Walt Disney World Travel Guide

Thinking about visiting Disney World for the first time, but not sure what to expect? We’ve got you covered.
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The easiest way to get to Disney World is to arrive by plane at Orlando International Airport (MCO). From here you could take a group or private transfer/shuttle or ride share to your Disney Resort Hotel.

Language:

English. (Although, cast members at guest service desks throughout the resort speak many other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, and Chinese.)

Climate:

Humid, subtropical climate. It is characterized by sticky, hot, and wet summers and mildly dry and mildly warm winters. (Source: Weather-US.com)

Money/Currency (Credit Cards, Debit Cards, Tipping, and ATMs):

The main currency is the United States Dollar with all restaurants, stores, and resort hotels accepting credit cards, debit cards, and cash. While ATMs are readily available throughout the resort, they do charge a fee for each withdrawal. Tipping for servers, custodial staff, and the bell desk is customary. For servers, it’s recommended to tip at least 18%.

Electricity:

United States uses type A and type B plugs operating on 120V supply voltage and 60Hz.

Tours/Excursion/Activity Ideas

Hollywood Studios Galaxys Edge

  1. Magic KingdomKeys to the Kingdom Tour and After-Hours Events
  2. Epcot CenterBehind the Seeds, Festival of Arts, Food and Wine Festival, International Flower and Garden Festival, and Festival of the Holidays. 
  3. Disney’s Hollywood StudiosStar Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
  4. Disney’s Animal KingdomWild Africa Trek
  5. Disney’s Typhoon LagoonH2O Glow After Hours
  6. Disney SpringsSpend the day shopping and exploring the many amazing restaurants. 

5 Fast Facts

Epcot's Spaceship Earth

  1. Walt Disney World is the largest Disney resort in the entire world, spanning forty square miles. That’s the same size as the entire city of San Francisco!
  2. There are six theme parks (not four) at the Walt Disney World Resort. They are: The Magic Kingdom (1971), Epcot (1982), Disney’s Hollywood Studios (1989), Disney’s Animal Kingdom (1998), Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon (1989), and Disney’s Blizzard Beach (1995).
  3. The oldest ride at Walt Disney World is Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel which was built in 1917 before being bought by Disney and installed behind Cinderella’s Castle in 1971. The newest ride is Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure which opened at Epcot on October 1, 2021.
  4. The fastest ride at Walt Disney World is Test Track, located in the Future World of Epcot. Your ride consists of “testing” a new car with top speeds reaching 65 mph.
  5. Walt Disney died in 1966, five years before Walt Disney World officially opened. So, although he was part of the planning process, his brother, Roy Disney, actually oversaw the final construction and grand opening.

What to Pack

Mickey Ears in Magic Kingdom

  1. Disney clothes! Show your Disney side by celebrating your favorite Disney character or movie.
  2. Portable phone chargers. You don’t want your phone to run out of juice while in the parks.
  3. Comfortable shoes. The average person takes 25,000 steps a day during their Walt Disney World vacation. That’s a lot of walking!
  4. Rain gear. It rains almost daily at Walt Disney World in the summer. Better to be prepared!
  5. Straws. This might sound silly, but Disney doesn’t provide straws unless you request them, and sometimes not at all. So, bring your own if you like to slurp your drinks.

Most of all, don’t forget your excitement– and, your Disney ears!

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