It's been a long time since my family went to Disney World. Before I lived in MN I didn't understand why families went out of town in the winter. We just didn't have that in Washington. After being here in MN for several years and enduring these loooong winters, I finally understood!
If memory serves me correctly, we've been to Disney World 2x in the past 10 yrs. What an amazing experience. I'm so thankful my kids were never afraid of the characters! It was so fun watching them go up to any one of them and ask for an autograph and have me take their pictures.We've always gone with the extended family: aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. We definitely did the Hopper passes which allow you to from one World to the next. We would do Disney for a couple days, take a break and do it again for another 2 days. The memories we have are priceless. I had Doodle's first hair cut at Magic Kingdom. He got Mickey Ears that said "First Hair Cut" on the back!! It was so awesome! And if you can, have at least one Dining Experience. That was such a great time with the characters! Get a FastPass for rides you really want to ride so you know for sure you get to ride. This is especially a great idea for a packed World!
Can I tell you the coolest thing that happened to us while we were there? My family got to "open" Disney World!! Usually they already have a family picked out to "open" the park, but for some reason these people didn't show up. I had gotten this tip from a gal who was a Destination Planner. I went up to one of the people who watched the gates and asked them if we could open the parks. After about 10 minutes, they came and got us! How awesome is that? Something not everyone has a chance to do!! Oh, and when you go to ride the tram, get in line where the driver is. They actually let people ride up there. We did it a few times. So much fun and a great view (awesome photo ops!)
I think the most important aspect of visting Disney World is to have a plan, but be flexible. I was the world "planner". Know what rides you want to go on and if you can all go (depending on height). What shows do you want to catch if any? Which rides allow the parents to take turns? I got my Disney travel books from the library and made lists of how to do things. They have amazing short cuts and ideas to make vi sting Disney a more fulfilling experience. If you use DestinationsinFlorida.com, get tips from them! They've been doing this long enough to have some great ideas! That's what they're there for.
Are you thinking about getting away from the winter doldrums and having a fantastic time? Then head to DestinationsinFlorida.com. They have some fantastic deals for families who want to head south and have a fun vacation! Doesn't a Disney Beach Vacation sound divine right about now?
My readers should mention they found out about this at Woven by Words or mention the rate code Mommy when pricing their trip, so the agents know to offer this extra discount and free perks.
The promotion for my readers includes a special discount off Disney World packages. Plus, with any Disney World Package, you will receive a special Mommy Pack. The Mommy Pack includes a Disney Park autograph book (one per child), one Mickey Mouse ears hat, and autograph pictures (personalized to each child and signed by Mickey Mouse). These Disney souvenirs are right from Magic Kingdom Park. This special goodie is only available for our Mommy Blogger participants and their readers.
DestinationsinFlorida.com will provide the prize. The prize is a set of 4 Disney Parks limited edition lithographs featuring special attractions from each Disney Park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park) and Mickey Mouse. Tinkerbell also spreads pixie dust through all of the lithographs and makes an appearance at the last lithograph with Mickey. These lithographs sold at the Disney Theme Parks for $75.
Enter to Win: Leave me a comment letting me know if you've been to Disney World before. Must be at least 18 yrs old to enter and a US resident. I must have a way to contact you if you win so...leave your email address or have it accessible in your contact information. No email/contact = No entry! Void where prohibited. Giveaway ends 2/1/10, 10pm CST.