Want to plan a trip that is partially or entirely laid back? It is possible and I have tips today on how to manage touring, dining and more with a laid-back approach.
I also have a quick tip on the right order to make dining reservations in.
These are notes from this episode. There’s much more info included in the audio so be sure to listen to the episode for a better explanation.
Become a WDW Prep To Go Patron
WDW Prep To Go Patrons pay a little to unlock even more content than what’s on the main podcast feed, such as a private FB Group and exclusive audio that’s released on a private podcast feed.
Become a Patron Now
A laid-back Disney World trip
- When to go – avoid peak times surrounding U.S. holidays, lower crowd times are always going to make it easier to be laid back
- Where to stay – choosing an Epcot-area resort or Magic Kingdom-area resort will make it easier to get to and from 1 or 2 of the parks
- Make a daily plan – if you don’t want to choose parks ahead of time, at least be sure to avoid parks with morning Extra Magic Hours and special events taking place
- Making dining choices – to avoid having to make reservations ahead of time, rely on Quick Service restaurants and same-day Table Service reservations (many people cancel 24 hours ahead of time so new options will become available last minute)
- Park touring
- At Animal Kingdom, make FastPass+ reservations for Expedition Everest, Kilimanjaro Safaris and 1 other ride (such as Kali River Rapids or DINOSAUR). You can ride Expedition Everest multiple times by making use of the single rider line.
- At Epcot, be sure to get a FastPass+ reservation for Soarin’ and ride Test Track in the single rider line
- For Hollywood Studios, I’d suggest getting FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Star Tours, and then riding Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in the single rider line
- Magic Kingdom is the toughest one so I’d suggest spending at least 2 days there, making use of evening Extra Magic Hours and/or attending the Halloween or Christmas parties (some parties will be busy but most won’t) to enjoy the shortest lines
Quick tip of the day
If you’re getting online or calling 180 days in advance to make Advance Dining Reservations, make them in order of difficulty, not chronological order.
Subscribe to get new episodes
There are a few ways to get new episodes of WDW Prep To Go.
Are you hoping for a laid-back trip? Do you have questions about how to implement some of these ideas? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.
The following products and services give us a commission on sales.
Get our free Quick Start Guide
Have our guide delivered right to your inbox with our 6-step Disney World planning process to make it less overwhelming. Snag our free guide ➡️
Take our course
Check out our course that will help you learn all about Walt Disney World planning with dozens of videos and downloadables for each step along the way. Get access now ➡️
Our recommend travel agency
We partner with Small World Vacations, Diamond Level Authorized Disney Vacations Planners in business since 1996. Get a quote now ➡️
Want to stay deluxe on a moderate budget?
It’s 1 of our top fave ways to save! By renting DVC points, you can stay in deluxe accommodations for a fraction of the price. Check availability ➡️
Private car service
Quicksilver Tours will transport you in style. They assist with luggage at the airport, provide car seats, and include a free grocery stop. Book your car ➡️
Need a stroller, wheelchair, or scooter?
Buena Vista Scooters is a company with a great reputation who offers in-person resort drop off and pick up of strollers, scooters, and wheelchairs. Book your rental ➡️
- What’s coming in late 2023 and early 2024 – PREP 376 - September 26, 2023
- Dishing with Bethany Vinton – PREP 375 - September 19, 2023
- Disney cruise from England to Norwegian Fjords – PREP 374 - September 12, 2023