of Fastpasses…

Disney World’s Fastpass is Awesome: Here Are 5 Ways to Mess it Up!

4. Be prepared to do some walking.

10 miles a day is what I predict you will walk every day you visit a park. Think your body is ready for that? Are your kid’s bodies ready for that? Get out and do some walking before you leave.

Think You’re Ready for a Disney Vacation? Here’s a Mileage Tip You Seriously Need to Know

Here’s another thing I wanted to cover…

WDW with Kids recommends you get to the parks early, rest in the afternoons, and stay at the parks late. My own non-traditional version of this is wake up before noon, do something, rest up, and stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning. I want to hear from any Disney Nite Owls who follow this. The point is… you will be tired. Very few can make it walking 10 miles a day and not rest somewhere mid-afternoon if you plan to close down the parks.

5. Pick the time of year you visit very carefully.

I have covered this topic several different times, because you hear about how insane Disney can be during holidays, but you really don’t believe it until you are there to see it. Most people who don’t ever want to go back to Disney went during the wrong time.  I had a high school student tell me he absolutely hated Disney, so I asked when he went, knowing well in advance what the answer would be. Yup, December 28th in 2011, the day they closed 3 of 4 parks when they reached capacity. Plan your time carefully BEFORE you regret it later.

Read this. I will suggest some great times to visit, while also saying I wouldn’t turn down a holiday visit, not matter how crazy.

When is the Best Time to Go To Walt Disney World?

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So there you go… Five things to do before you get to Orlando to ensure you have a better time than if you just winged it.

Thanks for stopping by for a photographical Disney ride, and we’ll see some of you headed to a character meal, ADRs made months in advance.

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Comments

  1. Nice, great shots ! =)

  2. Have you ever gotten into cinderella’s royal table without ADRs?

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