Heading to the Most Magical Place on Earth? Here are Ways To Make Your Walt Disney World Vacation Magical.
Welcome to the New Year. I am slowing coming back up to speed here on the blog. Hopefully you all had a nice time over the holiday season. I really enjoyed spending some quality family time. I took a little break from The Farm Girl Gabs so I could chill with the kids and hubby. But I am back. I also happen to be counting down the days until my next Walt Disney World Vacation. I am excited to officially announce that I have been invited once again to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. This year’s event has a special twist, it’s a land and sea conference. Yep, you read that correctly. The conference will take place February 7 – 12, 2017. A portion of the event will be held at Walt Disney World and the other portion we will be sailing on the Disney Wonder. This is my first Disney cruise and I am super excited. Anthony and I are going solo and will also be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary too. So yay for more Disney pixie dust and magic!
So you have just booked your first or fiftieth Walt Disney World Vacation. If you have been there before, you know that a Walt Disney World vacation can be pretty overwhelming. If you have never been there before….a Walt Disney World vacation can be pretty overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. There is so much to see and do there.
Here are some planning tips for Ways To Make Your Walt Disney World Vacation Magical.
Check for current discounts and promotions on the official Walt Disney World website.
They will often run room specials and sometimes even free dining during certain times of the year. Once you set your budget, it’s worth checking to see if any of the deals and discounts would work for you. You may have also received that elusive PIN code discount in the mail. When planning, plug that in to see if it is a better value for you.
Explore Off-Site Hotel Options.
As a Disney veteran, I have stayed both on site and off-site. While staying on site definitely has it advantages, you can often get really good deals at hotels outside the Walt Disney World Resort. It definitely is worth researching.
Pack your perfect in park backpack.
Be sure to check out the post I wrote about what to include in your in-park bag. Bring snacks and all the necessities to make you visit more fun and cost-effective. You can also download and print a Disney Packing List here to help you with packing.
Drink lots of water.
Florida is hot. Guest can receive complimentary cups of water at any of the food kiosks. You can also pack your own refillable water bottle.
If you love to shop, download Shop Disney Parks App.
You can locate authentic Disney items throughout the entire Walt Disney World Resort. Also, If you have a Disney Visa card you can save 10% at select shops on property. And while we are on the topic of shopping, if you are staying on property, take advantage of package delivery service. You can pick up purchased merchandise as you exit the theme parks or enjoy complimentary delivery to your Resort hotel.
Show Your Disney Side!
Have fun, let loose and rock your best Disney fashion. Whether it is just a simple homemade Disney t-shirt or you are going all out and Disney-bounding each day, just have fun. You are in Disney! You are allowed to act like a kid no matter what your age. American Tourister luggage allows you to pack more fun too! They have an AWESOME line of Disney, Marvel and Star Wars-themed luggage.
Don’t Overschedule Your Day – it just causes meltdowns. Use Fast Pass+
I chalk this one up to experience. Been there and done that. Yes, we want our family to see EVERYTHING, but eventually the wheels will fall off the bus if we just keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny. Pace yourself, utilitze Fast Pass+ and take a few breaks throughout the day. Otherwise, it will be meltdown city for both the kids and parents.
Plan the perfect time to visit.
Obviously, like most tourist destinations, certain times of the year are busier than others. Walt Disney World is no exception. If your schedule is flexible, consider visiting during the off-season. You’ll get to experience light crowds and the parks at their best.
Take The Scenic Route.
If you plan to book a rental car, Alamo is the official rental car company of Walt Disney World. The also have a great resource on their website called The Scenic Route. The Scenic Route is a collection of travel stories, guides and advice that will inspire your family to achieve maximum memories-per-getaway on your next vacation.
Show Your Crafty Disney Side.
Invest in Memory Maker.
I love the value of the Memory Maker! So much so that I wrote a whole post about its benefits. You can read all about it here. Basically, with Memory Maker, you get all your Disney PhotoPass photos, videos and even more benefits included for one price with Memory Maker!
Have Fun Taking Your Own Pictures.
Take your own fun family pictures while at the park. Capture those magical candid memories. Don’t forget the scenery and details too. Try shooting from different angles too. You can read more tips here.
Be sure to follow along with us from February 6 – 12 as we take on Walt Disney World and set sail for adventure on the Disney Wonder. I will be posting frequently throughout the event on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Here are some other helpful Disney Planning posts.
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