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If you can tear yourself away from the theme parks and water parks, you'll discover that Walt Disney World resort in Florida has a world of recreation, shopping and dining options to enjoy. Discover endless treats you probably didn't even realise were there; from pampering therapies at Disney's world class spas in the Grand Floridian resort or the Saratoga Springs Resort to the thrills of Downtown Disney, an exciting waterside district with restaurants, shopping and entertainment for all ages. Plus golfers will find they're very well catered for with four championship courses available.

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There's plenty of family fun to have in Florida, take a look at our Travel City Direct guide on where to make the most of you family holiday. 

Top Park Tips

  • Pick up a Park Times Guide for show times and park hours.
  • Look out for character greeting spots and don't forget your autograph book.
  • Save time by using fastpass attractions.
  • Look out for the Disney photographer around the park, to get your photo memories.
  • Take advantage of Disney's Extra Magic Hours if you're staying in a Disney Resort hotel and have a valid theme park ticket.
  • Check out the tips board for attraction waiting times.

1) Where should we stay?
There are many advantages to staying at a Disney owned property, from using the free Disney transportation to getting extra hours in the parks, however it can be is more expensive than staying outside the parks. One way to save when you stay at Disney is to look out for the eat for free offer or a pak ticket offer.

2) Do we need to rent a car?
If you don’t stay at Disney than we highly recommend it. You can then plan your times to be at the parks and leave without avoiding disappointment if you don’t make the buses. A car will also give you the ability to take more with you for the day rather than carrying it around all the time

3) How old do children need to be to enjoy it?
Just like the films there isn’t an age group that won’t enjoy Disney. There is something for everyone at the parks and the magic really comes to life.

4) Does Disney cater for young children?
Admission for children 2 and under is free and there is plenty for children this age to enjoy. Each of the four major theme parks has a Baby Centre. Many rides offer a “baby swap” where some members of your party go on the ride while someone waits with the younger children. When the first group is done those that waited are allowed to ride without waiting in the sometimes long lines.

5) What is the best time of year to go?
It is open 365 days a year and people go every single day. The crowds are less outside of the school holidays and September and May are still warm so a visit to a water park can be in the plans. Disney holds many key events throughout the year with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas being particularly special. Park hours will vary depending on the season and can be found on their website six months in advance.

6) What should we do first?
It’s completely down to personal choice. You may want to see the park that is at the top of your list or save the excitement until the end of your holiday. Just check if any of the parks have something special happening whilst you are there. If you still need inspiration check out our expert tips to see what they recommend to do.

7) When do we need to booking the Disney dining arrangement?
Most restaurants can be booked 180 days in advance and in peak times they do book up quick so the sooner you can book the better and you avoid any disappointment. Making reservations usually costs nothing, and can save you lots of time during your trip. Some dining arrangements will require a credit card guarantee and a 24-48 hour cancellation to avoid a no-show fee.

8) Should we dine with the characters?
It is definitely a memory to treasure from your holiday and a great autograph opportunity, but booking is a must. It has a more personal feel than just meeting one of the characters in the park.

9) Why should I buy my tickets before I go?
The simple answer is that they will be cheaper. They will also allow you more time to enjoy the parks once you are there, rather than queuing to buy tickets.

10) And Other Tips?
When planning, consider having a relaxing day in the middle by the pool or shopping. It will keep the excitement alive and it’s nice to spend some time without queues and crowds.

 

Terms and conditions

Free Disney Dining Offer is available for bookings made 19 Apr-06 Nov ‘18 for arrivals 01 Jan – 07 Apr & 26 Apr – 30 Nov’19. Subject to room and flight availability. Eligibility for the Disney Free Dining promotion requires a minimum length of stay of 5 consecutive nights plus Disney Park Tickets booked together. A Disney Dining Plan must be selected for all members of the party travelling who are aged 3 or over at time of travel and for the full duration of their stay. Children aged 3-9 (at time of visit) must order from the children’s menu where available. Offer is only available for select Walt Disney World Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or selected Disney Deluxe Villa Resort hotels.

Gratuities are not included. Certain menu items may incur an additional cost. The number and type of rooms allocated to this offer are limited. All package elements must be booked through Virgin Holidays in one transaction. Free Dine Saving message is based on 2 adults and 2 children under 9 taking Disney Quick Service Dining Plan for a 14 night holiday. For more details and full terms & conditions on Free Disney Dining, please visit virginholidays.co.uk/disney. 

Free Breakfast Offer is available when booked as part of a package which includes accommodation at a Disney value resort and Disney tickets for five nights or more for the whole party booked in one transaction with Virgin Holidays. Excludes Little Mermaid Standard Rooms at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort. The duration of the Disney Breakfast Component must coincide with the number of nights of the room reservation. Meals for children aged 3-9 may not be used by persons aged 10 and up. Children 3-9 (at time of use) must order from the children’s menu where available.

Offer is not valid for children under 3 years. Offer must be booked by 06 Nov ‘18 for 01 Jan – 07 Apr & 26 Apr – 30 Nov’19 and is subject to availability and change.

(1) Excludes suites at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.

(2) Excludes all suites, 3-bed villas, Disney’s Grand Floridian Villas, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, and Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.

(3) Excludes Little Mermaid accommodation at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

(4) Fairytale Dining at Cinderella’s Royal Table, as well as Dinner Shows and Signature fine dining Restaurants require two Waiter Service meal entitlements per person dining.

(5) MagicBands are available to guests staying at selected Walt Disney World Resort Hotels. MagicBands are intended for use in the US. Credit card must be presented at Walt Disney World Hotel check-in to cover MagicBand purchases. Purchases are charged to your Disney Resort Hotel account. Your privacy is important to us - visit mydisneyexperience.co.uk/privacy for information about our privacy and data collection policies.

(6) Guests must be aged 21 or over and present valid ID to be served alcoholic beverages, and such beverages may only be redeemed with Self Service or Waiter Service meal entitlements. One beverage per meal. Some beer, wine and mixed drinks will be excluded. Novelty or souvenir cups are not included.

 

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