By Erin, our official Cheapskate Princess Authorized Disney Vacation Planner
Planning a Disney World vacation can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be overwhelming. I’m a Disney College of Knowledge Graduate and a Florida Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist. I live to help my clients plan their vacations, and helping you make special memories is one of my top priorities. I’m going to ensure you get the most magic out of your Disney vacation!
I’ve put together a list of 10 Do’s and Don’ts that I share with my family and closest friends, plus clients who receive my itinerary services. I have studied Disney travel for years, and I work extremely hard at making sure my clients have the best time on their vacations. These are just my favorite tips to make sure your trip is FANTASTIC!
So buckle in and here we go!
Erin’s Five Must Do’s
1. DO the nighttime shows.
Wishes Fireworks in Magic Kingdom is a must do. One of the best viewing spots is near the entrance to Tomorrowland, but another GREAT place to view it is from Fantasyland between Beast’s Castle and Journey Under the Sea. Viewing the fireworks from Fantasyland means you won’t see Cinderella Castle lit up or hear the quite music as well, but it is a great way to view them as an alternative.
IllumiNations in Epcot is also something you do not want to miss, and there really are tons of great viewing spots.
2. DO use the My Disney Experience app on your smart phones
Using the My Disney Experience app in the parks gives you up to the minute information in your pocket, and it’s really a great tool to have before and during your trip. With that being said, DO let the kids have a hand in planning your days before you arrive. A great idea is to let everyone pick one thing that they really want to experience, so then everyone’s wishes become a priority.
3. DO have a schedule, BUT…
It’s a great idea to have a schedule , but DO take your time and enjoy Walt Disney World for all it has to offer. The experience of going as a family is wonderful, but don’t forget it is not just for the kids. Let the grown-ups be kids too!
4. DO plan for down time.
Even the most in-shape and healthy young adults need a break from the sensory overload that is involved in going to Disney. The kids will most certainly have sensory overload, so the best thing to remember is to be prepared. Have a plan for when you will take breaks with stops for snacks and drinks.
With that being said, I highly recommend taking a break in the middle of the day for a nap, rest time, and re-grouping, especially if you are trying to stay out late for the fireworks. By the end of the day, you will be glad you had that little break.
5. DO plan your next ride/attraction while waiting in line
Planning your next go-to place prevents you standing around feeling frustrated. Decide where are you headed next. And remember, some of the greatest hidden gems at Disney World are in the line ques for attractions. Look up, look down, look all around for Disney fanatic hidden fun.
Erin’s Five Must Don’ts
1. DON’T ride these rides.
I wrote an entire planning article on what to do and what to skip. If I recommend you to avoid certain rides, I promise, it’s to save you from wasting time on attractions that I honestly don’t think you or the kids will enjoy with your limited amount of park time. Use this link for my suggestions:
2. DON’T think you can do it all.
You are just not going to do it all during this visit. There is just no way. Walt Disney World Parks are bigger than the island of Manhattan, and doing and seeing everything is just not possible. So make a list of what you want to do for certain, and slowly add extra experiences that you would like to do, but be prepared…you can’t do and see it all.
3. DON’T let stuff bother you.
Don’t let the plethora of strollers, kids, and other people bother you. This is one I have had to train my husband about. If you go on vacation with expectations of having to be around children at some point, you will have a better time. Also, remember when heading back to your resort at the end of the day, you are going to be line with everyone else from your resort. Sometimes, sitting at the front of the park or by the buses letting the crowd levels diminish before you stand in your bus line is a great way to avoid frustration. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
4. DON’T stand in line to see these characters
Standing in long character meet and greet lines that you could see at a character meal can be a waste of your time. Meeting characters is awesome both for children and our inner child, but it can suck a big piece of time out of your day. Consider making reservations for character meals, where the characters come to your table. Unless these are characters that you or the kids just love, don’t feel like you have to stand in every line to see every character.
5. DON’T forget to pack a backpack.
You will need a park bag packed with snacks and fuel for the day. With young children, I know this is a no-brainer, but it is always on my to-do lists. DON’T ever forget your fuel!
Disney World is such a wonderful experience, and I am sure you have done endless amounts of research outside of using me as your agent. I realize some of the resources out there are really great and provide excellent advice. But in my years of experience, I’ve had many clients get completely stressed by trying to accomplish every “must do” suggestion out there.
Start with 10 Do’s and Don’ts, and get ready to enjoy the magic. If I can help you plan your next vacation, don’t hesitate to call me at 214-697-7732 or send me an e-mail to erin @ destinationsinflorida.com for a free no obligation vacation quote. I’m here to help make your trip as stress free as possible.
Erin is a Disney College of Knowledge Graduate and a Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure Specialist. She has also recently become a Florida Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialist. She can book and plan your vacation to anywhere.
As an avid scrapbooker and parent, Erin makes sure all her clients know memories are her priority. Erin’s passion is helping everyone have a once-in-a-lifetime magical vacation, which include excellent customer service, attention to detail, celebrating milestones and bringing families together.
Whether it is a honeymoon, a family’s first visit to Walt Disney World, or an extended family coming together from all across the country, Erin specializes in making sure everyone gets the most magic out of their vacation!
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