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When I was younger I was a big Disney World thrill seeker. I could ride Splash Mountain all day long, take the trek to the top of Everest every hour on the hour, and spend enough time on Rockin Roller Coaster to make Aerosmith question my sanity. As I got older and had kids my ride choices changed. I would have to spend more time on family friendly rides and sneak off to ride Space Mountain when the little ones would be napping in the stroller. No matter what your situation the fact remains there are some rides you Must Do ever visit.
Here is a list of my Must Do Disney World Rides:
- Soarin’ - This virtual hang glider ride over California is located in the land pavilion at Epcot. The combination of sight, smell, and sensation will leave you breathless! Make sure as soon as you get off pick up a Fastpass to do again later.
- Pirates of the Caribbean - This classic ride located in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom will take you through a swash buckling tale that will make everyone in your group smile! You will also be guaranteed to be singing “Yo Ho Yo Ho, a pirate’s life for me” for the rest of the day! Now featuring mermaids!
Most guests visiting the Walt Disney World resort go into their vacations without a game plan. I think this is a big mistake. Disney World, as we all know and love, is huge and crowded! A little bit of planning can make all the difference in the amount of time you spend waiting in lines on your vacation. (And, let’s be honest, for me, this “little bit of planning” is months and months of obsessive planning.) Here are my suggestions for your early morning attack of each park.
We start by arriving at the Magic Kingdom well before the park opens. If you’re driving, you’ll need to allow at least 20 minutes to park at the Transportation and Ticket Center and take a monorail or ferry to the Magic Kingdom. 30 minutes may be better. Then you’ll need time for bag checks and getting through the turnstiles. Plan on being done with all of this at least 15 minutes before the park opens and snag a spot to see the morning opening show.
Once inside the park, you should head to the most popular location first. These days, that is going to be New Fantasyland. Check out the attractions over there before the masses of people start arriving in the next few hours. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, head to Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad first. You can get a lot done in the first hour the parks are open, so use that time to hit the most popular attractions.
Taking an infant to Disney World is very difficult.
Now, I know that a lot of you are going to comment and say that you took a young child and it went just fine and to you I say “Bravo, my friend.” But for the rest of us, it can be a lot of work. But it’s also not impossible, not if you plan well and lower your expectations just a little bit. With just a few adjustments to your usual vacation strategy, you can make traveling with an infant a lot easier.
Sleeping arrangements are probably the most important decision you’ll make when traveling with an infant. Ideally, you’ll get as much space you can afford. Even babies who normally sleep through the night may change their sleep patterns in an unfamiliar place. If its just you and your partner, it’s not that big of an issue; you’re probably not getting much sleep anyway. But if there are other children in the room or if you’re travelling with extended family, you’re going to want some space so that those who aren’t getting up at night with the baby can actually sleep. I usually prefer to stay on site, but you pay a premium for extra space on Disney property. Consider getting two connecting value rooms or stay in a Disney Vacation Club property. If that’s outside of your budget, now is the time to try an off site rental home or condo.
By the time your baby was just a few weeks old, you probably discovered that babies don’t travel light: You need diapers, wipes, food, and an extra change of clothes just to drive to the grocery store. Babies simply don’t vacation without a lot of ”stuff.” The great thing about Orlando is that its super kid friendly, so you’ll find everything you need fairly easily, if not cheaply. Most hotels provide cribs free of charge. Disney provides Pack N Plays at all resorts. They also have a limited number of cribs at some resorts. Both Pack N Plays and cribs at Disney resorts are sturdy and in good condition. Most rental homes will have a crib and a highchair for you to use, although it’s a good idea to check in advance, particularly if you’re renting from an individual owner rather than a rental agency. You can rent baby equipment, including strollers, cribs, and highchairs, from several companies in Orlando; most will deliver right to your resort and set up for you.
Disney has a language all it’s own. If you have a fan of Chip and Co long then you will hear us speak in many Disney Abbreviations and Acronyms just like you would a 2nd language. We get asked all the time what many of these mean so here are a few of our favorites. For the most complete list All Ears has just about everyone that I am familiar with.
WDW – Okay, sure. It’s obvious. Walt Disney World.
MK – Magic Kingdom. You’ll see this everywhere.
CRT - Cinderella’s Royal Table. The hardest reservation to get at WDW, it’s located in Cinderella Castle (and yes, there’s no apostrophe s in that one).
BBB – Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Where you get your princess makeover and your fancy new ballgown.
BWV – Boardwalk Villas
BW – For Disney’s Boardwalk which is a great place to hang out!
Both Toy Story Midway Manias and Haunted Mansions will test a new policy where children under the age of 7 must ride with a guest over the age of 14 in the same row. Previous policy dictated that there be an adult in the same vehicle as children under 7. A sign is near the entrance informing guests of the new policy and cast members are at the exit of the attractions surveying guests.
Do you think this policy is a good change or not? Let us know!
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