Disney Tips N Tricks

After two years of Disney posts and dozens of emails from readers, I've published my book, Disney Tips n' Tricks. Through my blog and my email I've realized parents and Disney planning families are looking for parent to parent advice, not Hidden Mickeys.  My book was a labor of Disney love, and every chapter details all of my tips, tricks and best advice for families embarking on their next Walt Disney World vacation.  

While Disney is always revamping their systems, my book touches upon tricks and tips I used as a parent in the parks, and those tips are always relevant. Most of my advice is great for any vacation - not just Disney!

To all of my Disney reading fans, I thank you.  You've given this blog more purpose than I ever imagined.  I apologize for the shortened posts; it gives me such joy to provide Disney planning families with assistance they so greatly need.  My ebook will always be offered at under $5.00, and it contains all of the best, easy to understand, Disney World advice I could squeeze into one book.

Along with my book, you can now quote your Disney trip right from my site through Destinations in Florida  

Feel free to browse my other condensed posts for more Disney World information!

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And now, for a small taste of my book, Disney Tips n' Tricks: Packing, Planning and More...

Growing up, Walt Disney World was an annual vacation. We drove, flew, and even took the train. My parents did packages, stayed outside the parks and stayed inside the parks. I’ve been there over forty times in my life; sometimes we went twice a year depending on what kind of park tickets we had. Not only did I learn the art of traveling to Disney World, I learned the art of traveling to Disney with kids. My parents had six children and new baby or not, they still treated us to our annual Disney vacation.
            My husband and I have continued this tradition with our kids. I can say with confidence I know every park like the back of my hand. I know every shortcut, discount, hotel and package. I can tell you great places to meet characters, tips to keep your little troops truckin’, excellent timesaving tricks, what to skip and where to stay no matter what your budget.
            With how much money a family trip to Disney can cost, and how stressful it can be with kids, it’s important to get the most bang for your buck. For the past few years, I’ve dedicated countless hours to helping Disney-fearing families plan their vacations. I’ve answered hundreds of emails and suggested dozens of itineraries. I know firsthand how overwhelming Disney World can be; my goal is to keep planning and vacationing easy on everyone.
            Kids included.
 Without further ado, I bring you the ultimate Disney World guide for parents. No muss, no fuss, just what 
you need to know.      

Where to Stay?
Below are my picks for hotels in every price range (I'm a casual girl, no need for fancy.  But I like good service, cleanliness, and a classy well maintained establishment.  Most importantly, everything I pick is turbo kid friendly!!)  However, you really can't go wrong staying inside the parks...every resort is family friendly and has top notch service.

My personal favorites:

Value - Pop Century Resort
Moderate - Port Orleans Riverside.
Deluxe - Polynesian
             Wilderness Lodge (also a Villa Resort)

             Yacht/Beach Club (Also a villa resort)

Best advice?

1. Save $ on Snacks

Dining Plan or not, I always pack one suitcase of dried goods for our trip.  If your munchkins are anything like mine, they could eat a four course meal and still complain they need a snack five minutes later.  You do not want to be buying drinks and snacks in the parks. 

2. Major Timesaver - Get Up Early!

The parks fill up as the days go on, and with kids the earlier the better.  If you get up and arrive at the park when it opens, you can get back to your room for a siesta.  Tired kids = tantrums. 
3. Limit Souvenir $

Limit souvenir money before the trip.  Sit the kids down and explain how much they have to spend.  You will thank me for this later, every ride drops you into a shopping zone.  Every. Single. Ride.

MUCH, Much more on all my best advice in my book, Walt Disney World Tips n' Tricks!

Favorite Meals with Kids?

The Plaza Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.  For dining plan members, this isn't a top pick because the meals aren't expensive enough to really maximize your dining plan dollar.  However, the club sandwiches, burgers and hand dipped milkshakes are mouth watering enough for me to overlook it.  Great place to grab lunch after a busy morning in the Magic Kingdom.

What about character meals? 

Its a tie.  If you have little Princesses, don't miss Cinderella's Happily Ever After Dinner at 1900 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian.  Make sure she wears her best Princess Dress!!! If you are looking for a general character meal, The Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends is in the heart of the Magic Kingdom.  Make dinner reservations to maximize your dining dollar if on the meal plan. 

For more information on the Disney Dining Plan, activities for kids, as well as advice for every park, check out my book on amazon.com!