Our Taste of Disney


In a couple of weeks, I'm attending a yearly crop hosted by a foundation that creates financial support for programs/services to serve the poor and medically under served populations.  As I begin to print out pictures for my scrapbook pages, there are recent pictures of our family in happy times vacationing in Orlando, FL.  Yep, over this past Summer, we visited Mickey and a few of his friends at the Magical World of Disney!    

When we first began planning our trip, it would be our second time that we've had an opportunity to go to Disney.  Our first trip was one of the perks we received as part of my business trip.  So, we were limited with options, but who in their right mind would turn down a visit to Disney?!  My daughter was 18 months old, and had a good time.  She couldn't quite appreciate Mickey and the atmosphere, but nevertheless, she smiled/giggled and we got quite a few good pictures.  OH, but this most recent visit did not compare...as she's now 7 yrs. old and the trip was for the purpose of enjoying a vacation!!!


A friend asked me if I had any tips to share, as she plans a trip to Disney for her family. While there are quite a few sites/resources to search, here are a few key things that worked for our family:
  • Begin planning your trip 4-6 months in advance.  This helps with packaging deals/services, as well as reservations for the ever so popular, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and The Royal Lunch w/Cinderella and Princesses.  These places fill-in so quickly and can be very difficult to get in the day you visit, that is if you haven't already reserved your spot.
  • Get an all inclusive package...this was a great choice for us.  We packaged in our resort and dining plan, which included our transportation to/from airport and all Disney parks, including Downtown Disney.
  • If staying for 5 days or longer, consider spending at least one day at the resort. At our resort, Disney's Art of Animation, there were many activities for kids, including movie nights at the pool.  It was great to have what we called, "a lazy day"...where we just spent our entire day at the resort.  There's an arcade, interactive pool games, and more.  It's definitely a way to get reading in, while your little one splashes away in the pool.
  • For those of us with Smart Phones, it's worth downloading the Disney Application. It gives you Guide Maps, Wait Times, Ability to Schedule Dining Reservations, Character Appearances, and more.  
  • If you get the Disney dining plan, a sit down dinner is included/nightly.  For these restaurants, it's definitely worth placing a reservation early in advance.  Not only will you have a broader selection, but you can schedule the rest of your day accordingly.  Trying to get a reservation once you're there, can definitely dictate your days...you don't want to wind up eating dinner at 3p.
  • When visiting the Disney parks, using the Fast-Pass is great!  Just keep in mind that you're only allotted one Fast-Pass at a time.  Disney limit guests to having one Fast-Pass/2 hours.  
  • Make sure you see the Main Street Electrical Parade (8p and 10p @ Magical Kingdom)...it's beautiful and the kids love all the lights/floats!

There's so much to do at Disney, and the overarching theme is to plan ahead.  However, thee most important thing is to have FUN!  After all, it's the Magical World of Disney!

Do you have any plans to visit Disney?  Have you ever been?  I'd love for you to share thoughts in a comment below.

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  1. Planning in advance is key for reservations. We had a blast at our character dining. I only wish I had made more reservations for restaurants.

    Saving Everyday With Sonya K

    1. Hi Sonya! Yes, planning definitely helps…since we're now have more insight from our trip, the next time we go we'll be even more prepared.

      Thanks for stopping by…please visit again!


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