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Food for one is a big part, we seem to always schedule a trip to DTD by where we want to eat…If you are just here to shop till you drop and want to grab a quick snack then you could choose from Pretzels and Fried Candy Bars at Wetzel’s Pretzels and Cookes of Dublin or how about candy and sweets galore then stop at Goofys Candy Company, the Candy Cauldron or Ghiradelli Soda Fountain, they should do the trick.
When you ask your little one what they want to see the most on their upcoming trip, they will most likely say one of the newest and most popular things currently in the park!
This is one thing that you must plan ahead for, unless of course you don’t mind spending 3 hours in line to see Merida! Kids like what is popular, so you should expect that hundreds of other parents are going to be trying to get their little ones that coveted picture too!
Here are some tips to help you avoid hours in line for one character/ride/show!
What do glow sticks, a shoe organizer, and ziploc bags have in common? They’re all on my packing list for Disney. Packing for Walt Disney World can be time consuming, stressful, and inevitably you’ll end up forgetting something. After all, it rains in Florida, you never know when you’ll need a ziploc bag, and glow sticks can be life savers. Aside from the obvious sunscreen, basic medical items, and comfortable shoes, there are some items you won’t want to be without. So, today I want to share with you 10 Things You NEED to Pack for Disney.
1. Glow sticks. You can pick these up at the Dollar Store, and they are so fun for the kids! My daughter will be using a “wand” that glows during the light parades, as well as her Minnie Mouse light up toy we bought her on our last trip. You can also get glow bracelets, necklaces, and “swords” to entertain your kids while waiting for the fireworks or night shows.
2. An over the door shoe organizer. This was an absolute MUST on our last trip! When I returned home, I let it air out for a few days, folded it back up, and put it in our suitcase for our next trip. This was AWESOME to put toiletries, extra shoes, and odds and ends in while in our resort. We hung it over our bathroom door, and I can’t tell you how great it was! We often take a few pairs of shoes for each family member, and the closet fills up fast. Also, the counter in the bathroom was less cluttered because our sunscreen, deodorant, and other larger toiletry items were in here.
Call me crazy (you have before!), but I like downtime at Walt Disney World. I didn’t used to be that way. The first few times my family visited Walt Disney World, we pushed ourselves to the limits, trying to do everything we possibly could. Every moment that wasn’t spent sleeping was devoted to park time. And it led to many miserable days—we refer to them as Grumpy days—when everyone’s on edge and the Disney magic is more annoying than it is uplifting. That’s when we started searching out some hidden ways to get the Disney experience without wearing ourselves thin. What we discovered is that at Walt Disney World, even the mundane is pixie-dusted.
Did you know there are fishin’ holes on property? Grab your rod and reel (or rent them on site) and kick up your heels for some old-fashioned, dockside fishing in the well-stocked waters of Fort Wilderness Campgrounds & Cabins (at the Bike Barn) or do some cane-pole fishing at Port Orleans Riverside’s Old Man Island. If that’s a little too down downtime and it just doesn’t reel you in, you can venture out on the water for a guided excursion.
Walt Disney World Guests can experience bass fishing at its finest all year round with guided fishing excursions on Bay Lake and Seven Seas Lagoon, Village Lake, Crescent Lake, and World Showcase Lagoon. Whether you’re a veteran angler or an amateur hobbyist, you’ll enjoy these options. Choose from Guided Bass Fishing on a 21-foot Tracker pontoon with up to five Guests and Bass Nitro Fishing on a Nitro Bass boat for one or two people. Two- and four-hour excursions are offered, and when available, an extra hour may be added at the Marina. Solo fishermen may book an afternoon excursion at a reduced rate.
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Families of five can find some great resorts to accommodate them at Walt Disney World Resort. While recently booking our resort stay for our upcoming trip, I came across some resorts that can work for families of five, and still be considered “standard rooms”. Suites are nice, as are rooms at the Club Level. However, those aren’t the most cost effective for many families, or they often have double sized beds, which can make it tight for sleeping comfortably after a long day at the parks.
Today I want to share with you Five Disney Resorts for Five Guests.
1. Disney’s Port Orleans Riverside Resort will accommodate up to five guests. This is a great option, as it is priced at the Moderate Resort level, and is a charming resort close to Downtown Disney. The rooms for five are equipped with two queen size beds, and a pull out bunk size bed. If you are traveling with a young child, about up to age 6, who is too big for a pack and play, this is a great option. This option is available for all Standard Rooms at Port Orleans-Riverside, NOT the Royal Guest Rooms. What I love about this resort is its charm. The grounds and landscaping are beautiful, there are great recreation activities here, and it’s just a short ride across the “bayou” to Downtown Disney.