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5 Things You Need to Know About Playing Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World

3. If you want to battle in a gym, get comfortable

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There are dozens of gyms around Walt Disney World and while there are plenty of places to battle Pokémon and increase team prestige, because there are so many guests all doing the exact same thing, many of the gyms are five and six levels deep, which means you'll need a few hours (and probably an extra battery) if you want to join (or take over) a gym. Though it is certainly a really cool idea to be a part of a gym at Walt Disney World, unless you have a lot of time and no FastPass+ reservations, it's best to stick to catching Pokémon and visiting PokéStops. 

4. Be respectful to your fellow guests

Though there are hundreds of people playing Pokémon GO at Walt Disney World on a given day (seriously, we've never seen so many people glued to their phones at the resort, ever), the fact is that there are at least some people who are at the park to enjoy the world class attractions, character meet and greets, and unique experiences that a Walt Disney World visit typically entails. Though it is unlikely that anyone would care if you pull out your phone while sitting in the Magic Kingdom hub to visit a few PokéStops, if you are sitting in Festival of the Lion King, it's probably not a good idea to have your phone out on full brightness blasting the sound catching Pokémon. While catching a Jigglypuff while you're waiting for the show to start is a fun way to pass the time, if you're in the middle of the show, it's probably best to put the phone away, at least for a little while. 

5. Don't forget to take pictures!

One of the most fun features of Pokémon GO is the screenshot feature, which can capture your Pokémon appearing in some fun places. And this can be used to great effect at Walt Disney World. Whether you are able to capture an image (like the one above) of a Magikarp riding shotgun on Kilimanjaro Safaris or a Pidgey flying around Cinderella Castle, there are plenty of fun opportunities for guests to take some truly unique vacation photos while playing this game on a visit to Walt Disney World. 

Pokémon GO has definitely taken the world by storm, and Walt Disney World is no different. Though playing the game in the resort is a little bit different than running around your neighborhood or local park, by keeping some common sense guidelines in mind and remembering to have fun, its easy to enjoy Pokémon GO as part of a visit to Walt Disney World.

Have you downloaded this app yet? Will you be playing at Walt Disney World? 

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There are 3 comments.

Does WDW have the ability to contact Niantic/Nintendo/Pokemon and request "blackout" areas, or have the ability to designate "no pokemon" zones to reduce the "accidental" backlot mishaps? WDW has been pretty strict on unauthorized access and punishments. Can't wait to see if they ban somoene for playing P:G and what the subsequent media fallout wold be.

Unbelievable. While I casually play, I can't believe people are playing the game in the parks! And unfortunately something that will plug up the already over crowded wifi and cellular towers in the area.

I read some kid trespassed onto private property while playing Pokémon Go, and was shot and killed by the homeowner. I'm not saying the game should be banned, but obviously it's got some bugs that need to be worked out before it can be safe for both player and non-player. But maybe while gamers sit and play in "gyms", the lines at attractions will go down.


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