Tips for Traveling to Disney World with a Toddler

Tips for Traveling to Disney World with a Toddler

Are you contemplating a trip to Walt Disney World with a toddler?  Has the idea of taking someone under the age of 3 also made you question your sanity?  Fear not, there are some great reasons why taking your toddler to Walt Disney World before they turn 3 is an awesome idea.  We have polled our Magical Tripcations Travel Team and come up with tips that will help you not only stay sane but have a very memorable and magical time!   FREE TICKET – Did you know that children under the age of 3 do not require a park ticket? That’s right, they are considered an infant until they turn 3 and are free of charge to enter any of the Disney Parks.  Please note, if you work with one of our Magical Tripcations Travel Planners to create a vacation package that includes a dining plan, they will NOT be included in that plan, so your child would either eat off of your plate or you would need to pay out of pocket for them during meal time.     5 Can Stay for the Price of 4 – Did you know that a portion of Disney’s Resorts have a maximum occupancy of 4 in a room?  If you are a Party of 5, in which one is under the age of 3, you still have the option of staying in resort room with a maximum occupancy of 4.  Your toddler (under the age of 3) does not count towards the total number of occupants in a room.  This is a major plus since it allows you to...
Top Three Disney Terms:  My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+, OH MY!

Top Three Disney Terms: My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+, OH MY!

    Congrats, you’re going to Walt Disney World!  Or maybe it’s more along the lines of… congrats, you want to think about planning a trip to Walt Disney World but you’re feeling a little overwhelmed from the first website view.  MagicBands, My Disney Experience and FastPass+, OH MY!  But wait, what?  What do these words mean?   We’ve said it before that planning a trip to Walt Disney World involves several moving parts. Getting up to speed on Disney Speak can be challenging and confusing but, our team of travel planners are ready and able to walk you through everything you need to know about My Disney Experience, MagicBands, and FastPass+ so you can leave the OH MY behind.    Here are some of our tips to tackling the top three Disney terms you need to know before you head to the most magical place on earth. Top Three Disney Terms:  My Disney Experience (MDE)   When planning your Walt Disney World vacation, you can build your itinerary online at MyDisneyExperience.com and access your plans from the My Disney Experience Mobile App on your smartphone.  Once you link your tickets and reservations to your account, your resort and dining reservations appear in your plans.  You can build your itinerary from start to finish online including Advanced Dining Reservations and FastPass+ selections and update your reservations on the go from your smartphone.  You can also use the mobile app for park maps, current wait times, restroom locations and where to find your favorite Disney Characters.  Traveling with a big travel party?  You can connect to everyone in your travel group by...
From Boyfriend to Betrothed:  A Royal Proposal at Cinderella Castle

From Boyfriend to Betrothed: A Royal Proposal at Cinderella Castle

Magical moments both big and small happen every day at Walt Disney World.  What could be more romantic and magical than getting engaged at the most magical place on earth?  But where do you start?  Do you just “wing it” in front of Cinderella Castle with a few thousand of your closest friends?  It’s nerve-racking enough to reach the point of proposing.  And saying it OUT LOUD to friends and family that you intend to make your princess your wife…and hope she says yes…can be down-right daunting!  Needless to say, planning the perfect proposal can be overwhelming!  Sounds like work for a Fairy Godmother.  Recently, a Magical Tripcations client facing this task took a big step towards going from boyfriend to betrothed with the help of his own Fairy Godmother.  Well, a Fairy Godmother he found in the form of a Magical Tripcations Travel Planner.   Meet prince charming, our client Jonathan, and his Fairy Godmother, Mary-Morning, a Magical Tripcations Travel Planner.  Mary-Morning and Jonathan had already been hard at work planning he and his girlfriend’s vacation to Disney World when he contacted Mary-Morning with the exciting news.  Jonathan knew that he wanted to get down on one knee and propose to his love.  He knew beyond a doubt who he wanted to marry but he needed the how and where to propose and the magic.   Instead of winging the proposal on his own, he needed a little extra help to plan this one last enchanting detail for their upcoming trip.   Mary-Morning went to work to find the most romantic way her client could propose and found the...
Character Hunting at Disney World:  Tips to Magical Moments

Character Hunting at Disney World: Tips to Magical Moments

Do you remember the first time you met Mickey Mouse?  Or do you know someone who dreams of meeting their favorite princess or a character from a galaxy far, far away?  A trip to Walt Disney World© is as magical as it is memorable and no experience adds to the magic more than meeting your favorite character, princess, or villain.  However, quite a bit has changed over the years when it comes to meeting Mickey and the gang. Most characters do not roam the parks but have set spots or venues where they reside and you line up to meet them, grab an autograph and snap a picture. There are four Disney Parks at Disney World and not all characters can be found at one single park.  Being prepared ahead of time with an idea of which characters are at the top of the list will save you time and ensure that you capture moments with the favorites on your list. So, where do you start?  Before leaving for the house of the mouse, do a little research on where to find the characters you are most interested in meeting.  You can find information on specific park attractions, shows and character meet and greets on the Walt Disney World© website.  Or you can ask one of us!  To help you in your quest to meet Mickey, a Princess or two, Chewbacca or Winnie the Pooh, here are our go-to resources for character hunting at Disney World and tips to magical moments.     Character Hunting at Disney World:  Tips to Magical Moments Character Meet and Greets   Each park...
Disney Speak – Top 10 Terms to Know

Disney Speak – Top 10 Terms to Know

“Welcome Home!  We’re so glad you joined us at the Most Magical Place on Earth!  Tap your MagicBand here and take a stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. and on to your first FastPass+ reservation!  If you need directions, reference this park map or the My Disney Experience App for up to minute wait times and interactive park maps.  Have a magical day!”   If you followed right along with this conversation, congrats!  You are fluent in ‘Disney Speak’ as this is just one example of any conversation you could have with a Cast Member at Magic Kingdom Park or a similar one at the other theme parks.  When we speak with someone about a Walt Disney World® Resort vacation, we quickly find ourselves speaking ‘Disney’…terms and phrases like “FastPass+”, “ADRs”, “Rope Drop”, “Extra Magic Hours” and the like.  It must sound like we’re speaking another language and to a guest that hasn’t been to the park in years or if ever, we are.  After all, it is Disney WORLD and it makes sense that the World of Walt would have it’s own special language.   Let’s take a closer look at ‘Disney Speak’ and the top 10 terms you  need to know. Disney Speak – Top 10 Disney Terms You Need to Know   10.  Memory Maker – This photo package can be added to your Disney vacation package. Guests who purchase Memory Maker will have online access to any photos taken by a Disney PhotoPass Photographer throughout their trip; access to all photos and videos taken while riding on select attractions.   You can view, edit, download photos, and...