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Old 02-16-2013, 09:39 PM   #1771
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WOW! WOW! Thank you so much for all the great tips...We leave in 10 days. Thanks again!!!!

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Old 02-17-2013, 02:11 PM   #1772
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Phew. Sorry it took me so long to get it posted, but these are tips I've collected for myself reading all these pages plus other threads and websites. Three months from today we leave for our Disney trip
You're amazing, Ashley! Thank you so much for compiling these lists. I'm trying to plan our first trip in 2014 and this makes life much, much easier.

I'd also like to thank everyone that has contributed to this.
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:05 PM   #1773
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@Ashley0408 - Those compilation lists are amazing - thanks for sharing!
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Old 02-17-2013, 04:06 PM   #1774
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Phew. Sorry it took me so long to get it posted, but these are tips I've collected for myself reading all these pages plus other threads and websites. Three months from today we leave for our Disney trip
Ashley, thanks for putting this together. It's awesome!
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:01 PM   #1775
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The best $10 I have EVER spent at Disney was for a Balloon as soon as we walked in on the first day. I attached it to my granddaughter's stroller, and we NEVER had a problem finding it in the "stroller parking" areas, even if it had been moved!
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:40 PM   #1776
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You're welcome everyone!! I seriously don't think I slept at all while reading through this entire thread and elsewhere and then I had to get this list compiled asap. I already have a copy printed for myself and is in my Disney Binder I hope those who are heading there before me can add to these tips for when we go in May
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #1777
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Thanks Ashley, your list is really appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:34 PM   #1778
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I just want to know what kind of bag you all carry around at WDW? Some of these are really good ideas and i know that you will use them at some point, but even if you just pick and choose the ones you think will apply to you, it would be a lot to tote around. We are (hopefully) going to WDW for the first time this year (we've had 3 failed attempts). For example, i had read that, when riding the rides where you'll get wet, to bring everyone a pr of flip flops and a poncho. The poncho i might could see packing and not taking up a lot of room, they seem to get those suckers folded pretty small, but if we all took a pr of shoes, that would have to be a big bag lol. Please dont think im downing anyone by asking this, i am honestly curious!

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I actually take two bags. First I put on a very small Vera Bradley cross body. It is big enough for my camera, phone, ticket, a little cash, and a lipstick. I never take this off and can easily get almost everything I will need throughout the day. Then I have one of those string backpacks I put other stuff I might need through the day such as my guidebook, a hat, a sweatshirt. They hold more than you think they do and are very comfortable to pack. Plus they are easy on your back and take up nearly no space in your luggage.

I stay away from the water rides because I don't want to have to deal with being wet or preventing getting soaked. Hopefully you will get to take your trip this year. I think no matter what, bring ponchos, Florida weather is so unpredictable and they are quite a bit more expensive in the park.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #1779
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Thanks so much Ashley0408! June will be our first trip and we need these tips!

I printed them out to read and highlight. This makes me even more excited for June to come!
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:02 PM   #1780
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  • Harmony Barber Shop- Located on Main Street, you can go and have your baby's first haircut. Your package will even come with a pair of commemorative ears. You can also get a gel style for just $5 with mickey shaped confetti.
  • Head over to Tom Sawyer Island first thing in the morning. Cast members hide paint brushes throughout. If you can find one, your entire party will receive a FASTPASS.
Two things... I've heard that they don't do the paintbrushes at Tom Sawyer Island anymore and we did DD's first haircut and got the other kids' hair cut there. They had "pixie dust", but it wasn't Mickey-shaped
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:01 PM   #1781
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I actually take two bags. First I put on a very small Vera Bradley cross body. It is big enough for my camera, phone, ticket, a little cash, and a lipstick. I never take this off and can easily get almost everything I will need throughout the day. Then I have one of those string backpacks I put other stuff I might need through the day such as my guidebook, a hat, a sweatshirt. They hold more than you think they do and are very comfortable to pack. Plus they are easy on your back and take up nearly no space in your luggage.

I stay away from the water rides because I don't want to have to deal with being wet or preventing getting soaked. Hopefully you will get to take your trip this year. I think no matter what, bring ponchos, Florida weather is so unpredictable and they are quite a bit more expensive in the park.
After many trips, I have given up extra clothes / shoes for the convenience of not carrying anything. I wear a waist pack that is big enough for money, tickets, my phone, my camera, small sunscreen and a pack of wet wipes. The lip gloss goes in the pocket. My husband carries his money & tickets and the folded ponchos (.99 from WalMart so if we have to dump them we do). Of course my kids are older so that makes it easier to travel light! I always wear walking-type sandals, so if they get wet it isn't too tragic. If everyone really wants to ride Kali or go to the splash area, we do that last thing. We have souvenirs sent back to the room. Call me crazy but that's one of the things I love about a Disney vacay- nothing to tote around except my excitement!!
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:07 PM   #1782
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After many trips, I have given up extra clothes / shoes for the convenience of not carrying anything. I wear a waist pack that is big enough for money, tickets, my phone, my camera, small sunscreen and a pack of wet wipes. The lip gloss goes in the pocket. My husband carries his money & tickets and the folded ponchos (.99 from WalMart so if we have to dump them we do). Of course my kids are older so that makes it easier to travel light! I always wear walking-type sandals, so if they get wet it isn't too tragic. If everyone really wants to ride Kali or go to the splash area, we do that last thing. We have souvenirs sent back to the room. Call me crazy but that's one of the things I love about a Disney vacay- nothing to tote around except my excitement!!
You have the saaaaame park packing strategy as I do Except i carry a small vera bradley saddlebag instead of waist pack
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:44 PM   #1783
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please... BRING EXTRA SOCKS TO THE PARK!!!!

If you get your shoes wet, and can't change them, wearing dry socks makes everything more comfortable and you won't even notice that your shoes are wet!

Also... Invest in good ponchos.

You won't be happy when you're soaking wet and walking off of Kali because your dollar store ponchos didn't work. I reccommend buying the Disney park's ponchos, they work really well and last for a long time.

Hoped a 13 year old expert's advice helped you guys!

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Old 02-23-2013, 04:49 PM   #1784
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please... BRING EXTRA SOCKS TO THE PARK!!!!
How could I not think of this!!
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:55 PM   #1785
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I always dress my 3 boys in the same color shirt...doesn't have to be the same shirt, just the same color. Looks nice for pictures, but if one wanders off, I can immediately remember what color shirt he has on, making it easier to find him.
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