Our 2 oldest, Max and Val have birthdays coming up two weeks apart. We decided since we're already going to Florida the first week of November for hubby's grandparents 60th anniversary party, to extend our family vacation a little longer and take the kids on a surprise birthday visit to Disney.
There is no place on earth that is more magical, right? They make the impossible possible. Between meeting all your favorite Disney characters, the light shows and fun rides, there is so much to do and see for all ages. We've gone to Disneyland a few times since Max and Val were 7-months. We just got to do Disney World earlier this year but didn't get to do enough last time since it was kind of last minute planning. This time our littlest babe will be around 7-months as well and her first time at a Disney park.
Did you know there are things you can do to make your trip even more magical? Check out our tips.
Are you celebrating something special? Like a birthday or an anniversary? You can get a free pin at the front desk of any of the Walt Disney World’s resorts, or at City Hall at the Disney park. There is even a first-time visitor pin too. Don’t be surprised if the staff creates a “magical moment” for you and your family, which they are known to do.
Did you know you can trade souvenir pins with other cast members? You can see them on their lanyards around their necks. You can buy start up pins in the park but to save costs, buy souvenir pin bulk packages on eBay.
Did you know you can get a wake-up call from a Disney Character? Just press the Wake-Up button on the phone in your room. Don’t be surprised if Mickey or Olaf call to let you know its time to get up!
Imagine arriving to your resort room and as soon as you open the door, there are treats, flowers, balloons, birthday cake, anything you would like to surprise your loved one for any special event. Call the resort and get it all set up. That's what Disney does. They really do make dreams come true :-)
There are ways to get some extra time at the parks before rope drop and after hours. This is one of our faves. Especially since we have little ones. No one likes waiting in long lines with toddlers and babies so we definitely like taking advantage of this one. We've done the Early Morning Magic event at Magic Kingdom and now Toy Story Land has it since it's opening at Hollywood Studios this summer - we will be trying this one come November. Not only do you get to ride select popular rides with little to no wait before the park opens but an amazing and delicious breakfast buffet is included as well!! Score!!! Can't wait until our kids are older and we can do the late night extra magic hours.
If interested in the Early Morning Magic Events, call the Disney reservation line, check the Disney site or ask your resort for more info as there are select times and days they do this and they do sell out. (Tip: if they do sell out, and you really want tickets for this, start checking again or calling the reservation line a few days to 2-weeks before. As the date gets closer, people start canceling; this is how we first were able to get tickets).
If you're staying on most Disney resorts, you can start selecting your fastpass rides 60-days out. If no Disney resort reservation, you can select at 30-days out. This is especially good for those very popular rides that others spend 2-3 hours waiting.
This is one of our faves. Hubby and I can be in the same line for the same ride, say Space Mountain with our little ones (who aren't tall enough or don't want to ride). I ride first, as he stays by our children and then once I'm off, he goes on. No need to wait in line again!! If Max decides this time (since he's tall enough now) that he wants to go on, he's allowed to go with mommy and then ride again with daddy. How cool is that?! You let them know as you get closer in line that you're doing the rider switch and that's it. This is a must if you have little ones and both parents want to ride and no one else to watch the babes.
Did you know you could call your resort and set up a date and time to send someone to watch your kids? Its called Kids Nite Out - they send someone with experience over to your room. They have plenty of activities to keep the little ones busy and pretty reasonable fees. There are also activity centers in select resorts. Or you can take your kids to Camp Dolphin at the Dolphin Disney Resort. If you need a Disney date night with your other half, or a night out with the adults, then this is something you may consider. Contact your resort for more information.
When making a Disney reservation you have the option to add Memory Maker. This means you can take unlimited photos at all parks at Disney World throughout your whole vacation. So anytime you see a Disney staff photographer, feel free to run on over and take a quick photo. All it takes is a quick scan of your MagicBand. You can later see them on the Disney app or site and download.
I'll be reviewing this Disney trip along with the family so you will get to see what each one of us thought of our stay at the resort, food, events etc. Follow us on YouTube @parentalgrind for those Disney vlogs coming soon :-)
I know there are many more Disney tips we could use. Please share in comments or send us an email. Would love to hear!