If You Snooze You May Miss Out At Walt Disney World

Part 1

Walt Disney World isn’t necessarily a vacation in the sense many people think about—to make the most of your time you are not going to be able to sleep in and lounge around.  You can do Walt Disney World that way, but if you do you won’t be able to experience as much of what the resort has to offer.  You can sleep when you get home, Disney is for fun!  Make a park plan that gives you some earlier evenings to make up for the early mornings.  Try plan in a break day to enjoy your resort and to refresh and refuel.  Here are some things you may miss if you choose to snooze!!

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Cooler Temperatures

While this might not matter in parts of November-early March/April, it is of vital importance during the hot, hot, hot days of summer.  Central Florida is hot & humid (this is not breaking news), so one of the best ways to beat the heat is to get up early and get to the parks first thing in the morning.   A plan I have done recently — arrive early (in summer it will still be hot, but not as bad), tour through lunch time, have lunch at your favorite restaurant in one of the parks and return to your resort.  Have some R & R time, visit the pool area at your resort or have a nap.  Return to the one of the parks in the evening.  Most parks have later summer hours.

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More Time

This is an obvious reason.  The earlier you get up and get to the park the more total hours you have to tour the parks and shorter the lines.  Many people on their first visit think 1 day per park is enough, but really even at the parks with fewer attractions a day may be pushing it to see and do everything there.  You want to maximize your ticket value, so get up and get to one of the parks!  Rope Drop to Fireworks!!

Pre-Opening Breakfast

Many people like to take advantage of a pre-park opening breakfast.  A lot of these involve characters like Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, Akershus Princess Storybook Dining or Garden Grill at Epcot, Tusker House at Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios, but Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom is also a contender.  These are often the most sought after breakfast times because you get a few advantages.  1. You are not “wasting” open park attraction time on eating.   2. You may have some photo-ops in a relatively empty park.  3.  Some of the locations put you in an advantageous spot for attractions once the park is officially open.  For instance, Akershus is located just outside the entrance to Frozen Ever After; Garden Grill is just upstairs from Soarin’, and Be Our Guest is right around the corner from 7 Dwarfs Mine Train.  I recently had an 8 am breakfast at Be Our Guest in Magic Kingdom.  We were able to take advantage of all three of the above.  No lines at three of our favorite attractions!

(Idea from DisDining.com)

Stay tuned for more in Part 2.