What Disney Tip Are you really glad you listened to?

Discussion in 'Disney World Tips' started by barbaraann, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. SoontobMrsZ

    SoontobMrsZ Earning My Ears

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    Alright I need all the tips I can get...we are thinking about taking my DS in February and he'll be 16months..what are some things you did that worked and didn't work..
     
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  3. 8lovesmickey

    8lovesmickey I'm movin' on, say goodbye to me...down at the Lau

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    Use the baby stations! They are cool, peaceful, and sell supplies if needed. Also take clear plastic bags for storage and supplies... We carried diapers, wipes, rags, and more wipes, etc in them and didn't feel bad about leaving them in the stroller while we went on attractions (much less tempting than a backpack or diaper bag). We also put smelly diapers in them and zipped them up before throwing them in a trash can (helps the smell for everyone else).

    We took our youngest at about the same age and it was actually pretty easy...he loved the monorail, the train, the music, etc. and he sat in the stroller and ate lollipops all day. Probably not the best for his teeth but he loved it!

    We found it was easier then that at 3 yrs when he had a strong opinion about everything! (Including which monorail he would ride based on the color!). No idea how much he remembers from way back, but he's still a Disney lover!
     
  4. gardengalB4

    gardengalB4 DIS Veteran

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    To avoid putting dish detergent in a 3oz bottle or less (for airline travel).... I've made my own dish detergent sheets-just squirt dish detergent on a good quality paper towel & let dry-then fold up & place in a zip-top bag.These are great for washing resort mugs.
    One of the major dish detergent brands had a version of this on the market some years ago.
     
  5. aym4Him

    aym4Him DIS Veteran

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    Now that's a great idea!
     
  6. stindall

    stindall Congress Tart

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    I haven't done this yet but I've seen people suggesting taking a foldable water bottle to save space. They're smaller in general when filled but some you can roll up and clip. I know Vapur is a popular brand so I did a little price comparison. You can find Vapur bottles on Ebay for $2.75 INCLUDING shipping versus the cheapest vapur bottle for $15.24 INCLUDING shipping on the Vapur site. Then if you want the insulating, moisture wicking sweater for the bottle you can find it for $11.69 INCLUDING shipping versus $12.24 INCLUDING shipping. Ebay would be the way to go for either/both of these items but especially the actual bottle!
     
  7. Zooshoveller

    Zooshoveller WAR EAGLE

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    Just bought a hanging shower mesh organizer from Dollar General. It has a clothes hanger type hook so you can hang it from the shower head, curtain rod, towel rod, etc. It has 6 pockets (2 in 3 rows). Paid $2.50 :)
     
  8. SnowWhite09

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    LOL - so very true!
     
  9. gracer9977

    gracer9977 Happiness is Disney

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    I took my DS when she was 16 months. We had a double stroller that she shared with her cousin who was 2 1/2. We had a sun curtain and we just put that down and she slept through some part of the parks. We also went back to the hotel in the afternoon to have nap time, or at least quiet down time if she was to excited to sleep. Overall I think she had a great time and it was pretty stress free!
     
  10. MickeyP

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    On a Friday night of the hardest week I have ever had in my life, I laughed out loud at this. Thx
     
  11. royaltybuff

    royaltybuff Earning My Ears

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    ADRs prior to a park opening to beat the crowds and obtain fast passes. Best advice ever.


     
  12. SURVIVORARA

    SURVIVORARA Earning My Ears

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    Hello all.. this is our first DW trip. We are going the week of Thanksgiving.
    We plan to spend 2 days at WDW and 1 day possibly 2 at Universal.
    We have a son with special needs .... any advice?

    I paid for Tour Guide Mike's thing but can not figure it out..
    I would like an easier guide to help us through..

    Our kids range from 12-23.
    Im so confused. We rented a 4bedroom house offsite, 6 miles from WDW.

    What are all these abbreveations? DD, DH, DS.... etc... is there a guide.

    Thanks all I love all the advice Ive read, Im to page 14 and still reading...

    Please reach out.. Im overwhelmed..

    9 of us going.. Praying for magical memories!:cheer2:
     
  13. chimilady

    chimilady DIS Veteran

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    DD = Dear Daughter
    DH = Dear Husband
    DS = Dear Son

    Same goes on for the rest of the family.
     
  14. stindall

    stindall Congress Tart

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    really? I always thought it was 'Disney Husband' 'Disney Daughter' etc
     
  15. Disneynut4ever

    Disneynut4ever DIS Veteran

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    Me too.
     
  16. fuzzlekins

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    So many veterans here and so much great advice. I'm only on my third trip but my most basic advice would be:
    1) Go to Undercover Tourist's crowd calendar to figure out which days to do which parks. You obviously want the least amt of crowds possible, esp. that week.
    2) I'd spend more time at Disney than Universal unless your kids are coaster fanatics. I love coasters, but I generally only ride Big Thunder Mountain when in FL - there's just so much more to see and do. Universal can be squeezed into a day easier than Disney can.
    3) If you're only spending 2-3 days at Disney parks, definitely do the park hopper option so you can see as much as possible.
    4) Check the parade and fireworks schedule on this site (or just google it) so you don't miss whatever interests you. At a minimum, I would try to see Wishes at MK and Illuminations at Epcot to close 2 of the nights.
    5) If you're planning to dine at table service restaurants (either w/ dining plan or w/o), make your reservations on Disney's site NOW. There are lots of restaurant reviews on this site if you're not sure where you might want to eat.
    6) If you go to HS, head for the Toy Story Mania fast pass station immediately when you get into the park. Those go quicker than any other ride in any of the parks (at least both times we were there in the last couple of yrs anyway).

    Good luck and have fun! :)
     
  17. tonyhoop

    tonyhoop Earning My Ears

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    In terms of your child with special needs, Go to guest services and get a Guest Assistance Card(GAC) i think thats what its called. It helps you get thru the attractions faster. Our son has special needs and this card has helped us tremendously while at the world.
     
  18. ScoMar

    ScoMar Earning My Ears

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    Hi everyone! I am new to this board. I am so glad I found it! I haven't been to DW in 20 or more years, and back then I was young enough that my parents did all the planning! This year we are bringing our six kids, age range 8 -19, and I am doing the planning. We are joining my dad, his fiance, my brother, SIL, and niece there. So excited to see them for Christmas! This board has been VERY helpful! Thank you to everyone that has contributed their best tips!

    We will be there on Christmas Day, :santa: staying for just a short visit of four days! So far my plan is to just take it easy! I am letting each kid pick out one thing that they really want to see or do and try to make that happen for each of them. Besides that I am just going to take it slow and see what we can see, since I know ya can't see it ALL. I do want to see the Osborne lights though for sure! I also want to hit up the Disney Outlet store for souvenirs. We are staying on site. We have Park Hopper Passes. My dad has made dinner reservations for two of the nights. The rest we are considering eating outside of DW. Any tips on nearby McD's or other fast food places where we can eat cheap? With a group of 8, the cheaper the better! LOL

    If anyone has any more tips for this time of year at DW, please share! :)
     
  19. Kdouglas

    Kdouglas Earning My Ears

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    THIS. Getting caught in the rain is horrific in Florida D:
     
  20. DarthMama

    DarthMama Mouseketeer

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    My magical tip -- if you go to Enchanted Tales with Belle in the new Fantasyland section, volunteer to be part of the show. It's a lot of fun (even saying just one line) and you get a nice picture with Belle and a bookmark from her. Great fun for both kids & grown-ups. My daughter got to play the horse and I was the maid/feather duster when we went on Nov. 7 and we are all still laughing about it.
     
  21. aym4Him

    aym4Him DIS Veteran

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    We are here now & I'll say the tip on packing light is a good one. Also the filtered water bottles.

    Where is the Disney outlet? We thought there was one on 535 but it's a "Character Outlet" with a very small selection of things. I found much more at the Wal-Mart on 535 as well as on Vine/Bass Rd.
     

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