I got some amazing news in my inbox a few weeks ago. I got an invitation to Disney’s Social Media Moms Conference! For years I had been checking my inbox hoping and wishing for an invite–and I nearly jumped out of my seat when I read the email on the train ride home from work. I am especially excited after experiencing the magic of the Social Media Moms on the Road Event last year. In less than a few weeks, on Mother’s Day Weekend,we will be traveling to Disney World! Even though I was there a few months ago, I’m crazy excited to go back!
Since I’ve been to Disney World a ton of times, I decided to share today some very important tips for getting ready for a trip to the Happiest Place On Earth!
10 Easy Ways to Prepare for a Trip to Disney World
Get all the memory cards: If you plan on bringing a camera (which you should!) be sure to pack lots of extra memory cards. There are so many photo opportunities and you will need all the memory space possible!
SanDisk Ultra 32GB Class 10 SDHC UHS-I Memory Card ($12.99)
Transcend 64GB MicroSDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card with Adapter — Perfect for the GoPro! ($17.99)
Buy a really good portable charger: I got this one from Amazon a few months ago and it has been a lifesaver! It charges my camera, my phones, the boys tablets, my go pro, my TomTom Spark–you name it! The best part is that it lasts really long, I usually can get a full charge from at least 4 devices before having to charge the unit again.
Buy a swimsuit/find a good one: Since I am not in a warm climate most of the year, I am SO excited to get to a pool with the kids. If you stay on a Disney property, they have the BEST pools in the world! So make sure you bring your swimsuit!
Bring water bottles: Buying water bottles over and over can get really expensive. Bring your own camelbacks so that the kids (and you) can stay hydrated throughout the day. Plus it’s really great to have water when you are in line and only 2 minutes away from getting on a ride!
Get matching gear: because it’s SO cute and people will swoon over your style. (At least I will)
Scout your top 5 rides: This one is really important. There are a TON of rides in Disney World but there are so many that that you may not be able to ride every single one. Pick out your top five, figure out which parks they are in and make a plan!
Research restaurants: There are SO many restaurants in Walt Disney World–I have been over 10 times and there are STILL so many that I have not been to! Figure out what you might want, romantic? Characters? A Show? The options are endless. Since the reservations tend to book up really quickly be sure to research and choose as soon as you can!
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— Disney Moms (@DisneyMoms) April 6, 2016
Bring the tablets(!): This one is crucial for me. My plane ride from NYC is about 2.5 hours so I make sure I have fully charged tablets to keep the boys distracted from the fact that they are relegated to a seat with no way out for a good long while. It’s the perfect distraction!
Pack comfy shoes: You will rack up the steps REALLY quickly in Disney. It is SO important to have on great shoes because you don’t want foot pain to come into play by the end (or middle!) of the day.
Check out the disney blog: The Disney Blog is FULL of incredible behind the scenes information. I first learned about the Disney Blog at the Disney Social Media Moms On The Road NYC event last year, and I’ve been obsessively stalking it since. There are some really cool gems in the archives!
Bonus: download the Disney App! Everything you need from the access to more fast passes, to ride wait times, restaurant reservations, park open and close times, character appearances and SOO much more. I keep the app on my phone all year long because it’s really one of the most useful apps on my phone.
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Did you have any additional tips? What did I miss? Do you have any plans to go to Disney in the future?
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Friday 15th of April 2016
Holy Moly!! How exciting!!!
Have a blast and thanks for the tips!
We are thinking of taking the kids with us to Orlando next year when we go down in January for Nationals.
Thursday 14th of April 2016
I have never been to Disney so it's on my bucket list to try it out one day as soon as I get the funds lol. We are going to start small and do a Disney Cruise this year I heard those are fun too!
Wednesday 13th of April 2016
Disney keeps coming up for us lately. Not likely to happen this year, but at some point it will. I know the kids will be thrilled when it finally does!
Wednesday 13th of April 2016
oh FUN! I love Disney. It was one of my favorite vacations growing up. We went three times! The Hubs and I always "argue" about this because coming from Australia, he totally doesn't get the allure of Disney.
When we went, we could buy fast passes that allowed us to use a shorter line. I have no idea if they still do this but it was worth the extra money for the Magic Kingdom.
Wednesday 13th of April 2016
Yup, you covered good ground here! Preparation for rides and restaurants. Plans are needed. Water is crucial! Tablets help so much! The app was helpful to us with ride times. It seems to really follow real time. I have a really high memory card which can do two weddings, much less a trip. I did waffle a bit on lenses. I could have brought them all but just chose one. I regret that a bit because I could have used my zoom at Animal Kingdom!