We’re ba-a-a-a-ck! And we missed you, Cleveland, unseasonable snow and all. But before launching right back into Cleveland stuff, I thought I’d give you a little scoop on where I’ve been the last week or so…
As most of you following on various social media platforms know, we went on a family vacation to Walt Disney World. And since everyone who’s ever been has tips to make the most of your Disney vacation, I thought I’d share mine.
- Plan ahead, preferably with the help of a Certified Disney Travel Planner. As someone who has planned nearly every vacation without a travel agent, I was skeptical at first. But a Disney trip requires tons of organization and advanced planning. Having someone who knew the ropes so well made the trip go a lot smoother, both leading up to it and actually on it. Our Certified Disney Travel Planner was Lyndsay Glenn and she was awesome! Message me if you are planning a trip and want her info.
- Stay on Disney property. We stayed at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. We could get to any of the parks from the Monorail or buses that picked up right at the hotel. We also could pop back to the room for pool time or nap breaks in the afternoons.
Although Jeffrey seemed to have no problems napping in the park!
- Use your FastPasses. Trust me, the lines can get long for the rides and you don’t want to waste time waiting, especially with a little one.
- Speaking of rides, go for a healthy balance of classics and new ones. We loved “It’s a Small World” and “Dumbo’s Magic Flight.”
But “Aladdin’s Magic Carpets” and “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” were favorites too!
- Know who you’re going with and what parks will suit them best. This trip had something for everyone, but Jeffrey was of course our main focus. So, we only spent half a day each in Epcot and Animal Kingdom and focused most of our time on the Magic Kingdom. Depending on who you’re traveling with and what you’re looking for, the balance will be different.
- Speaking of the Magic Kingdom, it is completely worthwhile to ignore bedtimes and stay in the park for the Electric Light Parade and fireworks, at least for one night.
- Character dining is a completely worthwhile investment! The characters come right to your table and you get individual time without waiting in line. Our favorites were Crystal Palace (with Winnie the Pooh and Friends)
O’hana (with Lilo and Stitch)
and Chef Mickey’s (with the classic Mickey and friends characters).
- Speaking of dining, accept the fact that park food is park food. And while a lot of it is well done, it’s also geared to be generally appealing to a wide range of ages and palates. That said, you can find some delicious dining if you know where to look. We particularly enjoyed the small bites at Mizner’s Lounge in the Grand Floridian and dinner at Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot.
- My last tip is the most important. Believe in magic. You will see it come to life not just for children, but for yourself. It is genuinely hard to be anything but awed and happy and immersed in wonder while you’re there.