Disney FAQs

Based on conversations with some friends and family planning their own Disney trip, I’ve decided to pose a Q&A about some Disney topics.

What Should I Pack?

    • Beyond the Obvious: Moleskins and bandages for blisters. Misting fans for hot trips, ponchos for rainy trips. Sunscreen to prevent sunburns, aloe for if you get them. Hand wipes or soaps to clean up before a meal. Gum-it’s not sold on Disney property. Ziplock bags to protect your gear. Tote bag to carry your stuff. I used a stackable container like these to store all our pills and medications, labeling each compartment with my handy label maker.

Cheese Course

    • Dress up or down?: Almost everywhere in Disney is dress down. Don’t wear anything vulgar, don’t dress in costumes if you are an adult, don’t wear shoes with wheels in them. While I did put on a sundress or two for dinner if I had made it back to the hotel, I wouldn’t have stood out in shorts. For signature dining restaurants, the dress code goes up.
      • Men: Khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts, collared shirts. Sport coats are optional.
      • Ladies: Capris, skirts, dresses, jeans, dress shorts.
      • Not permitted in dining room: Tank tops, swimwear, hats for gentleman, cut offs, or torn clothing. While T-shirts are now allowed, the policy remains that T-shirts with offensive language or graphics are not acceptable.
      • At Victoria and Albert’s, Men are asked to wear a dinner jacket with dress pants and shoes. Ladies are requested to wear a cocktail dress, pantsuit, skirt and top, or nice dress. The following are not allowed: jeans, shorts, capris, flip-flops, sandals or sneakers.
    • All Your Info: I put together a folder with my tentative daily schedule, all my confirmation info, my tickets for my shows, etc. and packed it in my carry on bag.

  • Your phone: My phone was my best tool around Disney. I downloaded several apps that helped me store my info in one convenient location and some that could predict line times. Disney has their own app but the ones I used were Mouse Memo and Disney World Wait Times (Free). I used Mouse Memo to store all my confirmation numbers, meal reservations, entertainment times, and look up restaurants near me. I wish it was able to be linked to my phone’s alarm system but it’s pretty good on its own. The Wait Times App was in its infancy and without many users, the averaging of submitted wait times was often off. As more people use it, the better the accuracy it gets, with about 90% accuracy on the busiest day at Epcot during our stay.

How do I get Around?

    • Bus: Disney provides complimentary buses to take guests from their resort to the parks and Downtown Disney. They do not offer buses traveling from one resort to another. To transfer resorts, go to the nearest park and catch a bus to your resort destination. You’ll also need to transfer to a resort in order to get from Downtown Disney to a park.

Monorail

  • Monorail: There are 2 monorail tracks in Walt Disney World. They connect together at the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) where you can transfer lines. Line 1 includes Magic Kingdom, the Contemporary, the Polynesian, Grand Floridian and TTC. Line 2 includes Epcot and the TTC. To travel from Magic Kingdom to Epcot, take the Express Monorail to the TTC. Transfer lines, then take the monorail to Epcot. To travel from Magic Kingdom to a resort, take the resort line to whichever resort you are heading to. In runs in a circle, stopping at each resort and TTC before returning to the park. To travel from Epcot to the resorts, ride from Epcot to TTC, transfer to the other monorail, and take the resort line to the resort of your choice.
  • Boat: There are a mix of Water Taxis and Ferry Boats as options for moving around Disney:
    • You can travel to and from these locations to Magic Kingdom via Water Taxi: TTC, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • Epcot and Hollywood Studios are accessible by boat from: Boardwalk Inn, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
    • Downtown Disney is accessible by ferryboat from: Port Orleans – French Quarter, Port Orleans – Riverside, Old Key West, Saratoga Springs
  • Walking: At Epcot, there’s an exit in World Showcase between the United Kingdom and France that leads to Hollywood Studios. On your way over, you’ll walk past several resorts: Yacht Club, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. If you’re staying in one of these resorts, taking the path can be a fun way to travel to your resort. From one resort to another, the walk generally takes a half hour so make time to stop in the resorts and grab a drink or a snack. My suggestion is Beaches and Cream at the Beach Club, where you can get ice cream shop treats including the Kitchen Sink – Eight Scoops of Ice Cream served with all the Toppings in the house and a whole can of Whipped Cream.

Does Disney Have Strollers?

It IS a kids' destination - foremost!

  • Yes! All parks offer single and double strollers with the exception of the water parks. They are made of plastic, do not recline, but do have a sun cover. They will require extra support for infants. $15.00/day for a single or $13.00/day for Length of Stay rental; $31.00/day for a double or $27.00/day for Length of Stay rental.
  • Rent Nearby: Most Disney regulars that don’t bring their own stroller rent from Orlando Stroller Rentals. They have much more comfortable strollers for your kids, easily collapse, and can be delivered to your hotel for free. Prices are charged by a time block rather than a day. 1 – 3 Night Rental: starts at $50.00; 4-7 Night Rental: starts at $70.00; 8-10 Night Rental: starts at $90.00; 11-14 Night Rental: starts at $110.00

Does Disney Work for People with Special Needs?

Shower

  • Accessible Rooms: Disney resorts all offer accessible rooms. Some rooms come with bars for transferring while others come with a roll-in shower. By chance, we stayed in one of the roll-in rooms during our most recent trip. Most resorts offer zero-entry pools as well.
  • Limited Mobility:Disney offers Electric Scooters (ECVs) for guests to rent and you may also bring your own if it meets safety specifications. The rentals are first come/first serve and cannot be reserved. $50/day and $20 refundable key deposit. You can also find guides to what rides require transfers or offer assistance at these locations:
  • Buses: Any ECVs must fit completely in a 30″x48″ (ADA standard) to take a Disney bus. All buses are equipped with lifts to transport you. For the most part, buses are limited to 3 ECVs per ride though more can fit in a pinch. If your party has more than 3 people with an ECV, ask the bus driver to call for a special service bus for your party.
  • Service Animals: Service Animals are allowed in most Disney locations. There are also designated rest areas for your animal.
  • Dietary Needs: Disney is well equipped to deal with a variety of dietary needs. At every table service restaurant, our servers asked if we had any dietary concerns before even announcing the specials of the day. At one restaurant, the adjoining table did have dietary concerns and upon learning that, the chef came out, spoke with the family and did all research to take proper precautions. Check the link above for locations of counter service and snack locations that have a diverse menu.

Where can I see a Parade?

Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It Parade

When and Where are Fireworks?

Disney Fireworks

  • Magic Kingdom: Check the park calendar and click on the dates of your trip for schedules. The firework show here is called Wishes.
  • Epcot: Check the park calendar and click on the dates of your trip for schedules. The firework show here include a laser and water show and are known as IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
  • Hollywood Studios: Check the park calendar and click on the dates of your trip for schedules. The firework show here is shown as part of Fantasmic!
  • Animal Kingdom: There are no fireworks here out of respect for the animals.

Where can I see my Favorite Disney Characters?eone

    • Magic Kingdom:
      • The Park: Fairytale Garden is home to Rapunzel and Flynn Rider. Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen are in Liberty Square. Mickey and his gang are all over Disney World and make appearances regularly, though a new Fast Pass for Mickey is coming. Now that Toontown is closed, the characters have all shifted around. Make sure to check the park’s schedule board for new locations and times or check this unofficial guide.
      • Dining: Cinderella’s Royal Table features Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Snow White, Prince Charming, Mary Poppins, Cinderalla, and of course the Fairy Godmother. Crystal Palace is home to Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, and Winnie the Pooh.
    • Epcot
      Beauty and the Beast

      • The Park: The Epcot Character Spot regularly features Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, and Chip & Dale. Look around World Showcase for the homes of many characters. Donald hangs out in Mexico; China has Mulan; Germany features Snow White; Morocco has Aladdin and Jasmine; in the UK I’ve spotted Mary Poppins; and in France I’ve seen Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast.
      • Dining: Head to the Garden Grill for lunch or dinner to hang out with Chip ‘n’ Dale, Mickey Mouse and Pluto. Enjoy Princess Storybook dining for all 3 meals at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway. Regulars include The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, and Snow White.
    • Hollywood Studios
      • The Park: Look out around the Sorcerer’s Hat for regulars Chip ‘n’ Dale, Daisy and Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, Lilo and Stitch, and Minnie Mouse. Look around The Magic of Disney Animation and Pixar Place for the characters from Up!, The Incredibles, and Toy Story with many more scattered around the park.
      • Dining: Hollywood & Vine is home to the characters from Handy Manny and Little Einsteins.
    • Animal Kingdom
      • The Park: Camp Minnie Mickey Greeting Trails are a great place to find Minnie and Mickey, Goofy and Pluto, Winnie the Pooh, Pocahontas, Timon, and Baloo. In Rafiki’s Planet Watch I’ve seen Jiminy Cricket, Rafiki, and Pocahontus.
      • Dining: Donald’s Safari Breakfast at Tusker House is the best place to catch Daisy, Donald, Goofy and Mickey for a meal.

got Stitch's autograph!

  • Resorts: Dining at the resorts is one more way you can see the characters. Here are your best bets for a meet and greet:
    • 1900 Park Fare, Grand Floridian: Breakfast: Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, Tigger, Winnie the Pooh; Dinner: Anastasia & Drizella, Cinderella, Prince Charming
    • Chef Mickey’s, The Contemporary: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto
    • Cape May Cafe, Beach Club: Breakfast: Donald, Goofy, Minnie
    • ‘Ohana, Polynesian: Breakfast: Lilo, Stitch, Mickey, Pluto, Goofy
    • Mickey’s Backyard Barbeque, Fort Wilderness: Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Chip ‘n’ Dale

How can I get Great Photos?

Close Up

  • Photo Pass: Check out the Disney Photo Pass. We booked one for our trip and received a card in the mail ahead of our travels. We just handed that card to a photographer, had pictures snapped of the two of us, and went on our way. When we returned home, all the photos were online waiting for us and we placed our order based on the photos we loved best. You can customize frames and coloring and you get all the rights to print them so you don’t have to pay Disney to. Just order the CD!
  • Save: Pre-order your CD before your trip to save $50 off the cost. We did it and it motivated us to get in front of the camera and get some couple shots that weren’t wedding photos. It’s a great way to make a new family photo and with the designs on Disney’s site, you can even make Christmas cards from your trip photos. Thanks to DW @ DisneyVacationSpecials for the reminder!

Are There More Ways to Find Disney Magic?

    • Kim Possible: Kids and teens will love using the Kimmunicator to hunt for clues and solve a mystery while exploring World Showcase in Epcot

Castaway Cay - Hidden Mickey Bike Rims

  • Hidden Mickeys: Hidden Mickeys are ways of subtly combining three circles to represent Mickey Mouse that are hidden all over Disney World. There’s a whole underground Hidden Mickey world that you can check out starting here.
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I'm Julie, I love to travel, I'm very hyper and I like to "hype" things and from that, TravelHyper was born. I'm a Missouri native and I cover St. Louis travel ideas as well as my own travels. I also like to focus on places I want to visit and budget travel ideas by creating trip plans. There's so much world out there and I hope you'll find that it's worth seeing and that vacation doesn't have to be out of reach to you.

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    This is a whole lot of brilliant tips! I have bookmarked it for later use. Thanks.