Travel Tips November 07, 2017
9 Things Everyone Should Know Before Visiting Disney
Whether it’s your first visit or your hundredth, a trip to a Disney park is unlike anything else in the world. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things you should know before visiting Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Read on for insider tips and fun facts that will help you prepare for your magical vacation.
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1. Park employees are called "cast members."
And not just the ones in costumes. Every park employee you see, from the retail workers to the custodians, are referred to as cast members. This was the particular wish of Walt Disney himself.
2. There are "hidden Mickeys" everywhere.
The iconic shape of the world’s most famous mouse makes repeat appearances in everything from the hotel carpeting patterns to the ride signs and building facades of Disney parks. Spotting these hidden Mickeys is strangely addictive.
3. MagicBands truly are magical.
MagicBands have made Disney parks a totally seamless and cash-free experience. This bracelet acts as your credit card, hotel key, park ticket, airport bus ticket, FastPass+ reservation and even your park photo album. Rather than carrying around papers, keys and cards, the MagicBand lets you roll through the Disney experience without worrying about misplacing anything important. They’re complimentary for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests, but any park guest can buy one for $12.95.
4. Pin trading is a big deal.
You might notice that many cast members wear lanyards decked out with colorful enamel pins. Guests are encouraged to trade official Disney pins with the cast members and grow their own collection of pins. You can pick up a multipack of "starter pins" and get to trading. Cast members won’t refuse a trade unless you’re offering a pin that isn’t an official Disney pin, though you can only make up to two pin trades per cast member per day.
5. You could be let into the park early or after closing time.
Guest at on-site Disney World hotels are given exclusive entry into the parks through Extra Magic Hours. These exclusive park hours rotate among the parks and can be before or after the normal park hours.
6. You might be treated to a Magic Moment.
A Magic Moment is the name for a surprise gesture or gift that a cast member bestows upon a guest at random. Small gifts, free ride photographs or even having a park character join you for a ride or snack are all examples of Magic Moments.
7. You need to make your dining reservations now.
Disney restaurants fill up fast, so if you have your heart set on a particular spot you really should make a reservation as soon as possible. On-site hotel guests can make reservations up to 180 days before their trip.
8. There’s an under-the-radar line for solo riders.
The Single Rider Line allows guests lining up to board a particular ride to wait in their own queue. Single Rider Lines are currently available at Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Test Track at Epcot.
9. You don’t have to stand in line for rides.
The days of spending hours standing in line for Magic Mountain are over. FastPass+ is a free system that allows guests to make ride reservations for up to three rides a day. Simply head to the ride at your reserved time and hop on. Once you’ve used up your three pre-booked reservations, you can make additional reservations at FastPass+ kiosks in the park.
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