|Walt Disney World: Parks, Hotels & More: First Timer Tips|
What?! You've never been to Walt Disney World in Florida before? Oh boy! Are there some great surprises in store for you. To help you plan your holiday, here are some of the questions first-time international Guests may ask, as well as a few tips especially for you.
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Q: What's at the Walt Disney World Resort?
A: A lot of people still think of Walt Disney World Resort as just the Magic Kingdom Park, but there's much more to it than that. Walt Disney World Resort, located near Orlando, Florida, is 122 square kilometres -- as big as Greater Manchester! In it you'll discover four entire Theme Parks, two Water Parks, two night-time entertainment areas, over 20 Hotels, six golf courses and much, much more.
The Take a Quick Tour Now! section of the site will give you a great overview of this magical holiday destination.
Q: What are the best ages to take children on a Walt Disney World holiday?
A: That's hard to answer. Repeat guests have said that each visit has been a unique and priceless experience. Older children can't wait to take the rides or splash through a Water Park. While younger ones delight in the distinctly Disney activities designed especially for them, not to mention magical meetings with the Disney Characters. (Remember, children under three are granted complimentary admission to the Theme Parks.) Each time you visit, you enjoy different things.
There are also a variety of services for children of all ages. All Theme Parks offer stroller rental and baby changing facilities. All of Disney's Hotels offer baby-sitting service and select Hotels even provide supervised children's activities.
Q: I don't have children. What is there for adults to see and do?
A: The Walt Disney World Resort offers entertainment, attractions, shopping and cuisine from around the world designed to appeal to the child in everyone. But there are also a variety of activities just for adults. The Resort Hotels feature complete full-service health facilities, plus a variety of recreation that includes tennis, water sports, fishing, horseback riding -- even six golf courses. Of course, when night falls, adults will love to stay up late at either of the two night-time entertainment areas.
See the Shopping, Entertainment and Recreation section of this site for more information on the adult side of Disney.
Q: How long can I expect to queue for a ride?
A: There can be quite a wait for popular rides, but there are also many ways to cut your waiting time. Check out Disney's new FASTPASS, an exclusive guest service that lets you spend less time waiting in line and more time enjoying the Parks. You just check in at some of your favourite Disney attractions and receive a designated ride time and on your return, quickly board. Here are more tips on how to avoid long queues in individual Theme Parks.
Q: What's an easy way to plan my holiday?
A: Start planning your holdiay by visiting the Itineraries and Events section of this site. If you would like a quick overview of all there is to see and do, see the Take A Quick Tour Now! section of this site.
Q: If I'm planning to visit several places in Florida, how many days should I plan for my Walt Disney World stay?
A: The Walt Disney World Resort is conveniently located in the middle of the state of Florida, only 1-2 hours by car from the beaches and 4 hours by car from Miami.
You should ideally allow at least 7 days to experience the best of Walt Disney World. See the Itineraries and Events section to help you plan your holiday.
Q: About how much will a Walt Disney World holiday cost?
A: Considering the exceptional service and quality that Disney is known for, you may be surprised to learn that a Walt Disney World holiday is really no more expensive than most other holidays. The Resort offers Disney Hotels to suit every taste and budget.
You may also want to consider one of the holiday packages. They're the best way to get the most value out of your holiday.
Q: What's the weather like in Florida?
A: Florida weather is generally sunny, but can be unpredictable. See the climate information for different times of the year.
Q: How long will it take to travel to Florida?
A: Probably less time than you think as many airlines now offer non-stop flights to Orlando! On direct flights, it is approximately 8 to 9 hours from the UK. As most airlines offer in-flight entertainment for both children and adults, time passes relatively quickly. When you book, ask your local travel agent or tour operator for advice on the best carriers and routes. See the Transportation section of this site for more information.
Q: How safe is the Walt Disney World Resort?
A: At the Walt Disney World Resort, the safety of Guests is the number-one priority. All measures are taken to ensure Guests have a safe and magical holiday.
Q: I want to get the most out of my stay at Walt Disney World. Any tips?
A: In the FAQ section, you'll find a lot of useful tips for Walt Disney World Guests.
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