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1. If you plan on driving to Disney, remember it is expensive to park at the theme parks. You can expect to pay about $15/day. If you stay on site at a Disney hotel, you can park for free with your parking pass. You also park for free if you are an annual passholder.
2. The parks allow small, soft coolers. Save money and bring your own drinks and snacks. You don't need to pack the whole kitchen, but your own drinks and granola bars will save you money when the kids need a small snack in between meals.
Stash this cooler under your stroller, or buy an insulated backpack version to keep everything you need handy.
3. There is an overabundance of germs in Disney World. Take time and think for a minute about how many hands have touched those turnstiles. Make washing hands a priority before meals. Pack sani-wipes and use them regularly.
4. Walking the countries (The World Showcase) in Epcot is possible with children. There is plenty to keep them busy. Characters, shops and more. Plan to start your day when the park opens, and by lunchtime (11am) the World Showcase opens.
To read more about characters in the countries, KidCot fun stops and more Epcot tips, download my book from Amazon or purchase paperback!
5. If you have small children, arrive at the parks when they open in order to get back for a nap after lunch. If you wait until mid-morning, lines will be longer and the park will be filling up. If you get up and to the park early, you can get back to your resort for a siesta or a swim. Recharging is much needed when taking kids on a Disney vacation!