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10 Tips To Make The Most of Your Walt Disney World Holiday

Ah, Disney World. It really is the most magical place on earth and the world has caught on. At times it can feel like the busiest place on earth!

Mr. and Mrs. Keen Koala recently went on a short but sweet trip to the Dis and would love to share with you some of the money and time saving tips that we learned along the way.

1. Download the free My Disney Experience App for Android or I-Phone. This app will make your life at Disney so much easier. From linking your park tickets, to making reservations, to booking fast passes, to checking wait times, to co-ordinating schedules with other family members, this simple app does it all! I can't recommend it enough. It is a bit cumbersome to use for new users, so download it ahead of time and play around with it a bit until you feel comfortable with all of its functions. If you would like to learn more about My Disney Experience, please check out this information from the official Disney Website HERE. Then make sure to download the My Disney Experience official app from your app store.

2. Join the Facebook group: Walt Disney World Insiders - Get The Inside Story. Seriously, the people in this group know Disney World better than anyone I have ever met. From packing tips to hotels to restaurants to anything you can think of, these members have the information you need. I have asked so many questions and the ladies and gents in this group have been so helpful to me.

3. Make reservations for any dining experiences that you want to partake in EARLY! I can't stress this enough. We made all of our reservations on the same day that we booked our trip. However, there were still a couple places that we wanted to eat that were totally booked up. This is where an amazing service called MouseDining comes in. MouseDining is a free service that allows a person to select specific restaurants at WDW as well as the time that they wish to dine there. MouseDining then monitors the WDW Reservation database and if a cancellation is made then they notify you by email. You then have to quickly log into the WDW Experience App and nab that reservation! I successfully used this service to get a reservation at the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater!

4. If you plan on staying off property, make sure to check out the official Disney properties in Disney Springs. Several offer continuous FREE shuttles to all of the parks, which is amazing and will end up saving you a lot of money in the long run as Ubering back and forth from the parks to your hotel or AirBnB can get quite expensive!

5. Visit one park per day. Yes, I know there's the Park Hopper option and some people genuinely like to visit multiple parks in a single day. In my personal opinion though, I think this is unnecessary and chews up a lot of your valuable park time in travel. Instead, head to one park per day and stay there. Schedule your dining around where you're going to be that day and that's that. Life is busy enough, there's no point in complicating your vacation to the point that it makes it unenjoyable!

6. Book fast passes for the rides and attractions that you want to go to the most. You can do this through the My Disney Experience App. You choose the ride and the time you would like to go. Then, all you have to do is show up and you can go right onto the ride, no line-ups! You can select 3 fast passes per day, after you have used all of your fast passes for that day, then you can schedule additional fast passes one at a time. There are a few attractions that are very popular, so booking a fast past ensures that you will get on that ride. Rides such as Soarin' in Epcot and the 2 brand new attractions at Pandora in the Animal Kingdom book up very quickly!

7. Check the weather before you leave. There's nothing worse than expecting a hot holiday and arriving to temperatures that are hovering only slightly above the freezing level. Pack jackets, sweaters, ponchos, gloves, Hot-Hands hand warmer sachets, socks, and 2 pairs of shoes if you plan on visiting during the cold and potentially rainy seasons. It's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it!

8. Eat breakfast in your hotel room. Packing up kids and scurrying around to find them food is a huge time waster. You want to be spending your time in the parks, not trying to find food for everyone and get ready for the day at the same time. Pack food with you from home. Our favorite is instant oatmeal. It's filling and you can make it with hot water from the coffee maker! We also like to bring a loaf of bread and some peanut butter packets. Don't forget to pack plastic plates, bowls, spoons, and a plastic butter knife! Mr Keen Koala also likes to bring his instant Starbucks coffee to drink in the room before we head down to catch the shuttle. We also bring a variety of other snacks to eat at the parks and at the end of the day.

9. Carry a small water bottle. When you're on your feet all day, it's important to stay hydrated. There are numerous water fountains all over the park to refill your water bottles for free, so there's no point in lugging around a huge, heavy water bottle, so a small one works perfectly!

10. Relax. It's your vacation. Sometimes things just don't work out the way you want them to. For example, your favorite ride may need to unexpectedly close for maintenance. This happened to us with Pirates of the Caribbean. It's important to just roll with the punches. In Disney, there's never a shortage of things to see and there's always something else fun to do or a delicious place to eat right around the corner. Just soak it in and enjoy every second of the most magical place on earth!

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