My 2014 Disney World New Years Resolutions


As another year comes to an end, I like to make it a point to take some time to reflect on all the events of the year – the good, the bad, and the Disney of course. I love vacationing at Walt Disney World, and am always looking for ways to make my vacations more enjoyable for myself and my family. So I thought this year, instead of making a traditional list of goals for 2014, I would make a list of “2014 Disney World Resolutions”:

Try Some New Eats – There are so many dining options at WDW that it’s hard to remember them all – and I certainly can’t say I have tried even half of what they have to offer – so this will be the year I will change that! New, exotic cuisines like Moroccan at Restaurant Marrakesh in Epcot, or classic German fare at Biergarten would both fit the bill. Or I could try some classic dishes with a twist – like those served up at Wolfgang Puck’s Café in Downtown Disney – 2014’s menu is shaping up to be a real palate pleaser!

Utilize the Perks – There are some great perks to staying on WDW Property – like getting to utilize the Magical Express, and Extra Magic Hours – which is one that I love, but definitely don’t use as much as I could. Extra Magic Hours allows Disney Resort guests to enter early/stay late at certain Parks on any given day. The crowds are much lighter during this hour, and it would be a great chance to experience some rides that tend to have a long wait time later in the day. Using the Extra Magic Hours perk leads me to my next Disney resolution…

Make it to A Rope DropRope Drop is the term used for the Park opening – when they start allowing people to queue up to get into the Parks. I vow to actually wake up early enough to catch a bus over to the Magic Kingdom so that I can see the “Magic Kingdom Welcome Show” – which includes singing and characters, and concludes with a countdown. I always try to make it, but this year I WILL make it to this show!

Don’t Overdo It – It’s easy to get “Disney Fever” and get overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds and rides and shows that make Disney great – and it’s natural to want to do and see it all. But it’s important to know your limits – when making your itinerary, stick to one Park a day, and plan to eat at that Park or at one of the surrounding Resort Hotels. Take some time in the afternoon to return to your Resort for a swim, or a nap, or just some quiet sunbathing – then by dinner time the sun is less harsh, you’re well rested, and ready to take on all the night time fun at the Parks! Not overdoing it brings me to my last (and possibly most important) resolution…

Relax To The Max – vacationing at a fast-paced place like WDW sometimes makes it hard to remember that vacations are supposed to be about relaxing, unwinding, and enjoying time with loved ones. So I resolve to get in more downtime at Disney this year – by hitting up the Spa for a massage and pedicure, enjoying lots of quiet pool time and plenty of leisurely meals (you know, the kind where you aren’t rushing to shove food in your mouth so you can make it back to Splash Mountain in time for your FastPass return time). Because at the end of the day – it is a VACATION, right?

So there they are – my Disney New Year’s Resolutions, I know I can complete them, and best of all – I will have fun doing so! What about you – are you planning on making any New Year’s Resolutions (Disney or otherwise?)

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Catie Hiltz is an avid Walt Disney World lover who has been vacationing there since she was tall enough to ride Space Mountain. She believes there is something for everyone at WDW-and especially writing about the benefits of vacationing there as an adult
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  1. If you plan on going to the rope drop, get there early. If you make it when the park is scheduled to open, you’ll only catch the tail ending of the show. I would recommend getting there at least a half hour before the park opens for Magic Kingdom. The show is fun and you can hit so many rides with little to no wait within the first hour. There is no show for the other three parks anymore, but definitely try to make rope drop for Hollywood Studios to get the most out of Toy Story Mania. Sometimes the parks even allow guests to enter 5-10 minutes before the parks officially open.

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