Yes!!! Our best family memories have been made on our Disney trips! We took my son on his first Disney trip when he was 8 months old. I had been waiting for this moment and planning for the trip even before he was born! We even managed to snag an appointment for his first haircut at the Harmony Barbershop on Main St. USA.
However there is one important step you must take to make the most out of your vacation!
Plan, Plan, Plan: You can not go to Disney without a plan in place, especially if it is your first time visiting the happiest place on earth. First start by visiting insider websites, and focus on topics that will help you with planning. (Tip: use the search engine at the top of the page and type in a keyword or two, most likely great, informative articles will pop up to aide in your planning needs!) Anther great place to go for advice is the Disney World Mom’s Panel. In this forum you can search through questions that people have asked and already had replies to from the mom’s themselves, and you can also ask your own question. (Note: you may or may not receive a response due to a high number of question submissions.) I have had a few of my own questions answered and these “mom’s” are incredibly knowledgeable and they truly love helping others plan!
Here are my top planning tips to make your vacation a success!
- Baby Care Centers: Familiarize yourself with Baby Care Centers. These areas are a must use to make diaper changes, nursing, preparing bottles, cooling off, and just taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the parks. There are high chairs, kid size potty seats, a movie plays in a spacious area that kids can relax in, changing tables, nursing rooms, and they are even fully stocked with any supply for babies that you could possibly need!
- Choose a few: It is so easy to get wrapped up and think “I have to do EVERYTHING!” It is very hard (almost impossible) to accomplish everything at Disney in one trip! Look through all of the rides and attractions in each of the parks. There are some rides with restrictions for the safety of guests. Surprisingly however; there are many rides that the whole family can enjoy! Make a list of about 4-5 rides and attractions that are must do’s for you and your family. Make sure to tackle these first. This allows your expectations to be met, and then if you get to experience other things it really is a bonus!
- Plan to follow your schedule! My advice is if your family are morning people, head to the park opening, spend a few hours accomplishing your must do’s and then head back to your room around lunch time and settle in for a nap. After the nap head to the swimming pool or back to the park until normal bedtime (the bedtime that you follow at home.) I know this probably sounds like a buzz kill but I learned the hard way…a tired baby can dampen anyone’s fun. When you and your children are rested, the magic tends to be more magical. The more stress free you can be, the more fun your whole family will have.
- Help!!! Even after planning for months before your trip, one you arrive to Disney you may still feel overwhelmed. My number on piece of advice is: Ask for Help! Never hesitate to ask a cast member for directions, advice, and tips!
Heather is a Disney Main Street USA while wearing Mickey ears!, who loves the chocolate smell of pop century in the morning, dreams of being Snow White in a parade, and happily skips down the middle of
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