hacks about disney world

10 Outstanding Hacks About Disney World That You Can Instantly Use.

Disney World opened in 1971, five years after Walt Disney died in 1966.

At the opening, someone said ” It’s too bad he wasn’t here to see it.” A reporter who spent time with Walt Disney replied ” He saw it before any of us ever did.” He had vision

I’m a strategies and tactics hound and I love inside information. We gathered these tips and tricks from meeting with cast-members and putting them into immediate action. 

Here’s 10 Outstanding Hacks About Disney World. 

1. Smells & Tunes

As you enter Disney World, you may slightly notice different smells, In the morning, the smells pumped out on main street are vanilla. Throughout the day, the smells change to popcorn. The music in the morning is upbeat and lively.

During the evening, the music is much more somber and calming…. As you leave Magic Kingdom, you’ll get an urge to buy something!

HACK: If you want to avoid the crowd at the end of the day, the stores on the right are all connected, breeze through there to leave.

2. Ask a Cast Member

Everyone is a cast member, and there isn’t much better customer service in the world than Disney.

Here’s proof. If you ask any cast member for directions, they don’t point and tell you, they will walk you to where you want to go.  

I test it myself by asking cast members who are sweeping the streets or cleaning up. They always come through! 

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3. Trashcans

Walt Disney designed closed trashcans so the bad smells didn’t escape.

They all have two sides on them so someone can use it walking in both directions. Also, he researched how long it took people to finish their food while walking.

If you check, trashcans are 30-40 feet away from each other.

4. Eats

One of the Hacks About Disney World is the food.

At Magic Kingdom, eat at Liberty Tavern, It’s an all-you can eat family style dinning. The parade passes right out front. So, Eat a late lunch, watch the parade at 3:00, and you’ll be satisfied all day. Ask for servers Chris or Selina.

Want some character dining? Eat breakfast at the Crystal Palace. Desire Mickey & Minnie and friends by eating an early dinner at Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studios. 

Also At Hollywood studios, make reservations at SciFi Dine In theatre.

5. Dinglehopper

During the Magic Kingdom festival of fantasy parade at 3:00, you’ll want to watch it in front of the Liberty Tavern. (eat and walk out front).

Take a fork outside with you, when Ariel goes by, if you show her your “dinglehopper”, she’ll take hers out and wave it back to you! Cool effect for the kids. 

6. Gaston

Outside of Gaston’s place in Magic Kingdom, challenge him to push-ups and he’ll drop and go!

One of my favorites.

He’ll bust out one handed push-ups though.

7. Tower of Terror

There become two lines at the Tower of Terror at Hollywood Studios. 

When it splits near the ride entrance, go straight! You’ll get an extra drop!

This is one of my favorite 10 outstanding hacks about Disney World. Who doesn’t love more ride?

8. Ride The Best Ride Ever

Toy Story Mania. end of story!

Fast Pass this ride early and ride it often. Waits are 90 minutes later in day for a reason! Youtube it for scoring secrets.

9. The Lion at Animal Kingdom

My man, Coach Bru told me about this one. He asked “was the lion on the rock during the safari at Animal Kingdom?”  

It was!

The rock is climate cooled! Cool in the summer and warm in the winter so everyone will most likely see the lion.

10. Fantasmic

Don’t miss this show! Eat at Minnie’s Hollywood & Vine and you’ll also get seating in the center of the show. No need to wait for seats off to the side. 

Hope you enjoyed these 10 outstanding hacks about Disney. Can you share some of yours?


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