Day 2 of our Disney Video Tour — Advice from Moms in the Park

by Susan

Disney Tips - Advice from Moms in the Park

Welcome to Day 2 in our 10 Days of Disney Video Tour.

Today we’re taking to the parks to ask Moms what advice they have for planning a perfect day in Disney World.

Come on…

See the complete list of videos at 10 Days of Disney video tour.

Or click on each below to enjoy the magic of Disney…

And in the nature of full disclosure… Disney paid for our trip and produced these videos. But as you can imagine, they certainly didn’t need to pay us to love and gush about Disney… that just comes naturally. :)



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1 Jessica at PUDGET September 9, 2009 at 7:16 am

I would definitely like to get the fast track pass. I hate taking kids in long lines.

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2 Melissa September 9, 2009 at 8:02 am

Arrive at the Disney World entrance about 30 minutes or so before the park opens. As soon as it opens go to the back of the park first and ride all those rides (several times without any lines) while most people are at the front of the park standing in lines. We did it and had about 25 minutes of no line fun!!

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3 Michelle September 9, 2009 at 8:03 am

Advice?…

Early Start after breakfast
Stroller
Comfy shoes
Fast Passes
Hopper tix so you can move around different parks on a whim
Fireworks
Avoid the parking lot by taking the ferry/monorail from your hotel

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4 Jessica September 9, 2009 at 8:15 am

Fast Track is definitely the way to go. With a 4 year old when we plan to go next year, there is no way I can entertain him in a long line!

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5 Krista Lewis September 9, 2009 at 8:24 am

They were all great ideas, but I really liked the suggestion of still taking wet wipes even if your kids are out of diapers. I still carry wipes with us in the car and in my purse and my kids are 5, 8 and 13. My husband will even ask for them sometimes. So at a park like that it could save from having to run and find a restroom to wash hands.

Krista

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6 Melissa September 9, 2009 at 8:41 am

When we went this summer we also took a collapsible cooler with ice and bottled water in it. It fit nicely under our “umbrella strollers” and when they were all gone we didn’t have a big, bulky cooler to carry. Also the park will always give you FREE cups of ICE, so when you need something to cool you down it’s nice to not have to BUY something.

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7 Brenda September 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

I thought the tip to bring entertainment for line wait time was great. I should do that for waiting in line for the train ride at the zoo.

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8 Katie Haggard September 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

I second the idea of planning ahead which rides your children are old enough to ride, so that you can plan your route around the park, and not waste anytime while your there trying to figure out which rides you can ride!! That has been helpful for us in the past!

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9 Becky September 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

Travel Tip: A bag of little toys that are new to the kids, getting out only one new toy at a time. Here’s an example for my 2yo daughter on flights:
One of those lollipop/personal fans that lights up (you can get them at Blockbuster or in line at the grocery store). Mini books. A tiny sticker album. Window ornaments (for the plane/car window). Princess polly pockets. Candy/snacks…

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10 AmyG September 9, 2009 at 9:20 am

Those were some great tips. When we get a chance to go, I’ll definitely remember to call ahead for the breakfast with the characters.

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11 Amber September 9, 2009 at 9:31 am

I think the tip to check the park map ahead of time is great! Saves time and stress when you arrive!

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12 heather September 9, 2009 at 9:42 am

would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this. My 3 kids would have a BALL!

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13 Staci A September 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

Those are great tips-love the idea of bringing something to entertain kids while waiting in lines. That’s the one thing I always forget and my little one gets so antsy waiting!

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14 shelly September 9, 2009 at 9:47 am

The tip I think is the most helpful is getting a fast pass for the rides you really want to go on so you don’t have to wait in long lines with your kids. Waiting in line with kids getting cranky and antsy is not fun.

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15 shelly September 9, 2009 at 9:50 am

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16 tinaiskaylasmom September 9, 2009 at 10:12 am

We always bring a poncho and/or a dry set of clothes for the little ones! It seems to rain at least once while we are at WDW. We will be taking our 2 year old on her 4th trip in Feb.! Can’t wait!

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17 Carla Pullum September 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

Making reservations for dinner ahead is an awsome tip!!!Like the fact they can bring something to do while waiting in line!
I have a tip of my own. I had arrived at the park to find it crowded and impossible to get on the rides since my kids were young we spent the day getting pictures with all the charaters.
later when we got home my kids were so excited because we put them in an albulm thet they could show all their friends! I am off to Disneyland it’s my birthday today!
Carla
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18 Ivy September 9, 2009 at 10:22 am

Fast pass is the way to go. If you’re not able to arrive early enough to get to the rides first, always swipe your fast pass at one of the rides with a super long line and then ride some of the other rides while you wait. Then it’s all non-stop action.

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19 Shannon (The Mommy-Files) September 9, 2009 at 10:26 am

You girls are too cute! I loved the video and can’t wait to see more of them! I loved the idea of matching shirts as well as the Fast pass!

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20 Rebecca September 9, 2009 at 10:28 am

I’m not a mom but I’ve been to Disneyland with friends & kids and these are right on… fast pass, cooler with snacks/drinks, and extra clothes. At one of the CA parks, there are water features kids can play in, so the dry clothes are a great idea!

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21 Jessica September 9, 2009 at 10:30 am

Fast pass is the way i would go, my kids are impatient and get very antsy and start acting out if we have to wait too long.

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22 Tiffany September 9, 2009 at 10:44 am

LOVE, love, love the idea about wearing matching shirts, especially the bright yellow ones!! With 3 young kids it would make everyone easier to keep track of. :)

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23 Mama Zen September 9, 2009 at 10:51 am

You are so right; you can’t have enough wipes!

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24 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) September 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

Oh definitely the fast pass suggestion. That is totally worth it. I also like the idea to bring something to do while in line.

When we went a very long time ago and took my stepson who was 16 at the time, we should have had the room phones turned off. We left him at the resort while we went to a park for a few hours and he rang up a $300+ phone bill calling his girlfriend back home. It was horrible! LOL Now, at almost 25 we can laugh about it but at the time it wasn’t funny.

Great video!

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25 The Mom Jen September 9, 2009 at 11:27 am

We loved Pirates of the Carribean!! Oh and the fireworks shows are to die for cool!

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26 Carrie September 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

My travel tip: bring lots of snacks- there’s nothing worse than a hungry toddler!

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27 Amy September 9, 2009 at 11:52 am

My husband and I LOVE Disneyland. We look forward to taking our 3 year old daughter with us. Also, we would really like to see Disney World the next time we go. As a mom, I am looking forward to the great meal plan deals. As a family, we are looking forward to the memories we will create!

In our experience, using fast pass for the rides is a must. Bringing snacks and drinks saves you A LOT of money. I LOVED the wet wipes idea! I plan to use that one. We also like to come to the park early, take a break mid-day at the hotel for lunch, a swim, whatever, and then hit the park hard in the late afternoon/evening. We like missing the heat of the day and we are refreshed and enjoy the evening so much more!

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28 Heidi September 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Some great tips! We made matching shirts the last time (3 sets) and it was so convenient and easy to spot each other if we got separated. Some other tips I’d suggest are to plan ahead – either buy a book (Birnbaum’s Guide is my favorite) or search the internet (the DIS boards are a treasure trove of Disney information) – if you don’t have a plan, you’ll never get to see and do everything that you want to.

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29 Heidi September 9, 2009 at 12:01 pm
30 Heidi September 9, 2009 at 12:02 pm

My blog also feed into my facebook account – so it will be seen on facebook as well.

Can you tell I really want to win this one?!

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31 Chrissy September 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm

The next time we go, we’ll have to definitely buy the Fast Track. I think part of the fun is waiting in line and being together as a family, but the younger your kids are, the harder it is to fine the joy in that.

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32 shelly September 9, 2009 at 12:17 pm
33 Robyn Popham September 9, 2009 at 12:19 pm

Those were great tips. My personal preference when going to Disneyland is to go OFF season! Then you don’t even have to do fast pass. The lines are short and you can practically walk on all the rides. I also think it is important to realize that you have gotten your money’s worth if everyone is having a good time. You don’t have to do EVERYthing just have fun!

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34 Magi September 9, 2009 at 12:25 pm

My tip for travelling with a small child is a pretty obvious one, but I still had to learn it the hard way. Try to maintain their normal schedule no matter what else is going on. Whether we spend the day driving or at different locations, we’ve learned to still encourage our daughter to take her nap and go to bed at the appropriate time. It’s not always convenient, but it’s just for a few years. The ensuing meltdowns are just not worth disrupting the schedule because then everyone is miserable.

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35 Dezi Allen September 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

I really like the Fast Track pass which is also similar to the Stroller Pass, which my husband and I used a couple times the one and only time we went to Disneyland 3 years ago.

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36 Raelena September 9, 2009 at 12:46 pm

fast track pass is a must have!

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37 Dezi Allen September 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm
38 Night owl mama September 9, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Tip: We plan our travel times around morning sleeping and at nap times its better that they sleep during the ride than be awake when they r so little

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39 Night owl mama September 9, 2009 at 1:03 pm
40 Adrienne September 9, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I like the tip of planning a head for the cinderella special, I didn’t realize it booked so far in advance.

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41 Mikki September 9, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I have to agree with the fast passes!! I see a lot of people that just don’t understand them for some reason and it’s such a time saver!!

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42 Laura September 9, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Bring one toy out at a time!

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43 Jen W September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Fast Passes are truly great, we always take advantage of those. Something similar that was not mentioned is a switch rider pass. If you have a child with you that doesn’t meet the height requirements you can get a switch pass that will allow the other adult in the group who didn’t get to ride to go through the fast pass line for their turn. Those come in very handy :)

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44 brandy September 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I’ve never been to disneyworld. am dying to go. best travel tip would be bring extra things to do. kids get bored fast. try to leave during nap time or at night that way small kids will s;eep

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45 Karen September 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

My favorite tip was the matching shirts. I think we’ll do that in the future. I agree with the wet wipes – can’t live without those.

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46 Mama Plays Mozart September 9, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Thanks for the great ideas! I really like the color coordinated shirts idea -I’ve seen daycares do this when they take little ones to the park and it really works!

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47 Pam September 9, 2009 at 5:05 pm

We went when our son was almost 4. Because we stayed in a hotel at the park, we could bring him back for a nap everyday. (He was, and still is, very serious about his naps. He just needs them to survive.) He loved Disney, and could enjoy the park in the evenings because we took the time to make sure that he got his nap.

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48 Cat September 9, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I think the best tip was the first tip to purchase a Fast Pass. What a great way to pack all you can into one day!

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49 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls September 9, 2009 at 5:58 pm

I think the most useful tip from the video is one I’ve heard from other parents who’ve gone as well – using the FastPass option to avoid the long lines at the rides. :)

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50 Angie September 9, 2009 at 7:30 pm

I can’t wait to use these tips on our first trip to Disney this December. I never go any where without wipes, but am now heading to the website to check out the suggested age for each ride. I’m glad I have a few months to plan and have your help too!!!

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51 Ellen C. September 9, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I like the tip about bringing something for your child to play with while waiting in line. i never even thought about that. Thanks for the chance.

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52 Becky September 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Fast Pass all the way. Hands down. I try and plan ahead and by checking out the website.

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53 Jessica September 9, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Wet Wipes are the best!!

And also eat a HUGE breakfast and a snack in the morning and then eat lunch later in the afternoon – missing the lunch crowd!

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54 Mandy W September 9, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Fast track is perfect! Hubby or I would go get the fast tracks while we were doing something else.

My best advice when traveling with kids is to plan ahead and pick a few things that are “Musts” and then some “extras” if there is time. For example:

At Magic Kingdom we picked 5 rides or things we wanted to do. It made our day feel successful to get our goals met. There is so much to do, if you try to do it all you become overtired and grumpy.

Also, make a certain day or time for getting autographs during your trip. If everytime you go to get on a ride and you end up waiting in line for a character…you’ll never get any rides in. If you make an entire afternoon autograph time, you have fun, get what you want and have no pressure to do it all.

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55 Melissa September 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

I definitely like the tip about checking out the website to find the age appropriate rides and to plan for any type of character breakfast, etc. I think it’s important to be proactive and plan ahead. That way you can save yourself a lot of time and avoid any disappointments that could arise from not checking things out ahead.

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56 Melissa September 9, 2009 at 11:35 pm
57 Melissa September 10, 2009 at 12:12 am
58 Wakanda McClain September 10, 2009 at 1:17 am

1. Travel at night if at all possible. It makes it easier on the kids (they sleep most of the way)

2. Take the first day to relax and do very little exploring to recover from the trip.

3. Mark your map and plan what you want to do and when before you get there so you won’t be overwhelmed with everyone wanting to go here. This way everyone knows that their turn will come.

4. Have the most fun you can without wearing yourself or the kids bone weary. Remember you can come back another time!!

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59 Wakanda McClain September 10, 2009 at 1:20 am
60 Wakanda McClain September 10, 2009 at 1:23 am
61 Jennifer McCullar September 10, 2009 at 1:28 am

I think it’s great to also take pics of the kids in the clothes they will be wearing ahead, should they get lost or the same color shirt idea also.

Love the website to find the age appropriate ride, no one will be disappoint in a hot long line.

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62 Jennifer McCullar September 10, 2009 at 1:31 am
63 Cathi September 10, 2009 at 7:02 am

Hi Girls!
I love your videos.
I’m a Disney Maniac and as prepared as I go, I have never thought to bring “waiting in line” entertainment. That is a great tip and one I will implement the next time we go to Disneyland.

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64 Elli September 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

lots of wipes are a must

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65 Susan Heim September 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

There were so many great tips in this video, like get a FastPass! We’re going to Disney in a few months, so I’m definitely going to look into that. I also like the idea of having the whole family wear the same color shirt (preferably a bright one) so it’s easy to spot each other.

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66 Courtney September 10, 2009 at 8:37 am

My fave tips from the video are tips i would give myself. Use fast pass as often as you can, bring your own snacks and drinks because it saves you a lot of money, and plan ahead using the maps because it can be hectic once you get in there.

Another tip that i always use is try going to Disney during their slow(er) seasons. We went the last time in March and the lines were much shorter and the weather was cooler. We had a blast and enjoyed every minute!

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67 Courtney September 10, 2009 at 8:39 am

I twittered the giveaway under the name ChaosIsUs

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68 Courtney September 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

I also updated it on facebook under Courtney Dawkins!

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69 Susan Heim September 10, 2009 at 8:41 am
70 AmyT September 10, 2009 at 8:54 am

We have never been to Disneyworld. Our first trip is planned for May. This disney bag would be an awesome addition when we surprise our girls with the trip.

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71 Gayle Watkins September 10, 2009 at 8:59 am

A tip I have is not necessarily helpful while you are in the parks. But, I suggest you take lots of pics. Takes pics of the kids with characters, while they are eating special meals, the rides, etc. We did this and when we got home I had a large collage photo made and hung it my granddaugter’s bedroom. I waited for a special deal from on online photo dealer, and with some you can even lay it out on your home computer and have it printed and ready at the store, like Walmart or Walgreens. It’s been three years since we last visited DisneyWorld, but she frequenly studies that picture and says, remember when we did such and such, etc. It was the best thing I could have done for her for that trip. She loves that collage.

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72 Franchesca September 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

I always take wet ones, sunscreen, water bottles and extra clothes for layering. Building in a naptime under a beautiful tree with a picnic lunch also makes for a more pleasant day and encourages the family to pause and appreciate for a bit.

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73 Sue September 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

Making reservations ahead helps. We went again a yr and a half ago, and I booked the character dinners at least 4 months in advance.

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74 Sue September 10, 2009 at 9:28 am
75 Cindy B. in Montana September 10, 2009 at 10:13 am

Travel tip at Disney! Plan to eat your meals early. Lunch around 11:00, dinner at 4:00. You’ll avoid the lines in the restaurants and eating areas, then while the crowds are eating you’ll be out having fun!

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76 CR September 10, 2009 at 11:28 am

Fast pass in the summer is a must!

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77 LaVonne September 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Fast Pass is the best tip!!! I agree! :)

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78 BethP September 10, 2009 at 1:10 pm

I absolutely love the idea of wearing shirts that match. What a great idea. I also thought the suggestion to bring wet wipes was excellent.

All this talk of Disney is making me SO excited for our trip next year!

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79 Annie September 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

The idea of taking my own food, and Wet Wipes! I probably wouldn’t have been quick enough to come up with that one on my own. Great tips.

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80 Courtney September 10, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My tip is to plan ahead! We have been planning this first trip for the kids for a LONG time :)
1. We asked for Disney Dollars for the kids’ birthdays & Christmas and were able to buy park tickets with those — the extras we will use on the trip.
2. Book your character meals (or any sit-down meal) in advance. These can be booked 90 days in advance!
3. Read the Disney discussion forums and various other website with tips. Compile the tips for your trip.
4. Make a general plan (of course, with young kids you have to be flexible) — I have our days planned out so that we know what our options are we won’t miss something that we really wanted to see. There are great websites that give touring plans of the parks — suggested routes to miss the huge lines.
5. Start early (at the gate 30 mins before opening), take a mid-day break for naps & rest and return to the park refreshed for evening parades.

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81 Heather September 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

We have special snack foods that we only get when we travel.

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82 CherylS22 September 10, 2009 at 5:17 pm

I think the best tips are to do as much advance planning for special Disney events & dinners before you go to Orlando & to use the Fast Pass once you get in the park.

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83 Jinii September 10, 2009 at 7:24 pm

To call ahead for reservations.

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84 Kathy Stevenson September 10, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I love the fast pass!

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85 Jen September 10, 2009 at 9:05 pm

My tip for disney — wait until they are old enough so that you don’t feel bad leaving the parks to ensure they get proper naps and rest!

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86 Jessica T September 10, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Matching BRIGHT shirts is a great tip!

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87 Thao September 10, 2009 at 11:59 pm

My fave tip is wearing the same color shirt. If you have more than one child, I think this is a great way to keep track or easily spot your crew.

I think Kate Gosselin does this for all her children so she can spot them at the park.

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88 Thao September 11, 2009 at 12:01 am
89 Yoli Cintra September 11, 2009 at 9:10 am

It would be get to the park very early and fass pass baby!

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90 Karyn B. September 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

They are all great tips! I always get Fast Passes whenever we can and bringing some snacks and activities to keep the little ones in line is always a good idea! We also have a book about Hidden Mickeys, so we like to look for them while we are waiting in lines — it helps pass the time for the kids!

I also agree that you need to book your dining in advance — it makes it so much easier.

If you have little ones, I suggest staying at a Disney hotel so that you can easily go back to your room for naptime and a snack or meal. It alleviates the afternoon crankiness. We usually head back to the hotel in the afternoon, have the kids take a nap and order room service for an early dinner before we head back to the parks for the evening!

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91 Crystal September 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

I think they were all really good tips, but the ones that stood out most to me were the fast pass and planning ahead.

Thanks for the chance!

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92 julie September 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

bring a stoller and fast track tickets are the best.

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93 Krista September 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Starting to look up information to start planning our BIG Disneyworld trip! Thanks for the fun info!

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94 Amy September 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I’m a huge fast pass fan it stops super cranky moments two hours in to waiting in line! I also love taking snack baggies with healthier and more affordable snack choices to help save more money for souvenirs!

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95 Amy September 11, 2009 at 5:23 pm
96 Amy September 11, 2009 at 5:28 pm
97 Lorie Shewbridge September 11, 2009 at 5:46 pm

When my boys were little and we took them on their first WDW trip, we made sure we took a break mid-afternoon to go back to the hotel and cool off in the pool and then nap for a little while so that we could go back and stay for the fireworks and they wouldn’t be exhausted and crabby.

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98 Margaret September 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm

If you are staying on property, take a midday nap!!

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99 Margaret September 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm
100 Krista September 11, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Oh yeah, the fast pass is the way to go. I just went to Disneyland this summer (first time in 20 years) and didn’t know that existed. It is so smart! I can totally see it helping with kids!

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101 Alice September 12, 2009 at 12:03 am

Fast passes and baby swap are our lifesavers at Disneyland.

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102 Noreen September 12, 2009 at 12:41 am

like the tip to check the park map ahead of time

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103 Creative2xmom September 12, 2009 at 12:26 pm

pack lots of snacks and water. Even if you skip naps with littles, food solves everything.

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104 Dianna September 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Make sure to take extra clothing in case it rains during May like it did on our last trip. We dealt with Tropical storm Mickey. lol But also just have a good time and don’t rush, take your time and enjoy yourself.

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105 Vickie Couturier September 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Fast Track is definitely the way to go we did it the last time we were there an it was awesome,an staying inside the park was womderful no driving just ride the bus back an forth

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106 Amy Kiger September 12, 2009 at 3:33 pm

We went to WDW when my son was 5 years old. I had a little bracelet that he got at church. It had God Rocks or something on one side. i turned it over to the blank side and wrote his name and my husband’s cell phone number in black sharpie. We put it on his ankle every day. He knew that he if were to get lost from us, he needed to show someone with the oval nametag (a Disney employee) his ankle bracelet and they would help us find him. It gave me great peace of mind. Especially when we got there (at Thanksgiving week) and it was SLAMMED full of people.

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107 Forgetfulone September 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Make reservations for special things such as character breakfasts or Cinderella’s castle. And get fast passes for rides.

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108 Marj M. September 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Wow, I really appreciated the tip about wearing matching shirts/and the wet wipes tip also.

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109 Lee September 12, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Our secret is always to eat breakfast with the charaters and get there as the park opens. Cut across to the kiddy section and those are out of the way before the crowds get there.

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110 amy September 12, 2009 at 9:54 pm

since I can only watch the video not listen, my tip is to bring plenty of new toys – those dollar store foam puzzles can do wonders with the preschool crowd – and if you will be out and about bring a lot of kid friendly sun block – for you and your kid! Remember to reapply often.

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111 Lisa Branson September 13, 2009 at 1:00 am

Lots of good tips in the videos…my tip would be to buy some Disney items before heading to Disney. We purchased items at the Disney Store and also at Target in the Dollar Spot to give to the kids throughout the stay. We let the kids pick out one item at Disney, so they actually got to take something home from Disney.

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112 Diane September 13, 2009 at 2:01 am

Great tips about checking out the website and making reservations for activities so you don’t miss out! ;) @frufrugal

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113 Tara H. September 13, 2009 at 4:20 pm

fast track pass is the best – we have used it many of times at Disneyland and it really is a huge help!!

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114 Pamk September 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

fast pass, wet wipes, and refillable water bottles all are great to have at the parks.

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115 Elizabeth September 13, 2009 at 7:23 pm

I love the Fast Pass! It helps so much, especially on hot days!

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116 Megret September 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Fast Pass — helpful for young children w/ short attention spans and need for naps!

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117 Megret September 13, 2009 at 8:10 pm
118 Peggy Gorman September 13, 2009 at 9:05 pm

If I ever went to Disney,I would get the Fast pass,save time!.
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119 Kayla September 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm

Fast Pass is great!

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120 Katie September 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Bring lots of Advil!

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121 Val Pearson September 14, 2009 at 5:26 am

I love the fast track advice! want that! I will hire kids (since mine are all grown) just for that feature!

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122 TheAngelForever September 14, 2009 at 4:57 pm

My biggest tip when traveling with kids is to go with the flow. You may have a schedule, but you need to be flexible for the entire family.

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123 Nancy September 14, 2009 at 5:42 pm

I agree with planning ahead, you can even make customized maps with what you want to go on. I plan out our day ahead of time. That being said, you also need to be flexible when things change at a moment’s notice.

With little kids the best thing for Disney is to go when the park opens, then leave in the early to mid afternoon for naps and relaxation. You can go back for or even after dinner to continue the fun. Spending a whole day at the park is exhausting!

One other thing that no one mentioned is Parent Swap for rides that little ones are too small to go on. One parent rides while the other stays with the kids. The non-riding parent then goes through the exit (or Fast Pass on those rides) and gets to ride. That way the adults have as much fun as the kids!

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124 Kristina September 15, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I LOVE the idea of matching shirts!! how clever is that?? Also getting the maps and marking age appropriate rides is fabulous for little children.

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125 Terri September 15, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Loving the fast pass advice. I had heard of it, but wasn’t sure what it was.

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126 Shantel Cannon September 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm

I enoyed mapping it out to the age appropriate rides for kids. I think that is so key as well as a fast pass. You can’t go without one! These videos have helped me with planning a trip for my daugther and I within the next year or so! Thanks for these! Looks like a magical place no doubt!

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127 Stephanie September 15, 2009 at 11:42 pm

A. You guys are the CUTEST. So beautiful. So skinny. So confident. So professional. Disney should offer you a multi-million dollar contract to be their new spokespeople! :)

B. Those are some super smart mamas that you interviewed! I agree that the fast pass is totally awesome. And I’m impressed by the matching shirts idea. Very fun.

C. Now, I really want to go to Disney’s water parks. Did you guys do that as part of your trip?

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128 QuatroMama September 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I would suggest getting there early and going back to the hotel for a nap/refresher before going back for the magic of Disney after dark.

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129 mona evanochko September 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I have been to Disney only once when my childrern were little. We would like to go all together now that they are grown-up. Thanks for your giveaway.

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130 mona evanochko September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I have your button…

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131 mona evanochko September 16, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I have your feed…

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132 mona evanochko September 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I have put a post on my blog about your giveaway…

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133 Spookygirl September 16, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Wearing matching shirts! We are making tiedyes for our trip to Disneyland in November!

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134 Wendy Kreskowiak September 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I like the tip/reminder to plan ahead – review the map and details on areas that are age appropriate so if you are short on time you know right where to go.

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135 MommaDJane September 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

We always have our handheld Leapster with us everywhere we go since my daughter is ADHD, it seems to help keep her calm and is educational, so hearing them say to bring something to entertain while standing in line is a great tip! And planning ahead… I would have never thought of that.

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136 Amanda R. September 16, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Advice:

-Sandels for the kids
-STROLLERS!!!
-Take a break during the day to go back to the hotel, take a nap, get some lunch, and relax, then go back to the park.
-Have something for the kids to look forward to
-Have plenty of snacks and drinks.

The whole family loves Disneyland. We can’t wait to go again!

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137 Michelle L September 16, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Get a Fast Pass or bring activities to do while waiting in line.

Also, sanitizer and wet wipes :)

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138 Andrea September 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm

My tip…if you’ve got little ones….babywear, babywear, babywear!!!! It’s so much easier than a stroller!

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139 Andrea September 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm
140 Andrea September 16, 2009 at 10:56 pm
141 Shawn C. September 17, 2009 at 2:09 am

One of my favorite tips is to dress your kids for the weather changes…the mornings and evenings were a little cool for us, so we brought light jackets for the kids. Later in the day the sun was pretty strong, so sun hats , cool clothes and lots of sunscreen! Also make sure to drink lots of water! The weather was awesome, just needed our light jackets for those early mornings! Awesome!
mainlandmama at gmail dot com

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142 Shawn C. September 17, 2009 at 2:14 am
143 Shawn C. September 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm
144 Elizabeth September 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Gotta get there early and take advantage of the fast passes. Overpack supplies and activities for the kids.

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145 Alka September 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I like the entertainment while waiting in line idea!

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146 Alka September 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm
147 Alka September 17, 2009 at 9:20 pm
148 Marin September 17, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Definitely Fast Track!

Bring your own strollers. My kids actually took naps after lunch each day because their strollers were comfortable enough and with enough sunshade to do so. HUGE bonus!

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149 2Forgetful September 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm

I liked hearing from the mom who talked about the water park. I’ve never been to any of the Disney water parks and it was good to hear they enjoyed them.

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150 Night Owl Mama September 18, 2009 at 10:26 am
151 Sara September 18, 2009 at 12:21 pm

I’ve found that the #1 thing to do when traveling with our daughter is make sure we pack a lot of books. She loves to read so it keeps her occupied

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152 erin September 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm

i like the fast pass idea

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153 sheri September 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Fast pass is the best!

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154 Charlene Canfield September 19, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Sounds to me like getting the fast pass is the way to go.
cjcmommy@gmail.com

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155 Andrea H September 19, 2009 at 3:07 pm

I think the fast pass tip was the best. I will definitely do that if I ever get to go to Disney.

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156 jeccica simpson September 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm

The fast pass info is awesome, anyone with kids, sure would need to use those a few times around!

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157 jeccica simpson September 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/jessa1130/statuses/4177638747

twitter id:
jessa1130

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158 Lisa September 25, 2009 at 1:44 pm

I like the tip to bring your own snacks & drinks. Sometimes the line is too long or the snacks & drinks are too expensive!

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159 Lisa September 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I’m a subscriber

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160 lea September 25, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I like the tip for everyone in your group to wear matching shirts so it’s easier to find one another!

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161 lea September 25, 2009 at 9:40 pm

I’m a subscriber

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