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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.
Ok Disney travellers, I’m going to share with you a few tips on using Disney Transportation. Which is a nice way to say I’m going to tell you how to NOT act like you’ve hit your head and forgotten your manners at Disney.
THE LAWS OF PHYSICS IN RELATION TO DISNEY TRANSPORT
This one is OK to use at home too. I PROMISE you that allowing other guests to exit first will make it easier for you to board. Standing in front of the open doors while they have to push past you, only slows things down. It may also result in a stray elbow to the ribs from people like me. I mentioned walking…again physics. I can not walk through you when you make a dead stop to refer to your Disney Mobile app. Move to the side if you need to stop, this keeps the flow of traffic moving.
Have you ever wondered “How and I going to transport my baby and all of their things while at Disney?” Well look no further I am here to let you in on an amazing service that Disney offers if you are staying at a Disney resort and arriving/departing from the Orlando airport (MCO)!
We all know (or can imagine) how difficult it is to travel with small children. Babies and toddlers need bottles, sippy cups, bibs, burp cloths, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, etc. Toddlers and other young kids love to get messy, and sometimes (o.k. most times) they don’t even have to try to hard, it’s like a skill they were born with. There are usually 2-3 changes of clothes that we must pack per day, pull ups, favorite blankies, pacifiers, beloved Mickey stuffed animals (you know the one that you have sewn the arm back on at least 5 times in the past year?!)
The thought of not only packing all of these things into a suitcase (that you surely will be charged for if it is over the weight limit) can be quiet overwhelming. If packing is overwhelming; then start thinking about getting the suitcases, stroller, car seat from plane ride, and child/children to Disney. Sure you can rent a car, or pay an astronomical fee for a cab ride or a limo (and you may also have to deal with quirky drivers), or you can use Disney’s Magical Express.
The Magical Express is a free service given to guest’s that are staying on Disney property. When you book just include your flight info (this info can also be added after booking if you do not yet have flights). and you will be set up in the system. Up to 45 days before your trip you can expect a packet in the mail containing easy to follow instructions and tags that will need to be attached to each piece of your luggage before you check your baggage. Once you check your baggage you will not have to worry about it again! Just take your magical express booklet on the plane and relax.
Approximately 300 volunteers + six hours = one shiny, new playground!
In cooperation with KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to preserving play for children, the group labored in the heat and humidity, transforming an empty 40-by-60-foot piece of property into a children’s wonderland of slides, climbing walls and zip lines.
Disney is a KaBOOM! National Partner, supporting its vision of safe play places within walking distance of every child in America. Since 2011, Disney has pledged more than $3.5 million to help build playgrounds and gardens across the country with the participation of thousands of Disney VoluntEARS. By the end of the year, Disney will have helped KaBOOM! build nearly 30 playgrounds nationwide!
Although the heat was sweltering and our Disney VoluntEARS shirts got a bit “grimier” than we’ve ever seen them before, we were proud to contribute to something that will bring joy and happiness to families for many years to come.
- Disney Cruise Line’s Magical Cruise Adventure Sweepstakes (chipandco.com)
- Disney Cruise Line Discounts from Galveston Texas (pixievacations.com)
As part of Walt Disney World Resort’s ongoing support to the Orlando Museum of Art, the company is sponsoring From Alice to Zeus: The Art of John Rocco, an exhibit on view from July 14 – October 28, 2012.
This is the eighth exhibition in OMA’s Art of the Picture Book Series, and because Rocco is a Disney Hyperion artist this was a unique synergistic opportunity to help OMA present children’s programming.
The exhibit includes more than 60 preparatory drawings and finished illustrations by Rocco as well as rough sketches and doodles offering a “behind the scenes” look at the artist’s creative process.