Category Archives: Tips and Tricks
So you’ve decided that flying to Disney is the way to go. I live in the Northeast, so our flight is short, but in my opinion necessary. My parents were all about the road trip, but with two young boys, I’m all about getting there quickly. So I’m going to share a few of my tips for a successful flying experience with the family. Disclaimer: I make no guarantees here. Flying these days can be rough. But try a few of these ideas to ease the pain.
- Picking Your Flight: Pick a time that works for you. If you are not morning people, don’t stress yourself out by trying to get a 6am flight. Direct flights are not always financially feasible, but if it’s a matter of a small amount, definitely go that way! Spend less on your souvenirs when you get to Disney. Obviously we are all traveling from different parts of the country, but we try to take a late morning flight which gets us in mid afternoon. For many families, travelling during nap time works out well. If your kid is easily distracted this is not a good plan. Then you are left with a napless, cranky child.
- Discounted Flights: Many times if you go to your home airport there will be smaller companies that fly out of there to Orlando. For example Chip has Frontier and Allegiant air that fly out of Greensboro with direct flights to Orlando. Tickets usually run $49 each way. Just check the individual airline website for details as many of these companies will not show up on Expedia or some of the other travel sites.
- Bagging It: We travel with a backpack with several pockets and use bags within the bag. By that I mean using Ziploc bags, pencil cases, makeup bags, etc to compartmentalize your items. Dollar Stores are a great place to find little bags. Keep all like items together for easy access during the security check in and flight.
- Travel Insurance: If you are travelling during Hurricane Season or during the winter months, I strongly recommend this. On the three trips I’ve purchased insurance, I’ve had to use it twice. The company that works with Disney will handle all your flight rebooking and the cost.
- Entertainment: Purchase some small entertaining toys, books or games that will be new to your children. Or put some of their favorites away for a while and reintroduce them. It could be as simple as a Matchbox car! Download apps, movies or tv shows they haven’t seen before if you travel with a IPad or similar device. Disney shows of course! Coloring books with the “magical markers” are a big hit with this family.
- Preparation: If this is their first flight, talk with your children about the process. Books are always great tools. Especially inform them that they will walk through security on their own. Practicing and play acting your flying scenario can be fun family time.
How do you do your Mickey Ears? Do you bring the same pair every visit? Buy new ears every time? I have a confession. One that may get me kicked off this site. I don’t own a pair of Mickey Ears. My first trip to Disney was in my late 20′s and I was too cool for Mickey Ears. After that all my trips have been with my family, so we concentrated on ears for the kids. Now that Disney is firmly implanted in my blood, I may have to break down and get a pair.
There are several headgear options at Disney World. I’ve seen “traditional” hats with every theme imaginable, including Goofy Ears and Chip and Dale heads. There are Mickey Ear hats for weddings, birthdays, holidays and more. Lately the big trend has been headband type Mickey Ears. I suppose this is to convince people like me that its OK to act like a kid in Disney World! The headbands still have the Mickey Ears, but are adorned with different themes. Some are have wedding veils, some light up. The list goes on, and if I know Disney they are coming up with new ears every 5 minutes.
As the Christmas Season approaches (yes, it’s almost 3 months away!), many Disney vacationers are in a dilemma. Should they pay the extra money to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, otherwise known as MVMCP? I vote YES, but will give you the details and some tips to make your own decision.
What to Expect:
- MVMCP begins November 9, 2012 to December 21, 2012 (note, not during Christmas Week). It runs select evenings only.
- Ticket prices vary from $53.95 to $62.95 (ages 3-9), $58.95 to $67.95 (ages 10 and up) depending on the evening.
- Purchasing tickets in advance saves you a few bucks and guarantees your tickets. FYI-There are a couple of nights there are no advance purchase discounts. Many nights sell out beforehand, so plan ahead!
For us having a six-year-old comes with its own sets of challenges. Little guys and gals are starting to develop independence and desire to be bigger. Nothing is more heart breaking than seeing your little one get their heart set on riding a ride at Disney World only to see them walking away with their head hung low because they were to small for that specific ride or attraction.
We have put together this list of Ride Restrictions at Walt Disney World so you can better prepare for which rides to shoot for and which ones to avoid. So grab your tissues and your shoe lifts and let’s venture forth.
Little Riders must be at least 38″ to ride
It’s no secret that a lot of folks out there think that Walt Disney World is kid’s stuff. I am completely opposed to this way of thinking, and believe there truly is something there for everyone. One of my hardest audiences that I have encountered is my husband – he just doesn’t seem to love WDW like I do, and it took a LOT of convincing to get him to agree to go to WDW again. So the real question in his mind is “what’s in it for me?” Well, check out some of the ‘guy-friendly’ activities below that I am hoping will get him as entranced by the mouse as I am:
Going Fast: Hop onto GM’s Test Track at Epcot for a change to be a ‘test dummy’ as you ride through some ‘unpredictable’ conditions and reach speeds of 60 mph. Travel 0-57mph in just 2.8 sec on the Rock’N Roller Coaster, which as a bonus is Aerosmith themed. Or, if your guy is the more adrenaline junkie/adventurous type, give him the chance to drive (or ride shotgun) in a real NASCAR race car at the Walt Disney World Speedway with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. At speeds up to 140 miles per hour, this is the real deal for NASCAR fans and for those of you who really want to feel the wind in your hair!
Flying High: Go para sailing at Walt Disney World and get a rare view of the resort from 450 ft in the air. Parasailing is just one of the water sports they offer, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding, Jet Skiing, and Tubing are also available.