Friday, February 17, 2012

Tips Requested!

I love when readers ask questions - remember, yours are always welcome -
Just the other day on the our facebook page, Courtney, a reader left this:

Hi! My family is taking our first trip thr Disney in May. I will have my 18 month old son and 4.5 yr old son oh my hubby too. We are only headed to MK 2 days and doing hotel/pool/Downtown Disney ect. the other days. Need some tips and tricks please!
My first tip - Check out the Tips section of the blog!  I've organized tips in 3 categories:

  1. Planning
  2. Traveling
  3. In Park Tips
Luckily, I love having specifics to work with, so I can add even more!

1st - Congratulations on planning your first Disney vacation!!  What an exciting time - I hope you love every second of it!  Two days of the Magic Kingdom will be amazing, though I hope you love it enough to go back soon and add more days and more parks!

2nd - Make sure to start off your trip by picking up "1st Visit" buttons for the entire family!  Cast members go out of their way to help guests celebrate, and a 1st visit is definitely an experience to celebrate!

May averages temperatures right around 90 during the day and 65 at night, so you might want to bring a light layer for the evenings, but over all, prepare for the heat!  Drink lots of water, use good sunscreen, and take breaks!  Especially with little ones, getting out of the heat and sun is very necessary.  Especially in the warmer months, I definitely recommend heading back to the resort for nap/pool/relax time.  Feeling refreshed, you'll be able to spend more quality time in the parks while also avoiding the most crowded times in the park!

Another tip - take full advantage of the Fast Pass and Rider Swap options!  Rider Swap is valid with fastpass, so if you plan correctly, you can treat your 4.5 year old (if he's tall enough!) to ride the big attractions with each of you separately without waiting in line!  You can also use this option if/when the younger child naps in their stroller!

With 2 days spent in only the Magic Kingdom, you'll have plenty of time to visit all of the attractions and hopefully take in some of the extra magic that the Magic Kingdom has to offer!  Your older son might enjoy trying out the new interactive mystery game - The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.  The target audience might be slightly older and for regular guests, but in your second day, if you want to try to add a little treasure hunt, this may be an option.

Overall, for park touring, I would simply recommend to ride the attractions you want - more than once, since you'll have plenty of time!  Enjoy the magic as much as possible.  Stop to watch the parades, shows, characters, and extra experiences and you can enjoy the park as much (and maybe more!) than your children!

More for resort days to come in future posts!

As always, feel free to comment, ask questions, or share your tips below or on our facebook or twitter pages!


  1. Since you are going with a little one and i will be doing this in june the biggest advice i can give you is remember plenty of diapers and wipes not the cheapest in parks,bring little snacks for them both cause buying them in the park can get expensive.

  2. If they have a favourite blanket or stuffed animal that HAS to go with them, remember to have some kind of clip to attach it to the stroller or babies clothing. The loss of a comfort item can be very traumatic for small folks when they are already so far from home.

  3. Wow! I feel so special Jenn! Thanks for including me in the blog and giving me all the helpful tips! I am however, confused about the Fast Rider/Swap info and how that works?? Thanks again so much:-)

  4. It's typed up here let me know if that does or oesn't make sense!