Over many years we’ve been asked Disney question after Disney question. What dining reservations do I make? What attractions should I ride? What resort should I stay in? While each and every one of those are valid questions, none of those answers are a part of my #1 tip for Disney World guests.
To be quite honest with you, this may very well be the simplest of all the tips I’ve ever shared on this site and I can guarantee you it is the simplest Disney planning “secret” you will ever come across. My #1 tip for anyone, at any age, and any travel style is simply to take a moment and “take it all in.” Of course, that sounds incredibly vague and many will pass over this article calling it “click-bait”, but stick with me for a moment.
When I say “take it all in” I’m not really recommending that you think throughout every moment of your trip about every element of what’s next and how you can keep improving your vacation and seeing more things. I’m actually recommending quite the opposite. As you tour the parks and resorts, take the time to step back form the hustle and bustle of jumping from attraction to attraction or dining reservation to dining reservation to enjoy the simple pleasures of Walt Disney World. Take a moment to glance around at your family or friends traveling with you (or if you’re traveling alone, the people around you) and record those moments in your mind. Develop those incredible memories that may very well be once in a lifetime opportunities.
I hate to imply anything for anyone, but none of us really know what tomorrow may bring. Enjoy your vacation with family and savor the little moments of the experience. To be quite honest with you, I’ve been traveling to Disney for years and can only recall one or two memories (out of hundreds) that involve an attraction directly. However, I can recall hundreds of memories off hand of the time spent with family and their reactions to the little things that unfolded around them at Walt Disney World.
I’ve shared this so many times, but I truly believe that Walt Disney World memories aren’t a result of the attractions, resorts, or dining locations themselves, but rather the honest fellowship between friends and family that those attractions help develop. Walt stated a variation of this same concept very early on when he made his famous quote, “it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Obviously, Walt was referring to the people and incredible cast these parks have become known for, but the same idea can largely be applied to the Walt Disney World experience as a whole. It isn’t really about the attractions but rather the people riding the attractions and sharing those wonderful moments with you and around you that make the place magical.
This is easily my simplest tip, but another thing worth mentioning is that as you step back and take it all in, be sure not to get so caught up in the abundance of “things to do” that you overlook the vast amount of little details Disney has built into every element of the parks. I’m a true believer in the fact that the smallest details truly make the largest difference in the end result. Learning some of the history of the parks (which you can hopefully find here on the site), uncovering some hidden gems before you go, or simply doing your research before you arrive at your resort can really set your Disney vacation apart from all other destinations. Again, this is an incredibly basic tip, but one that I recommend to anyone traveling to the Disney parks worldwide. You never know when something extremely minor could end up creating one of the greatest memories you’ve ever had.
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