WALT DISNEY WORLD TIPS AND INSIGHTS

• Walt Disney World consists of: 4 theme parks - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom; 22+ resort hotels; 2 water parks; 2 entertainment centers; 6 golf courses; a major sports complex, and a variety of other recreation, dining, and shopping entities.

• Disney’s Memory Maker online site lets you view all the photos taken of you by Disney photographers throughout all 4 parks.

• The windows along Main Street, U.S.A., contain the names of people who contributed to Walt Disney’s dream – Walt’s own name is over the ice cream parlor.

• Mickeys are hidden throughout the entire complex, such as the 3 plates on the left-hand corner of the center table of the ghostly dance hall in the Haunted Mansion. Find as many as you can!

• Designated smoking locations are indicated on a park guide map.

• Epcot World Showcase promenade is 1.3 miles long and highlights 11 distinct countries.

• Each country at Epcot has hands-on activities for children and people for them to meet and talk about the country.

• Seating for Fantasmic! At Disney-MGM Studios opens 90 minutes prior to show time. Purchase food and beverage and eat while you wait or stretch out on a nearby bench and take a nap.

• The shops at Hollywood and Vine inside Disney-MGM Studios remain open 30 minutes past theme park closing.

• Parents with small children who want desired floor seating should arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of Playhouse Disney—Live

• The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is operated by computer which changes the number of drops and elevations each time it runs.

• Disney’s Animal Kingdom contains more than 4 million plants and trees from every continent except Antarctica.

• Need a break? o At Animal Kingdom, look for a shady bench in The Oasis. o At Magic Kingdom, a nap can be had inside the air-conditioned Hall of Presidents, the movie in “France,” and inside the cabin of the Liberty Belle Riverboat.

• The Rainforest Café at Animal Kingdom can be accessed from in- or outside the park.

• The Boneyard Dig Site is a great place for kids to burn off energy and for parents to rest.

• Every morning, just before park opening, Animal Kingdom hosts “The Adventure Begins” where guests can start their day in front of the Tree of Life celebrating a brief ceremony hosted by Mickey and the gang.

• The water at the 2 water parks and all Walt Disney World resorts is heated so you can swim year-round.

• The best time to visit the water parks during the summer is after 3 pm.

• For upcoming events at Downtown Disney Marketplace, call 407-934-7781.

• Downtown Disney Marketplace is undergoing renovations and will soon be called Disney Springs.

• Most shops at Downtown Disney Marketplace are open from 9:30 am to 11 pm.

• The World of Disney store is the largest Disney character store in the world.

• Disney’’ Magical Express service picks up your luggage at the Orlando Airport and delivers it to your hotel room – no intervention on your part is needed!

• Babysitting services are available in-room by a Fairy Godmother or at Neverland with Peter Pan.

• Joggers will appreciate an 8-mile loop around Crescent Lake in the Epcot resort area.

• Bedtime stories, told by an actual storyteller, are available on the in-room TV.

• Parking is free to guests staying at a Walt Disney World resort location.

• Enjoy afternoon tea at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

• Take a 1-hour horseback ride at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

• Exit and re-entry to the parks in the same day is free for guests of a Walt Disney World resort location, allowing the perfect swim or nap break.

• Some resorts offer fishing excursions Monday-Friday for children ages 6-12.

• Table assignments at dinner shows are made in order of booking. Upfront seating requires booking well in advance.

• Disney chefs will accommodate guests with allergies and food restrictions.

• For an additional cost, behind-the-scenes tours are available at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom.

• If it’s your birthday, pick up a button that says “Today Is My Birthday” from Guest Relations. You’ll get special attention. The same applies at restaurants where you’ve made reservations and advised them in advance of your special day.

• Treat your little princesses and princes to a makeover at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.

• Polls indicate 46% remember adventures and attractions most from their first visit, followed by the Castle (25%), and meeting the Disney characters (12%).

• Nearly ¾ of all Americans (72%) can sing a chorus from “It’s a Small World.”

• When asked which celebrity they’d most like to tour a Disney World theme park with, 16% said Oprah Winfrey, 11% Clint Eastwood, and 8% Julie Andrews.

• If you become separated from your children, leave a message at Guest Relations or report a lost child to any cast member.

• Other than service animals, no animals are allowed into the theme parks. Let your pets vacation at the Disney World pet care facility while you tour the park.

• Check WaltDisneyWorld.com before leaving home to see which attractions may be closed for refurbishing.