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Helpful Tips

Disney Dining!

You don’t have to stay on Disney property to enjoy their world class themed restaurants. You can make reservations up to 180 Days in Advance – and it is highly recommended for holidays and summer – but all times of the year get busy down here at the Disney restaurants! Call 1-407-WDW-DINE (that’s 1-407-3463). This includes theme park restaurants, hotel restaurants, and Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) restaurants. Check out all the Disney area restaurants here

Disney Fast Pass!

Make reservations for rides – before you even enter the park! Read all about it on the official. Oh yeah – they’re free! Check it out here!

Disney Magic Bands!

Wear your ticket on your wrist – Make online fast pass reservations for your entire party – Link it to your online profile – link it to your Disney Photo pass – keep all your dining and Disney experience reservations in one place! Check it out here!

My Disney Experience online and app

Create and account – store all your Disney info – keep track of your fast passes – link with your Magic band – check official wait times, make dining reservations (restaurant menus included), park maps and MORE!

Universal Florida Express Pass Unlimited (for one or both parks)

Get on the rides faster ... but you pay for this – not free like at Disney. All your questions and prices answered here!

Yelp!

Have you seen a few restaurants around town you are considering trying but would like to read some reviews? Go to http://www.Yelp.com and search the zip code or city. You can also use this site to find some restaurants that aren’t on the main drag by type (BBQ, Pizza, etc)

Groupon!

Some area attractions (not the main theme parks) offer Groupon coupons. The entire transaction is online and you can show your Groupon on a smart phone if you don’t have access to a printer! Airboat rides, zip lining, animal safaris, etc. It’s a great place to look for some new things to do before you get to town! Watch for expiration dates, blackout dates, specific rules (they have Groupons for restaurants that can save you up to 50% – but often they insist on a particular gratuity to be automatically added to your bill). http://www.groupon.com

Kissimmee Guest Services!

Buy Tickets Online! Save time and bypass the ticket lines (which can make for a slow start in the busy and holiday seasons!) by buying your tickets in advance. You can purchase tickets from our recommended ticket broker and have them mailed in advance if you live in the US or have them delivered right to your vacation home the day you arrive! Purchasing multi-day tickets will often give you a small savings over the theme park ticket windows. Kissimmee Guest Services offers ticket sales for Disney and Universal Parks, Sea World, Busch Gardens, Kennedy Space Center, Legoland Florida, Orlando City Soccer, Orlando Panthers Arena Football, Idrive 360 attractions, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Ifly Indoor Skydiving, Machine Gun America, Wonderworks, Wild Florida, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, Florida Firearms Adventure, Funspot, Gatorland, Orlando Balloon Rides, Orlando Tree Trek, Revolution Off Road, Soaring H2O, and these dinner shows: 3 Musteteers, Medieval Times, Outta Control Dinner Show, Pirates Dinner Show, Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show and Treasure Tavern!

Things you can’t live without!

Don’t forget external power packs for cell phones, travel size hand sanitizer, pre-purchased rain ponchos, cooling towel or neck wrap (try Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad!), compression bags (are you shopping for cloths to take back to another country? Compression bags are available at luggage stores, TJ Maxx, Target, etc – pack and vacuum out the air – fit more than 3X the cloths!), collapsable water bottle (yep! With a water filter! from GoRoam Outdoors on Amazon), Body Glide (to prevent chaffing while wandering the parks!), Neck wallet or fanny pack, and COMFORTABLE SHOES!

Magic Kingdom Fireworks!

Want a guaranteed view of the Magic Kingdom Fireworks? Try one of these options!

Ferrytale Wishes (A Dessert and Beverage Cruise – $99 Adults, $69 children) A sampling of Disney’s finest desserts and a view of the Wishes Show over the castle from a boatCheck it out here!

Pirates and Pals Fireworks Voyage (Snacks and Beverages $69 Adults, $41 Children) Captain Hook will make an appearance for photos, and your host “Patch” will join the crowd in singing and Disney trivia along with a view of the Fireworks and the Electrical Water Pageant. Check it out here!

Fireworks Dessert Party at the Tomorrow Land Terrace (must have park admission, plus $59 for adults, $35 for children) For an extra fee – enjoy a dessert bar and fresh fruit bar then enjoy and unobstructed view of the castle fireworks from the Tomorrowland Terrace! Check it out here!

Fireworks Dessert Party with Plaza Garden Viewing (must have park admission, plus $59 for adults, $35 for children) Inside the park for an extra fee – enjoy a dessert bar and fresh fruit bar then enjoy and a reserved view of the castle fireworks from the plaza garden in front of the castle! Check it out here!

Area Information and Information about your Rental Home!

Every home has a guest information book to remind you of your house address, phone number and WiFi Info. All of our homes feature free hi-speed internet, keyless entries, cable TVs in every bedroom and the options to heat pools and spas. Have a question about the house inventory? Email us any time!

Tipping!

You are in the service capital of the most popular vacation destination in the world! Show your service people you appreciate their efforts to make your vacation memorable. Here are some standard American tipping rules of thumb:

Luggage: tip $1-$2 per bag handled for curbside pickup, taxi, etc

Dining: tip 10% at roadside buffets, 15% at standard sitdown restaurants and higher end buffets, and 20% at nicer dining establishments ($20 a plate and up). No tipping at fast food restaurants unless there is a tip jar, then any $1 will do.

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