Post Preview: A breakdown of some hidden Disney World secrets and some not so obvious Disney adventures for the 2019 Disney Visitor.
First Time going to Disney? Or Maybe you haven’t been in awhile? One thing you do know, is that it will be absolutely magical. What might surprise you is all the stuff you might not know about your trip to Disney World!
Between the planning, the excitement and the packing- you might not have had time to check out all the in’s and out’s of a Disney World Vacation. If you need the full breakdown, look at my Disney World Beginner’s Guide.
What I can help you with in this post, is information that is important to know, but can often get overlooked!
Sure you can learn this the hard way- but let’s make it easy.
Let’s break down what a Visitor to Disney World might not know so you are more prepared for your trip.
Just be aware, Disney won’t reveal all her secrets- even cast members learn new things every day! It’s magic!
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16 things you might not know about your upcoming Disney World Trip
1.Pirate Adventure Cruise
Did somebody say, PIRATES!
Yes, Disney has a pirate cruise, and yes, you can send your kid on it for TWO HOURS. This two hour cruise is for kids 4-12 who are potty trained and ready to find some hidden treasure! There are two pirate cruise departure points and they leave at 9:30 A.m.
Interested in learning more? Check out the Disney Webpage or call them to get info and schedule your adventure! My kids aren’t quite old enough for the cruise, but I’ve heard from family that it is full of fun play, music and snacks! (they do accommodate for some allergies too, so call ahead and ask!)
2. Transportation can take forever
This is just an inevitable part of being at Disney. The grounds are SO HUGE that it does take some time to get from the resort to the parks. Seriously, make sure you have an insulated water bottle– you are going to need it!
During the slow season it can take 30-45 minutes to park hop from Epcot to Magic kingdom via the monorail, during the busy season it can take up to 1.5 hours.
3. Trading Disney Pins is still really popular
Like, a really serious thing that you should be aware of because you will see it pretty frequently! Pin trading is literally, the trading of these Disney Themed pins.
Most people where them on a lanyard or bag, the hardcore have notebooks of pins. You can pick up a large bag of these from amazon for your next trip!
4. Disney World has an Abandoned Airport!
Disney World had it own airport for a few years. It was part of Walt’s original vision to have a large airport on Disney Property to accomafate the guests. This was before the Orlando International Airport was even built (Orlando was actually a lot smaller 50 years ago!)
This airport, built in the 60’s, was a small throughway for guests while Disney planned to build a larger airport INSIDE Epcot.
Could you even imagine the security risk that would be today? The Mouselets cover it in more detail, but the most memorable part of the airport was the singing groves! When the plane landed and hit the grooves on the runway, it would play “when you wish upon a star”. Disney Imagineers were sure ahead of their time 60 years ago.
5. Disney World Plays with the prices
Did we expect it any different? They have pricing based on the season for tickets and hotels- so changing prices for items seems like a smart business decision.
People always want me to give them a number and I literally can’t- most of Disneys items are on a color coded system. So the tag is purple or green. Then they have a card close by that tells you the price. Which means they can change the price at any time (and they do).
6. There are First Aid Centers and Baby Care Centers at Every Park
We LOVE this! Need a bandaid? Forgot something for baby? Or you are pregnant and need somewhere with A/C?
We’ve never had any complaints with the care we’ve gotten at either of these places and we are so thankful they exist! (Disney also has their own Fire/EMS department, Reedy Creek. They are super fast if you have a medical emergency and with lots of hospital options close by, you will be in good hands!)
7. You have to pay to park – everywhere
You will pay to park, pretty much… everywhere. From the resorts to the parks. Some tickets include free parking and can be worth it (even if only one member of your party get the upgraded pass with free parking) and handicap stickers give you free parking at the resorts. 8. Automatic Penny Machines
Gone are the days the crank pennys
yep, you read that right. Those childhood penny pressing machines with the cranks are getting a much needed update with an electric press. And you can use a DEBIT CARD.
Say what! No more carrying around pennies and quarters to get pressed.
Disney hasn’t replaced all their machines yet, but you can bet it will be happening soon!
9. Fast Pass is free AND you can HACK it
Fast Pass is this magical item that lets you skip the line. You absolutely want it. And its free! Their are kiosks in the park if you dont make your fast passes in advance, but I do recommend doing them (at least some of them) ahead of time.
You can only plan for one park at a time, so compare them to your food reservations to make sure you are at the right park at the right time!
You can “Hack” your FastPass in a number of ways. But it can be a gamble so don’t say I didn’t warn you! One of the ways we hack our fast passes is to only schedule one ride, super early. Complete the fast pass, then pick a new fast pass option as soon as you get done with your first. You can easily use 6-10 fast passes a day BUT only if they are available.
10. You get way more perks if you stay on property
I could seriously write a whole post on all the perks you get if you stay on Disney World Property. And while I’m not a fan of the costs, I do like to stay at the resorts because they come with so many cool features. My kids love the themed rooms and the character wake up calls in the morning.
I love that my Magic Band is connected to my credit card so I dont have to bring a wallet (though I still do with my Id and the kids gift cards!) and my Husband is a huge fan of the Extra Magic Hours.
These are times that only resort guests can go to Disney Parks, they have a list ahead of time- like 2 hours early at animal kingdom on Wednesday and 2 hours late at magic kingdom on Thursday. It’s a great way to stretch your day!
11. Alcohol can be found at every park
Yep, you just have to know where to look. It’s primarily at the table service restaurants and most of those you need a reservation for. At Epcot, you can drink your way around the world showcase. It’s… fun to an extent. There are a lot of UCF students that come at night that tend to ruin the experience.
12. Disney Photographers will take your picture for free
The Disney PhotoPass is really worth it- but if you decide not to get it OR you just want some pics taken on your camera or phone, the Disney Photographers will do that for you! Just ask nicely. I have a full list of things you can do for Free too!
13. There is a list of banned items and activities
Suprise? There are certain items you can’t take into the park. Like children older than 12 aren’t supposed to wear costumes.
You also aren’t allowed to have selfie sticks or glass items. And Disney Security is amazinnggggg. They will keep you safe, from selfie sticks and everything else!
14. You can get souvenirs sent to your resort or mailed home
Which is so cool! If you punchase something at the parks they can take care of sending it out for you. Either to the front of the park, your resort or to your house!
This is super useful so you don’t end up lugging it around the park and risk it getting lost or broken. This also means you can shop whenever and wherever- since you have the means to have it sent to the resort for you!
15. There are designated outdoor smoking areas – UPDATE they removed these in May 2019
If you smoke (or vape) you are expected to do it in the designated smoking areas throughout the park. They aren’t dingy back lots, but they are tucked discreetly in semi hidden areas. I don’t even smoke and I’ve been known to visit these spots for some peace and quiet!
15 times 2. The drink machines are futuristic
Disney has found a way to include RFID chips into their cups. This means no free refills! Ok, normally you get one refill in the hour after your purchase. You can talk to the cast member when you purchase your food.
This is also where those refillable resort mugs come in handy. You can get as much to drink as you want at a RESORT during your stay, just not the parks.
16. You can go resort hopping
This is an actual thing! Cool right. There are so many resorts at Disney World and they each have their own take (and their own restaurants!) on their theme.
When I was younger I thought you had to pay to go to each of the resort, but that’s simply not the case. You can go just to peak around or enjoy some of the activities at each resort.
You can also take a bite at their food court or some of the signature restaurants at many of the resorts. These are often easier reservations to get too!
It’s super fun to get on the monorail and ride around to all the resorts on the line, hop off and explore before catching the monorail to the next resort. It’s even more amazing at Christmas time! I can’t wait to be able to do it with the new skyliner gondola system coming in 2019!
Did you know all these interesting things about Disney? I feel like I only learned about a few of them in the last few years. I’ve been going to Disney all my life and didn’t know you weren’t supposed to bring glass in!
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