More Disney Travel Tips

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More Disney Travel Tips

I have some additional Disney Travel Tips for you.  If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World I hope they help you.

More Disney Travel Tips:

  • Buy a GOOD stroller if you are taking a little one. We bought the Maclaren Volvo and LOVED it! Also buy a stroller organizer and a stroller rain cover.  The Maclaren weighs less than 7 pounds and folds easily, we love this stroller!  It holds up to 55 pounds too!
  • Pack cheap ponchos in individual ziploc bags so they are easy to hand out if necessary (we are lucky that we only had one poncho moment but used the rain cover twice (worth every penny).
  • Pack an umbrella or two. Great for shade while walking around the park or standing to wait for a parade. Yes, someone will make a comment to you but really they are just wishing they had an umbrella to use on a hot day at the park.
  • Wear a wide brimmed hat. I bought mine at Coldwater Creek for $24.50 (had a 40% off coupon too) and it is the best! You can roll it up and put it in your backpack when not in use.
  • Bring a couple of spray bottles/fans as they are $20.00 at the park.  I do like the ones in the park because they come with a neck strap however not so fond of the price…  Also, one of our spray bottles/fans was stolen from our stroller while we ate lunch and parked our stroller outside.  It was in the seat of the stroller and my suggestion is to hide your fans as they are obviously “hot” items…
  • Buy some small Disney souvenirs when they go on clearance at the Disney store or at the Dollar Tree and take them with you.  I purchased small stuffed Mickey’s for $3.99 at the Disney store and “Tinkerbell” left these for the kids on our first night…along with a little “pixie dust” aka glitter.  I also purchased a few other items that I gave the kids instead of purchasing expensive items at the park.  I also gave each of them a budgeted amount of spending money and when it was gone it was gone.  Another affordable souvenir is the pressed pennies.  They are available everywhere.  Bring a roll of pennies and quarters for lots of inexpensive fun!
  • Bring wash clothes or bandannas to wet and put on your neck when you are hot (this really helps).  There were several days that I would have had heat stroke without!  Thanks Kristy for this tip!

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Comments

  1. Stacey Diaz says:

    Thanks for the tips, these are great. Love the idea of Tinkerbell leaving a treat and the pixie dust :) I know you recently had a similar post and I can not locate it. Can you post the link to it please? We are preparing to go in a few weeks and I am trying to get things together now. Also, any tips for feeing a family (of 4) without breaking the budget, I am not a huge fan of the dining plan, as we have never spent that much money on food there.

  2. Speaking of strollers…..even though it is highway robbery to pay $10 for one of the Mickey balloons, it actually was some of the best money we spent. We tied the balloon to our stroller and could easily spot our stroller in the parking area, because Cast Members NEVER leave your stroller where you put it and all strollers look alike when placed together! The balloon stayed up all 7 days we were there and wasn’t nowhere near drooping.

    The only park you cannot take a balloon into is Animal Kingdom, but they offer complimentary “balllon-sitting” at Guest Relations. ;)

  3. hope you keep going on.

  4. One of our favorite souveniors was the Disney pins we received when we entered each park. It was loads of fun playing the trading game with the Disney associates. We didn’t have to pay for them since we recieved them when we picked up our daily tixs and have been something we we’ve kept attached to our back packs.

  5. Maralea says:

    Thanks for your tips!! Never thought about buying the souveniers before you go! Love this idea :)

  6. Elizabeth R. says:

    thank you for the tips, planning a trip there in October and these tips will come in handy.

  7. Crystal K. says:

    I never would have thought to take souvenirs with you to save money! That’s a wonderful idea and I’ll try to use it in the future when traveling.

  8. Christy A. says:

    I’ve never thought about buying souvenirs before you go, but that’s a great idea! Thanks for all the tips on what to bring with you!

  9. The Dollar Tree suggestion is great! The toys at the theme parks are SO outrageously expensive!

  10. Great Tips about the wet bandana. Its important to keep hydrated too. A great tip is to drink water before you are actually thirsty so your body doesn’t have to catch up!

  11. jayme cox says:

    YES, THE BALLOONS ARE TREMENDOUS…BUT WELL WORTH THE MONEY! MY KIDS MADE POSTERS OUT OF THEM WHEN DEFLATED.

  12. ginette4 says:

    Wow, love the idea of buying disney items at the dollar store and handing them out on the vacation, great tip!!

  13. Angela Dupree says:

    always pack a lunch to save money

  14. You can bring in your own small snacks to help get through the long lines or in between meals.

    We also like to visit the stores outside Disney parks, great prices on some fun souvenirs!

  15. We’ve had a stroller since our son was born and it has been all over the country! We cringed when we bought it when I was pregnant, but 5 years later, it has been a good investment

  16. jennifer giordano says:

    I never thought of bringing a roll of pennies! great idea!

  17. Jennifer Digges says:

    Looking forward to putting some of these to work! Thanks.

  18. Again, great tips!

  19. Great tips, thank you!

  20. We homeschool so going in off season is a definite possibility.

  21. Charity I says:

    Jiff to go is great. I have used it many times. Using this for dipping apples is is just great!…… Take the Jiff to go on a family trip to the zoo bring your precut apples and you are ready for a good healthy snack.

  22. Going in the off season is a great tip because you can ride more rides with less people there and the heat wont be so bad!

  23. I love that someone else uses local clearance and dollar stores for souvenirs!!!!!!!! Love it!!!! I also have bought items at rummage sales!

  24. it’s so great of you to share what you’ve learned

  25. Thank you so much for the tips

  26. When we went, I bought souvenirs at the Walmart that was close to our townhouse. Minnie ears and all. I think I saved at least $100. They had so many things to chose from!!!

  27. Very good tips. Thanks sooo much.

  28. Lonnita C. says:

    Buying toys outside of the park is a splendid idea!!! Thanks!

  29. Joan Giambatista says:

    Great tips for buying before or outside the park! Thanks

  30. Sheila Vives says:

    Yes, Disney can be hot.

    Children are very susceptible to heat stroke and if not used to the hotter humid weather could pass out. So if the heat is very intense limit your outside time to 20 minute intervals and no longer, alternating with being indoors. So maybe do more of the outdoor rides early in the morning, and as it gets hot, alternate indoor rides /attractions with outdoor attractions.

    You can also make an “ice sock” where as you fill a sock like a tube sock with ice and drape it around your neck.
    Could get kind of wet and messy later. Don’t dress kids too cute, as they are going to mess up their clothes a bit, but you will want good pictures. Wear cool cottons, avoid knits, and wear your hair up to stay cool…until the mosquitos come out.

    Mosquitos can be a problem in Orlando both at the hotel, driving around and if you stay into the dark at Disney. So you may want to have a change of clothes that includes long sleeves and legs when it cools down at night and use a good repellant. Or do indoor activities at night. Do treat the mosquito bites with rubbing alcohol back at the hotel, especially if everyone has been scratching.

  31. Having the hat/umbrella are great tips, even for other vacations — never know what weather you will get!

  32. Great tips-the poncho is a good idea!!

  33. Eric Seberg says:

    Consider staying offsite, the lower cost will offset park fees and parking. If you’re willing to do a little work and put up with some inconvenience it’s worth it.

  34. I like the buy souvenirs ahead idea.

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