Preparing for a Day at the Parks

Sunscreen.  Check.  Magic Bands.  Check.  Baggies filled with fishy crackers and Cheerios.  Check.  Packing for a day at the park can sometimes feel like you are packing for a month long vacation!  Our Dis Kid, Amelia, has some advice for what to bring with you!

Amelia has been the lucky recipient of a new Walt Disney World t-shirt on numerous occasions that we have not brought the extra pair of clothes she has suggested.  And truthfully, the fact that she is soaked from Splash Pad fun is always a good excuse for an additional souvenir.  But, to avoid that obligation, a bag with an extra little outfit is helpful!

Monorail Resorts

Mary Jane from Portland, OR will be visiting Walt Disney World this summer.  She is looking for a spacious room for her family of 4, and is hoping to stay in one of the Monorail resorts.  Dis Kids, Chase and Tyler, are Monorail Resort experts!

For easy and unique access to EPCOT and Magic Kingdom, you can’t beat the resorts with Monorail access:

  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort (including Bay Lake Tower)

Meeting the Characters: Pocahontas and Rapunzel

Visitors to Walt Disney World, young and old, become star struck when presented with the opportunity to meet one of their favorite characters.  Our Dis Kids are no different, and love to meet and take pictures with beloved characters, as well as collect signatures in autograph books.

To meet the characters, check the Times Guides for locations and hours, but our Dis Kids were lucky to meet two of their favorites:

Pocahontas:  Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Rapunzel:  Princess Fairy Tale Hall, Magic Kingdom

Food options with the Disney touch

One of the many things that we miss when we aren’t visiting Walt Disney World Resort is definitely the food.  Where else can you get an ice cream cone with chocolate ears, a delicious fresh spear of pineapple, or a cappuccino float?  Even the pickiest eaters will be persuaded to eat  a few bites when waffles are shaped like Mickey Mouse and desserts are decorated with Mickey sprinkles!

Back to the resort: Swim time!

The Dis Kids love the attractions at the parks, but Dis Moms and Dads know that a little down time back at the resort can give the family some must needed relaxation!  Walt Disney World Resorts boast an abundance of pool options.  Resorts will very often have both themed pools and quieter pools, giving an option for all to enjoy.  What are some of the best pools?

Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort Pool:  20 foot waterslide and children’s water play area.

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort:  Two waterslides, water cannons, and a shipwreck water play area for children under 48 inches.

Parents will find life vests at each pool area.  When you arrive at your resort, be sure to get an activities times guide since, in true Disney fashion, activities and entertainment are planned in the pool areas.  A Dis Kid favorite?  Getting to watch a classic Disney film under the stars with the magical sound of families splashing and having fun in the distance!

For the 40 inch and taller set: Lots of thrills!

John from Charlotte, NC is visiting Walt Disney World with his 4 year old son that has just reached the 40 inch milestone!  Our Dis Kids offer suggestions for some thrills!

Two rides that all of our Dis Kids love are:

  • Test Track at EPCOT park
  • Big Thunder Mountain at Magic Kingdom park

And, for the braver kids 40 inches and taller (our Dis Kid, Amelia does not fall into this brave group!):

  • Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Tours: Perfect for the Star Wars Fan!

Michelle from Toronto, Ontario will be visiting Walt Disney World for the third time and wants to make sure that her husband and 8 year old son have the perfect first visit.  Both gentlemen are huge Star Wars fans, and our Dis Kids knew just the attraction to suggest!

Star Tours® at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a 3D motion simulated ride that brings guests into the world of Star Wars.  With over 50 possible story lines, you might just have to ride over and over again to experience each adventure!

Great first Big-Kid Rides

Sue from Columbus, OH tells us that she is bringing her 6-year old twin girls to Walt Disney World resort for the first time since they were infants.  The Dis Kids chime in on the perfect rides for her girls to ride now that they are big girls!

  • Soarin’ at EPCOT park:  40 inch minimum height
  • Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom park:  40 inch minimum height
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom park:  38 inch minimum height

All three rides offer plenty of thrills and Disney magic for kids and parents alike!

Hollywood and Vine: A great food and character experience!

Jennifer from Houston, TX is planning her 4 year old daughter’s first trip to Walt Disney World and has made a reservation for Hollywood and Vine. She asked our cuties what her daughter can expect!

Hollywood and Vine: Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a great buffet and meet and dance with beloved Disney Junior Characters.  For fans of Doc McStuffins, this is the place to be!  Doc, Jake, Sofia, and Handy Manny visit each table, so have those cameras and autograph books ready to go.  Disney cast members also lead the children and characters in song and dance periodically throughout the meal.  Jennifer, our children love this experience, and we can’t wait to hear what your daughter thinks about it too!