How to Headache Proof Your Disney World Vacation
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article targeted at my fellow migraine sufferers visiting Disney World. Today I am going with the headache theme again, but this time, I am coming at it from a different view-point. The view-point of a figurative headache (or, come to think of it, it could actually prove to be literal). Today, we are taking a look at the little things you can do to make your trip to Disney World the most magical it can be. I am giving you some MEDS to help you prevent those pesky “headaches” at Disney!
M: Make time for break
Making time for breaks will save you a headache down the road, especially if you are traveling with little ones! I don’t think that a break has to mean taking an actual nap. A break for your family/group may mean sitting down for a snack, hitting a Disney water park, splitting up to venture out on your own, or a million other things. Sometimes the best “breaks” are quick escapes to let you renew and refresh. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle is a good idea because it gives you a chance to start fresh. Whatever a break looks like for you and yours, be sure to take a few the next time you are at Disney. I am sure you’ll notice the difference from those days where you shot through the parks on auto pilot!
Equipping yourself for a day at Disney World is a good idea…especially when you take time to do it before you are in the parks. By equip yourself, I am talking about thinking through your day. What will you need to take with you? What time are your dining reservations? What do you want to do and see? Who is going to be responsible for what? The list goes on! Taking a trip to Disney World is fun, but it is also tiring. Taking care of as many “things” and decisions as you can before you are on the bus to the park is a good idea. Three things that I always make sure I do to equip myself are: 1.)Pack (light and smart) for the day 2.) Appoint someone to be keeper of the keys/tickets/Fastpasses (an adult) 3.)Make a plan for the day (with any dining reservations in mind). Being ready is half the battle!
I cannot stress to you how helpful this point is …or how tempted I was to put it first and spell MEDS…DMES…but that wouldn’t make sense! So here she lies, third down on this list of ideas, but massively important! Online check-in is probably the best invention ever! Here is how it works: if you are staying on property, in one of the resorts Offering online check-in (check the FAQ section of Disney’s online check-in page), then you can do online check-in within 10 days of your trip. In the comfort of your own home, you can answer a few pieces of information and potentially save yourself a ton of time. You see, when you arrive at your Disney resort, guests who have completed online check-in can go through a shorter line…and like magic…you are ready to start your vacation. I know there are times where the regular check in line isn’t that bad, but after riding or flying all day, it is sort of nice to not have to do too much thinking, no matter what line you are standing in! I’ve let this slip my mind only one time. After a nearly hour wait, I made sure to etch this quick and convenient service in my mind!
So, we just talked about taking advantage of online check-in at Disney resorts, my next tip is to do yourself a favor and stay on property! I have stayed in a slew of places from on Disney property, to near, and far. I know that planning with a budget in mind is important and I know the thought for many people is, “Disney is too expensive!”. But, I am a firm believer that you can find good deals and offers for Disney resorts if you look for them. From excellent travel agents to discounted rates and dining deals, there really is something for everyone at Disney resorts. Not to mention the variety of Resort offerings, from value priced on up to deluxe, the service and range of resorts at Disney is amazing! I love that you are catered to by Disney cast members, whose job is to make your stay delightful. I love the atmosphere and cleanliness. And, I seriously love the free transportation to the parks. I stayed at an off property location in February that had “free” transportation in nasty buses, where I actually thought we were going to wreck or breakdown, and to put a cherry on top, the drivers hassled (literally wouldn’t let you get off without asking you to “pay” a tip) you for a tip. I love that at Disney resorts, this is included, trust me, the last thing I’ll be able to do when I’m maneuvering a stroller, my stuff, and other guests is reach in my bag and get you a tip. Not to say that I don’t want to, because I am all about giving a tip…but every time I rode the bus…even when it was the same driver? I have never seen anything like it! From now on, I am going all Disney or I am not going! Headache avoided!
As always, thanks for reading!
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See ya real soon!
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