If you’re considering a trip to Disney World, it’s likely you’re not sure where to start. Disney World is not only one of the world’s top destinations for a fun-filled family vacation but also the Most Magical Place on the Planet. Planning your family vacation to this magical destination can be quite stressful and confusing; both before the trip and once you’ve gotten there. Well, the following tips will help you plan and maximize your next Walt Disney World family vacation.
Don’t Power Through a Full Day at the Parks
Of course, you’re here to have fun to the fullest but that doesn’t mean you should spend the entire day at the parks, from open to close. If you’re coming with older folks, keep in mind that they may prefer a more leisurely morning. You must come up with a plan and agree on where to meet your older folks and probably when to spend a couple of hours together. Kids, on the other hand, may want to wake up early and need a nap in the afternoon. You have to take them back to the hotel for the nap. In the evening you can enjoy dinner and other attractions together.
Research Rides and Attractions Before you Head on your Family Vacation
It’s important that you come up with a list of rides good for all ages. You don’t want to induce heart attacks to the older folks or make it too scary for the kids. The goal is to ensure both the little ones and seniors don’t miss out on the rides and attractions. Remember every ride and attraction has reviews on the appropriate age group.
Bring your Own Strollers
All the parks in Walt Disney World have stroller parking, with no limit to how long one can park. Visitors can rent strollers but aren’t allowed to leave the parks with them. It’s, therefore, best you bring your own stroller so you won’t have to worry about carrying your child or waking her up when they fall asleep.
Purchase Groceries and Toiletries in Advance
You should avoid purchasing groceries from Disney gift shops as they are expensive. You can save time and money by ordering groceries in advance of your Disney World trip and having them delivered to your hotel. Orlando Grocery Express and Garden Grocer offer these services to different hotels. Must-have items include fruits, power bars, cases of water, and sunscreen.
Skip the Disney Dining Plan
Who doesn’t want to save money during their Disney World family vacation? Are you sure you really need to each steak and other expensive entrees for every meal? Anyone looking to save money will prefer more economical meal options off the Disney Dining Plan. Don’t forget you want to have a fun-filled family vacation. So, go ahead and compare the cost of paying for food out of pocket against that of the Disney Dining Plan.
Plan a “Free’ Day
Yes, you need a free day where you don’t have to include theme parks on your schedule. There are other free things you can do such as shopping at Disney Springs, taking a resort tour, swimming in your hotel’s pool, strolling around the resort, and engaging in other activities that will recharge your energy for the rest of your vacation.