Monday, July 15, 2013

6 Things We Couldn't Live Without in Disney World

Remember how we made it to Disney and back with just 2 suitcases for 4 people for 7 days?

True story!

I got a lot of emails from people asking me about the size of our suitcases… they are medium/large, but fit in the overhead on the plane, so technically we didn't have to check them.

But our suitcases didn't just have our clothes.

There were a few other things that I couldn't live without in Florida.

{1} Ponchos

It rained almost everyday while we were there.

And I think that Disney World is the only place on the face of the earth where people go about their business in the middle of a thunderstorm… including going swimming. At home we would run for cover.

We got our ponchos at the Dollar Store. They weren't as sturdy as the ponchos sold at the park, but they were $1 as opposed to $15.

And they fit in my bag.

{2} Speaking of Bags….

I used a smallish/medium bag with zipping pockets and an adjustable strap that I could where cross-body or shorten the strap and make it a waist pack.  It held a water bottle, the ponchos, snacks, phone, and my travel wallet. Hands free fun!

{I went all semi-fanny pack…and it felt so good!}

{3} Wicking clothes

It is hot in Florida.

{I know. Hi, my name is Captain Obvious.}

The days that I wore wicking shirts and socks were days that I was way more comfortable than when I wore cotton. 

{4} Stroller

My boys are 7 and 5. Too old for a stroller? Not for Disney. According to my mom’s pedometer we walked approximately 50 miles in 5 days!

The house we rented had a stroller available…what luck! The boys traded on and off, but one day we rented a stroller at the park so that they both had one.

Honestly, for the older kids the park strollers were better….they were sturdy plastic with bigger wheels that were easier to turn.

And if you are hopping to another park hold onto your receipt and you can pick up another stroller at the new park on the same day for no extra charge! What a life saver!

{5} Glow sticks

It drives me bananas to pay $10 or more for glow stick products at theme parks.

I almost had a heart attack when my 5 year old bought a blinking light up Mohawk head band for $10 with his souvenir money.

But was his money.

{Has he actually worn it? No.
He says he doesn't want to look silly. Really?}

So I stocked up on glow sticks…again at the Dollar Store. It kept the kids busy while we were waiting for the Electric Lights Parade.

{6} Babysitting for the Kids

And the most important thing that we couldn't live without on this trip...a parent's night out! But how do you do that when you want to go out with all the adults you are traveling with?

Kid's Night Out...there are many resorts that over this. But the one we found was amazing....The Neverland Club. It is at the Polynesian Resort which is right at the main gates of Disney...walking distance actually.

Plus you can get the bus to Downtown Disney from the resort. The kids can go frm 4pm-12pm. It is $11.50 per kid per hour.  {Totally worth it!}They are served dinner and the play and play and play. The kids had an amazing time. So
 did we!

What are some of your must haves for Disney World? I would love to hear, so I can add them to my list for our next trip.

PS...Before we went on this trip we also had a visit from a our house! Most people would not think finding a mouse would be fun, but it was!

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