I started writing this blog back in June when I went down to Florida to visit my sister who was doing a summer internship at a university in Boca Raton. Naturally, I HAD to visit her and we planned out a long weekend for me to come down there. She literally had been down there for 2 weeks when I went to visit. LOL. Of course we planned out a trip to our favorite place - Disney World! Here we are in January and we took our annual girls/besties/sister trip back in November down to Disney (again)! I have had a few requests on
details around Disney World travel and things to see/do. I get referred to as crazy because I have been able to hit all the parks in a day. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not crazy if you have a plan! Now, I am by no means claiming to be a Disney expert or advisor. This blog will give you the tips and tricks that we have learned. Besides Kady and I going there 3 times now, my parents have taken us twice; both on a family vacations and I also went down there when one of my best friends did an internship at Disney World! So again, no expert - just learn from my mistakes and good fortunes!
Download the Disney World app. This will give you everything you need built in. It has a running list of your reservation (tickets, hotel, fastpasses, etc.), shows wait times of all the attractions in the parks, you can make lunch/dinner reservations, or you can even order food to pickup! At the end of the day, we like to look at the professional pics that we loaded to our magic bands which links into my account for the app as well.
I think one of the more important parts of going to Disney is deciding what is most important in the trip, making a tentative game plan, and packing accordingly. Now, Kady & I usually do not plan until the day before or even as we are entering the park and getting a feel for wait times. I truly think you first plan on what you HAVE to hit first - like those items that you would be devastated if you couldn't do it. For example, we knew we HAD to get the Seven Dwarfs ride that we haven't been able to hit in Magic Kingdom for the past 2 times we were there. From there you have to just plan on what you can hit next and then fill the space in-between with a show or low-wait ride.
Helpful hint: Disney offers accommodations for those individuals who cannot wait in line. See your guest services the first day and they will make the arrangements for you!
Top Items to Bring:
1. Rain Poncho(s) - it will most likely rain a little bit if you go to Disney World. The mistake most people make is one of two things. Either they leave when the rain should not stop your fun because it will soon pass or they don’t pack their own poncho and overpay at the souvenir shop for one that is marked up 10x.
2. Refillable Water Bottle -this is a must for us, especially depending on the time of year!
3. Snacks - not entirely important for me, but Kady brings some and I know most people don't know you can actually bring snacks in to avoid extra expenses for them and their families. Make sure they aren't melt-able snacks!
4. Bookbag (or fanny pack!) - I think this goes without being said, but.... The wait isn't long to get through this line to enter the park and they make all the rides easily accessible to take these on so do it!!
5. Rechargeable Battery - we always use Kady's that has an awesome battery life/use. Just this time we were able to charge up both of ours to over 50% for 3 days each (so 6 charges for those of you who can't math) and she only lost 1 bar on her battery out of 4. The brand is Blackweb and here's a link similar to hers (it was a gift).
6. Sunglasses - we don't use them because EARS but there were times that we were hurting (even in November!!). :)
Did I miss something? Have questions about something else? Leave me a comment below!
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