INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s List of the best special things to do at Disney World. Updated 2019.
Travelling to Disney World with your kids?
We are super fans of the place, and keep up to date with what’s happening at the Disney World parks from afar.
We’ve collected lots of Disney World tips and helpful info over the years and collect it all here in one spot so you can read this info too.
Take a look at this collection of Disneyworld tips below.
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- 1 SPECIAL THINGS TO DO AT DISNEY WORLD WITH KIDS
- 2 DISNEY WORLD
- 3 No.1: STAY at Disney World Resort
- 4 No.2: Book a Character Meal
- 5 No.3: Eat the Sampler at Prime Time Cafe
- 6 No.4: Eat at MORE Fabulous Restaurants at Walt Disney World
- 7 No.5: Buy a Personalised Mickey Ears Hat
- 8 No.6: Take your Toddler to Disney World
- 9 No. 7: Find all the Playgrounds for Kids at Disney World
- 10 No.8: Unique Souvenir Shopping at Disney World
- 11 No.9: See Disney’s Electrical Parade
- 12 No.10: Free Things to do at Disney World
- 13 No.11: MORE Disney Tips and Tricks
- 14 MORE DISNEY WITH KIDS
- 15 Disneyland
- 16 Disney Cruises
- 17 Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
- 18 LOOKING FOR MORE FUN CITIES TO VISIT WITH KIDS?
SPECIAL THINGS TO DO AT DISNEY WORLD WITH KIDS
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ROAM THE GNOME Family Travel Website is a one-stop shop for SUPER DOOPER FUN ideas & activities for family travel in America with Kids, including tonnes of tips for Disney World with Kids!
We are mad keen Disney World fanatics, constantly researching to find the newest and shiniest events, attractions, Disney food snacks, Disney restaurant menus, and more.
Before you go, check our Disney World packing guide here (coming soon), pick up the best backpack for Disney World, organise the best stroller to take to Disney World, grab a stack of disposable rain ponchos (we love the Darth Vader ones!) and make sure you have the best shoes for Disney World.
You will walk for days!
Now, it’s time for our top unique Disney World tips below.
No.1: STAY at Disney World Resort
Book a stay at one of the Disney Hotels on property. You won’t regret it.
A Disney hotel stay is worth every cent, even if you are only coming back to the hotel to sleep after big days at the four theme parks at Disney World.
You can book a fancy luxury deluxe Disney World hotel such as Disney’s Grand Floridian, Disney’s Yacht Club resort, or Disney’s Polynesian Village.
Or you can book a deluxe villa with kitchen facilities, washer and dryer so you have a bit more freedom with meals and cooking if you prefer.
Or you can arrange a stay at a Disney value hotel.
They are the BEST hotels for families with young kids, because of their awesome atmosphere and relaxed feel.
Here’s the full list of all the Disney World hotels to choose from.
You can also read our in-depth guide to the best Disney World hotels for families below.
READ MORE: The BEST DISNEY HOTELS at Disney World
No.2: Book a Character Meal
Disney World has the BEST character meals.
All of them feature appearances by different Disney characters, and at some of them, the kids can get up and dance along with the characters too.
- Tusker House Restaurant at Animal Kingdom features Safari Donald Duck and friends.
- The Garden Grill at Epcot has Chip and Dale, and other favourites.
- The Crystal Palace is the place to eat if you love Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
Character Meal food options
The food at Disney Character meals is good quality, with LOTS of choices on the buffet.
No one is going hungry, that’s for sure.
There’s often a separate kids buffet station, with food made especially for them. Things they know and love, like macaroni cheese, pasta, and mashed potato.
But kids are free to eat from the main buffet too.
Character Meal with Disney Princesses?
Get in early to book Cinderella’s Royal Table, a feast inside the majestic banquet hall inside Cinderella castle!
This storybook setting is the ultimate dream destination, with all the castle decor you’d expect, including
- elegant stained glass windows
- stone archways
- fluttering flags
- timber banquet tables
- hand written signage with flowery fonts
- shiny silver coats of armour
(Staying on property gives you the chance to book advance reservations up to 180 days prior to your visit.)
Kids are encouraged to dress up for the occasion in their finest Royal outfits and tiaras, as it’s not everyday you meet all your favorite Disney princesses in real life!
Alt option: Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
Can’t get a booking for the Royal Table, no matter how hard you try?
Reserve a table at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Epcot instead.
You’ll dine (and dance) in a medieval castle with Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Princess Aurora and Ariel too.
It’s fabulous fun, with yummy Swedish food and desserts to boot.
No.3: Eat the Sampler at Prime Time Cafe
THIS is the best meal at Disney if you hunger for some home-cooked deliciousness.
The fact you eat it while sitting at a 50’s style dinner table, complete with old school television set showing black and white cartoons makes it even more fun.
Hot tip: Don’t put your elbows on the table!
If you do, you may risk evoking the wrath of your server (in good jest of course!)
No.4: Eat at MORE Fabulous Restaurants at Walt Disney World
Disney’s themed restaurants cannot be beat.
Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Prime Time Cafe (as mentioned above).
Eat everything on your plate, and you’ll become an official member of the Clean Plate Club, complete with sticker and all.
Sci Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is a 50’s style immersive experience, where you are invited to sit in a faux American classic roadster at the drive-in, complete with flicks playing on the big screen.
It’s a SUPER FUN experience for kids and anyone who loves the movie GREASE.
Our tip: Visit outside of the busy times of lunch and dinner. It’s very busy, so try popping in for an afternoon tea of dessert, or supper.
Special mention: Whispering Canyon at Wilderness Lodge.
This is the place to order their signature skillet, a mammoth meal at any time of the day. There’s one thing you need to do here too. Call for the ketchup.
Want to know what happens when you ask for ketchup at whispering canyon?
You need to visit to find out!
No.5: Buy a Personalised Mickey Ears Hat
Your first task on Main Street USA is to purchase PERSONALIZED Mickey Mouse Ears Hats for everyone in the family.
- The Chapeau in Magic Kingdom
- Adrian & Edith’s Head to Toe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories at Disney Springs
- Mouse Gear in Epcot
No.6: Take your Toddler to Disney World
Here’s a special list of extra tips for taking toddlers to Disney World.
- the best Disney World rides for toddlers and kids at all four parks
- the best Disney World shows for toddlers and kids
- and tips to help you manage your mindset, so a toddler tantrum doesn’t ruin all your plans!
No. 7: Find all the Playgrounds for Kids at Disney World
Our best tip for Disney World is to know, ahead of time, where the kids can enjoy some downtime, and play without fear of upsetting anyone or making noise.
We know all the best spots.
Take a look below!
No.8: Unique Souvenir Shopping at Disney World
If you love to shop for Disney World souvenirs and gifts, this is the place to gather some ideas of the best Disney souvenirs to buy.
No.9: See Disney’s Electrical Parade
This is our favourite Disney parade of all time.
The lights, the music, the melody… it’s magical.
But it’s gone. For now.
We’re keeping all our fingers and toes crossed that it comes back again soon.
Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights
In the meantime, you can check out Dream Lights, the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade!
The melody is so beautiful, it gives me the shivers!
No.10: Free Things to do at Disney World
Here’s three of the best FREE things to do at Disney World
- Roast Marshmallows at the Chip and Dale Campfire Singalong at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.
- Watch the Green Army Drum Corps perform their super dooper drum routine in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Happens randomly throughout the day. Ask a cast member for tips)
- Meet a Disney character at Magic Kingdom park, and ask them to sign an autograph for you.
No.11: MORE Disney Tips and Tricks
Need MORE extra special things to do at Disney World Orlando for a birthday or celebration?
- Book a Fireworks Dessert Party to watch the fireworks without the hustle and bustle of crowds
- Book a Taste of Magic Kingdom Park VIP tour to try ALL the best Disney snacks and treats, or the Ultimate Disney Classics VIP tour (perfect for kids) or any one of THESE VIP tours at Magic Kingdom?
- Stop by the Harmony Barber shop to be serenaded while you have your hair cut at Disney!
These are all little known Disney World activities.
Some call them secret things to do at Disney World.
Even more Disney tips…
Here’s a bonus tip. If you are parking at Disney World, take a photo of your car parking location on your phone, and ask a cast member to point you in the right direction.
This will be a godsend when you return to the Disney World car park after a big day, and can’t find your car anywhere. It’s no wonder. The car park is the largest open air car park in the world.
Click here for an overview of the best Disney Tips and Tricks for your Disney World Vacation.
Did you know you can search the site for ALL of our Disney stories and tips in our Disney tips category too?
MORE DISNEY WITH KIDS
Visit Disneyland, the place where it all started, at least once in your life.
Disney’s California Adventure Park is right next door, a separate theme park that plays host to CARS LAND.
And Pixar Pier.
Two of the best kid-friendly spots in any Disney park around the world.
Take a look at our Disneyland tips below.
READ MORE: The Best Disneyland Travel Tips for families
Tokyo Disneyland & Tokyo DisneySea
Don’t miss our favourite Disney theme parks in Japan.
Tokyo Disneyland is similar to the original Disneyland in California, but Tokyo Disney SEA is unlike any Disney park on the planet.
It’s not just for teenagers either, although it’s the most popular park for Japanese teenagers without a doubt.
Take the little kids.
Ariels lagoon is the most beautiful place on earth.
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