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How to Do Disney: Pro Tips From a Former Disney World Cast Member

Disney World is, for lack of better term, a lot to handle. It takes a lot of planning, and once you get there, it requires a lot of patience. For this very reason, we figured it’d behoove us all to chat with a true expert — someone who really knows the ins and outs of visiting Disney World. That’s when we found Lia. Lia is one half of the couple behind the travel blog Practical Wanderlust. More importantly, she’s a former Disney cast member who shared her first-hand pro tips with us via email.

If you’re about to embark on a journey to the happiest place on earth, here’s what Lia says you need to know.

1. Stay at a resort

couple checking in at hotel front desk

couple checking in at hotel front desk Some resorts are better than others. | iStock.com

Everyone has their personal preference when it comes to accommodations. Deciding whether to stay on or off property all depends on the nature of your trip. While we’ve previously stated our opinions on booking certain budget hotels, Lia points out some of the perks of doing just that. “The savings in transportation, parking, etc. are well worth it — not to mention Extra Magic Hours, when the parks close down to the general public and lines are half as long,” she says.

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