Have the holiday of a lifetime at Disney World with these top tips
A trip to Disney World is the ultimate holiday of a lifetime for so many people, we decided to put together some top tips on making the most of it, from where to stay and eat to how to keep everybody happy.
Where to stay?
We’ve scoured the web to bring you some of the best Orlando hotels according to TripAdvisor.
Disney's Art of Animation Resort
Rated 4.5 out of 5, this one is guaranteed to keep the Disney dream alive for your entire stay. Rooms are based on some of your favourite Disney stories, including the Lion King, Finding Nemo and Cars. It sits right in the heart of the resort and provides everything you could need, from child care to free Wi-Fi.
Villas of Grand Cypress
Whether you’re heading out with your partner for some much needed R&R, or you’ve got the whole family in tow, this hotel has something for everyone. There’s everything from spa services to bike trails, and with some of Disney World’s most popular parks just minutes away, you won’t be struggling to fill your time.
Holiday Inn Orlando – Disney Springs Area
The hotel itself boasts well over 300 rooms and a pool to kick back and relax in, but it’s the location of this Holiday Inn that really lands it on this list. It’s a short walk from Disney Springs offering everything from theme parks to restaurants. So if you’re looking for a room right in the middle of the action, this could be the one for you.
B Resort & Spa
Rated 4 stars by TripAdvisor, it’s described as a lifestyle hotel, offering amenities including 47” HD TVs, a mini bar and gaming consoles on request. If you’re looking for a little slice of luxury during your stay, this might be right up your street.
Where to eat?
Finding the right restaurant to suit everyone can be tricky, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Cheap and cheerful
#11 of 387 Quick Bites in Orlando
Must try: their fresh, made to order pizzas
#8 of 387 Quick Bites in Orlando
Must try: the clue’s in the name – their fresh paninis
#6 of 387 Quick Bites in Orlando
Must try: chilli nachos
#4 of 2,853 Restaurants in Orlando
Must try: the kobe beef
#9 of 2,853 Restaurants in Orlando
Must try: the rack of lamb
- La Luce
#2 of 2,853 Restaurants in Orlando
Must try: the butterscotch pudding
Quick-fire money savings tips
Plan and prioritise
There’s so much to see and do here, it’s almost guaranteed that you won’t have enough time to do it all. By prioritising the things that are most important to your group, you can ensure none of your precious days are wasted.
Look at the locations
When you’re planning, make sure you look at where everything is and how far from each other the attractions are. The last thing you want is to plan your days then realise that it’s physically impossible to make them happen.
Don’t try to overfill your days
Not only could you end up wasting money, such as on pre-purchased tickets that don’t get used, but you could end up coming home more exhausted and in need of a holiday than when you went. Remember, it’s still a holiday, and holidays should be relaxing and enjoyable, not stressful.
Set a budget
This is true for all holidays, but particularly here. The parks can be over-commercialised, which can wear you down after time. Especially if you’re also dealing with children who want one of everything they see. Carefully plan how much you can afford to spend each day, then only take that much out with you.
Research park tickets before you go
Depending on who’s going and when, it could be cheaper to buy tickets ahead of time or when you arrive. Unfortunately there’s really no quick answer to this one, it’s all about the research, so make sure you do yours.
Don’t forget about the ‘hidden’ costs
Additional costs such as parking, pushchair hire and sat nav hire can add up if you don’t factor them in to your original budget. Try to work out everything you’ll need before you go, but also keep some cash aside as an emergency fund, in case you find there’s something you’ve forgotten.
Book car hire asap
One thing that will almost certainly be more expensive if you wait to book is car hire, so if you need a car for your holiday do that as soon as you possibly can.
Take a picnic
It’s always nice to eat out locally on holiday, but if you’re there for a couple of weeks it can get expensive. Why not try taking a picnic out with you on a couple of days? Keep everything fresh by freezing bottled water – you can use it as an ice pack, then a refreshingly cold drink afterwards.
Your survival guide
Whether it’s just you and your partner or a whole family affair, Disney-mania can swallow you up if you’re not careful. Stick to these top tips if you want everyone to come back in one piece (and still on speaking terms.)
-Try to please everyone
In as far as prioritising at least one key plan for everyone. Remember that it’s everyone’s holiday, and everyone should enjoy it.
-Split up if it’s the only way
Rather than causing World War 3 over which park to go to first, split up. Everyone will be much more relaxed at the end of the day and you can spend the evening all together as a big group.
-Give everyone their space
It can be tempting on holiday to feel like every moment should be spent making magical memories. But if someone needs space and some time alone, give it to them.
-Let things go
It’s important to remember that everyone is more relaxed on holidays than at home and some usual ‘bad behaviours’ may slip through the net (we’re not just taking about the children.) But let it go. Causing a drama can really taint your holiday memory, as well as anyone else who was witness to it. If you absolutely have to, bring it up when you get back home.
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