Know Before You Go: Disney Edition

So, you're about to embark on your first magical adventure to Disney World with your little ones. You may have heard trips to Disney are chaotic, and sure that's true – but the look on your kiddo's face when they meet their hero makes it all worth it. So while planning a trip to Disney can be overwhelming, we're here to take some of that load. Here are some insider tips and clever hacks that will make your first visit to the most magical place on earth a breeze.

  • Utilize Rider Swap for Maximum Fun
  • If you have little ones who can't or don't want to ride certain attractions, take advantage of the Rider Switch feature. It allows one adult to wait with the non-riding child while the rest of the party enjoys the ride. Then, the waiting adult can swap places with the other adult without having to line up again. It's a fantastic way to ensure everyone gets to experience the magic, even if some are too small. 

  • Master the Art of Mobile Ordering
  • Save precious time and skip the lines for quick-service meals by using Disney's Mobile Ordering feature. With a few taps on your smartphone, you can browse menus, place your order, and pay in advance. When you arrive at the restaurant, simply pick up your food, bypassing the line. It's a game-changer when you have hungry little ones in tow. If you’re sticking to your budget and bringing your own snacks, make sure to bring along your snack tray! Trust us, it will make your life easier.

  • Opt for Character Dining
  • Meeting Mickey and Minnie can be a highlight of your trip, but waiting in line to see them can be time-consuming, tantrum inducing, and downright uncomfortable for little kids. Consider booking a character dining experience where your little ones can meet their favorite characters while enjoying a delicious meal. It's a win-win!

  • Discover Hidden Gems with the Play Disney Parks App 
  • Enhance your park experience with the Play Disney Parks app. This interactive app offers games, trivia, and immersive experiences while you're waiting in line or exploring the park. It's a great way to keep the little ones entertained and discover hidden surprises and secrets throughout the park. For those times the phone is buying you some time, check out the entertainment holder to make life easier.  

  • Take a Break at the Baby Care Centers 
  • If you're traveling with little ones, Disney World has conveniently located Baby Care Centers in each of the parks. These centers offer private nursing rooms, changing tables, feeding areas, and even a kitchenette to prepare meals for your little ones. It's a peaceful oasis where you can take a breather and attend to your baby's needs in a comfortable and well-equipped environment. Also – great for those moments you want to relax a little and know your kiddo is simply contained in a safe space. 

  • Stay on Disney Property for Convenience 
  • Look, we know that staying on property might cost a bit more than the Airbnb down the road, but hear us out. Staying on Disney property has its perks, especially when you have little ones in tow. Disney resorts offer complimentary transportation to and from the parks, so you can leave the hassle of driving and parking behind. By being so close, you can get a jump start on the crowds, which is a huge plus. 

  • Take Advantage of Extra Magic Hours 
  • Maybe the biggest perk of staying on property is the Extra Magic Hours! These additional hours either before or after regular park hours are exclusively for Disney resort guests. It allows you to enjoy select attractions with shorter wait times and a more relaxed atmosphere. Plan your day around these Extra Magic Hours for an extra dose of pixie dust and a little less chaos. 

  • Catch Must-See Attractions During Parades and Shows 
  • While parades and shows are a magical experience themselves, they can also be an excellent opportunity to enjoy popular attractions with shorter wait times. Many guests gather to watch parades or shows, creating a temporary lull at popular attractions. Use this time to your advantage and hop on those rides that usually have longer lines.

    Remember, a trip to Disney World is all about creating unforgettable moments with your family. Embrace the joy, wonder, and magic of the experience, and don't be afraid to let your inner child come out to play. Looking for Disney-approved strollers, accessories, and tips? Head over to the Zoe site!