You may have seen Disney vloggers or bloggers getting to do some very cool things at Walt Disney World, and it’s easy to assume that they’ve been singled out, picked for a special experience, or even paid more to do something. That may be the case sometimes, but often they know the insider secrets that will make their experience that bit more magical.

No longer will you feel left out of this club of Disney fanatics, because I’m going to share my top tips and tricks for getting more out of Disney than just the rides. After all, you’ve paid for your park tickets, flights and hotel so you deserve to get the most out of your holiday.

Here are ten things that I think you should know before flying off to Florida. Hopefully they’ll help you to get a bit of extra magic out of your trip.

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This week has felt like running a marathon. I may not know what that feels like in real life, but I have now officially run a 10k, at least. Typically, the morning of the 7th May dawned as the hottest day of 2016 so far. Running in 25 degree heat was very tough and most of my training went out of the window, but I still managed to get around in a decent time and claim my medal at the end.

In other news, I went on a pretty bizarre outing with my pals on Tuesday. Thanks to Tom’s Parliament connections, he managed to get us all into the Houses of Parliament for dinner and drinks. I did feel a bit like I was being smuggled in, but I promise it was all legit. Apart from the only photo I took. I promise I didn’t know it wasn’t allowed until after I’d taken it!

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Krakow is a quaint little city. It has some stunning architecture, hardy residents, and a gigantic open town square with a great atmosphere. It’s a beautiful place to explore and relax in. Plus, with a very strong exchange rate from British pounds to Polish złoty, we could eat in some of the best restaurants in prime locations for less than an average meal out in the UK. We found ourselves dining in candlelit restaurants in shorts and t-shirts rather than evening dresses.

As well as the history, there is another reason to visit. Krakow is one of the closest cities to Auschwitz, the infamous concentration camp built by the Nazis in World War II. At least one million innocent people were murdered at this site. I can’t recommend a trip highly enough; it’s something that everyone should have to witness. WARNING: I will talk about the tour we had in this post and it could be distressing.

This city has a rich history, and much of it is very recent and very sad. Here is why you should visit.

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Disney Parks are known throughout the world for being tonnes of fun and having amazing levels of service. Families will often save up for years to visit, so naturally they expect only the very best. Having to fulfill their exceptions as a Cast Member is difficult. They expect you to exceed their expectations. Your customer service skills have to come along very quickly when you accept a job at Disney. Nothing is ever too much trouble, which can be a challenge. But after a day of work, no matter how easy or difficult, there’s nothing like having unlimited theme park access to help you chill out and have the time of your life.

The reality of working for a company that accepts nothing less than perfection can be tough, but it’s also an amazing learning curve. If you’re going to get thrown in at the deep end (after extensive training), then why not do it with one of the best companies in the world?

By the way, if you’re looking for someone who’s going to moan about the Walt Disney Company then you’ve come to the wrong place. I adored my time working in Florida and it was a literal dream come true for me. Yes, there were highs and lows just like in any job, but overall it was one of my favourite life experiences to date. Read on to find out about the good, the bad, and the magical parts of working for Disney.

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