Writing about Disney always perks me up! I could talk your ear off about it, but I know your limitations, so I'll be brief...
Now that you have a room and reservations booked and you have a general idea of which parks you will visit, you can sit back and relax until your trip gets closer. That's what I'm doing!
Here are some "hot tips" from BIRNBAUM'S GUIDE TO WALT DISNEY WORLD 2010 (plus my valuable comments):
- Are you driving? or renting a car? Don't forget where you parked! Before you jump on the tram (one of my favorite rides) make a mental note of your section character and row. Daisy 50, Daisy 50, Daisy 50 - writing it down might be better.
- On your way back to the airport, arrive at least 60-90 minutes early. I concur that Orlando airport security is one of the busiest I've seen!
- When packing, get some ponchos at Walmart for 50 cents each, they're worth it for the spontaneous Florida showers. (10 bucks at the park!)
- Label stuff, like your camera. I haven't lost mine yet, but we have left school books, sunglasses and earbuds. Some things are worth labeling, just in case.
- Don't know what to do with Fido? He can come along for the ride and stay at one of the nice kennels. We did that when we lived in FL and went for a long weekend. We took our Lady for walks and fed her at dinner time.
- If your youngest seems too big for a stroller and you decide not to pack it, then you see the little guy isn't going to make it, you can rent one at the parks for a reasonable rate. (it happened to us, he hadn't taken a nap in 2 years and took 3 on our trip)
- One last item, for parents who want to ride the big rides but have little ones that can't/don't want to, you can "rider switch" - all wait in line, then the parents take turns riding when you get to the front.
- On our way to our resort from the airport, we stop at Publix and pick up some groceries, like snacks, drinks, breakfasty stuff and water. Worth it!
- Getting a resort mug is also a good idea. The refills are free or cheap and they are nice souveniers.
- We also like to plan an excursion outside the parks, like a ball game - lots of close spring training in the area (Atlanta Braves right there at the Disney Sports complex) or a day at the beach (only an hour drive) or Sea World or Universal Studios
- Finally, if you go on someone's birthday, make it known and wear the button they give you. My son got free stuff all day (a balloon, a cookie, a dessert, and a couple of songs, plus they all wish you happy birthday =)
|at Sea World for a day|
Countdown to next trip (Nov 2011): 98 days 8=)
Disney website and Birnbaum Guides to Walt Disney World (2010) which I use for much of my planning.