Monday, July 9, 2012

Top Ten Tips for Disney Virgins


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.  


  1. 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.

  2. Stay cool and hydrated. You will be melting after all, plus the water helps with all the sweaty woo hoos.

  3. 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.

  4. 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..

  5. 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.  

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. Be sure to grab a map at the front gate of each park you enter.  

  9. 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..

  10. 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..

All in all it was a very enchanting experience and one that I would love to do again with my family after giving my husband a couple chill pills..you'd think after doing it once he would know what to expect but trust that he will still need the chill pills.

Have you been to Walt Disney World?  
What are your tips and tricks?



16 comments:

rebecca hope said...

Disney is great! We live 15 mins from there so we go all the time. We used to go twice a week but tickets became a bit expensive. I remember the first time I went. But after going a million times a year, you start to really dislike theme parks. My husband will not go anymore. If I want to go, I have to go alone. It's his hell considering he used to work there.

Kate F. @katefineske said...

I love Disney. We go a lot because my parents place is only an hour a way. I have to say, I have a new found appreciation of Disney's focus on service and it's visitors after visiting Cedar Point this weekend (The Roller Coaster Thrill Park in Ohio) Cedar Point had great rides - but was NO comparison to the employees and amazing atmosphere of Disney! Glad you had a good trip!

Matt Conlon said...

I am 32, and have never been... I've never been interested either, but the kids are. If you had to plan a trip, two adults, two kids (7 and 3) how much money would you set aside for say a week in Disney?

Mayor Gia said...

Ah, I went there in middle school (before apps and whatnot). But I LOVED it.

Fadderly said...

all excellent points! i can't wait to go back. it's been a long time since we've been there. that mobile magic app i bet is really helpful!!!

31Amber_:) said...

I've been to the park six times and I feel like that every time that I'm there. We are planning on taking all three kids next year. Space Mountain is my FAVORITE RIDE!!!!!!!

Coffeelovinmom said...

how much do you have? just kidding - it really depends on where you stay and where you are flying from. Admission to the park (for a hopper) is almost $100pp and I would say we spent an average of $125 per day on other stuff like meals and souvs just to give a ball park..my kids are 7 and 10. Feel free to email me for more details..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

The employees really are amazing - my husband even commented that everyone was so happy! It really is the happiest place on earth

CoffeeLovinMoM said...

I would imagine going twice a week would get expensive..my kids would love to go a million times a year but I guess it would wear out quicker that way..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

yep I was 12 when my parents took me - part of my graduation gift. I really enjoyed it then too, surprised at how much I forgot though going again - it was nice seeing it through my kids eyes too

CoffeeLovinMom said...

There is always something that comes up in hindsight. My daughter LOVED the mountain, just tall enough to ride, front seat - I was worried but she's obviously a thrill seeker so now I really have reason to be worried..

CoffeeLovinMom said...

I would know if I used it more than once...looking at it now, you won't need any maps - they are all on there ;) It's time to go back!

CoffeeLovinMom said...

Also - my husband was the same as you, not interested and never been (only he's about 10 years older), you may or may not feel different after you go just based on his reaction - that may or may not have anything to do with how much money we spent ;)

the robot mommy said...

We are continplating getting season passes. Neither hubs and I have been in about 8 years. Since Lil H is not yet 2, we have a year of her getting in free. I want to take advantage

All excellent points. Now I REALLY wanna go!

Jennifer Hall said...

I've been to EPCOT, like, 19 years ago. I would LOVE to take my kids down there!

Izza BabyWheels said...

Hi! Thanks for the tips! We just planned a trip to Disney on Christmas and your tips is such a helpful thing for me.

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