Add Ons and Experiences and VIP Tours at Walt Disney World
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Add Ons & Experiences at Walt Disney World

A Brilliant Guide from Wishful Thinking

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In our Brilliant Guides, we simplify things. Get expert tips for first-timers & returning guests.

Perfect for Disney newcomers & travelers from abroad, we cover the basics & highlight what matters most.

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Walt Disney World in 2024 & 2025

You’ve probably got some big questions about how things really work at Walt Disney World. Our Brilliant Guides provide clear, concise, comprehensive answers.

When to Visit

When is the best time to visit? How busy will it be in the theme parks? Which days of the week are least crowded? How are the holidays? How many days do I need? What’s a smart itinerary that covers the highlights of each theme park?

Hotels

Why should I book a hotel on-property vs. off-property? What are the perks & privileges of a Disney resort stay? What are the best Good Neighbor Hotels? What are the actual differences between Value, Moderate & Deluxe resort hotels? Which hotels are most relaxing and romantic? Which are best for small kids?

Tickets

How much do theme park tickets cost? Which ticket options save money? What’s the smartest way to bundle them with lodging? What are the rules for a Park Hopper ticket? How can I get group tickets? 

Packages

How can I maximize value in a Walt Disney Travel Package? How do I get promotional prices? Who can add a Disney Dining Plan? What if we don’t need lodging and just want to buy tickets?

Dining

How do restaurant reservations work? How far in advance can I make reservations? What are the Disney Dining Plans? Which restaurants are the most popular? How do dining packages & dessert parties work?

My Disney Experience

When & where do I use the smartphone app, Genie+ and MagicBand? How does a Virtual Queue work? What about Boarding Groups? How do I link everything & everyone to my Disney account? How do I view and share PhotoPass pictures?

Add Ons & Experiences

How do I book a VIP Tour? Which behind-the-scenes tours, experiences & add ons are most popular? What needs advance reservations? When can we book Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Savi’s Workshop – Custom Lightsabers? 

Water Parks & Recreation

What’s the best way to enjoy Disney’s water parks Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon? How do Disney’s three golf courses work? How about yoga, fishing, tennis, jogging paths, and other outdoor recreation?

Shopping

Where can I buy a MagicBand? How do I get groceries, medicine, or snacks during my trip? What stores and souvenirs are found at Disney Springs? What should I pack and bring from home vs. buying there?

Transportation

What’s the best way to get from the airport to Walt Disney World? How long do Disney resort buses take to get to & from the parks? Where does the Disney monorail go? Where does the Disney Skyliner Gondola go? How do we order a Minnie Van?

Theme Parks

What are the differences between Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom? Do I have to be in the park right as soon as it opens? Which rides & attractions are the most popular? Which rides are scary for young ones? Which rides should I prioritize to experience first?

Universal Orlando Resort, Sea World, Kennedy Space Center & beyond

What’s the best way to include a visit to Universal Orlando Resort, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Sea World, or LEGOLand? How do you visit Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral? How far away are the best beaches? What about Miami and the cities along the Brightline high-speed train?

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Delicious pineapple dessert delights guests at the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida, as the 2024 Disney Dining Plan returns

Why It’s Smart to Add a Disney Dining Plan at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Dining Plans are returning in 2024, offering a range of meal options for guests at Walt Disney World. The standard Disney Dining Plan includes one Quick-Service meal, one Table-Service meal, and a snack or non-alcoholic beverage per person (aged 3+) each night, as well as a resort-refillable mug. The Quick-Service Dining Plan provides two quick-service meals and one snack or non-alcoholic beverage per night. Wishful Thinking can add a plan to your package for stays beginning after January 9, 2024.

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Our trip planning is free. When you book a Disney vacation through us, you’ll pay the same price as if you booked it on your own, yet enjoy the bliss of a talented Wishful Thinking travel planner.

A Wishful Thinking travel planner is:

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  • Talented. We’ve been designing travel itineraries around the globe for 15 years.
  • Realistic. We help you prepare for everything and set honest expectations.
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  • Inspiring. We’re still kids at heart who believe in the power of dreams.

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