Coming off of our vacation, I’m sharing some ideas that worked for us this time around. Every Disney trip we try something new, learn something new, and come back with ideas and plans for our next one! If you missed Part 1, click here.
- If your kids are interested in getting autographs from characters, it can be easy and not time consuming. Disney is great about having several characters in one air conditioned building so you aren’t running all over the parks to see some of the major ones. For example, EPCOT has a Character Spot where you can find Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto all in one spot. We waited in line for about half an hour, then got autographs and pictures with each of the above mentioned characters and could move on with our day. Another spot at EPCOT is in the World Showcase. Belle, Beast, Mulan, Mary Poppins, Snow White, and Princess from Artistocats are in their respective countries at different times of the day. At Hollywood Studios, Pooh, Sorcerer Mickey, Goofy, Chip and Dale, and the Incredibles are at the exit of The Art of Animation. Also at Hollywood Studios, you can find some of your favorite Pixar Characters like Buzz and Woody. At Magic Kingdom, you can find Mickey and the Princesses next to Le Chapeaux on Main Street USA-and you can Fastpass these as well.
- Make the most of your Fastpass. With Fastpass, you insert your park ticket into a machine at the entrance to a ride and it prints a return time for you to come back and enter through a separate line with little to no wait time. We Fastpassed Splash Mountain, and were able to do about three other rides in the time frame we had before returning to use our fastpass. Instead of spending 45 minutes in line for one ride, we used Fastpass to get a later return time and did some other attractions while waiting for our time to come up.
- If you’re doing the Dining Plan, research what restaurants are eligible on your plan and where they are located. Before we left, I spent some time on allears.net. looking through the menus for the restaurants that were on our Quick Service Dining Plan. I sent an email to myself with the park, restaurants by section (like at Magic Kingdom by “land”, or EPCOT by country, etc.) so I could easily access where we could eat based on where we were at the time. It saved us a lot of time reading the QSD list, walking from one end of the park to another, and getting to a restaurant, only to find my kids may not like what’s on the menu and then having to find another place.
Come back tomorrow for the last in the post series “Disney Vacation-What We Learned This Trip”