By the co-author of The easy Guide to Your Walt Disney World Visit 2017, from the best-reviewed Disney World guidebook series ever. Paperback available on Amazon here. Kindle version available on Amazon here. PDF version available on Gumroad here.



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The Comfortable Guide to Touring the Walt Disney World Theme Parks



By Dave Shute

This is part of The Comfortable Guide to Walt Disney World

OVERVIEW: THE MOST COMFORTABLE WAY TO TOUR THE THEME PARKS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

This site provides precise instructions elsewhere, including on how to tour the parks at Walt Disney World. These instructions are designed for typical first time family visitors who are not sure whether or not they will ever return.

This page introduces a series on how to tour the theme parks at Walt Disney World for a subset of first time visitors: those seeking the most comfortable visit.

This series is part of the material on this site about the most comfortable way to visit Walt Disney World. Its companion material is about the most inexpensive way to visit Walt Disney World.

I am publishing both at the same time so that they also help those who are looking for bargains and deals on some things, so that they can spend more on others!! Links to everything in these two series are at the bottom of the page.

MORE ON THE MOST COMFORTABLE WAY TO TOUR THE THEME PARKS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

This site suggests instructions elsewhere for first time family visitors who do not know whether or not they will return, and promises them that following these instructions will yield the best possible trip for the least time spent planning.

These instructions are solid for their intended audience, but create some comfort problems, which this series helps to solve.

The comfort problems with these instructions are as follows:

  • To assure they can get in to all of the best-loved dining venues, families need to set their plans well in advance; to have any sit–down dinners at all, almost always some advance planning is required
  • Seeing all the best of the rides and attractions, while minimizing time spent waiting in line, pretty much requires picking the right days to visit the parks, and having a good plan of attack for each day—for an example, see this.
  • Seeing all the best without spending much time in line also requires multiple early mornings. For example, this site’s Basic Itinerary requires 4 early mornings, its Autumn-Winter-Spring Itinerary has 5 early mornings in it, and its Summer Itinerary has (gulp) 8 really early mornings.

The most comfortable way to tour the theme parks would resolve four goals: it would

Click the links above to see more on each of these goals!

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4 comments

1 Christine { 09.12.16 at 10:36 am }

Your guides are proving to be an immense help! I haven’t been to Disney World in 25 years and my husband has never been. We’re buying annual passes since we live a short drive from the parks. We aren’t extremely concerned with eating at all of the best places and we’ll be staying somewhere off site so we can spend that money on other things like souvenirs etc. Is there a locals guide to Disney Parks? Our initial trip is going to be 5 nights/ 6 days M-Sat. What time should we plan on arriving at the parking lot to get a good morning jump on crowds? I’ve never parked, I’ve always stayed on site and used the monorail. Is a 15 minute drive from the parks reasonable or average? We’ve decided to do this kind of last minute (20 days to plan) Can non resort guests use the monorail to hop from park to park? Thank you again for this entire guide series, it’s awesome!

2 Dave { 09.13.16 at 6:59 am }

Hi Christine, you want to be at the turnstiles about 45 minutes before open. Arrive at the lots 15 minutes before then except at MK, when you need to be there 25 minutes before (because you can walk from the other lots, but at MK you need to take the ferry or monorail).

I don’t have anything for locals on this site, but you can adapt the one and two day itineraries on Chapter 6 of my book.

3 Kelle { 09.13.16 at 5:02 pm }

Do you have a list of Disney Vacation Planners that knows the best discounts for military guest?

4 Dave { 09.14.16 at 10:50 am }

Kelle, see this.

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