Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida is the dream vacation destination for many kids. The other members of the family may think back to the vacation as more of a nightmare if they don’t come to Florida equipped to handle the very specific necessities required for having a great time in the House of Mouse. You do whatever necessary to make your Disney World vacation in Orlando a thing of beauty. Those things can range across a vast range depending on individual desires and plans, but some things are necessary regardless of that individuality.
Beating the Crowds
You will never be the only person running amok in Disney World…unless you are very, very rich. Flexibility is a vital part of enjoying a Disney World vacation and introducing the metaphorical flexibility of an Eastern European gymnast can cut down significantly on how long you have to wait to ride attractions. The least crowded times to visit Disney World are in January and September when the kids in America are headed back to school after Christmas and summer break. Because Christmas is one of the most desired times to visit, the first two weeks of December also tend to be thinner as those who want head down south wait until the week before and after Christmas.
Bring Batteries..LOTS of Batteries
Batteries are widely available inside Walt Disney World. Heck, if you had a nickel for every battery sold inside Disney World, you’d be eating nickel sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the next month. Unfortunately, if you actually buy the batteries you will need for a Disney World vacation inside the parks of Disney World, you may be facing a few months of eating nothing but sandwiches. What I’m trying to say is that while Disney World has an extraordinary supply of batteries, because you are essentially a captive consumer unlikely to face the madness that is getting in and out of those parks, the markup on batteries sold inside Disney World is perhaps one of the highest in the world. You would almost be required to take out a loan to buy all the batteries you need for a 21st century vacation inside the parks. Save yourself a lot of money and invest your trip with convenience by bringing along a much cheaper supply of batteries for every bit of technological gadgetry requiring such a power source. If you are using a camcorder to record video, buy a backup battery pack so that one is recharging back at the hotel while the other is supplying juice inside the park.
Epcot: Disney World’s Secret Transportation Paradise
Parking at Disney World is at a premium. You will still have to pay for parking at Epcot, but keep in mind that Epcot is the least popular park in Disney World; at least for American visitors. Thank Americans’ wholesale desire to avoid combining entertainment and education for providing you with halfway decent parking spots that are more likely to be available than at the other Disney parks. Even better is that you can take a break from the crowded and bumpy buses that get most people from one park to another by relaxing on scenic ferry boat that takes you from Epcot to Disney Hollywood or hopping aboard the pleasantly quiet monorail that connects Epcot to the Magic Kingdom.
Map Your Course
Maps providing excessively detailed interiors of every Disney World park are widely available and completely free. The maps that outline the location of every attraction, restaurant, store, bathroom and other necessary entities may well be the single most useful thing you can make sure you keep with you at all times during a Disney World vacation. Before you head to the any Disney World park, lay out the map and chart a course that starts with the attractions at the top of your list, followed by secondary attractions, attractions you would love to hit if possible and attractions utterly regret-free should your vacation in Orlando end without your checking them out. Then plan the best route from one must-ride attraction to the next, starting with those at the back of the park because then you can at least start the day off with as little line waiting as possible.
Pack a poncho or raincoat when visiting Disney World during the spring and summer. These times of the year almost guarantee at least one or two afternoon squalls during your visit. You can buy ponchos in the park but, like batteries, they ain’t cheap. What is even cheaper than buying your own ponchos outside the environs of Disney World? Large plastic trash bags into which you have cut armholes and a hole for your neck. Cheap yet efficient protection from the rain.