We just got back from Disney World and I have A LOT of Disney related posts coming up. This first one is all about things every mom should know before going to Disney World. Mostly, it’s stuff we either figured out or happened to do and are glad we did. Disney can be a really stressful experience, a fun experience, and an expensive experience. But like you would imagine it’s oh so magical.
5 Things Every Mom Should Know Before Going To Disney World
Gift Cards: Since we had planned this trip for about a year our family and close friends knew we were going. For birthdays and Christmas the past year this is what the kid got from a lot of people! It was great because they were able to have “money” to pick things out for themselves and it helped with the overall cost because DISNEY IS EXPENSIVE!
Buy treats before: This was another way we sort of saved a little money. I got the kids cute Disney sunglasses, hats, some coloring things, a lovey, and autograph books. Each day at Disney they got a treat. They still got to buy stuff at the park but it definitely cut down on the gimmes a bit.
Low expectations: If you do nothing else go in with low expectations. My kids are 5 and 2.5 and a lot of people thought we were crazy to bring Charlotte. She could actually do nearly everything. There were of course rides she wasn’t big enough for but for every ride or experience she was big enough for she did and loved. She was just so happy to be there and was fine taking stroller naps in the park and just happy the entire time. We had a few meltdowns of course with both kids but our expectations were so low it never seemed like a big deal.
Build in rest time: THIS IS KEY if you have little kids. While I could have let my kids hang in the park for 10 hours we were all pretty wiped after hour 6 each day. We went to the parks as soon as they opened and knocked out a ton. Then we would come back to our hotel between 1 and 2 and either have rest time in the room or pool time to rest. I know a lot of people build in a rest day but we did 5 park days in a row. So instead we built rest time into each day. That way my kids weren’t totally hitting a wall. It was good for them and good for us.
Stay at a Disney property: Most people will tell you this but I am so glad we did. We stayed at Art of Animation which is a middle-tier Disney property. We didn’t want to spend a ton on the hotel (it was still expensive) and we wanted a family-style suite with room separation. This checked that box for us. The location was right on the Skyliner which is how we got to Epcot and Hollywood studios and it was honestly great. The best part about staying at a Disney property is that you get into the parks 30 minutes before they open each day. This is always enough time to knock out a ride that usually has a long wait.
I will be sharing a lot more Disney-related posts and tips so definitely stay tuned on that.
Just remember going to Disney is a marathon, not a sprint. There’s a ton to know, and figure out. We used a planner and she was beyond helpful and wonderful but there were still things we researched and I am so excited to share it all.
We’ve been to Disney a few times, and I’ve always thought that paying the extra money to stay at the park hotels is worth it. It’s so much more convenient, and that extra 30 minutes is invaluable.
Such great tips, I’ll need to keep this in mind in a few year’s when baby is older and we finally take him to Disney!
I always forget about rest time. It can be so tiring for adults too
I am lucky to have visited many Disneyland across the world. I love the ones in Orlando and in Los Angeles. However I never stay in a Disney property. Maybe that is what I would do different next time.
Not only mothers, I certainly steal a lot of advice for myself too. Great tips!
Thanks for this informative tips and will keep them in mind when we have a vacation at Disney World someday.
Buying treats before is a great way to save money. It can already be expensive with the tickets and hotel.
First of all thanks for this amazing post. Definitely a great help not just for Mom but for the whole family to have a wonderful time in the happiest place on earth. We would love to stay inside too for a perfect experience.
I’d like to take my kids on a Disney adventure someday. I’ll keep your tips in mind when that time comes.
My son has been bugging me to go. It’s been awhlie, we’ll probably head up for a day or two this summer. I like to stay on the property for the free shuttle! No fighting traffic rocks.
Hhhhmmmm….alright then. Thank you for sharing about this. These are excellent tips to have in mind.
I love this! Amazing tips on Disney land.
Great tips, I like the idea of rest time. It helps to keep the momentum and energy. It’s important for parents.
Great tips! Thanks for sharing this guide – how helpful!
Pinning for later! Thanks for sharing these great tips 🙂
Even without kids my husband and I brought our own food and treats for the most part. We went to Disney Land in Paris a few years back and the prices were out of this world expensive!