As you get ready to head out on vacation this year, you might be planning on a trip to the amusement park, be it Disney World, Disney Land or even Six Flags or another park. There are some things you can do, no matter where you travel, to help make your experience better!
Of course, if you are planning a Disney vacation, you might want to get caught up with the rest of these great guest posts:
- How to Save on Disney Admission Tickets
- How to Save on Food and Beverages in the Park
- How to Save Money to Get to Disney
- How to Save Money In the Park (Little Tips and Tricks)
1. Take a photo before you leave. This is a safety issue. If for some reason your child gets lost, you have a photo of him or her and know exactly what he or she is wearing.
2. Bring along a newspaper (or find one in your hotel). Stuff these into your shoes before you go to bed. They will be completely dried out (and sweat free) when you put them back on in the morning!
3. Take long walks before you leave. Take walks throughout your neighborhood, making your trip a little longer each time you go. This can help everyone build endurance so they are ready for all of the walking they will do while in the park.
4. Watch movies or videos about the park before you leave. This can help you learn more about the various rides before you get there, so you know if it will be worth the time to wait in line or not.
5. Bring along a dry cloth in your backpack. This can be used to wipe down the seats of rides, especially after it has rained, or just to clean them off before you sit.
TIPS TO SPEND TIME WAITING IN LINE:
1. Play “I Spy”.
2. Play “20 Questions.”
3. Create a scavenger hunt. Print up sheets before you go. They could include someone wearing a red hat, a child with a pink balloon, etc.
4. Play trivia games about the park.
5. Count the number of items you see, such as balloons, strollers, etc.
6. Sing your child’s favorite songs.
ADDITIONAL DISNEY PARK TIPS:
1. Check the left side at the counter service. Counter Service cashiers take orders from both sides of the station. It’s okay to go straight up to the empty side. Usually the left side is shorter.
2. Ask photographers about special effects. Sometimes, they can do effects like holding Tinkerbell in your hand. The ones close to the castle seem to be able to do it more than others!
3. Refill or replace Disney balloons. If you buy a balloon in Disney and it starts getting low or pops, they will give you a new one! As these are hard to take home, consider trading in for a new one on your last day and giving it to a stranger to spread the magic!
4. Get into the Disney Spirit. Watch a bunch of the movies before you go to get in the mood and make the rides/attractions/parades more relatable.
5. Look for hidden Mickeys. When waiting in line, look around the park to see how many Mickeys your kids can find.
Many of these tips can be used anywhere you go. It is the little things you do, which can make a difference between a good trip and a great one!
Heather Fiory is a mother of two, wonderful children. She has travels to Disney often and is a Disney expert! She has a passion for Disney, deals, and family fun. Heather is a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations, affiliated with Mouse Counselors, an Authorized Disney Travel Planner. She offers free, concierge service in planning such vacations as Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruises, Disney’s Aulani and Adventures by Disney. She helps you to create personalized vacations to meet the needs and wants for your family. Let her plan your next Disney vacation! Contact her to request a vacation quote at [email protected] or https://www.facebook.com/heatherfmousecounselor on Facebook.