Still on a Walt Disney World high over here, (we got back last week) and still calling myself a virgin considering the last time I was at the park was when I was 12...
We had the best time we knew how to have - the kids were really the ones having the most fun and that's what counted to me. Many great childhood memories were made and magical moments shared. There are a few things I wish I would have known before we went that would have made it that much more magical.
- Get used to standing in line. No matter what you plan to do from rides to meeting characters to simply getting an ice cream, you will have to stand in line for it. This should be a given and considered in your timing before you even start..my husband was in denial which led to sweaty fake woo hoos about standing in line for the following ride.
- Stay cool and hydrated. You will be melting after all, plus the water helps with all the sweaty woo hoos.
- Go into any shop and ask for a pin that says it is your (or your child's) first visit to the park. The park employees will make a big deal out of the person wearing the pin no matter their age.
- Make sure you get a Disney Photo Pass - this is where a photographer takes your picture at a certain location then scans it onto a card. You can take this card with you around to wherever there is a photographer in any of the parks and get your photos scanned to view online. It's brilliant! I was so happy to have this service being that I thought I lost my camera for the princess makeover..
- Know that the Fast Pass is a free service and really good if you are spending the entire day at one park and have a couple hours to come back. If you go into a line at 2pm, it's an hour wait, and the fast pass tells you to come back at 4pm - sometimes it just seemed easier to wait in line than to come back later.
- Be aware that if you are eating your meals at the park, it will cost you and a few are not really kid friendly foods even though it sounds like it might be. We had waffle sandwiches which sounded like something the kids would like, not so much.
- It's a good idea to research and at least look at a park map before you go so that you can decide with your family which attractions really interest you that you just can't miss and which you could pass on. Note to self: look at the restaurants too!
- Be sure to grab a map at the front gate of each park you enter.
- Don't miss Space Mountain no matter what - it's worth however long you might have to wait, my daughter who sat in the front seat will tell you..
- There is an app you can download on your phone called Mobile Magic that will tell you the current show and wait times, maps, attractions and weather based on where you are in the parks. I used this once the whole time, proving how techie I really am. I guess I'm more old school with the holding and folding of the maps..
Have you been to Walt Disney World?
What are your tips and tricks?