5 Sometimes Overlooked Things You Need to do Before Going on Your Next Disney Trip
by Shelby Walker
Before going on your Disney vacation, make sure to follow these important steps. By doing these, you are allowing yourself to have a relaxing and hassle free stay.
1. Make a to-do list
In order to get the most out of your Disney vacation, it is important to make a list of attractions that you want to make a priority. By recognizing rides, sights, or characters that you really want to see helps you manage your time while in the parks, without getting too overwhelmed. Disney already has a way to make your life easier, and that’s by using your FastPasses. Make sure to check the wait times for your favorite attractions for about a week leading up to your visit, this will help you decide whether or not you need to use a FastPass+ for that particular attraction. If you want to avoid the crowds, try to plan your stay during non-peak times of the year. Also, make sure there aren’t any openings to new rides, because that is sure to draw in a larger crowd during the beginning months of its opening.
2. Clear up space on your phone
How many times have you gone to take a picture and your phone tells you there isn’t enough storage? To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, back up pictures to your computer before going on your trip. You could also delete text messages, emails, or apps that you don’t need any more to free up space on your phone. You don’t want to be walking up to Cinderella’s castle, ready to take the perfect picture, all for your phone to run out of storage. This is a step that many often forget to do, but it is necessary to keep your trip hassle free.
3. Be prepared for the weather
This might sound like common sense, but you do not want to be enjoying your stay and all of the sudden it starts raining and you are unprepared. Check the weather before packing your suitcase to make sure you are bringing the right clothes and shoes for visit. To be extra prepared, go to the store and grab a poncho that can easily fit into your back pocket, just in case it starts raining while you are in the parks. Checking the weather is also important if you plan to have a relaxing day at the resorts. You don’t want your day to lay out in the sun and chill, to be the day that is cloudy and raining
4. Create a Disney playlist for your ride/flight
One of my favorite ways to get me in Disney mode is to have some of my favorite soundtracks playing on the flight. Creating a playlist guarantees that the fun starts as soon as you leave your house. Start by picking your favorite movies, go to your music streaming service, and search. This step will also help you pick what attractions and characters you want to see most. If you are close enough to where you are driving to the parks, have a sing-a-long in the car with your family on the way there.
5. Plan your outfits
Your number one priority when picking out your park outfits should be comfort. Plan for the weather, walking, and rides. Don’t go out of the way to buy expensive shoes that support your feet, because no matter what at the end of the day your feet will be sore. There are plenty of inexpensive options that are cute and comfortable. Know yourself and what you like. If you feel more comfortable walking around in flip flops or sandals, do it. If you prefer tennis shoes or sneakers, do that. For your Disney related clothing, support the smaller shops. There is a shirt for everything and everyone, and some are even customizable.
With these five easy steps, you are on your way to having a magical Disney vacation.