Survival Tips: Disney World

Disney World is the most magical place in the world, right? Well, IT CAN BE if you follow our survival tips on how to survive – and ENJOY – Disney World and all its magicalness!

#001 Come Prepared

I’m talking EVERYTHING. The last thing you want is to need to buy something while at Disney (other than souvenirs, of course) because it is expensive and you don’t want to waste time in the line-ups. The essentials you should bring are:

  • Reusable water bottles (they have fountains at the park)
  • Sunscreen & a hat (protect yo self! Florida sun is HOT)
  • A lunch/snacks
  • Camera or smartphone w/ camera (NOTE: No selfie sticks allowed!)
  • Magic band (I recommend getting these, makes everything way easier, I’ll explain later)
  • A change of clothes (if going on Splash Mountain or wet rides)

#002 Bring Your Own Food

You can either bring a cooler and keep it in a locker to go back to at lunchtime or just bring some snacks and sandwiches in your backpack along with you. You are allowed to bring outside food into the park so long as you don’t have any knives, glass or alcohol. You can save a huge amount of money and also save time by not needing to wait in lines. Also, bring your own reusable water bottle to save money, time and save the planet! We only splurged on two days, one in Magic Kingdom when Marco got a huge Turkey Leg (pictured) and in Epcot when we got some German Beer!

#003 Take Your Own Pictures

Honestly, most people do this anyways nowadays but seriously, take your own! The photo-pass at Disney is $99 USD per DAY! Guys, that’s an extra $100 per day on top of your already $100-something admission ticket. The pictures are pretty nice, but save yourself some cash and buy yourself something nice. Unless you’re a die-hard Disney fan, can’t take nice pictures or just REALLY like the pictures they take of you, it’s not worth it in our opinion.

#004 Get The Magic Band

A magic band is essentially the entrance card you get where you can tap to get into the park, get your photo-pass pictures and get into your fast-pass selections. It’s incredibly more efficient to have the magic band (I think they cost about $13 USD) for a number of reasons. One, it’s hard to lose something attached to your wrist (Marco lost his card on the second day of Disney so we decided to get the magic bands, LOL live and learn!). Two, all you do is tap your wrist and you’re in! No need to search your bag or pockets for the pass. Quick and easy!

#005 Get Your Fast-Passes WAY Ahead of Time

So, a little fun fact that we didn’t before going – Fast-Passes are now done entirely on Disney’s Mobile App and ticket-holders can select their Fast-Passes up to 3 months in advance – crazy, right? We did not know this, so learn from our mistakes! It was tricky to get fast-passes for rides that we wanted because we literally waited until the day-of to get them. If you know which park you are going to on which day of your trip than try to plan your fast-passes out as soon as you can. This way, you can enjoy all your favorite rides without the crazy wait times (Rockin’ Rollercoaster was a 120-minute wait when we went, and it was raining that day!).

#006 Take Breaks If You Need To

There is a LOT to see in one Disney park – and there are several! Your passes include in-and-out privileges meaning that you can leave the park and come back within the same day with no issues. I recommend arriving for opening, staying until lunchtime or whenever you can, leaving and taking a break and then returning several hours before close to get more rides and meet-ups in and to watch their fireworks/light shows (they have one every night at every park except Animal Kingdom). This helps prevent people from getting cranky, moody, tired, etc. and can improve your Disney World experience.

 

11 Ways to Survive a Long Car/Bus Ride

For some, a long car ride could be 2 hours and for some it could be 16 hours. Whatever feels like a long commute to you be sure you are prepared for the travels that lay ahead. There is nothing worse than starting off your vacay feeling irritable or bored due to dull travel.

Portable Chargers
Seriously, these are life savers. Nowadays electronics are our saving grace, especially if you work remotely or just love the internet. Make sure to bring car adapters if you are going on a road trip or even portable chargers/batteries for your devices.

Pre-Download Apps/Games
If you are bringing electronics you may want to download or instal your apps or games beforehand (preferably on wifi). This can save you data usage (and money!). This is especially useful if you will be travelling into another country where you may be subject to roaming fees.

Travel Pillow
Or just a regular pillow – but either way bring something to lay your head on. You may become sleepy and want to take a nap, and trust me – pillows are WAY better than the guy-sitting-beside-you’s shoulder.

Blanket
This ties in with the pillow – if you are travelling with others or on a bus/train they can usually blast the A/C way up past your comfort level. Either dress warm/in layers or bring along a small throw blanket to keep you warm and toasty. Personally, I am always cold so this is an essential for me when travelling.

Headphones
Not a fan of the music playing on the radio? Want to drown out the noise of that crying baby on the bus? Now introducing – headphones! You can purchase these for cheap really anywhere and chances are you already own four pairs anyways (check under the couch). Don’t forget to check these off your packing list!

Water/Drinks
Bring along some bottled water or beverage of your choice. The more you bring with you at the start of your travels the less times you will need to stop along the way to pick up stuff you forgot! You can use the empty bottle to pee in later when you need to go (JUST KIDDING!).

Food/Snacks
Don’t wait to buy these at the train or bus station. Bring as many snacks as you possibly can, you will not regret it. I have not and will not ever regret packing food because you never know when you will get hungry (or bored) and want to snack on a little something. Personal favourites include, but are not limited to; Chips (any kind), granola bars, veggies and dip or hummus, sandwiches/wraps.

Camera/Smartphone
Don’t forget to document your memories! Always bring along a camera or smartphone with a good camera so you snap photos of the scenery or your passed out friend in the seat beside you.

Notebook
Bring along a doodle pad or notebook if you are into writing, drawing or just jotting down notes. Technology is great for all these things but nothing quite compares to hand-written sketches or notes.

A Friend
Bring a friend, partner or family member along with you on your travels – unless you really love travelling solo. If you are outgoing you can meet new friends along the way, but I always enjoy the company of familiar faces. Having someone to talk to, experience things with and share memories with is always an amazing feel and certainly makes your travels much more enjoyable.

Air Freshener
If you are going to be in a car with people and food it could get stinky. Bring along an air freshener – whether it’s the ones that hang from your mirror or a spray you will be glad you brought along!

Hoping these tips & tricks were helpful! Will you be bringing any of these items along on your next car, bus or train ride? Is there anything we missed that you find helpful? Drop us a comment below – we would love to hear from you!