It’s my day off from my real work today and was happily browsing
stalking on my newsfeed when I saw this from my high school friend’s facebook post.
I was instantly excited for them and for their daughter and was happy to know about Disney World’s new magic band that just rolled in 2014. Back in 2011, all we had was a Disney card that was our room key, credit card for purchasing toys and we also used it to pay for food as part of the Disney Dining plan. Having a wrist band is way cooler and I read that you can also use it to go through some rides that has the Fastpass+ program.
Theme parks are fun, especially for family and kids. However, if you are travelling with all your extended family with children aged 9 and below, a couple of 60+ young at heart ones and 3 sets of parents and a bachelor at that time. It can be quite a daunting experience.
However, with careful planning. Travelling with a group of 3 to 15 people to Disney World can be a walk in the park.
BEST TIPS ON ENJOYING YOUR TIME IN DISNEY WORLD
1. Stay in a Disney World Resort. Back then, we stayed at the Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. All the disneyworld resort hotels have access to bus, ferries and even the monorail to get you to your chosen theme park of the day. And most of all, it encompasses the Disney theme vibe that is just light and vibrant.
2. Use the Disney’s Magical Express. You don’t need to rent a car when you book through one of the Disney resorts. This is a complimentary motorcoach that whisks you from and to the Orlando International airport. And at the time of checking out from your hotel. You can check-in your baggage from your resort hotel and see your baggage at your destination.
3. Get a Disney Dining Plan. We opted to get a Disney Quick Service Dining plan option where you can plan on how many meals and snacks that you want to pre-pay. No fishing for money when you have a sudden urge to have one of their infamous turkey legs while waiting for the fireworks to begin. All you have to do is show your Disney card or your magic band. For us, each person has 2 meals and 2 snacks alloted a day.
4. Stay 5 days or more. We were in Orlando for a total of 10 days, we used one day of that 10 to go to Universal Studios – there are taxis you can take to go there. We all thought that 10 days was too much, but we learned that it was just right during our first day. We started our day early and was planning to tackle Magic Kingdom in one day. But oh boy, by 4:00PM that day – we were wiped out. We went back to our hotel and slept the rest of the night. We didn’t have enough strength or stamina. So, the next day – we started early again and went back to the hotel at around 2:30-3:00PM and took a nap and just rested. And then we we were at it again by 5:00PM and was able to enjoy evenings in all of the theme parks. On days that we don’t have Park tickets, we went ahead and enjoyed the resort pool, meandered in Downtown Disney or like what my sisters did – head on to the Orlando International Premium Outlet for some shopping.
5. Get the Park Hopper option. This will let you go from one park to another within a day. At one point we went to the Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the daytime and enjoyed the fireworks in Disney’s Epcot in the evening.
6. Bring or Rent a Stroller. This is a must if you have kids. Disneyworld theme parks are huge and young ones will not be able to handle the walking like grown ups do. Use your stroller as your bag too. Put everything in there, so you don’t have to carry it.
7. Take Advantage of the Extra Magic Hours. Another plus if you stay in one of the Disney resorts. You can come in earlier or stay a little later past the public park hours. Just check the weekly schedule with your hotel concierge.
8. Be Prepared to Wait a long time in Line. If you are a smaller family, schedule your Fastpass+ on which attractions that you want to see that day, you are limited to schedule at least 3 attractions per day. For the other attractions, be prepared to wait in line – but don’t worry, they have a pretty good system and waiting will be worth it.
And most of all, just enjoy and have fun with your family. And if things don’t swing your way after careful planning. Just let it go and go with the flow!
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.