I know that planning a Disney vacation can be very overwhelming-so much to do, plan, and see. Today I want to share with you three quick tips for easy travel. If you have any ideas to pass along, PLEASE do not hesitate to comment on the post, on facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear anything you have to share about your Disney vacation.
Stay in a Disney Resort. I can’t stress enough the convenience, pleasant atmosphere, and flexibility this can add to your trip. We have stayed at several, and we’ve never been disappointed. Here are some great benefits:
- First, buses run constantly to the different parks from your resort. This is great when you want to go back to your room to relax or do the pool before heading back to a park for the evening.
- Each resort has a nice playground and more than one pool.
- Also, some have FREE crafts each day-at designated times. Our boys made fun pirate masks during one of the craft times.
- We had to have a room that guaranteed a pack and play and a refrigerator, which is partially why we chose this resort. Also, we had the option of a room with bunk beds, perfect for the boys, along with a queen size for us.
- Build in a day of your vacation to just enjoy the resort-the pool, crafts or other activities, and then maybe go to Downtown Disney for the evening.
Dining Plan can be the way to go! We typically use the Quick Service Dining. The Quick Service Dining Plan adds a few hundred dollars to our package and was good at all Quick Service Dining locations (basically restaurants where you don’t sit down to order). You will get a brochure with all the names in it from your hotel when you check in, if you ordered the plan. When you factor in that you can get any meal off the menu, which could range from $8 to $13 (give or take on either end) and it counts as one meal used, you save a ton there alone, not to mention snacks.
- We had 48 meals to play with for the week. We often got adult meals, and shared them as a family.
- We were able to eat breakfast at our hotel the last two days with our meals left on our dining plan.
- Each adult meal comes with a bottle drink at most places-some it’s a fountain cup. So, we’d “bank” the bottle of Coke or whatever, and drink it later at the park or in our room, because we also received refillable mugs. We’d fill these at the pop fountain in our hotel, and take them to the park with us everyday.
- I thought we were paying for convenience at first, but when she rang up our first meal at Pizza Planet, I was happy to give her my Quick Service Card, as opposed to $45 dollars out of my pocket. Right then I realized how much of a dealthe dining plan is, if we were going to pay between $30-$40 a meal.
- We had 8 snacks left on the last day and cashed them out for the ride home. It was so great to be at the parks and not schlep around a cooler (which we did last trip) and when the kids ask for a drink, a smoothie, an iced lemonade, mickey ear ice cream, etc., we can let them have those treats without worrying that we are paying about $15 for snacks for everyone. We also had 48 snacks to play with, too. It was fabulous!
- Next time we do Quick Service Dining, we are going to plan a bit more carefully. For example, we’ll spend our dinner meals maybe in Mexico or Italy in the World Showcase at Epcot, instead of a place that has burgers and chicken nuggets, just to give a little more variety.
Also, there’s a great sandwich restaurant in Downtown Disney called Earl of Sandwich. It was fabulous and took our Quick Service Dining plan as well.
What are some tips you would give? I’ve learned that Disney travelers have great ideas….and can be such a wealth of information!