Over on chat we attempted to create a giant SaveForLaterable thread with all the commonly asked for tips and tricks we could think of. I know this has been done before, but this is fresh as of April 2019.
NOTE: if you use Evernote, all of this can be found in a shareable page that you can take with you in the parks: https://www.evernote.com/l/AAEEXhNPecJJQIvsaueFVYCIbKOf6t4rM-Y
Thanks to everyone who contributed to this list!
SDFP Drops :: Current drops ::
Epcot (Soarin’ & Test Track) 11:31, 1:31, 3:31(sometimes FEA at 9:31/37 9:57, 10:07, 10:37)
Hollywood Studios 9:31, 12:01, 2:31
AK (FOP) 11:01, 1:01, 3:01, 5:01
9:32am on 4/28/19 by kariel
On getting Same Day FP at the drops:
I set an alarm about 5-6 minutes before and jump on at least two minutes early.
10:08pm on 5/7/19 by GettingMyKicks
I’ve been practicing. Get on MDE and into FPP menu 2-3 minutes before. Pick your party, date, park and select a time. Keep selecting a time to refresh and you will see the SDD pop up exactly as scheduled.
10:16pm on 5/7/19 by mem459
Set an alarm. Log in several minutes before. You’ll possibly be refreshing a lot, so make sure to pay attention and grab the fp when it comes up. You don’t want to refresh it away. I’ve had good luck with searching all at once, party of 5.
10:18pm on 5/7/19 by wozDisney
On Soarin’ politely request and wait for B1 for the best view.
9:31am on 4/28/19 by JonMcIntosh
Thermostat bypass instructions: http://thermostatbypass.tumblr.com/ and https://lifehacker.com/override-your-hotel-room-thermostat-and-set-it-as-hot-o-1462595059
9:45am on 4/28/19 by evamarie320
How to do a room request using the Room Finder on TP and fax. https://touringplans.com/blog/2015/04/27/send-hotel-room-request-disney-automatically/
9:48am on 4/28/19 by Armadillo_Alert
Reservation Finder https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/reservation-finder
9:48am on 4/28/19 by Armadillo_Alert
How to find @pod: http://www.footdrs.com/ifoundpod.html and his foot care tips: http://www.footdrs.com/walt-disney-world-tips.html
9:48am on 4/28/19 by evamarie320
FPP Refresh strategy: http://ropedrop.net/2017/07/the-kivii-way-how-we-refresh-my-disney-experience-to-get-our-fastpass-selections/
9:49am on 4/28/19 by Armadillo_Alert
To Book Magical Express online https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/airport-transportation-reservation/ or by phone 1 866 599 0951
9:50am on 4/28/19 by evamarie320
Dont take @brer’s advice! Probably the most important tip on this thread!
9:52am on 4/28/19 by brerbeer
To book a Bounceback (or to find out dates and offers), dial 8844 from your room or 407-939-1923. Must be done while you are staying at WDW or on day of checkout.
9:52am on 4/28/19 by evamarie320
Fast pass availability before making 60 or 30 day FP: https://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/fastpass-availability
9:53am on 4/28/19 by KBelle
Also for FP availability: https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=10123554&postcount=1
9:53am on 4/28/19 by KBelle
ADRs start at 6 AM EST. FPP at 7.
9:57am on 4/28/19 by sassinator
Locker rental basics https://touringplans.com/blog/2019/04/10/planning-basics-lockers-at-walt-disney-world/
9:58am on 4/28/19 by ck15nc
Don’t be a LMP! Arrive well rested with all your stuff to maximize your vacation time!
9:58am on 4/28/19 by LuvMuppets
Arrive at AK 60-90 minutes before park opening to ride FoP. Stay very near the rope towards the center.
10:00am on 4/28/19 by felesh
Liner TA list https://forum.touringplans.com/t/liner-tas-with-special-permission-if-youre-looking-for-one-you-can-find-one-here/9367
10:00am on 4/28/19 by ck15nc
Free ice water at QS- that’s still a thing right?
10:01am on 4/28/19 by jennie8r
Always use mobile ordering if it’s available! And ask for cups of ice water at quick serve counters.
10:02am on 4/28/19 by StephanieV
Regarding FP Drop times. If one wants so set an alarm for these times, should time zones be a factor?
10:07am on 4/28/19 by sweise2502
Hotel room views https://touringplans.com/hotel_maps Email to send room view photos Hotel_photos@touringplans.com (Please send in your room view photos after your trip, it helps everyone and lots need to be updated!)
10:07am on 4/28/19 by ck15nc
I like these maps: https://www.easywdw.com/easy/cheat-sheets/disney-world-cheat-sheets-maps-touring-plans-and-wait-times-4/
10:14am on 4/28/19 by wahoowaWDW
Fantasmic sneaky way to exit: https://wdwprepschool.com/wp-content/uploads/fantasmicexit.jpg
10:15am on 4/28/19 by wahoowaWDW
Toy Story Mania target/high score tips: http://guide2wdw.com/toy-story-midway-mania-scoring-tips/
10:16am on 4/28/19 by wahoowaWDW
Times guides: http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/p/weekly-walt-disney-world-times-guides.html?m=1
10:18am on 4/28/19 by wahoowaWDW
Make left turns, more people turn right.
10:19am on 4/28/19 by libdoc
Always bring gum especially if you take Bonine or something similar that causes dry mouth. Gum not sold in DW or MCO.
10:26am on 4/28/19 by worldmagic
Glad we’re running one of these again. This is great at least once a year. Some stuff changes over time. So many new people join in the late winter & spring each year.
10:34am on 4/28/19 by sixarfun
Get into lines for headliners (FoP, SDD…) right before park close. Wait times usually much less than posted.
10:34am on 4/28/19 by hockeymom2
Centra Care (urgent care): 407-938-0650 has free shuttle. Doctors on call 24/7 (and will come to your room): 407-399-3627
10:35am on 4/28/19 by Rjcsmom
And this too https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/family-friends/
10:36am on 4/28/19 by sixarfun
Here’s tipping info Tipping: https://blog.touringplans.com/2018/03/05/tipping-walt-disney-world-everything-need-know-2018/
10:39am on 4/28/19 by sixarfun
First Aid centers in each park have free over the counter meds, bandages.
10:43am on 4/28/19 by Curiouser71
Love this … sfl … my tip … always remember how lucky and privileged we are even when things don’t go to plan or meet expectation on a WDW vacation
10:47am on 4/28/19 by TashToo
Stuff wet shoes with newspaper and in the morning they will be dry. You can usually get a newspaper at the resort gift shop.
10:50am on 4/28/19 by rhinorulez
Help with tickets: WDW Ticketing (407) 566-4985
11:10am on 4/28/19 by WDWJabberwock
I like checking WDW Prep’s packing list to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything. https://wdwprepschool.com/the-ultimate-disney-world-packing-list/
11:21am on 4/28/19 by yetisafari
Monorail start times, park hours, etc. http://www.orlandoparksnews.com/p/weekly-walt-disney-world-times-guides.html?m=1
11:58am on 4/28/19 by evamarie320
Fastpass kiosk locations- https://www.kennythepirate.com/2014/07/16/walt-disney-world-fastpass-kiosk-locations-and-mymagic-service-centers/ FuelRod locations-https://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-world/portable-phone-chargers.htm
12:06pm on 4/28/19 by jra418
Portable Urinal Kit so you don’t have to waste time with silly bathroom breaks: https://www.stadiumpal.com/product/stadium-pal-kit/
12:08pm on 4/28/19 by Fatty McButterpants
Disney Abbreviations/Acronyms List- http://allears.net/walt-disney-world/wdw-planning/common-abbreviations-and-acronyms/
12:13pm on 4/28/19 by jra418
Hamburger hack: Order a double and a bun. Cheaper than two burgers! (at least it used to be)
12:14pm on 4/28/19 by Kwanfan
http://www.ourlaughingplace.com/aspx/twiz.aspx#.XMXRj5gXY0M Our Laughing Place transportation wizard to calculate bus/car/ferry times all over the World.
12:16pm on 4/28/19 by Jayzeeduck
Leave and check for Liner notes in the Bible on page 71. Don’t actually write on the page.
12:41pm on 4/28/19 by Stupid Judy
If MDE is misbehaving while you’re in the parks try both the app and web version, and if both fail use in-park FPP kiosks to modify and get 4th, 5th FPP. Kiosks work really well!
12:46pm on 4/28/19 by sixarfun
ALWAYS preorder when going to Be Our Guest for breakfast or lunch. Must use website not MDE App.
12:54pm on 4/28/19 by Curiouser71
1:17pm on 4/28/19 by Twotoucanssoundbet-465556
Dark sky for weather
1:58pm on 4/28/19 by kariel
1:58pm on 4/28/19 by Thumper14
I like the idea of adding all the links and tips to the forum @PT & @br. Here are 2 I don’t think are listed http://flippers.intouchposonline.com/start_order/? & http://www.mouseperks.com/
2:21pm on 4/28/19 by youcanfly
Pin trading info http://disneypincollecting.wordpress.com/2011/07/01/how-to-tell-a-fake-from-the-real-thing/ (although my kids are ok with fakes) and locations http://disneypinforum.com/showthread.php?375-WDW-Pin-Trading-Location-Guide
2:35pm on 4/28/19 by Tinkerminnie
Best place to see FPP availability: https://www.thedibb.co.uk/forums/showpost.php?p=10123554&postcount=1
2:39pm on 4/28/19 by heathernoel
Turner Drug - Best pharmacy near WDW and they deliver. (407) 828-8125, (407) 828-8027-fax Monday - Friday 8AM -10PM * Saturday-Sunday 8AM - 8PM
2:49pm on 4/28/19 by momma4fun
Stand under parasol girl in the stretching room in HM.
5:13pm on 4/28/19 by ScaffyWitch