Decide ahead of time what your priorities are and make a plan of action.
Get to the parks early!
It's amazing, particularly in busy season, how many of the popular rides you can knock off
before half the "World" gets out of bed.
Take the time to rest
in the middle of the day. Stay at one of the Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts,
allowing a return in the middle of the day for a nap or dip in the pool.
90 days prior at 7 AM Orlando time for priority seating if breakfast at
Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is tops on your child's list. The only way
you might get away with sleeping in and booking a bit later for this highly coveted
character breakfast is if you are traveling in extremely slow season.
Come prepared for an afternoon shower during the rainy summer months even if the
sky looks perfectly clear in the morning. Rent a locker to store your raingear and circle
back if skies start to look threatening. However, if you're caught unprepared, just about
every store in the parks sells inexpensive rain ponchos.
Disney's free, nifty timesaving device. It's offered at all four theme parks and is a
great way to save hours of waiting in line. Just insert your park pass in one of the
machines located at each individual Fastpass attraction and receive a ticket printed with
a designated one-hour window in which you may return and enter a special line with little
or no waiting.
priority seating, Disney's answer to dining reservations, by calling
407-WDW-DINE. On arrival you'll receive the next table available for your party size, thus
saving hours of frustration and waiting.
of time to reach the theme parks each morning. It's easy to miss your breakfast
priority seating if you don't allocate enough time.
If something catches your eye, even if it's not on your daily list of things to do, stop
and explore. If not, you could miss something wonderful.
Realize the limitations
of your children. If they're tired, take a break. If their feet hurt, get them
a stroller (forget that they outgrew one years ago). If a ride scares them don't force the
issue. Such precautions will make your day and the day of other park visitors a lot less
2-way radios, or cell phones. If your party plans on splitting up, they are a
perfect way to keep in touch.
Wear broken-in, comfortable
footwear. Better yet, bring two pairs and rotate them. Nothing is worse than
blisters on your first day and then nursing them for the remainder of your vacation.
Most importantly, slow down and enjoy the magic. Resist the urge to see
everything at breakneck speed. You can't possibly cover it all, so think of this as your
first trip to Disney, not your last. There will be time to pick up all the things you
missed on the next go-round.