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.

#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.

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

How to have FUN at Disney

Wondering how to have FUN at Disney – READ and Learn these basic Planning Tips.

Hey guys, thought I would touch base on a topic that seems easy enough, but really takes some thought. Having FUN at Disney is something everyone can achieve, but oddly…some have a hard time. You’re probably thinking, HELLO, just enjoy yourself, ride the rides, eat the treats and meet Mickey…is there really is more to it than that. This is something I coach my clients on when they ask as who wants to ruin a fabulous trip with the wrong mind-set.

Being Silly outside of Dinosaur. Take time to explore and be a kid!


It all starts in the planning. Choosing the RIGHT resort for you is HUGE. Its not just about the beds and where everyone is sleeping (although that is important)…it can be about types of pools, atmosphere, LOCATION and to me, most important…EASE of getting to the parks. Some people are raising human fish and really need that top end pool. Some people are bring 3 kids under the age of 8, thus location and types of transportation are KEY.

Stormalong Bay – Yacht & Beach Club Resort Hotel

Following the Steps:

Most Disney Vacations, Walt Disney World especially, have set dates to accomplish a task. It surprises me when I have clients still tell me, they want to wing it. That’s really opening your trip to disaster, unless you are a Disney Parks pro and go often and aren’t trying to cram weeks worth of entertainment into 3-5 park days…you might be ok. But for those that are saving and saving and have once chance at doing this right…you 100% want fastpasses and 100% want to book your dining on time. Which, of course, makes staying on property KEY as they get first dibs.


Now carefully choosing your fastpasses can 100% matter. Especially if you are going at a High Crowd time, have young kids or are trying to master the skill of doing all the coasters on the same day with little line waits. Deciding the times to do these passes and making sure you SCORE the best ones are KEY and can be a HUGE part of your trip success. Think about it, who wants to be a human ping pong ball and go from here to there and back and forth when they could carefully plan it all out.

Go with the Flow:

Ok – so now I lost you right…how can you plan and schedule yet, go with the flow. Well I am here to tell you, you can. You want to plan it ALL out as carefully as you can, but be open to change. What if your kids love a ride and want to ride it over and over again. Or you forget to plan to see the parade and find yourself wanting to watch it? And the most common, those angels you planned all of this for, decided to act like kids and get tired and cranky…thus you missed the fireworks.

Basically you want to learn as much as you can, be educated, seek out an expert for assistance and plan it the best you can. But also remember your kids, they love to throw in kinks to parents plans and be prepared for that. I pack snacks, extra batteries, download new games on my phone, etc to keep those little ones happy and content. I also don’t sweat the small stuff, missing 1 ride or a certain Character Meal isn’t going to ruin your trip. But having a “hard to please” attitude will. Be open for magic, but don’t expect it. Take time out for pictures and slow down to see the Disney details. Be excited for your kids, but don’t expect them to change. And please, oh please…enjoy yourself. Eat that treat, ride that ride you were looking forward too and remember at Disney…we are all kids at heart.

Beaches & Cream Allergy Cupcake

I am looking forward to helping you with your trip, I am the expert and can help you achieve having the most magical trip ever. Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING this Blog – Nina

NEW Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Love meeting the Disney Characters – READ to learn about the NEW Characters located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hey guys, shorter post today…on what’s new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  While at Walt Disney World last week I stumbled upon 2 NEW characters, Edna Mode and Fancy Nancy.  Then a few days later another NEW character was announced.  Lets take a look.

Pixar Place:

So as the ride Toy Story Mania was “relocated” to Toy Story Land…wait what???  How can they move an entire ride, lol.  Ok, you got me…they only relocated the FRONT entrance…but it totally feels like they moved the ride, the old Toy Story area feels so empty…it was odd and very unfamiliar.  BUT they are revamping that area into Pixar Place – YAY!!!  Featuring the Incredibles!!  They have a few experiences in the area…but I found Edna meeting Guests in her own (inside) area.  I met Edna 1 month back at Disneyland on Pixar Pier and she was most delightful.  It was a pleasure to see her again.  Its amazing, perhaps we should share flights as we are apparently “vacationing” in the same places 😉

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In the same general area you can also meet Sully and Mike from “Monsters Inc”.  Love my fury friends from Monsters, but waiting for Randall or Boo…I wanta meet Randall Boggs and want him to match my Mouse Ears when he camouflages…would be a cute pic 🙂

Launch Bay Area:

If you keep on going, towards the Launch Bay area (where of course you can currently meet a few Star Wars Characters)…you will bump right into Fancy Nancy.  I must say she was very popular and had the sweetest disposition.  Little girls were running up to meet her, screaming her name in excitement.  In the same area; Pluto and Vampirina are listed.  Vampirina we meet at sea (Disney Cruise Line) last November and she was very spooky in the friendliest of ways.  Another hit character to catch, just watch out though…she might fly away if she turns into her Batty self.    NOTE – Both Fancy Nancy and V “might” be at Hollywood & Vines Character Breakfast (which is something I will book for all my clients on the Meal Plan).  So that’s another FUN way to meet the Disney Jr ladies.


Fancy Nancy Clancy


Isn’t Vampirina super cute!!

And the NEWEST of NEW…so NEW she isn’t even on the app yet – Bo Peep!  Yep I posted about her last week and she has been meeting other “toys” in the Toy Story Land area.  So while catching up with Jessie, Woody and Buzz…see if you can find Bo, she may be looking for her sheep?!?!

I LOVE meeting the characters and so do my kids…its something we have yet to grow out of and after seeing teens and young adults running up to characters…I think its a Magical Experience for ALL.  Pack your Signature book and Sharpie and ENJOY!!  After all we are ALL kids at heart and when at Disney, it shines the most and is a very welcomed feeling.

**Don’t forget to contact me if interested in a Magical Vacation, 2020 Rates are opening up in a few weeks and I would be happy to quote anyone interested in a Disney Adventure.  My Services are 100% included and complementary when booking a trip with Mermaid Nina Travels – Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING along – Nina