If you are Disney World Planning for your next family vacation here is some family vacation advice you need to read before you head to the magic kingdom!
If you are planning a Disney vacation there is a lot of planning that goes into it.
Between finding the best deals to making a plan on how you are going to hit all the major attractions, But whether you decide to go without a plan and wing it or if you are a die hard planner, here are 5 things you’ll want to bring with you on a Disney Vacation!
Post updated February 2016
Bring Disney Trading Pins in Bulk with You!
Your kids will love trading pins with cast members at all the Disney Parks! Any cast member will trade any Disney pin. The pins on green lanyards can only be traded with kids. Plus there are pins that are on backwards for some extra fun.
Pins new at the store can cost $15 each….and more! That is not a hobby I want my kids to start. But, if you get lots of pins on ebay you can spend as little as $0.25-$1.00 a pin and they can be traded just the same. Hint: Start biding on lots early to get the best deal!
HINT: All resorts have a pin board or book at the store in your resort. Make sure to ask when it is open for the best selection. We’ve also had great luck trading in the arcade.
Bring an Autograph Book
Kids love getting autographs from their favorite Disney characters. It helps give them something to do with their favorite character when they get to the front of the line. You can make your own autograph book, get the “official” autograph book, or find a huge assortment of autograph books on Ebay.
The autograph books do not have a list of characters, so don’t worry about them being a checklist of all the characters you must see. The pages are empty to fill with whomever’s autograph you like and happen to see on this particular trip. You’ll be amazed that all the Mickey Mouse’s you see will all have identical signatures – it’s actually a test they have to pass before becoming that character.
HINT: These autograph books make great souvenir books for kids.Take a picture of your child with each character and at the end of the trip tape or glue the picture in their autograph book next to the autograph. My kids still look at their autograph photo books from years and years ago.
Bring Costumes from Home
Little girls [and boys] wear costumes around the park at Disney World. Many wear them all day! If you bring your own it will be more affordable than buying the high end $70 costumes for sale at the Magic Kingdom.
So why should you let your child wear their princess costume at Disney?
Besides that they will love getting dressed up and you’ll get good use out of those dresses, no where else will they feel more like a Princess. Employees all around the park will make a fuss over them and treat them like royalty – from street sweepers to buses drivers to ride cast members. It will be a fun, memorable experience for you both!
Order your Memory Maker BEFORE your trip!
When you are at Disney World you will run into Disney photographers all over the parks helping guests capture their memories. If you are spending a week or longer at Disney World it is a great way to get some professional pictures with everyone in the shot. Plus, if you preorder your Memory Maker before you go you’ll save $20 or more!
- Pictures with characters
- Magic Shots
- Pictures by major Icons
- Quaint picturesque spots
- On Rides (Splash Mountain, Test Track, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, and more)
- Dining Pictures (Hoop Dee Doo Revue, Chef Mickey’s, Princess Breakfast, and more)
- In action (they just may capture the cutest picture of your child watching the parade, interacting with the character, or making a memory with you!)
Bring Fastpass+ Reservations
If you haven’t, read about Disney’s NEW Fastpass + you want to get some tips before heading out. But more than that, you’ll want to make reservations ahead of time. The beauty of the new system is that you can reserve times to see your favorite attractions ahead of time without having to run around hoping you get a good time. You’ll choose them ahead of time!
Ticketed Guests can reserve Fastpass+ 30 days in advance; Disney resort guests can make Fastpass+ selections 60 days in advance.
Bring Disney Dining Reservations
Dining at Disney’s amazingly themed restaurants with all the delicious menu items is one of the highlights of most trips! But the best places to eat at Disney World book up quickly! Make your reservations as far in advance as you can, up to 180 days before you arrive for the best selection!
More Disney Vacation Tips:
- 10 Disney Countdown Ideas
- What to Pack for your Trip to Disney World
- 8 BEST Snacks at the Magic Kingdom
- How to Meet Anna & Elsa in under 15 minutes