When will Disney OPEN? Just more Click Bait NEWS?

So, you are nestled in your home and wondering when will Disney open back up? READ ON…

Dear Nina, we are getting nervous, we really want to keep on planning our Disney Vacation but don’t know when it will open. Can you answer that? We are still a go, can’t wait but will it open for our trip in Oct? Thanks again – Nancy AND every guest everywhere on the planet.

Hi Nancy and every Guest Everywhere, I am going to be 100% honest with you. I don’t know! Disney probably doesn’t know and I am thinking the Government doesn’t even know, yet.

There are many, many, many CLICK BAIT articles out there, even CLICK BAIT YouTube videos that have the title, “When WILL Disney Reopen”. The truth of it is, no-one knows and if some higher up, secret Disney Cast Member/CEO/Chair-member/Mickey Mouse does know, they haven’t shared it. Many are saying late May or June and others say not until Fall/Winter and some are saying not until 2021. I am personally at the point that I won’t even open those articles anymore, they are just causing stress and further worry. As always, Keep following my page for more tips & tricks and when Disney does announce something, I will 100% announce it on my page, in fact I will probably scream it so loud that the next state over can here me. But…here are some thoughts to consider, if and when Disney does open…

#1 – Reduced Hours/Experiences:

With everything going on, It would not surprise me if and when Disney reopens that they would have limited or reduced hours. I say this, as reducing the number of shows, parades, fireworks, etc could help with furthering “Social Distancing”. It would not surprise me if Fireworks are reduced to every other night or just 3 times a week. Fireworks & Parades draw crowds, so reducing those might help them feel like they are semi “Social Distancing”.

#2 – Limited Guests:

Reducing the number of Guests would be another way of keeping up with the trying to stay “6 feet” away from each other. I am not sure how this would all work and not pretending too, but I can 100% see them reducing the number of guests allowed in each park, in each ride line and shopping location. I can even see them only allowing Resort Guests for the first few weeks.

#3 – Dining:

This kinda feels like a no-brainer…but I would not be surprised if Dining changes a bit; buffets for example. I foresee them removing ALL buffets and family style meals and going full on Menu for ALL locations. I also wonder how Characters will continue to meet & greets guests. Certain characters might have to stay home; as washing fur might be harder than washing hands?? Just a thought??

#4 – Reduced Fastpasses, Lines:

This is another option that wouldn’t surprise me, in fact many are already complaining that certain fastpasses are harder to get than before. It wouldn’t shock me at all if ALL lines go to a Fastpass type or electronic waiting system. Thinking it could work like a Boarding Group or the DAS pass. This would reduce the number of people standing in line as well as also allowing you, as the guest, to experience other things like shopping, eating and my favorite – People Watching while “waiting in line”.

#5 – Medical Checks/Masks:

I know, I know…Medical Masks are the NEW cool things to wear, lots of super cute Disney Designs are already popping up BUT in all seriousness, It wouldn’t surprise me if Disney requires ALL guests to wear masks or at least ALL Cast Members when Disney opens back up. It also wouldn’t surprise me if guests are required to get Temperature Checks as well. They did it for Cruises, why not the parks? Many are also saying that Theme Parks could require people to take a quick Covid-19 test at entering, but not sure how real that is. Either way, the parks already put out Hand Washing Booths and Hand Sanitizer Stations so I can see them upping the ante.

Either way, we have a trip planned for June and are hoping it happens. As much as I don’t want a semi-reduced experience, I trust Disney. And I trust that they will do it right, making it safe for all. AND, I want OUT OF MY HOUSE!! We are staying home and doing what is asked of us as we are hoping that the sooner this is over and reduced, the sooner Mickey can come out and play again 🙂

So when will Disney open, I just don’t know. But I suggest everyone just keeps planning, having something to look forward to is good for the soul. Disney has been amazing at allowing guests to change dates or get refunds, so why not plan and hope and dream. Its the Disney way!!

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

Is my Child TOO OLD for a Stroller at Disney?

Headed to Disney and wondering if your child is too old for a Stroller? Worried people might stare? READ ON…

Dear Nina, thanks for all your tips and advice!! We are so excited to be working with you!! Question? Is my 6, almost 7 year old, too old for a stroller at Disney World? My husband is worried that people will stare or make comments. I am worried about pushing a larger kid all day, but he can get kinda whinny and with all the walking I was curious on what you think? Plus, we don’t even own a stroller for him anymore. HELP, LOL.

Hi Sarah (aka Client), I so get this. I felt the same when our oldest was that age. But first, thanks for the sweet comments – I love helping out my peeps. Keep following my page for more tips & tricks.

So…Pushing an older or even larger child in a stroller can be draining, this is why I personally try to find a lightweight stroller and I try not to load it up with bags and trinkets. I try to keep it to just my kid in the stroller. As far as the should you…read below for my thoughts:

First – WHO CARES:

First of all, its Disney, kids everywhere will be in strollers. I am not sure if there are people who are judging the ages of children in strollers, but if there are, who cares! You paid for this trip, its your magical vacation and if you feel that your child (no matter the age) needs a stroller, you go for it. As in our case, it was a matter of sanity. If having our kid in a stroller meant less meltdowns, less drama and less whinny – we 100% strollered.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER:

So, if you are on the fence, consider this. If your child doesn’t use a stroller at home and they can easily walk long distances when at the zoo, mall or even family walks around the neighborhood, think about this: At Disney you could be walking 10+ miles a day? Can your child do this for days on end, in the heat? Walking around the zoo all day, is ONE day…Disney is multiple days. Do you think your child can handle that?

PURCHASING A STROLLER:

As you mentioned, you don’t own a stroller for your child anymore, either did we, lol. So when I decided to stroller my 7 year old, I had to purchase one. We could have rented, but I wanted something super lightweight, I wanted a cheap umbrella stroller as they are easier to maneuver and collapse. So I took my giant (lol) child to the Baby Store and had her sit in all the strollers. I purchased the one that gave her the most space and leg room. I went as lightweight, cheap and roomy as I could get it. We did get some looks from surrounding pregnant moms, but figured they would understand soon enough, lol.

PRO- TIP:

If you decide to stroller, here is my little tip. So you find that you don’t need the stroller the entire day or you just don’t feel like pushing it all day, we found that we could leave our stroller at any Stroller Parking Area and return for it later, as needed. We also had 2 trips where we brought the stroller as an “in case” and left it in the room. If we felt like we needed, we used it the next day. Either way, I was happy to have it just in case. As your Travel Agent we can discuss this at great detail to make sure you are making the best decision for your family. But in general, I do suggest a stroller, if for anything…peace of mind and less kid drama.

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!

How to SAVE on a Disney Vacation

Wanting to Visit Disney, but trying to save a buck? Learn how to save on a Disney Vacation very easily.

Dear Nina, I was just watching your “How to Save at Disney” Video and was wondering…can I really use Disney Gift Cards to pay off my trip? How much can I save? Do you suggest it? Is this the best way to save on my Disney Vacation?

Hi Reader, thanks for contacting me. Yes, yes you can!! And I get this question alot. I have many clients who do this and have saved several hundred dollars when using Disney Gift Cards to pay off their ENTIRE Disney Vacation. On a $4000+ trip, I had a client save about $200 or so doing this recently.

The key to making this work, to actually SAVE a decent amount on these cards, is to purchase them at a Discount. The other key is to purchase MANY. You aren’t going to save much by doing this for a few hundred, to really save you need to do this for the entire trip cost, think thousands. Below are my additional thoughts on this:

HOW TO PURCHASE:

Many of my clients have done this, most purchasing them online, from an authorized vendor that offers discounts for every card purchased (careful there are SCAMMERS out there too). Others purchase at their local grocery store, Target, etc when Gift Cards are sold at a discount. I love the idea of grabbing a few cards every-time you are shopping, toss them in the cart and save weekly/monthly…assuming you are getting a discount on the cards. Either way, make sure they are OFFICIAL Disney Gift Cards.

SAVE THOSE CARDS:

So, you decided to do this and now have many, many cards hanging around. SAVE THEM ALL, don’t toss them away. If, for any reason, you get funds back, they will go back on those exact cards. So grab a Ziploc or box and save those babies until your trip is complete and memories were made.

POTENTIAL CONCERN:

So, this sounds amazing right?!?! Save a few hundred off your vacation, instantly…but with everything…there is a slight concern. My personal concern on this is, what if you need to cancel your trip due to a financial emergency? Like you totaled your car or lost your job or find yourself needing funds quickly, so you cancel your vacation to rebook at a later date. Issue is, you aren’t getting cash back, you are getting Disney Gift Card funds back. Can’t pay off your emergency bills with a Disney Gift Card. Just food for thought. I personally prefer saving with my Disney Visa Card, earning points for every dollar spent. I have saved BIG that way.

PRO- TIP:

Assuming you decide to do this trick and get thousands of dollars worth of Disney Gift Cards, my PRO TIP – make sure to consolidate them. To pay off your trip, using Gift Cards, you have to enter them EACH in, manually…refreshing the page every-time. So grouping them into larger amounts and thus, less cards is key. And better yet, book with a Travel Agent and let her use her magic to pay your trip off with those Gift Cards 😉

Like what you read? Found these tips helpful? Consider booking with a Trained, Experienced Travel Agent who vacations at Disney more times than they can count and knows the systems and policies inside and out. Booking with an expert CAN make your trip that much better.

Nina is a Highly Experienced Travel Agent who Specializes in Disney. She loves to share her knowledge and help her clients have the trip of a lifetime. She specializes in Making Memories, Family Destinations, Food Allergies and Special Needs. But she books Disney & Beyond, so contact her TODAY for a quote!!