–Kim Roethel, Travel Agent
Best place to pack a fancy picnic basket: Gourmet Pantry at Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Traveling in September is one of the best times as you receive the perks of free dining, the lines are short for rides and the weather is superb compared to the heat of peak summer.
Go to the far end of the park or your favorite thrill ride first thing in the morning, and utilize the Fast Pass feature. The fast pass allows you to get a return time pass to get right on the ride. Some of the more popular rides like Space Mountain do not open until later, so you can get your Fast Pass right away and then have the flexibility to come back later.
If you want any character meals, you HAVE to set that up ahead of time.
–Marisa Pifher, Travel Agent
I highly recommend making your dining reservations as soon as possible. I can recommend some of the most popular restaurants and character meals to reserve.
If you are traveling with children under five, I recommend taking along your own travel stroller. You’ll want something that folds up quickly and conveniently as you get on and off shuttle buses. We never worried about our stroller being parked in the designated areas as we explored rides and shows, and it was so much more convenient than renting one. The Chico Travel Stroller was awesome.
-Katy Kegel, Senior Marketing Coordinator
If you stay on Disney property, and buy something in one of the park’s stores, you don’t have to lug it around. The shop will deliver the package the same day to the gift shop area of your hotel.
Food and drinks can get expensive; when in the parks, bring an empty water bottle to fill up at the water fountains. Water is cold and free!
–Dawn Zarnoth, Travel Agent
If you are using a stroller in the park, bring bright ribbons to attach or make your first purchase a balloon and tie it to the stroller. This will make it easy to find the rest of the day.
In Epcot I love to do the walk up restaurants in the countries and sample some of the great foods!! We usually just eat our way through the countries.
–Marisa Pifher, Travel Agent
Splitting appetizers, entrée and desserts at Disney’s finer restaurants saves a huge amount of money and dining credits (if on Dining Plan). The portions are usually large and you won’t need to worry about where to store leftovers.
–Jennifer Skaar, Travel Agent
One of the best tables for viewing “Illuminations” is to sit on the outdoor terrace at the “Rose & Crown” Pub & Dining Room in the United Kingdom at Epcot.
Staying at a Disney Property really is so convenient when it comes to the bus transportation to and from the parks.
I would definitely recommend getting a park hopper pass opposed to the basic day pass. This is especially helpful when you have small children, offering flexibility. The price difference is so minimal and then you don’t have the pressure of having to stay at park all day.