Hello, everyone! Carrie here, your “resident Disney expert” on Family Friendly Frugality! I join you here on Heather’s awesome blog to share my Disney planning tips, money saving ideas, and inside secrets to make your Disney World Vacation more magical!
Planning a Disney vacation is unlike any other planning process. It’s more than booking a hotel and showing up. With so much to offer, wonderful shows to see, and attractions for the whole family, it takes work to plan a great trip.
Which is why I love my job! I get to help plan magical vacations every day!
Last week, I shared Tips for a Budget Family Disney Vacation. So, today I am going to share with you Ten Tips to Make Your Disney Vacation More Magical!
Tip #1: Take an afternoon break. There is SO much to experience when you are in the Disney Parks, that it can get to be overwhelming. You’ve paid to stay at a fantastic Disney Resort, why not go back for a midday break to enjoy it? The pools, kids’ activities, and a quiet movie in your room is well worth the time outside the parks. I always plan a 2 hour break from the parks each day. Whether it’s to Downtown Disney to shop, back to the resort, or just riding the monorail and exploring resorts, that break is essential to everyone’s sanity.
Tip #2: Stay in a Walt Disney World Resort. At Disney, timing can be everything. That doesn’t mean you have to plan every minute of your trip. But, staying on property puts you closer to all the parks. You can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours and get into the parks early or stay later, and enjoy perks like continuous Disney transportation all over property.
Tip #3: Plan on being on Disney property for 5 or six days. Then, have a 4 or 5 day park ticket on your reservation. So many opportunities for entertainment, shopping, and dining exist outside the Disney parks. And, like I mentioned above, those resorts are amazing! You want to work a “no park day” into your time at Disney, especially if you are a first time visitor.
Tip #4: Take your time going from place to place. Disney property is approximately the size of San Francisco. That being said, you should allow about 90 minutes to get from one place to the next on Disney property. Disney buses, monorail, and water taxis will get you from here to there in a timely fashion. But, you want to plan for that late bus, full monorail car, or stopping to take another photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle.
Tip #5: Review the Disney Park Maps before you visit. Did you know you can even order Customized Disney Maps online? They come straight to your house, and they are a super cool, FREE souvenir! Your kids will love them! Get to know the park you will be visiting, so you can plan your FastPasses and time in the parks accordingly.
Tip #6: Schedule your FastPasses for early in the day. The nice aspect of FastPass Plus is you are able to choose three attractions, and after the 3rd is used, you can get a 4th. So, the earlier in the day you schedule them, the sooner you can get more!
Tip #7: Ship items to you at your Disney Resort. Did you know you can do that? Yes! You can order from Amazon, or even Wal Mart to ship dry foods and other items to your resort. This saves SO much space in your luggage, and they’ll be waiting for you upon arrival.
Tip #8: Download the My Disney Experience App. The My Disney Experience app has all your reservations, Fastpasses, and up to the minute wait times at your fingertips. You can check what attractions may be closed, the wait times for attractions nearby, and even get reminders that your dining time is coming!
Tip #9: Bring an external cell phone charger. Using My Disney Experience, taking photos of your family, and uploading to social media takes a toll on your phone battery. An external charger can easily fit into your park bag, and it’s great to have it at your fingertips so you can charge your phones when you see the batteries getting low.
Tip #10: Book your Disney vacation sooner rather than later. Since Disney only requires a $200 deposit to secure your reservation, what do you have to lose? Last minute trips can be booked, but they can be stressful. Booking early allows you to be ready for those important dates like your 180 day mark to make your dining reservations, plan your park days, and even let your travel agent watch for discounts to apply to your package. It ensures you get the resort, and package you want, and locks in your rates.
Are you looking for ways to save money on your next Disney vacation? Do you need planning tips, or are you overwhelmed with where to start? Then contact Carrie-a Vacation Specialist with Destinations in Florida, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner-to get your trip planning underway. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for the best deals on your next Orlando getaway. Mention Family Friendly Frugality and receive a free gift when booking your trip with her!