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

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Shoes? What SHOES should I wear to Disney?

So you heard that Disney is A LOT of walking and are wondering what shoes are best? Sneakers, Sandals, flip-flops – Oh My.

Hey guys, welcome back to another post BASED on a question I get at least a few times a month. What shoes should I wear to Disney? What shoes should my kids have? Do I need to purchase special shoes? All good questions right?!?! Have you been thinking the same thing? READ on for what shoes you should consider for Disney.

First I want to mention…what you wear and what you pack is a personal choice. Your feet, your fashion, your vacation. These are what work best for me, for my family…after years and years and several trips later. In the end, wear what your feet like, what works best for miles and miles of daily walking…on concrete, in the heat. Sounds appealing, right? PS – I love Disney 🙂

Kids:

I am gonna start with kids as I get this more than the adults. As adults we know what our feet like, generally…but our kids…who knows, lol. So for my kids I get them Stride Ride Waterproof Sneaker like shoes. They are technically sandals, but they have a sneaker tread on the bottom. Their toes are completely protected and there are ventilated cut-outs for breathing and water-flow. These are also their summer shoes. I like the sneaker tread for walking, toe coverage for safety and the vents for RAIN. Keens also work and are designed similarly.

The Men:

AS I am not a man and perhaps have a different style, I have noticed most wear what you would think to wear – Comfy sneakers. My husband wears hiking like shoes, but light-weight and designed to look more like sneakers. They hold up well for long days of walking. My only issue is RAIN. What if it rains?? IF you would wear them, I actually suggest shoes like my kids suggestion, if fact I think the entire family should wear Keen like shoes. As it rains often in Florida and no-one likes soggy shoes. But if going the sneaker route, get NICE socks; breathable socks and wear the shoes in a little. Water blisters are not fun.

Park Shoes!!
The Ladies:

Ladies are all over the map in the parks. Its hard to gauge as many could be locals who are only visiting for a few hours, so cute sandals with straps are OK. I personally need more support and coverage for a week long journey of intense walking, don’t you? If Keen like shoes aren’t an option…I use to wear Crocs a lot to the parks. But the cute kind, Mary-Jane style with a strap to keep them on and support while walking. Recently I have been wearing Vans or Chuck Taylors (but thats my style). I tend to NOT wear them when rain is on the menu, then I will wear my Chacos. Either way, I want cute, supportive and waterproof if I can.

Hopefully you found this helpful. Ideally think of comfort, long days, and potential rain. If socks are needed, think of those too. They make endurance socks, designed for sweat and walking. If purchasing NEW shoes, wear them in a little – to prevent blisters. Speaking of blisters, don’t forget to pack blister-aids or some other protection for your feet. Just remember to love your feet and think about the pain you might feel at the end of the day. And its ok to try to look cute too 😉

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations (Disney & Beyond) – Contact me TODAY!!

Things TO DO Before Vacation: Packing for Disney

Headed out on vacation and afraid you will forget something? READ this list: Packing for Disney World & Beyond.

Hey guys, I am headed on vacation here in a few weeks. And one thing I always worry about is forgetting something. And I don’t mean, just packing items. I know many of you also have “nightmare” like dreams before a trip. READ this list of things not to forget to do BEFORE vacation: Packing for Disney World.

Hair and Nails:

I find this to be a COMMON item that people want to do before a trip, but often forget as time draws closer. So ladies don’t forget to spruce up your color, get those “Disney” nails and make sure those feet are cute shoes ready. Guys – don’t forget to trim your hairs too. And don’t forget the kids, they need beauty maintenance too. Now for those that might be wondering, why?? Why do I need to get my hair done – PICTURES. Most people on vacation take TONS of pictures and often are seeking out that amazing family pic.

My Disney Toes. Sorry if toes gross you out – eek.
Toiletry Shopping:

I can NOT tell you how many times I ask my husband if he needs anything at the store…just to have him write items on the list AFTER I went shopping. As annoying as this is on a week basis…its very, very frustrating ONE day before your trip. So make sure EVERYONE looks in their toiletry bags, bathroom cabinets, etc and shop for all your beauty items BEFORE you go. These “oops” I forgot to pack items can be costly. This majorly includes Sunscreen, Aloe and Deodorant. So make a list, check all your bags and shop ahead.

Clothes:

So I don’t just mean packing clothes…I mean making sure you have the right clothes for the right vacation. AND I also mean, clothes that fit. I have this issue every trip. Based on temps, location, style of trip and if I added a pound or two, certain items might need to be replaced. And KIDS, make them try on their summer shorts (especially if winter) and see if you need to purchase the next size up. Bathing suites and shoes too. Do this in advance, 2 days before your trip just adds more stress than needed.

Park Bags:

I find it VERY helpful to pack my “park” bag BEFORE the trip. I do this for a few reasons. 1 – make sure you OWN everything you need. 2 – helps you see if you are bringing too much and perhaps need 2 backpacks. 3 – it prevents you from forgetting something at the last minute. Rushing to the parks in the morning it tough enough, but finding you forgot an item is worse. Practice and pack ahead.

RANDOM:

I get many emails about people forgetting certain things…so to prevent vacation “nightmares” and I mean during sleep time. Label your suitcases NOW. Add your luggage tags NOW. Pack your swimsuits, sunscreen and such items NOW. Put your Magicbands in your bags NOW. Make lists and cross of items as you pack.

Hope this helps prevent any packing drama incidences. I have become a PRO at packing, travel in general and traveling with kids.

Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina

As usual I am a FREE Magical Vacation Planner (Travel Agent), Booking ALL Disney Destination Vacations – Contact me TODAY!!