I don’t know about you, but Disney vacations are one of my favorites to do! From the rides to the characters to the food there is SO much to do and see!
I went to Disney in March 2022 and am here to share some insight from a seasoned Disney goer, who also visited Disney during prime COVID times, to give you advice and details on all of the Disney happenings and how to have the best trip possible!
5 Tips and Tricks for Walt DisneyWorld in 2022
1. Pick your Must-Dos for Each Disney Park
This is my number one tip. When you are going to a busy theme park, you might not get to do every single thing in the park. Whether you are going by yourself or with others, create a must-do list. This ensures that everyone gets to do something they want and won’t feel like their time is being wasted.
My Must-Do’s for each park:
✨Magic Kingdom: Big Thunder Mountain
✨Hollywood Studios: Rise of the Resistance
✨Animal Kingdom: Avatar: Flight of Passage
✨Epcot: Soarin’ or the Safari
2. Use Disney Genie +
Now, this might be more controversial but I would say use Genie + or at least the Individual Lightning Lanes (ILL). Disney had gotten rid of their fast past system with COVID and is introducing this new system: Genie +. It is $15 per person per day. And for a family that could get expensive.
If you can afford it, it is worth it. When I went in March I had it for each park and it allowed us to do what we wanted and more. The hardest park to use it in was Hollywood Studios because there are so few rides. It was most helpful in Magic Kingdom.
Our first day using it was a learning curve, but it was so helpful to use the rest of the trip. We would make sure by 6:58 we were on the app. At 6:59 we would count to 60. Just before we got to 60 we would refresh and pick the first ride we wanted to do.
When we got to the park (early to rope drop) we didn’t need to rush most days because we had a LL to use within the first hour. We could either go straight to that ride or rope drop a different ride to do. With LL our longest wait to get onto the ride was maybe 5 minutes. They really do get you on the ride at lighting speed.⚡️
With Genie + you can pick a new LL either 2 hours after park opening or after your first LL check-in, whichever is first. After the first 2 hours, you could have 2 at a time. Using it helped us plan our days a bit more in advance as well as our food which I’ll talk about soon.
3. Bring and Use Disney Gift Cards
This is something I started using this last trip and highly, highly recommend doing it. You can either, pick up Disney gift cards as you are doing your regular shopping or in bulk right before your trip.
I used them for souvenirs as well as food. When we would put our mobile order in we popped our gift card into the app and paid that way. It was a way to make sure we were not overspending on food just by swiping our credit cards. For the two of us, we had about $300 in gift cards that we mostly spent on food for 5 days in the park.
4. Schedule your Meals
Being able to mobile order food is a GAME CHANGER. The last two times I went I used the mobile app to order food. It is quick and easy to go and pick meals up.
Scheduling my meals allowed us to plan our days and know where we were going to eat and when. Around 10 we scheduled lunch and around 4 we scheduled dinner.
We also made sure that we were eating food that we wanted to try. Such as Woody’s Lunch Box (HS), the Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese (DAK), and Bison Tenderloin (Epcot – Flower and Garden Booth).
5. Have FUN
Remember, you are on vacation. Disney is a magical place if you allow it to be. With so many different moving parts in the park remember to be flexible and have fun. As Walt said, Disney is a place for adults and kids to be kids.
What is your top Disney tip? Let me know in the comments!
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