Know Before You Go – Tips and Tricks from a Disney Mom
Flying off to Disney for Spring Break 2018? Thinking about a fabulous vacay in Florida during the November break? As a Disney fanatic and vacation planner, I have been traveling to Disney World — nearly every time of the year. And as a mom to three princesses, I have polished my own Disney experiences into some magic tips to make ours the best trips EVER!
Here, in no particular order, are a few ideas to get you started!
#10: Ditch the glass slippers: I am the queen of cute shoes. I own more shoes than I am willing to reveal, but in Disney, it’s all about comfort. You will walk…A LOT…Wear shoes that you know you will be comfortable in for a long day — Nothing ruins the magic like aching feet and blisters.
#9: To infinity and beyond: Disney provides complimentary FastPasses and allows three FastPasses per day. You can secure them 60 days before your trip. After you scan your magic band for the third FastPass of the day, you can log into My Disney Experience and snag a fourth. Then there’s rider switch. This is the best! Missing the height
requirement? Use rider switch. With rider switch, one adult can wait with the non-rider, while the rest of the party enjoys the attraction. When the other adult returns, switch! This is better than pixie dust!
#8: You want thingamabobs, I got 20: Purchase a portable phone charger —when I am in Disney, I am constantly logging into My Disney Experience. The battery gets drained — and fast. Between checking FastPasses, checking memory maker, and snapping my own pictures and videos, having a portable phone charger is essential for those long park days. Disney also has stores where you can purchase “fuel rods”, that are good for one full phone charge. Once that pack is drained, you can switch out for a new one, free of charge. There are also charging stations, but who wants to be tethered to a charger and miss out on all the fun???
#7: There’s a whole new world of Disney merchandise: If you’re like me, you might say yes to every adorable Disney item. Then of course, you probably won’t want to carry your items around the parks, even more so, you don’t want to lose it or forget it somewhere. Trust me when I tell you that Disney thinks of everything, and so there is the fabulous feature that they will deliver your purchase to your hotel.
#6: Every princess needs a coach & every pirate needs a ship: Even if your kids are older, if you have to ask, “Should I bring a stroller?” The answer is YES! (unless, they are like 10 – no stroller…) Bring a stroller or rent a stroller. I’ve used Kingdom Stroller my last few trips and they are fabulous. Take advantage of the convenience. Most days you can walk up to 10-12 miles (in those comfortable shoes, see tip #1), so let your kids sit in a stroller, even if they are a bit older. It will make the experience much easier.