3 Disney Vacation Tips for First-Timers

Posted on: 2 September 2016

Most kids dream of making a trip to at least one of the Disney parks, and a lot of adults do too! But once you finally get there, the Disney experience can be a little overwhelming. No matter which Disney parks your vacation includes, you'll find no end of places to go, things to do, and sights to see, and you'll probably be planning your next Disney vacation during your trip home just because you can't wait to see what you may have missed out on the first time. However, Disney trips don't come along all that often for most people, so you probably will want to get the most out of your first visit. Take a look at some important tips that will help you optimize your Disney vacation.

Stay Fed and Hydrated

The last thing that you want to do is spend time dealing with heat exhaustion or heat stroke instead of having fun, so it's important to keep safety in mind when exploring the Disney parks. Be sure to stay hydrated. If you go to a Disney park in Florida during peak season in the summertime, you might be shocked by how hot and humid things are going to get, particularly if this is your first visit to the area. It's very easy to get uncomfortably hot and dehydrated. And remember that if you start feeling hot or thirsty, your children are feeling it too. In fact, children dehydrate faster than adults do.

While some amusement parks have strict rules about outside food and drink, Disney's guests are allowed to bring in outside food items, so you may want to bring a backpack or cooler with some drinks and snacks. This will help you ensure that your kids stay hydrated and help keep their energy up while you explore the park. (You'll all get hungry faster walking around a Disney park than you would during a normal day.) You'll also save some money by bringing in some of your own food items instead of relying entirely on park food.

Prioritize

Have you ever grabbed too much food at a buffet, only to realize that no matter how delicious it all looks, there's no way you'll be able to eat all of it? Booking a Disney vacation package can be a similar experience. It's very easy to end up choosing a package that includes too much, only to realize that there's no way you can take advantage of everything that you're paying for in the time that you have.

It can help to figure out what your top priorities are and choose your vacation package based on the top few. In a way, you have a bit more freedom when you limit the number of parks you go to. If you sign up to go to four parks in four days, you'll feel obligated to spend time in all of them—even if that means limiting your time at your favorite park. However, if you choose a package that includes two parks for that same four days, you can check out both and then spend the most time in the one that you like the best or split the time evenly if you don't have a preference.

Take Breaks

Don't try to spend every single hour in the park. This is a common mistake that parents visiting Disney parks make; they want to get their money's worth, and they want their kids to get the most out of the park, so they try to fill every minute of the day.

The problem is that tired, hot, cranky kids can't be forced to have fun. In fact, you'll probably see at least a few kids in the throes of a Disney meltdown during your visit for just this reason. An afternoon nap or just a break so that everyone can rest their feet can make a world of difference. Exploring a Disney park may be a fun vacation activity, but it's also physically taxing. When you notice your kids start lagging behind or sounding cranky, take the hint and take a break. Your kids will get more out of their vacation if they aren't exhausted for half the day. If you stay in a Disney resort, you'll have access to great transportation. Special Disney buses will whisk you to and from any Disney property you choose. Avoiding crowded parking lots makes going back to the hotel for a short nap a much easier and less time-consuming proposition.

If you need special accommodations or have any questions about how to get the most out of your stay, don't hesitate to ask, either during the planning phase of your trip or while you're at the park. Part of what makes a Disney park such a magical place is the excellent customer service the cast members provide. Give the staff a chance to address your concerns, and you're certain to be pleased with the results. 

For more information, talk to a Disney travel agent

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