Its Getting HOT, HOT, HOT at Disney

Summer is here and the weather can be HOT. READ my 5 tips for dealing with the heat on your summer vacation at Disney.

Hey guys, today’s post is about weather, most specifically how to deal with the rising temps at Disney. I have many clients who LOVE going during the summer (crowd levels can be lower). And I have clients who are teachers or have older kids, this summer is the best time to travel outside of the Holidays. So with temps at their highest…what do you do?? My top 5 tips to enjoy you summer vacation at Disney World.

#1 – WATER, Hydrate and repeat:

So as much as this sounds like common sense, its apparently not. People forget to drink water or they think soda or ummm…wine/beer is the same. Sorry to say, it’s not. You need water and lots of it. This is especially important for older folks, younglings and those who easily get affected by the heat. I mean, think about it…you are going from ride to ride and hanging out, drinking water can be a forgotten task. BUT DO IT. Pack refillable bottles and hydrate. Your body will thank you.

#2 – FANS:

So a few years back this idea would be for the kids and those with scooters, but did you know you can also get fans for your neck?? Thats right, I travel with a fan that hangs around my neck and blows air up at my face. Its not amazing, but it totally works and helps cool down my head, hands free. I have them for everyone in the family. Just remember to pack extra batteries. Also consider a stroller fans and attachable fans for scooters too.

SEE my FAN?
#3 – BREAKS:

So often Disney is considered a FULL day event, but in the heat…this can be challenging. So summer is the perfect time to enjoy your pool, at you Disney Resort hotel of course. I often help customize plans for my summer travelers to help make the most of their day(s). Between dining and fastpasses, you don’t want to skip a beat or miss anything important. So coming up with a game plan that includes a break from the direct sun can be HUGE. Even a long (air-conditioned) lunch can help with this.

FUN in the SUN – Summer Vacation at Disney.
#4 – COOLING TOWELS:

Now these things are AMAZING and can be found anywhere, even Disney sells them. WE have them in every size, they even make a kids size. Just add water and snap…you have an instant cooling towel. Wrap around your neck and enjoy. These are great for cooling down your back, your core and for the ladies (your chest).

#5 – RIDES

Ummm…say what?? Did you know that some rides are longer than others? Some are low-wait and pumped with air-conditioning? So mid-day when the heat is on, we like to break with a Dole Whip, COLD water and a nice air-conditioned ride. WE really miss Ellen’s Energy Adventure for this 🙁 Also mid-day is the perfect time to actually explore the interactive areas of Epcot, the in-door areas. Key to this thinking is air-conditioning and if there is seating too – SCORE.

I hope my top 5 ways to deal with the summer heat has helped you consider summer as a vacation time. Due to the heat, it can be a great time to go as crowd levels are lowering. Consider it a great time to swim, relax, and explore Disney in a different way. I find we do slightly different rides/attractions in the heat and makes for a perfect summer vaca. We are hitting up Disneyland this summer (and it will be HOT), stay tuned for how we handle that and enjoy our trip…with LOTS OF WATER!

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along. Let me know if interested in booking a Vacation – Nina

My FAVORITE 5 Snacks to pack for Vacation – Disney

Headed on Vacation? Worried about cranky kids, hungry picky kids or have Food Allergies? READ my TOP snacks to pack for Vacation, especially Disney.

Hey guys, after yesterdays post, I thought I would continue some packing TIPS. I love snacks, kids love snacks and even though Disney is FILLED and FILLED to the top with snacks…its not always the type of snacks I want to eat 24/7. Sometimes I want something healthier. Or something for a quick breakfast on the go. So whether you have Food Allergies or not, or on the Meal Plan (which I LOVE) packing some park snacks CAN save the day.

Cereal:

OK – you heard me. I 100% pack DRY Cereal. Its great for breakfast, a simple snack, finger foods for tots and it can be on the healthy side. Its dry, lasts forever and doesn’t melt. Cheers for Cereal!! Place in a baggie and you are good-to-go.

SUGAR – YUM – Erin McKenna’s WDW
Protein Shakes:

Since I work with hundreds of families every year, one common concern I find is parents worried about protein for the kids. My kids just eat junk, all they want is pizza, pasta and more starch. How about packing protein shakes to have in the morning with your dry cereal? I actually do this for myself, along with green juice. With all the yummy, surgery goodness that Disney can offer, why not fight it with healthy, vitamin filled protein shakes? Mine has 16 grams of protein; vegan, allergen friendly protein.

Green Juice 🙂
Healthy Bars:

This goes with the above thought…protein bars to combat the sugar. It’s also an easy item to toss in your park bag; pack a whole box in your suitcase and you are ready. Just be-careful about chocolate flavored bars…nothing’s worse then trying to eat a melted granola bar that gets everywhere and sticks to your fingers. I aim for high fiber and lower sugar.

Breakfast Bar – filled with Protein
Go-Go Fruit Pouches:

This is the perfect idea for littles. And its great for parents that worry about kids digestive systems, you know what I am talking about. Toss a few of these in your park bags to keep the kids regular and hydrated in the heat. They even make veggie ones and again I stick to low sugar, high fiber ones.

Chocolate:

OK – yep I said chocolate. I even said this after saying NO chocolate granola bars. This treat is more for the allergy kids. Disney, at one time, had an arrangement with Enjoy Life and sold SAFE chocolate bars on property. I am sad to say that I can’t find them anywhere, so I am back to packing them. When kids are offered just fruit for dessert, pop one of these out and enjoy. I am also known for sneaking 1-2 myself, mamma needs her chocolate too 😉

I hope these lists are helping you out, PLEASE remember to LIKE and COMMENT and FOLLOW along. You can follow my BLOG and receive email updates when I post, easy right?!?!

And of course, I would love to help with a vacation – Mahalo Nina

5 Things to REMEMBER to Pack for Vacation

Planning a Vacation? Worried you might forget something? READ and LEARN my list of things to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Hey FANS, as I have another trip planned soon, I thought I would post on a few items I (we) have forgotten and wish we didn’t. Has this happened to you? Worried you might forget something important? How about something that will COST you even more while on vacation? Or an item you can’t even purchase on location, thus putting a damper on the trip. My list of items to NOT FORGET to pack for a Disney Vacation.

Sunscreen:

So if you are off to a sunny location, sunscreen is a common packing item. Some even keep it in their toiletry kits so no matter what, its packed (little TIP). BUT if you forget this item, you might be in shock to see the price of sunscreen at your destination (upwards of $20+). Not to mention, the brands. If you wear a certain brand, have allergies or sensitivities…you might not find your brand at the quick n’ go stand. PACK now and don’t be sorry later.

Sunglasses

Another no-brainer – or is it?? I find sunglasses are a common item to forget. I keep mine in my car, if I am headed to the airport when its dark out (Hello, 6 am), then I am not wearing them. As I hop out of the car super fast to catch the airport shuttle…guess where my glasses are left?? (eek). I now keep a pair in my travel bag (at all times). You might find cheap glasses on vacation to purchase, but even those are $$ and I personally prefer my special sunglasses that I searched high and low for.

GUM:

If you are a gum chewer, PACK THIS NOW. There is NO Gum on Disney property, they 100% don’t sell it. But please, trash is properly as this is why Disney doesn’t sell this sticky, found on the bottom of guests shoes, item. Same with mints/candies…pack your favorite brands as Disney might only sell more bulk candy items.

Bathing Suit:

OK – so I never forgot a suit, but I did manage to pack one that was the wrong size. My sons suit was in our bathing suit bag, so I didn’t even think about it. Got on our cruise and it was 2 sizes too small. So while stuck at sea and having lots of beach time ahead…I had to purchase a suit on board. $50 later we had a NEW suit that was too big and didn’t exactly save me any money either. Next time – try them on before you pack.

Super Cute Disney Cruise Line Bathing Suit, but costly.
Underwear/Shorts:

Ok – so now you are wondering…who forgets to pack the single most important item over medicine – undies. Well it happens and sorry to say, hard to replace on property. Kids undies maybe (find some cute Minnie or Cars undies) but Adult undies – good luck. Grab an Uber and hop to Walmart. Shorts – now this happened to us, the husband wore pants on the plane and forgot to pack shorts for Spring Break, 85+ degree temps. So as frustrated as I was, I had to jump into action because a hot, cranky husband on vacation is NOT a pretty site. Thank goodness for Disney Springs, but it cost us $$$ for brand name shorts on vacation.

So – do you have a list? What have you forgotten? We now joke about the shorts issue, we keep sunscreen and gum in the suitcase at all times and I purchased an extra pair of sunglasses that I keep in my travel bag.

I would love to share more packing tips with you and book you a fabulous Disney Vacation. Contact me when ready and Mahalo for Reading – Nina