Westworld Alberta

Winter 2014

Westworld Alberta

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28 w e s t w o r l d A l b e r t A | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 Surviving Disney World Tips for dodging the lines, defying the sun and staying in your happy place BY TIM JOHNSON Faced with a literal world of options – four sprawling theme parks, 36 resort hotels, two water parks, 63 holes of golf, 800 campsites, hundreds of restaurants and more than 70,000 employees to serve you, a visit to Florida's Walt Disney World is a monu- mental undertaking. But with a little know-how and some smart preparation, any family can get the most out of their visit, and have a super-fun time, too. Beat the LINeUPS Explore back to front. While it may feel a little coun- terintuitive, most visitors throw their maps away once they enter the parks, jumping on the fi rst ride they see – meaning that attractions closer to the front gates fi ll up more quickly. Being more strategic and heading to the far reaches of the parks early in the morning can save you a lot of time. Download the app. Free for both Apple and Android phones, Disney off ers an app called My Disney Experience that provides real-time information on wait times for rides, as well as interactive maps and other cool features (including, importantly, directions on how to get to the nearest bathroom). A social- media-style companion website allows you to create a profi le, keep track of day-to-day plans and link tickets and reservations. Get your FastPass on. Available via the My Disney Experience app and on MyDisneyExperience.com, a FastPass is true to its name – a pass that allows you to essentially make an appointment for rides and attrac- tions, free. At the appointed time, you can arrive and DISNEY (BOTH PAGES) DISNEY

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