Disney World is of course the best place ever. You already know that! Try not go on a weekend or public holiday as it will be quite busy. Make sure you use Fastpasses to skip the queues (for free). The fireworks show has recently been...More
There are many variables to consider as some others have suggested. Let me try to help some as we have been to WDW many times in the last few years. First, we stay in a rental home as we take our pets. It is cheaper than... More
There are many variables to consider as some others have suggested. Let me try to help some as we have been to WDW many times in the last few years. First, we stay in a rental home as we take our pets. It is cheaper than Disney hotels but the hotels/resorts have some good perks. Compare on Walt Disney World official site for packages and maybe look at MouseSavers as they have some deals and are legit. Most of the other sites will just waste your time and you are not going save as many claim. Staying in a Disney resort gets you the 60 in advance perk to make fastpass+ reservations which is very important. This is a must and you just make an account/membership on the Disney website. If not staying in a Disney resort you can make Fastpass+/FP+ 30 days in advance. The most popular rides which often are the newest are sometimes hard to get. I have not gone to the new Pandora/Avatar part of the Animal Kingdom but it is almost impossible to get a FP+ for the new Flight of Passage ride. This has taken the emphasis off other rides though. If you cannot get a FP+ go real early one day and go straight to this ride. You also get bus, boat or at the most expensive resorts monorail transportation(magic kingom and epcot only on monorail) to the parks and you do not have to pay to park. There are some early and late entry times for resort guests and dining plans too. You just need to research ASAP to decide. Dining reservations are a must for sit down meals and some of the popular ones are booked on the first day available which is 180 days in advance. The hardest one is Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom but I have gotten in w trying for many days. I suggest for you and the kids The Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom which has Winnie Pooh characters visit you for pictures, autographs and hugs and the food is a buffet which has something for everyone. Sit down restaurants are expensive and ones with characters a little more. If you get a dining plan you can save some. There are plenty of snacks like Turkey Legs and Churros which you need to try and Quick Service places too. If you stay off site you might consider one adult getting a mid level season pass as you get free parking, entry to all parks as much as you like(can go to all parks in one day if you want (but don't) but you can go to two like a hopper ticket. You also get free downloads of any pictures you have Disney photographers take the the ones that are taken on many of the rides. You get a wrist band as well which currently gets you a short video of you on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and the Hollywood Tower of Terror. You can buy bands separately without a pass and they might come with resort packages but I am not sure. I recommend you get on to any dining reservations that you would like and then research the rides/shows for your group. Disney has height requirements for rides and some kids love thrill rides and darkness and some not so much. Magic Kingdom suggestions are get a FP+ for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train as it is the newest ride and w long waits. Peter Pan has the worst line in the park and you can FP+ one day and maybe other rides another day. You get 3 to start with in one park per day. Also Splash Mtn has a long slow line. Most other rides load fairly well except the Jungle Cruise is slow too. Take HEED of the the warning, the Peter Pan line is from hades! EPCOT has many places to eat and the Soarin ride is the best in the park and FP+ is a must. Frozen use to be the hardest FP+ but it has gotten better since Avatar opened but you cannot get Frozen and Soarin on the same day as there is a tier system at EPCOT. Test track is pretty thrilling but only some high speed at times, no big drops etc. Hollywood Studios for the kids Toy Story Mania is a must and lots of fun and some of the other rides might be too much for the younger ones. My FAV of all time is the Hollywood Tower of Terror so try it for the ones that are tall enough. Great fun and well done ride but it may scare you the first time. The Rockin Rollercoaster is pretty rough but if you like thrill coasters the adults or older child my like it. The shows are good in this park depending on your taste. The Fantasmic(?spelling) show for me was just OK but most rave over it but it is crowded and you need to plan for it. Animal Kingdom has the best show in Disney which is the Festival of the Lion King. The Nemo show is so so. The Everest coaster is very good but check the height and scare factor. You will get wet on the Kali River Rapids. Use ponchos and keep you feet up and dry. The Safari is very good as well. Get FP+ for the new Avatar section attractions if you can. We love the desserts at the Yak and Yeti Restaurant w awesome pineapple upside down cake and Mango pie. Probably need a reservation to eat there. Also check the times for fireworks and parades. Magic Kingdom does not have the night parade now and the 3 PM parade is good and you need to see the fireworks once but the new show is not as good to me. You may also consider going when Magic Kingdom has Halloween Parties or Christmas Parties. These require a separate ticket and some Halloween days are already sold out. It is expensive but you get a great atmosphere and special parade and fireworks and the tickets are limited so the lines are short. Either is really good if you can swing it. Parties start at 7PM to midnight but you can enter the Magic Kingdom w a party ticket at 4PM if you are not already there on a regular ticket. Major holidays are toooooooo CROWDED and unfortunately when schools are out. Sorry so much and you can read up on the Disney website and get started ASAP. Hope you have a magical time and if you can splurge some. Disney is usually a big deal vacation and a long trip for most. You may not be back or not often.