Taking 5 kids anywhere can be a challenge. But taking 5 kids to Disney was a sweet treat!
Here are my top five tips for traveling as a single mom to Disney.
- Download the Disney App! I promise this will make your life so much easier, especially once you get to the park. If you want to look at photos that were taken with characters or make a dinner reservation…the app has all those tools. BONUS TIP: Bring an extra battery to keep your phone charges and turn your phone on airplane mode when you don’t really need it.
- “Pre” everything! Pre-plan, prepay, pre-everything! I tried to get as many fast-passes as possible. NOTE* many attractions sell out of them weeks in advance! You can make selections as early as 30 days before you arrive—starting at 7:00 AM Eastern Time. Plus, if you are staying at a Disney Resort hotel, you can make your FastPass+ selections up to 60 days prior to check-in for the entire length of your stay. And the best part? There is no extra charge for this complimentary benefit. Before You Arrive check availability for must-do experiences and lock in 1, 2 or 3 FastPass+ selections for each day of your ticket at a single park.
- Pay for Premium Parking! Guests pay one fee for a parking pass good all day at all 4 theme parks—Magic Kingdom park, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. Their special preferred parking lots are located conveniently close to the theme park entrances. All parking fees include applicable sales tax. Trust me it is totally worth it! When you have spent 8 hours walking and waiting in line and being lost, the very last thing you want to do is try to remember where you parked or have to take that giant hike back to your car. If you are staying at a resort, the shuttle is great, just remember, the shuttle comes on their schedule, not yours.
- Preferred parking: car or motorcycle – $45 per day
- Standard parking: car or motorcycle – $22 per day
- Feeding the Munchkins can get expensive…very expensive! We ALWAYS stay where they serve breakfast. It’s kind of a golden rule. Load up your carbs because you are going to need them. Bring an empty water bottle. Water and ice is free everywhere. There is nothing wring with drinking water all day. Chances are you will need every drop. Sometimes, i will bring little packets of Propel or Gatorade to help replace any electrolytes we lost along the way. Sometimes I will even bring the ones that give you an extra kick so I can make it through the day. Try splitting up meals. You want to replenish, but you don’t want to be sluggish. the meals are of good size and sometimes sharing chicken tenders and fries will do the trick. Skip dinner and grab ice cream! My kids love this. By this time of day they don’t really care that they are not eating a full nutritious meal. They want they want that sugar, and trust me I want them to have it!
- Take A Break. If you are going to be in Orlando for 4 or more days. I suggest you visit your most desired park on the first day, skip a Disney park on the second day and opt for chilling at the resort or something on a much smaller scale. We usually hit the resort pool and then do a fancy dinner. On day three when we are much more refreshed and not ready to kill each other, we it up another Disney theme park. Day four, recover or find a local spot to enjoy.
I hope this helps. These are my top five tips when visiting Disney as a single parent. I left off the obvious, like enjoy every moment. They won’t be little forever.
Do you have any tips for visiting Disney?
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Always remember… “The days are long but the years are short”