I just arrived to Disney, now what??

So you are headed to Disney, you just got off the bus and NOW?? What to do next? READ ON and see what I do once I arrive.

Hey Fans, I get this question alot too. Many who are new to Disney are often worried they might forget something, miss something or do it wrong. These are things I help with and coach my peeps on. But one question I always get is…what should I do once I arrive? So Enjoy…

Check-IN:

So this is a no-brainer – once you arrive to your resort, you should check-in. But perhaps you didn’t realize that this is also a good time to ask questions. Ask questions about your room, your resort and perhaps what is happening in the parks while you are there. This is also the BEST time to make sure your Magicbands (Disney World) work, as in…are synced up and will open your resort room. Disney, sadly, frequents glitches in the system – so making sure your bands are all set can save lots of hassle and time in the parks.

MAPS:

I 100% always grab maps. You can ask for maps at check-in OR find them on display somewhere in your resort. You will want to grab several maps for each park. Pass them around to husbands/kids/etc. Pack a marker and a highlighter and circle/mark ALL your eats locations and fastpasses. This helps visualize your day. It also helps you figure out where you are going before you arrive – to prevent that “deer in headlights” experience. When at rope drop, the last thing you want to do is pull out a map. You will want to run, aka walk fast, to your destination and know if you need to turn left or right.

Time Guide:

While grabbing those maps or chatting with your check-in Cast Member, make sure to grab a Times Guide. This is the CURRENT and most updated list of ALL timed activities. Think parades, special shows, entertainment and park hours. Make sure to also grab your resort calendar in case you have time to hang at your resort and enjoy an activity.

Unpack:

Again, another NO-Brainer. But, I don’t just unpack, in fact I actually don’t unpack my clothes (I live out of my suitcase)…I just unpack my toiletries and my needed items for the following day. What I really like to do is get my park bags and everything I might need for the next day OUT and ready. This means I transition my airplane bag into my park bag. I make sure I have out the sunscreen, sunglasses, character books, etc. I get out all the snacks, breakfast items, etc. So the next morning is less stressful and more organized. Everything is out, packed and ready for park fun.

Resort Exploration:

And…I like to explore my resort (assuming its a NEW one). Walk the paths, get an idea of where to catch the bus, see where to grab a snack and visit the pools. I make sure I know where I need to go the following day. AND I always shop the Sundries shop and make sure we have everything we need for breakfast the next morning. Purchase juice, cereal, bars, etc. Grab bowls, spoons, napkins and such so morning can be as smooth as possible.

And if you haven’t noticed I am very Type A, beyond organized. I travel the same way. I make sure I am always set for the next day. Last thing I want to do is walk 10 mins within my resort to find a spoon or purchase juice when I could do it the night before and wake up to a smooth day. Crazy? Yes, I know. Its how I roll 🙂

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

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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