Disney World Tips from a Disney Travel Agent

I’ve gone to Disney world MANY times in my 25 years and I’ve picked up a few things, tips, tricks, and hacks. Now that I am a Disney travel agent I’m even more intuned to finding these tips and sharing them with you. so here a few to help on your next Disney vacation!

Go left

Studies show that less than 10% of the world is left handed (I am not one of those people but go lefties!!) therefore people generally go to the right when going to an amusement park, or museum or anything like that. Try going to the left to avoid large numbers of people when you enter the park. Bonus: get there early for rope drop. You’re more likely to hit the ride you really want first thing in the morning. It’s kind of like getting a sneaky fast pass. My friend and I did this when Frozen first came out and we wanted Anna and Elsa’s autograph. we were 17th in line…17th! how those 17 people beat us Idon’t know but when I find out ill tell you! 😉

Be smart when going thru the security bag check line

Use both sides of the table! there are two sides to the table and the security guards alternate sides of the table. This actually gets you through the line a lot faster. Also, unzip all sippers on your bags while in line waiting. They have to check every compartment so if you’re ready for them it will save you time.  Things like selfie sticks are banned in the parks, so to avoid having to go back to your car or worse, your resort,  check what sorts of things you can and can’t take into the park before you get there. 

Rained out?

Bring your own poncho! Ponchos are $20 in the park…yes you read that right, $20. Chances are you are a family of 4 or 5 and you do NOT want to drop $100 on plastic to keep you dry. Buy your own ahead of time and bring them with you. The weather in Florida is unpredictable so even if the weatherman says no rain, bring it anyway. Check for rides you can wait in line for while it’s raining. Peter Pan’s Flight and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh both have covered queues. There are also shows or other attractions you can pop into if it starts pouring

Bring your own food

Did you know you can bring your own food into Disney World? Well, you can! You’re allowed to bring soft-sided coolers smaller than 24″ X 15″ X 18″. Hard coolers or coolers with wheels are not allowed, and neither is glass unless it’s for baby food. Even with these restrictions the fact that you’re allowed to bring in your own food can save you a ton of money. My favorite strategy is to have breakfast in my offsite hotel, bring lunch with me, and then go to a quick service restaurant for dinner. This way I can save money and do Disney on a budget but still get some of the dining experience. You don’t have to be staying on site to book dining reservations so you can even do a table service for dinner if you wanted too!


If you don’t feel like carrying your souvenirs around with you, SURPRISE! you don’t have too! Have your souvenirs sent to the front of the park or to your resort! If you’re staying on property they will send your souvenirs to your resort you just have to pick them up at the gift shop. If you’re staying on property in a club level suite, your souvenirs will magically appear in you resort room (Disney magic anyone?) and even if you’re not staying on property you can have your gifts sent to the front of the park to guest services and pick them up on your way out!… Disney sure does make it easy to spend a lot of money on souvenirs 

Celebrations buttons

I love celebration buttons! If you’re celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion, you can get a celebration button from guest services or from the concierge in your hotel! I went last year for my birthday and I lost count of how many times I heard “Happy Birthday Princess” from the cast members and it made me feel SO special! Im 25 so imagine how special a 5 year old would feel. We were also celebrating my parents 25th birthday and they got congratulated so many times PLUS we got upgraded to the castle side of the contemporary! (again…Disney magic anyone?) I also recieved a celebration button for “best princess costume” at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party. These little buttons really do and just a touch of magic to your vacation.

Tip your mousekeeping 

Mousekeeping are the hardworking individuals that clean and prep your room while you’re out at the parks. Just like any other cast member, they love the Disney magic and will sprinkle some in your room when they get a chance, like folding your towels into a cute character or leaving Ghiradelli chocolates on your pillow. Tipping them just shows that you appreciate the little efforts they put into making sure your room is in tip-top shape when you return from a day of play. It doesn’t take much $2-$3 per person staying in the room per day is perfect. You can also make it fun for the kiddos! Have them decorate an envelope for each night of your stay and put your tips in it before you leave for the parks!


I hope you enjoyed these tips! thats all for this round, stay tuned for more Disney tips and tricks!

If you liked this post be sure to check out My 5 Creative Ways to Collect Autographs 

Thanks for reading, toodles!

Sam V
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