You go on to a vacation to relax. You want no worries. No cares! There are a few ways that you can cause unwarranted stress & extra worries. Here are some ways that you can easily wreck you Disney vacation or any vacation.
There is nothing like walking 7-10 miles in 4″ heels or in tight sandals. If you use the world cute or little when describing them to your friends, they probably aren’t the best shoes. Make sure whether you wear Crocs or Nike’s that they are broken in prior to going to the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort. I’ve had tennis shoes that have left blisters on my little toe before. Make sure you wear good socks and even carry an extra pair in your back pack. Bandaids are also must back for a day at the parks. If you should forget them or even run out, Bandaids are available at all first aid stations and baby care centers at each park and Downtown Disney.
I know many people just want to have fun and be care free while on vacation. You can do that with Disney but it could wreck your vacation.
~ Know park hours and plan accordingly. Parks close early on select dates for special events. You don’t want your one magical day at the Magic Kingdom to end at 7pm without your knowledge.
~ Know height requirements for rides and know how tall your child is. You Tube rides to make sure that they are appropriate for your child and for yourself.
~ Know what your must do’s are. Plan to do those early in the day and everything else will be a great bonus.
3. You don’t rest enough:
No matter how in shape you and your family are, you are unable to go 100% through the parks in 90 degree temps walking 10 miles per day. I’ve seen more than my fair share of tired temper tantrums while at WDW and not all of them were small children. My family gets to the parks early and stay till around lunch time. We then head back to the resort to sleep, swim and chill. Around dinner time we will head back to the parks to enjoy a nice evening. If we are staying more than 5 days, we always plan a do nothing day in the middle. Those days we may head to Downtown Disney but it’s mostly full of swimming and chilling. I also try to do a load of laundry or two. It’s nice that the laundry facilities are located next to pools.
Peak times are when kids are out of school. The worst time to go is when kids are out of school and it’s a major holiday. I understand that sometimes it’s just not possible to go any other time. Make sure you have Plan A and Plan B. Parks do close early due to capacity. Get to the park that you want to go to before 10am. If you are dieing to see the Wishes fireworks for the 4th of July or for Christmas (because they are so awesome), you may have better luck sitting on the beach at the Polynesian Resort.
5. You don’t use hand sanitizer:
You may not want to think about this, but some people don’t like to wash their hands and some people don’t wash their hand enough. A small bottle of hand sanitizer can help keep the colds and germs away. I use them after we have stood in line for while and most times just because I feel like we need it. You can get a small bottle at your local walmart for less than $1. It’s some of the best insurance you can buy.
You will walk 7-10 miles on average a day. No, you won’t walk them in 2 hours but you will walk them. Take walks around your neighborhood starting three months out. It can be a leisure stroll. It’s great family time and it will save you vacation. I’ve even had my kids at 2 years old start strolling with us. Strollers aren’t allowed in all areas and it has saved my back.
Even if you plan on renting a scooter or an ECV, you will become exhausted. I’ve seen this first hand with my parents. If you plan on using a scooter, go walk your local mall. This will only help save your vacation.
7. You don’t wear sunscreen:
No matter if you go in January or July, wear sunscreen. I’ve known people that never wear sunscreen and always tan come home with bad sunburns. You don’t have to wear SPF 50 but you should at least wear SPF 15. You can still get some sun with a low SPF.
I’ve been to Disney over 30 times and have spent over 250 days at WDW. I have yet to do it all! Every time I go, I do one thing that I haven’t done whether it’s a show that I’ve never seen or a restaurant that I haven’t eaten. Make a list of Must Do’s. Do them and everything else is bonus.
9. You didn’t bring enough CASH!
Disney vacations are can be expensive. Food bills and souvenirs purchases can add up very quickly. Prepay for as much as possible.
~ Use the dining plan. I have been with and without. With the dining plan I eat what I want and don’t worry. Without the dining plan I eat the cheapest meal possible and still spend as much or more than the dining plan.
~ Make a budget for souvenirs & extras each day. Example: You are at Disney for 5 days. Set a budget of $500 for souvenirs and extras. That’s $100 a day. Don’t allow yourself to spend another days budget going forward but you can use unused for days that have past.
~ Purchase Disney Gift Cards. You can purchase them online with free shipping and at your local grocery stores. Give Disney gift cards to your kids for chores. Ask the Easter Bunny, Santa Clause, the Tooth Fairy and Grand Parents to give them for special events and birthdays.
~ Get a Disney Visa. It has reward point that you can use on your trip. You also save 10% off a purchase of $50 or more at stores.
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