As both a travel agent specializing in Walt Disney World Resort family vacations and as a former Disney Parks Moms Panelist, I am often asked to share my ‘tips and trips’ for visiting. I could go on for hours and hours and often sound like I have diarrhea of the mouth when trying to think of every single bit of advice I keep in my magical brain. The truth is – there is SO MUCH advice to give and the advice varies from family to family.
Depending on the genders and ages of your little princes and princesses and even the size of your family – there is a wide range of topics to cover. The best advice I can give to everyone is to find themselves a fantastic travel agent (like me)! They become your partner in pixie dust and will use their knowledge and expertise to work right beside you planning and tweaking your family’s perfect visit!
The most important thing for you and your agent to keep in mind is every family will ‘do Disney’ differently. You may not care about where you stay and want to play in the Theme Parks from dawn until dusk – your resort is just a place to quick recharge and head out the next day! Or perhaps you go on vacation to live it up, surround yourself with luxury, and soak up the sun next to the pool. Do you like to plan out every detail or go with the flow? Do you get more of a rush dropping 13 stories on Tower of Terror or finding the perfect souvenir while shopping at Disney Springs? Do you enjoy fine dining at a restaurant such as Victoria and Albert’s, earner of the AAA Five Diamond award? Or would you rather grab a hot dog at Casey’s Corner on your way to meet Merida? Just as no two families are the same, no two Walt Disney World Resort family vacations should be either! Don’t follow another family's vacation agenda and don’t let someone else, even a travel agent, plan every detail for you without asking what YOU want. Make sure you have a conversation with them on your likes and dislikes. Take a look at everything there is to offer and with the help of your Travel Agent – you will plan the best vacation ever!
Now I did title this blog post ‘Tips and Tricks from a Disney Pro’ so I will not disappoint. I will certainly share with you some of my favorites.
• WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES!!!!! Yes I am yelling. Not following this one piece of advice can seriously ruin your entire vacation. I can say this, because I have been there. I have literally had a blister on top of another blister – I won’t go into details. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and make sure they fit. Better yet – bring two pairs and rotate them each day.
• GET TO THE THEME PARKS EARLY As the day goes on, more people arrive. This makes wait times longer and crowds thicker. Disney World veterans refer to arriving before parks open as 'rope drop'. If you are one of the first to arrive at the park, you will enjoy little to no wait times on even the most popular attractions before the masses arrive. The early birds truly do get the worm, even at Disney World.
|Get to the Theme Parks early for 'rope drop'!|
• KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN Entertainment can pop up unexpectedly at all four Theme Parks. From marching bands, actors playing skits, street performers, acrobats, barbershop quartets and more. You never know what is behind the next corner or what may pop up in front of you as you sit on Main Street, U.S.A. enjoying an ice cream.
|This actor from days gone by was trying to withdraw money out of an 'automated teller' at Hollywood Studios|
|Give older kids their own small bags so they can carry their own 'stuff'.|
|A rainy day at Disney is better than any sunny day spent in the office!|