Back in February we went to Disney. It was truly the most magical vacation we have ever taken.
I have lots of friends visiting Disney in the upcoming months and wanted to pass along some friendly ‘hints’ and ‘tips’ that we learned along the way.
- Have Tinker Bell visit your room every night. I packed a Disney toy for each night we were staying in Disney World. I collected these throughout the preceding months leading up to our trip. I had Disney barbies, stuffed animals, T-Shirts, and coloring books. Every day right after we left I would “leave something in the room”, go back and lay out the toy on the kids’ bed. They were SO surprised each night when they came home to find a special treat.
- Fast Passes!! Luckily we went during an unbusy time so we did not have to get Fast Passes well in advance for any rides. However, I hear that if you are going during the busy times you should definitely get your Fast Pass right at the 60 day or 30 day window for the bigger rides or characters you really want to see! Elsa and Anna did not have Fast Passes when we were there so we had to stand in a 5 hour line to see them. HINT*HINT–They JUST opened night hours for Fast Passes for Elsa and Anna.
- Buy your Disney shirts BEFORE you get there! You can buy your Disney gear SO much cheaper than you can IN the parks. Find the best Disney kids apparel for girls, boys, tweens, toddlers and babies when you do your Disney shopping at DisneyStore.com.
- If you want to buy the “Mickey Ears”, do it the first day you get there! It will take a full day to embroider so you want to order these first thing so you can have full use out them for the rest of the trip.
- Everything says PLAN. PLAN. PLAN. And yes, it IS important to plan! Especially if you are going during a busy season. However, leave room for impromptu changes. Go with the flow a little bit-relax-and have FUN.
- My best advice for the planning is: Pick which day you are doing each park. Choose the top 3 rides you want to do that day and choose them with your FP. Some of these rides will NEED a FP…others may not once you get there and you may be able to switch. This is super easy to do with the new Disney Experience App. Be flexible!!
- Meals….another thing I was SO stressed about since you can make your reservations 180 days in advance. Who does that?!?? These meal reservations will help guide you in deciding what park you will go to each day. Plan accordingly…you probably won’t want to make reservations for restaurants in MK two days in a row.
- We are not morning people and knew that we would be getting to bed late each night so we made reservations for brunch most days then had a quick service meal for dinner. This worked out perfectly for us.
- Bring a stroller!!! You will do SO much walking!! My 5 year old even needed to sit most of the time we trucking from one place to another. We brought our sit and stand which was perfect for our 3 and 5 year old. Trust me!…they will be tired!
- Pack your own waters and snacks!! I brought these from home and put them in our bag to carry in the stroller. It was genius. We were able to snack on crackers, fruit snacks, and apple sauce packs as we were waiting in lines. I brought reusable water bottles to fill up at the hotel before we left for the day to keep us hydrated.
- Tennis Shoes. Comfy clothes. Nobody cares if you are dressed cute. No one is!