Disney Bound: Essential Tips For First-Time Visitors

Disney Theme Parks can be an overwhelming experience but with a bit of planning and preparation, it can be one of the most magical trips of your life!

Here are a few essential tips to help you make the most of your first time at Disney — a beginner’s guide for theme park rookies to maximize your Disney experience:

  1. Plan Ahead

  2. Comfort First, Then Style

  3. Stay Hydrated

  4. My Disney Experience App

  5. Take Breaks

  6. Enjoy The Magic

Plan Ahead

Disney Theme Parks (like Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland, etc) can be crowded places so it is very important to plan your visit ahead of time. Take into consideration local and national holidays when you plan to go. Make a list of all the attractions you want to see, and try to get Genie+ for the most popular ones if they are a must-do and you want to maximize your time. Consider booking your dining reservations and lodging ahead of time to avoid the rush, sold-out seats, or increased pricing.

Comfort First, Then Style

Disney involves a LOT of walking, so it’s important to dress for comfort. Wear comfortable shoes (not flip-flops or brand-new shoes) and clothes that will keep you cool in the hotter months. Consider bringing a poncho or umbrella in case of rain. Don’t forget your Disney ears to complete your look!

Stay Hydrated

You will be doing a lot of walking and standing in line, so it is easy to get dehydrated at the parks. I recommend bringing a disposable water bottle and refilling it at water fountains throughout the parks.

My Disney Experience App

The My Disney Experience app is a great tool, especially for first-time visitors! It provides real-time wait times for attractions, allows you to make Genie+ reservations for rides with Lightning Lane entrances, mobile order food, make dining reservations, and even provides you with maps and directions to help navigate the park.

Take Breaks

It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to recover from all the walking — like grabbing a drink or something to eat. Definitely consider taking a mid-day break and finding a place to stop and recharge.

Enjoy The Magic

Remember to enjoy the magic of Disney!

Take in the sights and sounds, meet your favorite characters, check out the merchandise, and make memories that will last a lifetime!




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