1) Book Online Through Disney - This made things so easy! We stayed at a Disney resort (Port Orleans -Riverside) which made getting around super easy. We could travel to the park via bus (where they drop you right at the entrance!) or to Downtown Disney by boat. It was really cool. We purchased a dining package so literally everything we needed was taken care of - and attached to our hotel room key. Nothing like not having to carry cash, etc. with you. And they'll even deliver your park purchases right to your hotel room for you.
2) Plan for the Traveling - We decided to drive rather than fly which meant that we spent a cozy 16 hours together in our car each way. Road tripping with little ones can be tricky, so I planned more for this than any other part! I packed a bag full of activities for them to do in the car - coloring pages of Disney characters, sticker books, crafts, bingo, look and find games, and movies to watch.
Here are a few of the activities that my kids really loved:
We also mapped out all the rest stops along the way so that we knew how far it was to the next stop (for potty breaks, stretching, and running off energy!). Rest stops were key for us. We would get the kids out of the car frequently and send them running laps around the grassy area. It seemed to help keep them in good spirits when they were stuck in their car seats. We also loaded our car with every time of snack imaginable. Amazing how well the kids will behave themselves with the promise of Oreos lingering over them! Pack your own refillable water bottles and snack containers too. This saves you $$ and is easier on the environment.
|Photo op at a rest stop!|
|The girls with Princess Tiana|
5) Be a Kid Yourself - My kids always have the most fun when we get into the fun too. We splashed in puddles when it rained, sang the song on "It's a Small World," wore glow bracelets, oohed and ahhhed at the fireworks, devoured desserts, swam in the pool, pretended to be a prince and princess, and generally through out all sense of adulthood whenever possible. The kids loved it. When we get to really play - we all have so much fun.
What are your best tips for going to Disney?