Are you planning your first trip to Walt Disney World? Been there, done that! There is so much information about the parks and if you don't know where to start, you're reading the right article!
My husband and I went to Walt Disney World for the first time for our honeymoon last year. I am a very organized person so I wanted to know which things cost extra, and how to get from place to place and when. Here are the main questions and concerns that I had while planning our trip. These are the questions I needed to know but had trouble finding. Hope this helps! Enjoy!
Where To Stay? Whether you stay on or off Disney property, you will have the time of your life. If staying on Disney, you can choose from Value Resorts (the cheaper hotels that are "kid decorated") Moderate Resorts (the average price that are more adult friendly) or Moderate Resorts (the more fancy and expensive choice.) If you are staying off Disney property, I would recommend staying on International Drive. "IDrive" is the tourist stretch of hotels and stores. It is located very close to all parks, attractions and it is a very safe neighborhood!
Transportarion off Disney- If you are looking for transportation from the airport to hotel and back, I highly recommend "Mears." They are very reliable, on time and affordable. (About $30 for round trip and luggage transfer. This is one of the most trusted companies for Orlando transportation. If you are staying on Disney property, when you book your vacation you should have the option of accepting free Disney shuttle transportation. The Disney Magical Express picks you up at the airport and even collects yours bags for you from the baggage carousel!
If you are staying on "IDrive" and want to go shopping or go to the grocery store, don't pay for a taxi! Hop on the I-Trolly! It costs $1.25 to go as far as the trolly goes one way. It is very simple to use, the drivers are very helpful and friendly, and it is very safe! Busses arrive at each stop approximately every 20 minutes or sooner!
Park Tickets- Yes, you can buy tickets at WDW. You have to buy them at the "Transportation and Ticket Center."(TTC. The gateway to all parks in WDW.) However, they are the most expensive here. I would ask your travel agent to find you a deal or just purchase them online.
If you buy a regular ticket, it limits you to one park per day per ticket. If you add on the "park hopper" option, it allows you to go from park to park as many times as you want that day. (That is definitely worth having.)
Your park ticket includes entrance into the parks, all activities, character greetings, and rides. It also includes transportation from park to park and parks to the TTC. It includes all forms of transportation whether it be the monorail, busses or ferry boat. The park tickets, however, do not include food, drinks, or souvenirs. Separate tickets also have to be purchased for the Disney water parks Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Transportation in WDW- The TTC is the gateway to all of the parks. From the TTC, the only way to get to the Magic Kingdom is by taking either the monorail or the ferry boat. To get to Epcot from the TTC, you can either take the monorail or the bus. (Monorail is the quickest way.) The only ways to get to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios is by bus. The monorail comes around about every 5 minutes, the ferry boat about every 15 minutes, and the busses about every 20 minutes. There are signs everywhere telling you where to go. It is very hard to get lost!
Can You Bring in Backpacks? Yes! You most definitely can! The only thing that the parks won't allow is coolers. When you get to the park gates, security will open your bag and look through it. We brought a bag in every day. We packed frozen water bottles, granola bars, chips, crackers, juice boxes, camera, rain ponchos etc and we never had a problem! You can bring your bag onto every ride too! Just make sure that its not bigger then a regular backpack. Your bag has to fit between your feet on every ride!
Times and Events- When you get to the gate of a park, there will be pamphlets galore! There will be maps, events, times, dates and locations. Times change so often so that is one thing you never know for sure. You can go to the official Disney website and find times, dates and attractions on there.