So you’ve finally decided to take the plunge – to visit the land of “Mouse”!
Everyone’s been but you, right?
Well, not everyone, but let an ole veteran give you some Disney Dos and Don’ts……..
DO as much research as you can before booking. It is actually more affordable than ever to visit, with various options offered to appeal to everyone. On the Disney web site, you can view various price levels of resorts from Value to Luxury, and determine which one fits into your budget long before actually booking.
DON’T put all of your eggs in one basket. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t spend the majority of your funds on a room. You will not be there as much as you think, and even Disney’s value resorts offer the “Disney Magic” in their interiors/exteriors.
DO remember this is the deep south and dress accordingly. If you are making a summer visit, try to dress in lightweight, breathable fabrics. Cotton shorts & shirts are best for all family members. Also, remember to pack swimwear & water shoes, as each resort has it’s own themed pool. If you’re traveling in winter months, wear layered clothing that can be removed easily, as parks will be cooler in the mornings/evenings and warmer mid-day.
DON’T make this a fashion show – you’ll end up regretting it. Cute children’s outfits, ladies’ dresses and cute pant suits…..all of those are fine – for your nights out to dinner, but not advisable for the parks. Children can easily get overheated if overdressed, and you’ll be climbing in and out of rides, ladies, so a dress is NOT your best option – if you get my drift. Also, stick with athletic shoes, which you have worn around home at least 2 weeks before vacation. There will be more walking than you can imagine, for hours at a time, and sandals, flip-flops, crocs, etc. will NOT lend you the support you need. Ladies – NO HIGH HEELS – if I’m telling you this, you know someone has actually done it.
DO be careful in choosing your vacationing “partners”. You’re going and you think it would be great if everyone went with you — not so much. If you have an aunt who lives to complain, or a friend with a difficult wife, leave them at home your first time visiting. Remember, you’ve worked a long time for this vacation, and it’s going to cost you quite a bit of money, so make it all about you and your household. Save “friendship” and “extended family” trips for another time, so you and yours can enjoy yourselves to the fullest.
DON’T tell young children of your travel plans if the trip is a year away. Children have NO CONCEPT of time, and from this day forward, you will hear “Is it time to go to Disney World yet?” It will be hard for you to conceal this, with it being your first time, and you’re as giddy as a kid yourself, but trust me, you will thank me later that you didn’t disclose to Little Johnny and Precious Janie in January that they will be visiting the Mouse in December.
DO talk to someone who has been before, whether family member, friend, or even someone on this forum. Most people are more than happy to inform you of their personal dos and don’ts.
DON’T assume something is a stupid question. I will guarantee someone before you asked the same question. You’ll never know if you don’t ask!
Hopefully, these tips will aid you in having the most magical vacation ever! Happy Disney Days! DeAnna Welch
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