While I’m covered in Pixie dust, I asked Terri from WDW Hints to take over my blog for a day! Welcome, Terri!
Everyone has their own way of touring the Disney parks, as well as their own opinions on what they want to bring into the parks. There’s the usual: wallet, camera, sunscreen, water bottle, TICKETS!, snacks and autograph book. But here’s a few things you may not have thought of, that you might find helpful:
Ziplock Bags – both big and small!
Use large ziplock bags to place a child’s dirty outfit in.
Large ziplock bags are great for grouping items together – such as diapers, wipes and a changing mat or a small first aid kit – it makes everything easy to find and pull out all at once.
Small ziplock bags work well for any food “left overs” that your child didn’t finish but may want just 15 minute later!
Small ziplocks will keep items dry that could potentially get wet on a water ride – such as cameras or cell phones.
Some people like to freeze a wash cloth overnight (folded into quarters), place it in a small ziplock bag, and pull it out throughout the day to help cool off.
Perhaps you were smart enough to buy a poncho from a dollar store before your trip, and maybe you got lucky enough to wear it in the Florida rain! Put the wet poncho into a ziplock bag before sticking it back into your park bag.
Don’t bring your entire wallet into the parks! Only bring the items that are essential: Picture ID, Admission Ticket/KTTW Card, Photopass card, a few small bills, health ins. card/Medical Alert card, and Disney Gift Cards.
TIP: If you’re staying on property, utilize the “room charging privileges” on your Key to the World Card. If you lose this card, stop by any guest relations office or resort check-in desk and they will deactivate your KTTW card immediately, and reissue you a new one – simple one easy-step cancellation. If you lose your wallet, you’re stuck with possible lost cash, a missing drivers license and making all the phone calls for canceling credit cards. You’re better off charging items to your room key, and leaving your wallet locked in the room safe. If you’re uncomfortable with making charges to your KTTW card, consider buying Disney Gift Cards – they work at all food & souvenir shops, and can help you stay within a budget if you only want to spend a certain amount!
Camera – Well, that’s a given! But consider taking pictures of these items…
If you’re issued a “paper ticket,” take a picture of the back of it. Should you lose your ticket, you can show guest relations your ticket # and they can cancel the lost ticket and reissue you a new ticket with the correct amount of remaining days.
Take a picture of the back of your Photopass Card. Going along the same lines of a lost ticket, with your Photopass # “saved” you can still pull up your pictures online after your vacation if you have misplaced the physical Photopass card.
First thing each morning, take a picture of your kids! Kids can wander, and if you lose sight of them, you may “lose your mind” briefly and forget what they are even wearing! Having a picture on your camera can help jog your memory and you can show other cast members who you’re looking for.
Use a carabiner clip to fasten bags (diaper bags, shopping bags, etc.) to stroller handles.
Carabiner clips work well for the guys too! When they try to hand you their hats or cameras to put in your purse before getting on a wild ride, hand them a carabiner clip instead. They can clip their own “baggage” to their belt-loops, keeping your bag less cluttered.
Having a plan makes all the difference! Study the park maps before you get to Walt Disney World to familiarize yourself with each park. Some people will put their itinerary on an index card, others (like me) will make a chart. Keeping your plans to just 1 sheet of paper is best. That way you can hand out several copies to your family members, and they can fold them up and slip them into their pocket or bag.
Not sure where to start? Feel free to use my FREE Disney Itinerary Planning Chart. It’s accessible through Google docs. Once you’ve opened it go to File>Make Copy, give it a new name and you’ll be able to edit it to your liking. Be sure to put your confirmation numbers in it as well!
Just because you’ve made an itinerary doesn’t mean you have to stick to it. The best laid plans are ones that are flexible. You can read more about itinerary planning here.
I hope you find these few simple ideas as a way to gain more organization, lighten your load and give you peace of mind when touring a Disney Park (or other theme park, or day trip you might take).
Terri is the writer and owner of the newly created Walt Disney World Hints. She enjoys researching all things Disney, finding deals and sharing with others how to make their next Disney trip affordable and well-planned out.
Carrie is the author and founder of A Princess and Her Pirates. She likes to share her Disney travel tips, crafts, recipes, and ways that she finds JOY everyday in her life! She believes that everyday brings new joy, and that everyone needs to have a little happiness in their life! She is the wife to a sweet pastor, and mom to three kiddos-twin boys and a princess girl. Carrie is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, where she enjoys making MAGICAL vacation memories for everyone! Contact her today at email@example.com to start YOUR vacation planning!
So excited! Today is the day that I can begin booking 2020 Walt Disney World packages, so I’m posting some information and reminders to help everything go as smoothly as possible!
Please keep in mind that I will be on vacation June 19-25....so I will work hard today to get quotes and packages booked. Otherwise, I will be in touch when I return to the office on June 26th.
Once the system is fully loaded, I can quote and book packages up to 499 days in advance. This means your check out date can’t be further than October 29, 2020. If it is, we will wait until your date comes up to quote and book, one day at a time after today.
If your travel falls past October 29, I have already let you know when your booking window opens. It'll be here before you know it!
Thank you to everyone who has been in touch with me with all the important information I need to set up amazing package options for you. This includes your travel party, travel dates, resorts you prefer, and your ticket and dining preferences.
Thank you for remaining patient with me. I have a very long list to contact and it will take me a few days to get back to everyone. I also appreciate your patience during all of this while I vacation with my family.
And finally, please do use me as your travel agent if I quote you and you decide to take the trip. There are many benefits to working with me. Many people don’t realize that there are no additional costs or hidden fees to work with me; however, I am paid for my time only if you book with me and actually travel.
Thank you all! I’m looking forward to 2020 with you!
I have my list of guests who are ready for an amazing Disney Vacation in 2020. And I’m excited to be part of more magical memories in 2020! 👑
If you aren’t on my list of guests who need a quote for their 2020 Disney trip, NOW MORE THAN EVER is the time! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the list and we can work on making magic for your family! ✨
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