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I spoke with other Disney visitors before riding Avatar Flight of Passage. I was assured that the motion was basically on the same level as Soarin'. Found it to be more intense. I took Dramamine just in case and was glad I did. I'll leave this experience for others to enjoy. - Nancy K.
I am 5'8 and 375 lbs., a Pooh-shaped individual. I was able to ride the Slinky Dog Dash with no problems. Each seat comes with an individual lap bar, and I was able to pull it and it locked with no issue. Such a fun roller coaster! Best to go on it at dusk because it lights up! - D.
If you don't have your Annual Passholder card with you and you are dining at a restaurant that accepts the discount, open the My Disney Experience app to "My Passes" and show the server. We think this is a great tip for locals who are blocked out of the parks, but still dining on property. Thanks to our server at The Wave for this tip! - Michelle B.
I took a snapshot of my FastPass times and made them my screensaver on my iWatch. This way you don't have to check your phone all the time -- just glance at your screensaver. It is quick and easy -- just lift your wrist! - Linda L.
After a recent stay at Old Key West, I discovered that it is important that you specifically request a roll-in shower if you need one. This will prevent a lot of headaches. Some of the remodeled disabled rooms are now being outfitted with low-entry tubs instead. - Don
I often get motion sickness on the Star Tours ride at Hollywood Studios. I usually take a less-drowsy Dramamine every morning before I go to the parks to prevent getting motion sickness from any ride. That way I can enjoy the rides without worry! - Sandi F.
While the bus depot at Disney's Hollywood Studios is under construction for Disney Skyliner, consider taking the boat to the Studios if you're coming from Epcot. It will drop you a little closer to the park entrance. You can take a boat from three other spots as well: Disney's Boardwalk, the Yacht and Beach Club and the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. - Brian L.
If you are going to attend Mickey's Very Merry christmas party and want to buy one of the specially themed souvenir tees or sweatshirts, make sure to purchase one before you leave the park the night you attend. This merchandise is only available during the party! - Yvette
Just returned from a trip to Disney World. We had a wonderful time celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary. I would like to let everyone know that when traveling to Disney's Hollywood Studios by bus, you are now dropped off a loooong distance from the main entrance due to the construction of the Skyliner. If you have any issues with walking please be aware of this. I had hurt my knee before the trip
and the additional walk really took its toll. - Karen D.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We've heard from several of you recently mentioning the same thing, and we experienced it ourselves a few weeks ago. We don't know how long this situation will exist, but for the time being, be advised that the bus stops are quite a long distance from the park's main entrance!
Just recently stayed at the All-Star Movies Resort in a refurbished room. They have a hard surface flooring now instead of carpet. You might want to bring slippers as the floor gets cold! - Alan G
Use your leftover dining plan snack credits to buy gifts for friends at home! Goofy's Candy bags are often one snack credit. Same goes for candy apples and rice krispie treats! - Kristy
EDITOR'S NOTE: If you're flying, though, keep in mind that TSA at the Orlando airport may ask you to take out all food items from your carry-on bags for examination when you pass through the security line.
Make sure you tip your servers for good service in the restaurants! Even if you are from a country that doesn't use a tipping system, you should tip here. The tip is NOT built into the price of the food. There is nothing more frustrating for a server than to give good service, see that the guests enjoy the food and service, and then not get a tip! - Joanne C.
My niece reserved breakfast at Tusker House for 10:45 a.m. She realized that we could take advantage of early FastPasses and have more available later, PLUS breakfast starts to turn into lunch a little after 11 a.m. so we had the best of all worlds. - Helen F.
My niece made a breakfast reservation at Askerhus in Norway for 9:15 a.m. We were sent to a special queue to check in and entered before the park opened at 9. When we arrived at the restaurant, we were told we could go on the Frozen ride before everyone else got there. It was fantastic! - Helen Friedlander
I have an ECV tip, this one geared toward one-day-only visitors to Epcot. My spouse and I are both mobility impaired, so we rent ECVs for our trips to Epcot. (We have the "Epcot After 4" annual pass and go at least once a month.) Neither of us is very strong, and disassembling and reassembling a portable travel ECV and loading and unloading from our SUV is difficult and energy-sapping. We solved this problem by renting from an off-site vendor. Even with delivery and pick-up, it's less expensive than renting at the park. We have the scooters delivered to the Walt Disney World Swan. We collect ECVs and take a pleasant drive along Disney's Boardwalk to the International Gateway entrance to Epcot. This entrance never seems to be crowded, and you enter the park between the United Kingdom and France. When your day is done, drive back to the Swan, park the ECV in the designated area and collect your car (we valet park). - Colleen E.