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Question Tips for Newbies Going to Walt Disney World

Discussion in 'Walt Disney World' started by Wendy, May 11, 2014.

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    Wendy A hui hou kakou makuakane Staff Member Administrator

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    If you were giving advice to someone who had never been to WDW before, what suggestions and ideas would you give them.

    I thought it might be fun to put something all together for new members that have never been before and maybe even current members - you never know you might know something that others don't.

    So, what have you got to offer :)
     
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    Excellent idea for a thread!

    My first tip is always to get to the parks as early as possible, preferably at rope drop. Hit all the headline attractions while the crowd levels are low. Doing this means you can leave to relax during the middle of the day and it's a totally different trip.
     
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    i've got 3 months before i go & need all the help i can get lol & this will be my fourth tip .i need to get moving brought our first batch of tickets :)
     
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    just got this book today & its by far the best one out it covers everything & has loads of great hints & tips
     

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    MystikPiglit Peace, Love and Mickey Mouse

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    Biggest tip - don't try to do everything on this visit. Take your time to enjoy each day. :)
     
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    Plan early starts at the beginning of the holiday and later starts at the end of the holiday. Make the most of the jet lag and waking up at 5am!!
    Read some trip reports :)
     
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    Look up when walking down the main street. Especially pay attention how the light features change from gas to electric when you reach to the end of the main street.
     
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    If you use the water fountains in the Parks, always use ones that are in the shade. The water will be cool. :)
     
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    Know what is in each park, and have some idea of what you would like to do in each park. Have a general concept of the layout, so you don't spend too much frustrating time trying to figure out what to do. Don't pay too much attention to "go on this day of the week to this park" advice, because no one who says that has any information on the specialty groups that just may pop up. Know the busiest times of the year, of course and to avoid weekends in EPCOT during the Food and Wine festival.

    Be sure you have extremely comfortable footwear. EXTREMELY. Plan to get wet. Either water attractions or rain will find you at some point. Plan to be hot. Plan to be in blazing sun. To that end, natural fiber clothing that covers you is the best bet. Those strappy, tank tops that expose the majority of your bod do nothing to protect you from the sun and no sunscreen made protects you from a full day (sun up to sun down) in the Florida sunshine.

    Think about taking a daily break, and think about even taking a break for a full day or two from the parks. You will be tired. Very tired, and possibly achy with all the walking (pushing a stroller, a wheelchair?- add to the tiredness).

    Know the location of the first aid stations. They have excellent help there for minor things like blisters (pay attention and stop them from forming!) to serious intervention for health crises. Generally, they are in the same area/location as baby stations and you'll want to know where those are too, even if your baby is ten years old.

    Take time to notice the details that are amazing in each park. Remember, for all the planning, leave some moments unscheduled to allow for spontaneity. Realize that if you want to watch a parade or show, you will have to devote extra time to waiting, or be without a good view.

    Know, as much as you possible can, where the construction and refurbishments are taking place and then go out of your way to avoid those areas.

    If you have transport, Publix is your friend. They have an excellent selection of "to go food" choices and nearly everything else you may need, but didn't know you did, or forgot at home.

    Oh, and prepare to be dinner for the mosquitoes nearly year round. Get some OFF! Wipes at Publix (or Walgreen's or CVS - drug stores) and carry them with you. Easier than a spray, or pump bottle, and lighter too.

    Do NOT get the sunscreen that includes bug repellent! :nono: NOT a good thing for you at all. If you are particularly attractive to mosquitoes (and there are little tiny gnats that are referred to as "no see ums" that will eat you alive without your ever knowing it) get a bug repellent with DEET in it. It's a strong chemical that works very well, but put it on your clothing (another reason to cover up with light colored clothing in natural fibers) instead of your skin for the safest use.
     
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