Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Walt Disney World Tips: Part 2

Today's post is all about what to pack when you are heading to Walt Disney World! Ironically I'm posting this late today because I've been busy buying a few last minutes things for our trip...and packing:)

Packing for a trip to Disney starts pretty much like packing for any vacation. After checking to see what the weather will be like when you are there, you pack a set of clothes for each day and probably a couple extra sets just to be safe. Everyone in your family needs to have a {really} comfortable pair of tennis shoes....you will be doing a lot of walking in Disney and flip flops just won't cut it! For Disney, you also need to include a bathing suit, especially if you are planning on going to one of their two water parks. Even though you will be wearing your tennis shoes all day, you might want to consider packing some flip flops to wear to the pool too! You will need to bring a little bit of rain gear just in case the weather doesn't cooperate:) We usually take ponchos because they are easy to toss in our bag and carry around at all times, just in case it rains. On our last trip, we also found that an extra poncho is perfect for covering up your stroller when you park it outside and head it to see a show and get out of the rain!

There are also a few other things that you want to be sure to include in your suitcases before you leave for Walt Disney World. Refillable water bottles or some other kinds of drinks are a necessity, especially if you are going to Disney in the summer. Florida can get pretty hot and steamy during the summer months! We actually bought Henry and Grant hydration backpacks this year to see if that is easier than keeping up with 5 water bottles all week! Don't forget the sunscreen, and not just for when you are at the pool. You will probably be in the sun all day long, and even during the winter months you will need to lather up on sunscreen before heading out to the parks each day. I also carry some band-aids or a first aid kit in our bag just in case we get any scraped knees or pinched fingers...these fun Mickey Band-aids are perfect for a WDW vacation:)

After all the clothes, shoes, and necessities have been squared away, you can move on to some of the more fun stuff to pack. I always try to stick a few snacks in our bag just in case someone gets the munchies, and we don't want to spend a small fortune on chips or cookies. The great thing is there are all kinds of Disney/Mickey snacks in the stores now, so your kiddos will still feel like their snack is special even if it came out of your bag:) Snacks are also a really good distraction when waiting in line for the rides! Stickers are another great way to entertain your little ones when they are waiting in lines or riding to and from the parks. Another really great tip that I read before we left for our last trip was to take pennies and let your kiddos throw them in the various fountains around Disney! I found that mini M&M containers are the perfect size to hold pennies, so each of my boys has their own supply of pennies to use any time we see a fountain:)


A few more great suggestions are Glow in the Dark necklaces and bracelets {you can get these at the dollar store and in the dollar section at Target}, disposable cameras for the kiddos to use, and temporary tattoos with your contact information on them {just in case one of your kiddos get lost}...and don't forget those autograph books!

Come back tomorrow to see a great shirt you can make for your kiddos plus something fun for mom too!
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12 comments:

Kmama said...

My big suggestion is to make/buy your own autograph books before you go there. They are SO expensive at Disney.

Cool idea on the m&m containers for pennies!!

I strongly second the sun screen. It's a must. Sunglasses or hats too!

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Oh I love these posts! Can you continue them when you get back, just for fun? Makes me want to plan a trip to Disney . . . but then, I think you need money for that ;)

Love the M&M container idea! And all your Mickey snacks and accessories are so fun!

Foursons said...

Girl- you need to be paid for this series. Disney travel agencies should come calling.

Kelli said...

I am absolutely going to refer back to this post when we go. You have SO much great information.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

These are great tips!! I need to make a Pinterest board just for Disney stuff. ;)

CoastalCody said...

LOVE the idea about the pennies. I wonder if the container holds quarters too - there is a great somewhat hidden arcade that has a lot of cheap games at the MK's Space Mountain store. Also, I love the idea of bringing Glow in the Dark necklaces/bracelets!

Jennifer said...

Buying glow in the dark necklaces before you go...what a great tip! Those things are so overpriced and unfortunately my hubby can't resist buying that crap for our kids/himself. lol

Nichol said...

I love the idea of the pennies in the M&M minis, too cool. Great info Kelli!

Kelsey said...

Love the M&M container idea. We always do the coin smashers and I have to dig through my pockets and purse to find them. Last time I was there a lady was telling me how she smashed them and was making a charm bracelet out of them. This is perfect for storing enouch coins!!!

We LOVE Disney!!

Cathy said...

The mm containers are really good for that and if you put in a few quarters they can make the smashed pennies with them. I did that the last trip and now have some cute, cheap souvineers

Renee said...

What great tips!!! Thanks so much for sharing! We are leaving for our first Family trip in just THREE DAYS! Whoo hoo! We can't wait! I thought you might be interested in my Disney Countdown Calendar that I made...
http://www.livinglaughingandloving.com/2011/08/disney-here-we-come.html
It's been fun to take off a mickey head each day as we get closer and closer to going! :)

ursophotography said...

Can you give us a link or suggestion on where to get temporary tattoos with our information on them? I love that idea for my Autistic son who can sometimes jet away! Thanks!

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