Keeping Your Senses While Experiencing the Magic
While vacationing at Walt Disney World Resort, it’s so easy to get lost in the magic. The fireworks, the scent of baked goods and chocolate piping from the Main Street Bakery, and making sure you are experiencing it all can sometimes cloud our senses.
However, just because it’s the “Happiest Place on Earth”, and a place where “Dreams Really Do Come True”, doesn’t mean that there isn’t going to be a little bit of trouble. With thousands of people in the parks every year, there’s bound to be some who are trying to mess with the magic. Stroller stealing, balloon lifting, and returning to your stroller to find that your camera has been stolen are very real at Walt Disney World.
Today I’d like to share with you some easy ways to keep your common sense about you while touring the Disney parks.
1. Identify your stroller. Perhaps tie a bright bandana or scarf around the handles. Or, make a cute tag with your child’s name on it. Your stroller is probably going to be moved while you’re experiencing your favorite Disney attractions. It’s very common to park outside of It’s a Small World and enjoy The Flight of Peter Pan, Cinderella’s Carousel, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and maybe even wander into Pinnochio Village Haus for a snack. When you return to look for your stroller, it will probably have been moved by either a cast member or another guest trying to get to theirs. Having something to make yours stand out is a great idea. One thing we love is when renting a stroller from Kingdom Stroller Rentals there is a nice little name tag at the bottom which is perfect!
2. Plan a return trip to your resort for a break during the day. How does this help with staying safe? By returning to the resort, you can drop off that super fun Mickey balloon you just got, or re load your touring bag with necessities for the evening. Did you take your good DSLR camera into the park for that character dinner? Perhaps leaving it in your room and taking a small point and shoot digital camera is a good idea for the evening activities.
3. Pack your touring bag lightly. If you pack light, you’ll be able to carry your backpack or travel bag onto the rides with you. That prevents you from leaving it in your stroller. Even though it may be buried under your super cool Disney ponchos, that doesn’t mean someone won’t rummage through to see what they can find. I understand that traveling with kids means taking more than you usually would. However, taking a backpack with a few diapers, a small pack of wipes, and a few snacks is for sure doable. You can always return to the resort to reload the bag. Also, the Baby Care Centers are wonderful resources for essentials in a pinch.
4. If you are planning on leaving anything in the stroller while enjoying the attractions, don’t make it anything valuable. I know this seems like common sense, but so many think that just burying your bag or camera under something in the stroller will keep it from getting stolen. Chances are, if you think you can just leave your touring bag in the stroller while enjoying attractions, you’ve probably packed too much in it.
I’m sure there are plenty of other tips out there for staying safe at Walt Disney World, and I would love to hear them!
Carrie writes here on Chip & Co., and on My Favorite Finds. Stop by My Favorite Finds, where you’ll findrecipes, tutorials, organization inspiration, and Disney travel tips. She hopes you’ll find some joy in your everyday when you visit My Favorite Finds!
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