(Article last updated: April 13, 2016)
Soooo...let's say you've read lots of planning advice and your reaction was "WTH?! I'm on vacation. I don't want to do all of that."
While that will never be me on a Disney World trip (I think it's fun to spend months putting together a plan and then get up early to see the parks open), I can respect that there are many styles of vacations.
Here are my ideas on how to have a more laid back Disney World trip...
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Touring with FastPass+
This new way of booking FastPasses is actually quite helpful for people who want a more easy-going trip.
Although it will require you to still plan ahead, it won't require you to get up early and run around grabbing FastPasses before they run out.
FastPass+ will allow you to book rides at whatever time of day works for you. Want to sleep in and start your days around lunch time? Then you can book your FastPass+ reservations for the afternoon. Whatever works for you.
WDW Prep Members have maps and attraction info telling you when to visit each attraction. That's useful for people who plan to arrive late because you can just dive in to whichever attractions are best to visit during your hour, and then use FastPass+ to visit attractions that are best to visit earlier than your arrival time.
Use evening Extra Magic Hours
Although I'm not generally a fan of Extra Magic Hours, I'm coming around to the possibility that evening Extra Magic Hours can be a really great thing. In fact, the first two hours that the parks are open is probably very similar to the last two hours during evening Extra Magic Hours.
For people who like staying up late and don't want to get up early, this will make it easier to ride without long lines.
Eat at Quick Service or less busy Table Service restaurants
One of the benefits to planning way ahead and having a schedule is the ability to eat at the most popular Disney World restaurants.
This is completely optional and there are many other good choices.
Along with the Quick Service restaurants (which don't have or require reservations), you can check out good Table Service restaurants that often have availability. Some of those restaurants include: Liberty Tree Tavern (at Magic Kingdom), Marrakesh (at Epcot), Biergarten (at Epcot) and Sci-Fi Diner (at Hollywood Studios).
I highly recommend downloading Disney's My Disney Experience app which will allow you to not only make FastPass+ reservations but also make dining reservations on the fly.
Avoid busy times of year
Visiting during peak times like Spring Break, summer and Christmas week requires more planning and is less laid back.
Plan to go to Disney World during a less busy time to have a more laid back time. Read my info on picking a good date to help you do that.
Plan non-park days
While most people plan to visit a park most every day, you might want to schedule days out of the parks more frequently. Maybe 2 days in the parks and then 1 day off would work well for you.
On non-park days, there are lots of opportunities to enjoy the resort pool, maybe spend a little time strolling through Disney Springs, or just hang out in your room and take it easy.
Scale down your must-do list
The most stressful part of any Disney World trip is trying to fit it all in.
The truth is that nobody will fit it all in, but people wanting to have a more relaxing trip should plan to just identify a few must-do attractions so there isn't a big hurry to get to them all.