Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney World Tips
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 07-05-2013, 10:31 AM   #1966
PinkiexLi
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 60

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mommy to Kayla View Post
I agree. We are leaving WDW this evening after an 11 day stay and I told my DD7 (she turned 7 on this trip) before we left home that we would be
leaving the park mid-day for breaks. She looked at me like I was crazy lol. However once we got here and checked in she looked at me and said, "ohhhhhh now I see why you want to leave in the afternoons". She actually ASKED to take a nap the first two really hot afternoons. The others she wanted to just swim.
Mommy to Kayla, what time did you leave the park and what time did you head back? I saw on another thread that leaving for a break back to your hotel and going back to the park is more stressful.
PinkiexLi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-05-2013, 04:01 PM   #1967
Mommy to Kayla
Mouseketeer
 
Mommy to Kayla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Seattle
Posts: 114

Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkiexLi View Post

Mommy to Kayla, what time did you leave the park and what time did you head back? I saw on another thread that leaving for a break back to your hotel and going back to the park is more stressful.
We usually left right after lunch. One day we ate at BOG and then left afterwards which was around 1:15. We went back to the room (Beach Club) and took a nap. We had dinner reservations at Cape May that evening around 6:00 and then headed back to MK around 7:30 (we had reservations at the the Tommorrowland Dessert Party). That was our standard procedure just replace nap with swim/rest.
__________________
December 1-4, 2011- Disneyland Hotel, Disneyland
June 24, 2013 - POP, Walt Disneyworld
June 25-July 1, 2013 - Beach Club, Walt Disneyworld
July 1- 5, 2013 - Polynesian Resort, Walt Disneyworld

January 1-5, 2014 - Paradise Pier, Disneyland
July 28-August 2, 2014 - Split stay at Grand Californian Hotel and Disneyland Hotel

(other trips to Disneyland and Disneyland Paris as a kid but it's so much more fun now as a mommy!)
Mommy to Kayla is offline   Reply With Quote
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-06-2013, 09:20 PM   #1968
honeybunches
That sounds like a cat poster, but it's true
 
honeybunches's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 788

Quote:
Originally Posted by PinkiexLi View Post

Mommy to Kayla, what time did you leave the park and what time did you head back? I saw on another thread that leaving for a break back to your hotel and going back to the park is more stressful.
We like to take a break right after lunch. Sometimes nap (we have a 4 yo and we all usually take a little snooze) but sometimes swim. We usually go to a different park in the evening.
__________________
Dreaming of a Dole Whip......
honeybunches is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2013, 09:30 PM   #1969
Princess Katherine
The Yeti's Girlfriend
 
Princess Katherine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Maine
Posts: 643

Rope drop is always a great way to ride some of your favorite attractions with smaller lines. The Dessert Party, great desicion.

Katie
Princess Katherine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2013, 09:06 AM   #1970
thelittlethings
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 44

About mid-day breaks, at the time we are going, park hours will be shorter with the exception of one night at MK, do you still recommend breaks if the hours are 7:30pm or earlier? I really do love the idea of it but it seems we'd be wasting precious touring hours if we leave for 3 hours on a shorter day.
__________________



Mom DH DD(4) : DD(9)
thelittlethings is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2013, 09:41 AM   #1971
ConnieB
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 1,551

Quote:
Originally Posted by thelittlethings View Post
About mid-day breaks, at the time we are going, park hours will be shorter with the exception of one night at MK, do you still recommend breaks if the hours are 7:30pm or earlier? I really do love the idea of it but it seems we'd be wasting precious touring hours if we leave for 3 hours on a shorter day.
I'd personally say that taking a break depends on your family's needs....when my girls were younger, taking a break mid-day was necessary if we wanted t be there both rope drop and fireworks. Trying to cram too much in one day resulted in crabby kids and a fed-up mom!

While we typically go in the much cooler weather, we did go in August last year (since we were in town for the Star Wars Convention, well, I can't be in Florida without being in Disney, lol). It was pretty hot and humid miserable so taking a mid day break helped with the exhaustion of being too hot for too long.

Now that my kids are teens, and we stick to October through May we can go rope drop to fireworks because the hours are shorter. For the nights that go late we try to be nice to ourselves and not do rope drop the next morning.

So think about how your kids handle things when you're on the go all day....if it's a recipe for a meltdown, then realize that Disney is likely to be worse, because it's not just go-go-go, it's also a lot of stimulation with all there is to see and explore and all the new overwhelming experiences. If your kids are young enough to be able to do stroller naps, that may be a better solution....and Disney is one of those places that the 4, 5, 6, 7 year old who is "too big for strollers" suddenly realizes that a moving nap is worth the ding to their dignity, lol.

I know a lot of people like to hang at the pool at their resort, and I do understand that the pool slides and such are very cool....but for us, swimming is something we can do at home, when we're at Disney (and spending all this money to be here) we don't really want to do pool time. When we've stayed on site the girls want to check out the pool slides, but usually an hour or two one day and they've had their fill for the entire visit. Of course, we feel the same way about Disney Quest....not worth spending our time/money when we can play video games at home (of course we very rarely do that at home either, but have friends that can/have spent an entire weekend doing nothing but video games). So it's really about what's important and works for YOUR family.....if grouchy kids result from no nap, than the nap time is well spent, OR you have to plan your days so they're shorter and fit what you want to do, i.e. be there at rope drop by leave by dinner....or don't get there until lunch and stay until fireworks.

If you're not sure how your kids will do...then don't make your schedules so rigid that you can't change it up as needed....avoid ADRs that you can't cancel without penalty if you're not positive your kids will make it all day and be able to peaceably eat dinner there. Flexibility is definitely key with kids until you know their style. I've seen 4 year olds with more staying power than my teens and I've seen teens that think vacation is an excuse to sleep 20 hours a day.
ConnieB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 01:23 AM   #1972
LonandChaCha
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Illinois
Posts: 31

We ship items to our resort that are bulky and light so the package is there when we arrive. Shipping is much cheaper than paying for a bag to be checked and easier than lugging all of that junk around. Plus we do not have a car because we do ME so we can't stop to get items. Items we shipped: diapers, our snacks, cereal, decorations for room (instead of the crazy priced stuff you can pay to have done), etc.

Also, I read this tip somewhere and it was awesome for me and my DH. Before I shipped our package, I made a ziplock baggie that included three wipes and squeezed as much air out as possible. Then I put this inside another ziplock baggie with a folded in-half diaper (the diaper is already technically folded, but fold it again so it's small) and a disposable changing pad; and again, squeezed all of the air out. I made enough for every day and shipped those in our package. Then when packing the bag for a day at the park, I took enough and when it was time to change our infant's diaper, we just grabbed one of the packs and headed to the restroom. It was very handy!!
LonandChaCha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 01:43 AM   #1973
Piper23
DIS Veteran
 
Piper23's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 1,690

Best tip- Ride Single!

The best tip that I wasn't told, but figured out by watching others, is to go in the SINGLE RIDERS line.

This past May, I went for four days to DL and CA with my 16 year old daughter and her best friend. We still got to hang out in line together, but then could be split up when it came to getting on the ride. We saved soooo much time waiting for Radiator Springs this last trip- I think it was 140 minute standby wait... we made it on in about 35 minutes. AND after that, the girls were even assigned to the same car- one in the front, one in the back.

We did this on California Screamin' also, rode once together, then twice more as singles. (Plus it was cool because I had the Photo Pass- so it just meant more pictures for us!)

Piper23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 09:04 AM   #1974
Hootch
DIS Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 4,160

I think

Quote:
Originally Posted by thelittlethings View Post
About mid-day breaks, at the time we are going, park hours will be shorter with the exception of one night at MK, do you still recommend breaks if the hours are 7:30pm or earlier? I really do love the idea of it but it seems we'd be wasting precious touring hours if we leave for 3 hours on a shorter day.
it depends a lot on the age of your kids and the weather. I was stationed in Orlando a couple of times for short periods and the weather can run the gamut in Fall, Winter and early Spring. I was there in February when temps hit in the 90s. When we took our son when he was three and my wife was pregnant. Hours were shorter but we still took breaks. We stayed at the Contemporary so we could get in and out quicker.

Another reason, besides temps, we usually take breaks is the crowds really build after lunch during the summer. They start to dwindle somewhat in late afternoon. We don't miss many attractions because the lines are shorter when we return to the parks. For example, we went to the parks on arrival day and got into the MK at about 2:30. POTC was a 25 minute wait with a line starting out on the sidewalk. Two days later at maybe 8:00, the wait was five minutes.
Hootch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #1975
Ashlie in Wonderland
Earning My Ears
 
Ashlie in Wonderland's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Eldersburg, MD
Posts: 4

I hate tennis shoes or sneakers, I am a flip flops girl so I love Reef or Teva flops. I made a huge mistake by not taking them on my last trip and ended up with horrible blisters. The Sierra Trading Post sells them and you can always find them on sale.

My second favorite tip I got off the boards was regarding traveling with little ones. A good place for children to catch a nap or have some down time if you don't want to go back the resort is to take a ride on the Disney Railroad if you are in the Magic Kingdom. We will be taking advantage of it on our next trip.
__________________

***All it takes is faith and trust...and a little touch of pixie dust***



September 2013: Port Orleans-Riverside
September 2010: Boardwalk
October 2009: Swan and Dolphin
September 2009: Animal Kingdom Lodge
September 2007: Caribbean Beach
April 2007: Coronado Springs
October 2006: Off Property (Marriott World Center)
Ashlie in Wonderland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 09:27 PM   #1976
MeganFyne
Mouseketeer
 
MeganFyne's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: NYC
Posts: 157

1 - Get the refillable mugs! I know I know, annoying to take to the parks with you, but for me, worth having the extra cup of (ok 2) coffee in the morning. One at the mug station, one while waiting for the bus. I also have used my mug every morning at work. Makes me think of Disney, and that makes me a much smilier worker

2 - If you have flexible dates and can go in value season - do! I'm doing a split stay with 30% discount in one room and staying on rented point in another. Saved over $1000 of rack rate!

3 - Check your company website for perks! I found Park Hoppers for cheaper than UT!

4 - Water bottle strap! It was so nice to not have to try to fit a big bottle that can "sweat" into my touring bag!

5- moleskin. Saved my feet!

6- When you feel sick or sleepy or grumpy (or sneezy or bashful or dopey...) go back to your room. Recoup! No fun to be in the parks in the heat among tons of people TRYING to have fun when your body can't handle it. Take a break and then you can go back!

7- Swim at night! Last trip I went to the "quiet" pool and just peacefully swam before bed each night. WONDERFUL end to the day. Also gets you nice and tired so you'll sleep soundly and can get up early for rope drop!

8- Oatmeal packets! Half the time we had oatmeal in the room - can use the coffee maker to heat the water - nice filling and relatively healthy breakfast that gets you on that bus nice and early.

9- Have your little brother in Tampa come stay with you and make sure he brings some beer (this may be very specific to my last trip )

10 - Even as an adult, a picture with Mickey is worth a thousand words.
__________________
I can't wait to go back to the World!

I'm a doula, a comedian, and a pain in the butt.

For a good time, follow me on Twitter @GoTeamMegan
MeganFyne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-2013, 10:56 PM   #1977
nighttowll
DIS Veteran
 
nighttowll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 642

Quote:
Originally Posted by Piper23 View Post
The best tip that I wasn't told, but figured out by watching others, is to go in the SINGLE RIDERS line.

This past May, I went for four days to DL and CA with my 16 year old daughter and her best friend. We still got to hang out in line together, but then could be split up when it came to getting on the ride. We saved soooo much time waiting for Radiator Springs this last trip- I think it was 140 minute standby wait... we made it on in about 35 minutes. AND after that, the girls were even assigned to the same car- one in the front, one in the back.

We did this on California Screamin' also, rode once together, then twice more as singles. (Plus it was cool because I had the Photo Pass- so it just meant more pictures for us!)

I agree singles line is great. I remember riding Test Track at least 10 times in a row by the singles line. Stand by wait was an hour. Singles line 0. We'd get off and then right back on. I remember passing this one group of people over and over again who weren't moving at all in standby. After we'd gone by them about 3 times, one of them finally asked what we were doing.
nighttowll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2013, 08:55 AM   #1978
elittleton
Earning My Ears
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Posts: 71

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ashlie in Wonderland View Post

My second favorite tip I got off the boards was regarding traveling with little ones. A good place for children to catch a nap or have some down time if you don't want to go back the resort is to take a ride on the Disney Railroad if you are in the Magic Kingdom. We will be taking advantage of it on our next trip.
My DD took a lot of naps on the Disney Railroad. At each stop I would tell her it was not our stop until she went to sleep then we just went around and around until she woke up. It also gives mommy a place to rest in the shade.
elittleton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2013, 01:27 AM   #1979
donaldsgirl
Mouseketeer
 
donaldsgirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Virginia Beach VA
Posts: 203

DVC Gold Member
Paid DVC Rent/Trade
Gold Membership

SAFETY FIRST!! Excellent Idea for traveling with young children: temporary tattoo

This may have been posted already but this thread has been going since forever started so I will post this JUST IN CASE!! I have a 5 yr old and a 10 yr old that can be EASILY distracted..and as most mom's are, I am paranoid about becoming a missing parent. So, I happened to run across this idea from pinterest and thought it was worth sharing.

http://weightdownweightloss.wordpres...or-kid-safety/

SUPER SIMPLE!! Use a sharpie and write "If lost call 123-867-5309 (obviously use your own phone number..I KNOW!! but it needs to be said, kind of like a steaming cup of coffee has a warning on it stating "Liquid MAY be hot, use caution" Just in case..) Somewhere easy for the child (and some adults such as my husband) to show a trusted adult, like on the inside of the wrist or just under the sleeve. **THEN COAT IT WITH A LIQUID BANDAGE** and let the liquid bandage completely dry. Water resistant and It will last for a day or so and then wears off.
__________________
ME DH DS DD

DVC MEMBER 09, All Star Resort 9/04, off-site 7/05, off-site 10/06, off-site 09/07, off-site 10/08,
VOW RENEWAL 09/09 Sea Breeze Point, OKW & SS 09/09, AKL/Kidani Village & Bonnet Creek 09/10, Saratoga Springs 4/11, AKL 12/11, OKW 5/12 STARS WARS WEEKEND!! SS 12/12, SS & Off site 7/13.


donaldsgirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2013, 07:27 AM   #1980
saylorbunch
Mouseketeer
 
saylorbunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Washington, MI
Posts: 99

Quote:
Originally Posted by MeganFyne View Post
1 - Get the refillable mugs! I know I know, annoying to take to the parks with you, but for me, worth having the extra cup of (ok 2) coffee in the morning. One at the mug station, one while waiting for the bus. I also have used my mug every morning at work. Makes me think of Disney, and that makes me a much smilier worker

2 - If you have flexible dates and can go in value season - do! I'm doing a split stay with 30% discount in one room and staying on rented point in another. Saved over $1000 of rack rate!

3 - Check your company website for perks! I found Park Hoppers for cheaper than UT!

4 - Water bottle strap! It was so nice to not have to try to fit a big bottle that can "sweat" into my touring bag!

5- moleskin. Saved my feet!

6- When you feel sick or sleepy or grumpy (or sneezy or bashful or dopey...) go back to your room. Recoup! No fun to be in the parks in the heat among tons of people TRYING to have fun when your body can't handle it. Take a break and then you can go back!

7- Swim at night! Last trip I went to the "quiet" pool and just peacefully swam before bed each night. WONDERFUL end to the day. Also gets you nice and tired so you'll sleep soundly and can get up early for rope drop!

8- Oatmeal packets! Half the time we had oatmeal in the room - can use the coffee maker to heat the water - nice filling and relatively healthy breakfast that gets you on that bus nice and early.

9- Have your little brother in Tampa come stay with you and make sure he brings some beer (this may be very specific to my last trip )

10 - Even as an adult, a picture with Mickey is worth a thousand words.
Ok, so where do you get this moleskin? I've checked a couple of stores with no luck. Maybe in a different section?
__________________

saylorbunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
3rd Disney ship on the drawing board disneyfan73 Disney Cruise Line Forum 16 10-03-2005 07:31 AM
Collecting DCL pins djs113 Trades/Wants Board 1 03-16-2005 09:26 PM
New AP discount questions Carl Purchasing DVC 8 03-14-2005 08:01 PM
A Disney Dream Comes True/Happy Disney Birthday to DS! February 15-19, 2005 GADISNEYGIRL Completed Trip Reports 1 03-09-2005 08:59 AM
šoš Yeahhhhh... "13" days to WDW Mousefest Mega-Mouse Meet... UPDATES. šoš RaySharpton Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies 111 11-29-2004 08:08 AM

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright Đ 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: