Entertaining KIDS in a LONG Ride Line?

Headed to the parks, but worried about the LONG lines? Wondering about the kids? READ my TIPS on entertaining Kids in line at Disney.

Hey guys, so this is the question on EVERY parents mind…what to do with my kids, especially in line. Well I have a few tips on the subject. Long lines are ZERO fun, but they could be. They could also be a place to make some awesome family memories, they are for me. I remember lots of line waiting growing up. So plan ahead and try to enjoy it too.

SNACKS:

Ok – I say this in every post, ever. SNACKS!! Snacks are the answer for everything and should be in every bag, backpack and purse on the planet. Am I being dramatic, am I – perhaps not? We don’t leave the house without snacks, Disney is NO different. I know, there is FOOD everywhere…but not in line there isn’t. I ALWAYS have a variety of snacks in my bag, most being healthy. But I find hunger is one of the biggest contributors to being cranky, tired and whinny. Long line = hunger. Pack those snacks and pass them out.

Cell Phone:

Yep, I said it. Having your Media device can be a HUGE line saver. Think Apps, videos, Movies, Games, Music, etc. Make sure to download everything at home and have an easy section on your phone to find them. PACK backup battery packs and your cords. AND you might want a phone PER kid. Check out trivia and mind game apps for the older kids. WE love games that the entire family can play and even other line goers. I love seeing other families yelling out answers trying to guess the answer from a single clue. Its like family game night meets Disney ride line.

Tablets:

OK – I cheated – same reason as above. But don’t forget about the tablet option, especially for really little kids that you don’t want to pass your phone too. Also plan ahead and download what they like. Sneak in a few educational games too, nothing wrong with learning while at Disney 😉

PLAY Disney App:

This is semi-new and completely awesome. Its an app that interacts with the parks. You can earn points, answer trivia, listen to music, learn about the parks and its a map. Nothing cooler than playing Disney while being at Disney, its just spreading the magic. Make sure to download at home and research it a little bit…as you need other apps to use some of the features.

PLAY Disney App
Other thoughts:

Some other ideas are music or books on tape (think iPOD). Make your own trivia questions or print some off the net. OR a Disney Trivia Book? We have a Hidden Mickeys book. Give your kids a camera? My son loves his camera and can take hours of pictures and videos, then look at them and take more. Its a HUGE long line win for us. Books? I have actually seen people reading in line. OK, that might be for older kids, but still. Video game systems. Remember your Game Boy? And fidgets. I know, so last year…but things that kids can play with in their hands are entertaining. Even toys that spin or flash can be a win.

What items work for your kids? I would love to know. Leave me a comment.

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!!