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Florida Guide > Disney General

People often ask me, “What is the best time to go to Disney”? My answer is always the same – Easter. The trouble is, everybody agrees with me. The weather is perfect, the flights are not at the premium summer holiday rate and it hardly ever rains at that time of the year.

So how do you enjoy Disney when the whole world and his wife are there with you? There area few rules to follow that will make it not just bearable but brilliant.

First, arrive early. If the parks get too full, they will close the gates and not let any more people in. There is nothing worse than disappointed children crying because they do not understand why they can’t go in the park.

Second, once you arrive do not waste time browsing through the stores, tempting as it may be, you will have plenty of time later when the rides get busy. Head for the back of the park first as most people will start at the first ride they come to (This is especially true of Epcot – everyone starts to queue at Spaceship Earth)

Third, make good use of the fastpass tickets and get them at the most popular rides, for example Pirates of the Caribbean or “It’s a Small World”.

Try and take your lunch break out of the usual time between 12 and 2. This is a good time to go on the rides as they will be less crowded. If you have already seen the parades, this is another good time to go on rides. Towards the evening when people are starting to drift off home, it will get quieter so another opportunity to go on the busier rides.

Whatever you do, you will find yourself having to queue up for a certain amount of time, so it is a good idea to take a couple of small books or toys for your children to occupy themselves while waiting in line.

It is not necessary to line up too early for the shows. Every seat has a good view and thy will not let you in any earlier if you get there too soon. Shows are good for giving your feet a rest, so leave them until later in the day when you need a sit down.

Do remember to take regular drinks of water as dehydration is a real problem if you are not used to the heat. I have seen people pass out with lack of hydration. There are water fountains all round he parks for just this reason.

There is still plenty to do after dark, so don’t plan on leaving too early, stay and do the rides you have missed, watch the fireworks and the night time parades, they are all magical and not to be missed. Buy some souvenirs, the stores are wonderful and you don’t need to carry them with you all day, you can collect them before you leave at a collection point near the exit.

So do not be put off by the crowds, it all helps with the excitement and you can always go back another day. Keep cool, wear sensible walking shoes, keep hydrated and above all –FUN.

Author: Vincent and Hazel Coates (Villa link: click here)
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