I’m finishing up a series of posts on what what we learned on our third trip to Disney. If you missed parts one and two, you’ll want to read those as well. Let’s finish up today with what we learned this trip!
- Disney Photopass-I can take it or leave it. Disney’s Photopass service can be convenient and can get you some good family shots or your kids interacting with characters that your camera might not. You get a card from a Photopass photographer (who are all over the parks), and after they take your picture, they scan the card with a photo id. Then when you return home, you login to Photopass to retrieve and order your pictures. The pros are that they are in front of the major park structures-the castle, the EPCOT ball, the sorcerer’s hat, etc.-and they will take a picture of you in these spots. They are very friendly, and won’t approach you-instead they’ll wait for you to ask them to take your picture. Another pro is you can give them your camera and they’ll take your picture as well-that’s how I get to be in some pictures; otherwise, it would always be the rest of my family. One con is that you can’t see your pictures until you login after you get home from Disney. Also, you’ll miss candid shots of your kids on rides, waiting in line, or enjoying their Mickey ice cream bars. I prefer to take my own pictures anyway, so I’ve never ordered from Photopass.
- You’re traveling with little ones and think there is nothing for them to enjoy or ride-wrong :)! I think that in all of Disney World-all four parks-there are a total of about six or eight things our one year old can’t ride. Otherwise she went on everything with us unless she was sleeping. However, there is a very cool thing called Rider Switch which we used several times. You go to the castmember at the entrance to a ride and tell them you’d like to use Rider Switch. . They give you a little ticket-similar to a Fastpass. My husband took the boys on Test Track while I stayed behind with the baby. They rode, and when they came out, the boys and I went on again using the Rider Switch Pass through the Fastpass entrance while he stayed back with her. The boys especially benefited because they got to ride twice in a row :).
- Use Extra Magic Hours to your advantage. Extra Magic Hours are for Disney resort guests to arrive at the park an hour early, or stay later into the evening. Before your visit, you can access calendars for each park on the Disney website that will tell you which park has evening or morning EMH for the dates you’ll be there. We prefer the evening EMH for several reasons. One, we can’t get to the parks by 8 a.m. to take advantage of the 8-9 EMH. We just don’t move that fast in the morning. We take our time getting to the parks in the morning-usually leaving our resort by 8:30 or so-and plan on staying all day. With evening EMH, we could come back to the resort to swim, eat, change, etc., and then return to the park for a few more hours in the evening. Also, if a park is open til two in the morning (like Magic Kingdom is sometimes), going there the next morning could prove beneficial-if people were there until late into the night/early morning, it’ll be fairly empty in the morning.
I hope you enjoyed this series on Disney vacations. If you have any questions or other tips the readers might enjoy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on the post. Thanks for stopping by today!
You may want to check out past posts on Disney from the blog:
- Disney Vacation Tips and Tricks
- Disney Vacation Tips and Tricks Part 2
- Disney Vacation Tips and Tricks Part 3