501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation

by Kristi Fredericks | March 4, 2015 | Availability: Print, Kindle


The difference between an average and a fantastic Walt Disney World vacation is in the details. And no matter how much you know, there's still a lot you don't know. Kristi Fredericks helps close the knowledge gap with her 501 ways to save money, time, and sanity while at the happiest place on Earth.

Just a minute, you say. You've heard all the tips, you've read all the sites and all the books that promise to help you "make the most of" your Walt Disney World vacation. Are there really any new tips in here?

TouringPlans.com blogger Kristi Fredericks has come up with the Disney World travel tips book for people who are sick of Disney World travel tips books. Her 501 ways to make the most of your Disney vacation include:

  • How to ensure your trip will be a success before you leave home, by packing cheap, never-thought-of essentials from your local dollar store, setting up your iPhone as a personal Disney assistant; and much more
  • How to make the most of the four theme parks, by finding the best parade and photo op spots, keeping little kids enchanted by Epcot, beating the crowds out of the parks, and much more
  • How to never run out of pixie dust, by keeping the kids entertained in lines, creating your own park "challenges", treating the resort hotels as a fifth theme park, and many other "Mousecellaneous" tips
  • How Kristi herself used many of the tips and techniques in this book during her countless visits to Walt Disney World, as recounted in her humorous stories and anecdotes

You're just 501 ways from the best Disney World vacation of your life!

Table of Contents

About This Book

1Before You Arrive

2Magic Kingdom


4Hollywood Studios

5Animal Kingdom


My Final Tip

Kristi Fredericks

Kristi Fredericks is a lifelong fan of all things Disney and has been visiting the resorts since she was a baby. She is thrilled to share her passion for the Disney parks and feels that there is nothing better than enjoying a Disney vacation with the ones you love.

Kristi is the author of A Tale of Two Resorts: Comparing Disneyland and Walt Disney World: A Traveler’s Reference, founder of the website DisneyWorldEnthusiast.com, and a blogger for TouringPlans.com. When she isn’t busy reading about, writing about, or planning for Disney, Kristi enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, watching movies, and playing games.

Kristi lives in Colorado with her Prince Charming husband and two sons who are growing up to be huge Disney fans as well.

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Some dirt-cheap but essential items you probably forgot to pack:

  • A great item to bring with you is an inexpensive over-the-door organizer to use in your hotel room. You can stash all sorts of items like sunscreen, wipes, sunglasses, MagicBands, small toys, and other easily misplaced items. A variety of sizes and styles of over-the-door organizers are available at your local discount store or online, and the price is generally in the $10‒$20 range. The organizers are light-weight and can roll up for convenient packing.
  • If you are looking to save a little money and surprise the kids at the same time, purchase some small Disney souvenirs at home and bring them with you. Each evening while your children are getting ready for bed or while they are asleep, you can place the small gift with a note from one of their favorite characters in a special place in the room. Imagine their surprise when they see what was “delivered” just for them. This can help minimize them begging for souvenirs in the parks. You can always say something like, “Let’s see if you get any special deliveries tonight, before we buy anything.” I have been able to find lots of Disney-themed merchandise at my local dollar stores, party stores, and craft stores.
  • Bring simple child-proofing stuff for your hotel room. When my boys were younger, I brought outlet covers with me, but then on one trip my youngest son locked the hotel bathroom door and pulled it closed with no one inside while the tub was filling! After an urgent call to maintenance, we learned that the stirrer in the supplied coffee packets can work as an emergency bathroom door key. Following that unpleasant episode, I brought a foam door stop to keep the door from closing all the way.

Hundreds more "Before You Arrive" tips in "501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation"!

A sampling of the many "Mousecellaneous" tips in Kristi's book:

  • To make it easier to find your stroller in the vast parking areas throughout the theme parks, mark your stroller so that it stands out in the crowd. Good options are tying a balloon, colorful streamers, or a bandana on the handle so that you will be able to find it easily. It is also important to remember that cast members move the strollers to fill in the gaps and condense the parking areas as strollers are removed, so don’t panic if you don’t see it exactly where you left it.
  • For magnificent sunset or firework photos of Magic Kingdom, make your way to the Contemporary. Once you arrive, head up to the fourth floor and look for the sky bridge that connects the Contemporary to the fifth floor of Bay Lake Tower. The doors to the sky bridge are located behind a gift shop. From the bridge you will have a beautiful view of Magic Kingdom that includes Cinderella Castle and Tomorrowland.
  • Rather than spending a lot of time taking videos of attractions, fireworks, and parades (you can find all of those on YouTube), record your family and friends experiencing them instead. My favorite videos to watch once we return home are my kids jumping around at the dance parties, playing with puppets in the gift shops, and interacting with cast members around World Showcase. These moments are priceless.

There's hundred more "Mousecellaneous" tips in "501 Ways to Make the Most of Your Walt Disney World Vacation"!

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