Sunday, June 1, 2014
One of my dream vacations was Walt Disney World. I have had the wonderful opportunity to visit Disney World TWICE, and will be going for a third time next winter.
Some things to keep in mind for a Walt Disney World Vacation:
1) Cost - it can be a relatively inexpensive vacation if you stay off site. You can find some very reasonable hotel rooms, and there are shuttles to take you to the parks or you can rent a vehicle. We much prefer to stay on-site, so that adds to the cost. However, there are 3 resort types at Disney from Value resorts all the way to Deluxe. We enjoy staying on the monorail, which means a deluxe hotel (there are only 3 hotels on the monorail system). Food is expensive, so to keep the cost down you may want to consider bringing your own snacks.
2) Peak Season - if you are travelling during any of the peak seasons, it is going to me more expensive and much more crowded. This means you will be waiting in long lines for rides, unless you take advantage of the fast pass program they offer. We like travelling during the low season, which means we go late January or early February. You can walk onto most rides, or have a minimal wait.
3) Travelling with kids - kids are unpredictable, and while you may have certain things you want to experience or have planned, sometimes you need to just go with the flow. If your child doesn't want to do something - it may be best to skip it to avoid a full out meltdown in Disney (which are super common, and my oldest had 3 on our trip).
4) Stay hydrated and fed - make sure you eat at regular intervals and stay hydrated. Disney is very big, and there is a lot of walking involved. If you have a hot day added in, it's easy to get dehydrated. To keep costs down, bring water with you.
6) Reservations - I always recommend making your dining reservations as early as possible. If you are only one person, or a couple you are probably fine to not make advanced ressys, but if you want to eat at a specific time, or a specific restaurant then I would suggest booking early. Things fill up quickly, and a family of 4 would have a hard time walking in to a restaurant for dinner between 5 and 7pm. Same things goes with any special events (bibbidi bobbidi boutique, pirates league etc)
5) HAVE FUN! - the whole point of the vacation is to have fun. Try not to get too stressed about things that happen.
What is your dream vacation? Have you done it or is it still a dream?