Tips for Disney in a Dash

We all want to spend a week away on vacation, right? But sometimes that’s just not possible due to schedules and events. So, with only a few days to spend in Disney, what should you do? Check out my tips for doing Disney in a Dash!

1. But First, Disney Springs

Usually, I like to make my trip to Disney Springs the first night I get to Disney. I spend the evening there, by having dinner and then walking around.

I would recommend trying Chef Art Smith’s Homecoming for dinner. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is definitely a great one to start a trip. I also take this time to scope out merchandise to see if there is anything I want to buy. Thanks to all of the recent renovations at Disney Springs shopping isn’t limited to just Disney gift shops anymore.

You can purchase some makeup at Sephora, look at purses at Kate Spade or even get some clothes at Uniqlo. Plus, some stores feature Disney exclusive items that can only be found at Disney Springs. For example, recently, Vera Bradley released a collection that you could only purchase at Disney Springs.

2. Get (Park) Hopping

Like I said, if you don’t have much time in Disney it’s important to make the most of the time you do have. I would recommend you purchase the Park Hopper. This allows you to use your day ticket at more than one park. This is helpful to visit more than 1 park in a day and make the most of your time. You can start your day with breakfast at Magic Kingdom, have lunch at the Animal Kingdom, spend the afternoon at Hollywood Studios and end your day with dinner around the World in Epcot. The park hopper option definitely gives you the flexibility needed on a short Disney trip.

3. FastPass+ is Your new BFF

If your visiting for a shorter amount of time, it’s important to utilize your FastPass+ options. These will get you on rides quicker, making you wait less and experiencing more fun. You can make these reservations 60 days in advance if you are staying on property (30 if you aren’t). You receive 3 per person, per day. The three that you choose must be for the same park. Once you use these up, you can make more as you go in other parks. FastPasses save you time by letting you essentially skip the line and not have to wait.

4. Have a Game Plan

While you are on vacation and there is an element of relaxation, it’s important to have a game plan for your trip. Going in blind will take up more time having to decide what rides you want to check out. Knowing which parks you want to visit when is helpful in strategically planning your days. So for example, you might know that Magic Kingdom and Epcot are your two priority parks, so that helps with your game plan.

5. Be Prepared (to Eat)….

I personally think this is super helpful. By having your dinner reservations done in advance, you can at least have a little bit of an idea of what you are doing on a certain day and how to plan your day around the reservations. For example, if you plan on having dinner at Le Cellier, you know that you will need to be in Epcot in time for your reservation.

Well there you have it, 5 tips for visiting Disney in a Dash. Do you use any of these tips when planning your Disney trips? Let me know in the comments below.

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