Planning your Holiday
Try to make a plan of what you want to do before you go.
There is so much to do you really will not have time to do everything. Some
families schedule pool or rest time during each day other families who are lucky
to have a longer holiday can have rest days between the Parks, shopping or other
If you are travelling from the UK it is often hard to get
into a sleep pattern. It is a great temptation to fall into bed very early the
first night but that will only lead to very early wake ups the next morning and
again early to bed the next night and it may take you several days to get into
the right sleep pattern.
As your holiday progresses if you have a late night out try
to ensure that you do not have an early start the next morning as children soon
tire and get grumpy.
If you want to go for a character meal pre-book it by
You can book this up to 120 days in advance. The hardest
Priority Seating reservation to obtain is Breakfast at Cinderella's Castle in
the Magic Kingdom so if you wish to go be sure to book this as soon as
reservations for it are open.
It is easy to check the opening times of all parks on the
internet before you go. These can be subject to a slight change but it is useful
to have this information. We were pleasantly surprised to find that when we went
in June Aquatica was open until 10 at night. We had 14 day tickets so this meant
that the girls could go for a couple of hours during the evening when the Park
was not so busy.
Fastpass is available on certain popular rides at Disney
Parks, be sure to take full advantage of it. Check the waiting times for the
rides as you enter the Parks. You will find a board with this on near the
entrance. If you cannot find it ask a cast member where it is located. Decide
which ride to get a Fastpass for and go straight to it. This will give you a
specific timeframe within which to ride the attraction and keeping your wait
time to a minimum.
We always freeze water bottles in the freezer at our villa
during the hot summer months then take them to the Parks. They last for hours
and there is no shortage of volunteers to carry them and keep cool!
Travel light to the Parks; make sure your wallets/purses do
not hold everything you would need at home, library tickets, various passes,
several credit cards etc.
Be sure to put your name and address on any autograph books
similarly some white tape can be put on your ipods, cameras etc with these
Take at least 2 comfortable broken-in pairs of walking shoes
and extra socks. Whether you are at the Parks or shopping you are likely to do a
lot of walking. Plasters are also very good items to have with you. If you
really feel the need to take spare shoes etc to the Parks you can rent out a
locker to put them in.
No matter what time of year there can be sudden rain showers
in Orlando so make sure you always have ponchos at hand. You can always get
these in the Parks but they are cheaper in stores like Walmart.
Enjoy your planning it is all part of the great Orlando experience.
By Jane Sansom