August 21, 2017

5 Tips for a Whine-Free Day at Walt Disney World

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Magic KingdomWe’ve been planning our family trip to Walt Disney World for nearly a year, and it’s hard to believe that we’re finally here. We’ve been in Orlando five days now, and it’s been a good trip. So I started to think about what has made the trip good so far in my mind, and it comes down to maintaining a whine-free environment. Here are five tips to make a day at Walt Disney World as whine-free as possible:

  • Eat Early or Eat Late: I can’t stress enough the importance of eating lunch early (or late) at Walt Disney World. Every day this week we’ve taken our lunch break right around 11:15 a.m. and it’s been perfect. By the time we’ve eaten about half of our meals, the lines in the restaurants were out the door. Do what you can to avoid the prime lunch window between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
  • Bring Snacks: Waiting in lines for rides is no fun. Waiting in lines with hungry kids is even less fun. Bring in a Ziploc bag with granola bars, cracker packets and fruit (grapes, orange slices, etc.) to hand out healthy snacks and keep the whining at bay.
  • Take Naps: We like to get to the parks right when they open (9 a.m. for most parks), so by the time it’s 1:30 or 2 p.m. my kids are tired and ready for a break. Hey, I’m tired too after walking and waiting in lines for five hours. Take a nap to re-energize and see more of the parks in the early evenings (or just splash in the pool, which is what my kids prefer to do).
  • Skip the Fireworks Shows: You really don’t need to take your kids to the 9 p.m. fireworks show at Epcot, or worse, the 10 p.m. show at Magic Kingdom. My husband and I went to see the fireworks at Epcot tonight (my favorite show) and I saw way too many over-tired little ones who looked like they would have much preferred to be in their beds (making for much more pleasant children the next day).
  • Stay Off-Property: When we last went to Walt Disney World three years ago we had three children (we now have four) and we stayed on-property at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. Sure, it was a great place to stay, but sleeping five in one room was less than desirable. This time, we’re less than 10 minutes away in a house where my husband and I have our room and the kids have their rooms. It’s heaven.

Do you have any tips for making your day at Walt Disney World as whine-free as possible? I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Comments

  1. These are great tips for the Disney parks that can also be applied to many theme parks. We have always brought snacks in which also minimize cost and the whining to get snacks from the concession stands. What we love about Disney are the Fast Passes. It’s great to walk in to many of the popular rides at a designated time instead of lining up with the masses. We’ve also learned to visit theme parks during weekdays when on vacation for lesser crowds.

  2. These are great tips; I think we do all of them! I agree with staying off property. To me it’s also nice to get away from all of the Disney eye candy (though I do love it in the park!). We usually stay in condos where we can make a meal or pick up something from a grocery store. One other tip is I usually go to the Disney outlet store in my town before vacation and pick up a couple of tees before we go. The kids have a special Disney shirt to wear then they get there, which they really enjoy, and it gets them in the spirit. We also go to the Wal-Mart in Kissimmee (sp??) to check on souvenirs before we ever buy anything in the park. The kids have sometimes preferred to get their souvenirs at WM since their money goes farther.

  3. This is really great information! My husband and I are going to Disney in March 2012 for our one-year anniversary. We will definitely take some of our own snacks. We have the meal deal included in our package so should help.

    • Erin Gifford says:

      Thanks, Annie! Have a great time, and glad to year you’ve got a Disney Dining deal. You’re going to have so much fun! 🙂

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