I’ve been to Disney World numerous times. I was born in Florida and have covered every nook and cranny in that state. Thankfully, my parents were eager travelers and were not scared away from intimidating locations. Disney World conjures up mixed emotions for many. For me, it is one of my favorite destinations. I would live next door to it if I could. As a child, going to Disney was an amazing place where my parents were happy, fun and bought me things that they typically would say “no” to. When Epcot Center opened, my family was there waiting in lines for hours. The Magic Kingdom has always been my favorite park. It’s iconic! It’s nostalgic. It’s the original! The first of my top three favorite rides in The Magic Kingdom was: The Carousel of Progress (I have no idea why I enjoyed watching robots talk while seated and being rotated around a stage). Pirates of the Caribbean was my second favorite, followed by It’s a Small World. Who can’t be happy in the little boat singing “It’s a Small World,” over and over again until someone wants to slap you?? My experience with Disney World over the years of visiting as a child and as an adult has taught me how to have the perfect experience at the parks without completely draining everyone. It is a place to fall in love with over and over again with each and every visit. Let’s face it, Disney is expensive. Duh. Because of that, you want to have a good time while you’re draining your bank account and driving yourself deeper and deeper into debt. Am I right? One of my recommendations is to go without taking your whole family. You read that correctly. Traveling with some of your children is awesome. You get to make your own special memories. There are many times I’ve taken trips with some of my children or just part of the family. Why? It’s less expensive: smaller room, less food, lower admission prices, lower transportation costs. More importantly: less people to please. Everyone is happier when you aren’t trying to make EVERYONE happy. Some of my favorite memories are trips I’ve taken with just one or two of my children. Schedules don’t always allow for everyone to go at the same time anyway. That can actually work out in your favor! Plan a vacation with your other child/children another time if you’re feeling guilt-ridden. If you go to Disney, try to go with someone who will be celebrating a birthday. We’ve done this. They get discounts and recognition. They wear a button that gets them all kinds of attention and treats they will NEVER forget. “Happy Birthday” at every entrance makes everyone kid smile. Stay on property. It’s costly, yes. It will save you energy and sanity. Go to the park in the morning after everyone is awake and you’ve had your coffee. When you’re starting to get hangry with aching feet, go back to the hotel and nap, relax, take a dip in the pool. Get reenergized. Then, go back. Once you’re refueled, it’s easy to stay and close out the night with the fireworks display. And your family will actually stay awake for the spectacle. Hire a VIP guide. I will never go back without our guide Joey Mazzant. They wait in line for you. They hold your drinks for you. They go get snacks for you. They work the fast pass system like a genius. They help you maximize your dining plan. They take pictures of you. They personally know the characters and can introduce you. They can make you and your companions laugh while waiting in the worlds longest line next to snot-covered, crying babies. The park layouts are permanently imprinted on their brains. They do everything you don’t want to do or know how to do. They love Disney more than Walt himself did. This works out more economically with more people in your group for cost sharing. It is sooooooooo worth it. I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH. On our last visit, we had completely ridden every ride in the Magic Kingdom before 2pm. We actually rode things twice. Gasp! Top 4 pieces of advice:
Be open to going with some family members.
Try to go when someone is celebrating a special milestone.