Our Spring break trip has come and gone. Disney has always been a family favorite for us. We made many trips during my childhood and they all bear fond memories. Talk of this trip started with the grandparents. About a month ago it moved from a fun vacation to a partial business trip due to some work our family business has contracted in the area. For that reason, all of our lodging, travel costs and many meals were covered under the company expense. Since someone from every family works for the company it pretty much covered us all.
Tip #1: Plan your budget and then double it.
I budgeted $20.00 for lunch per day (2 adults, 1 child). On average lunch inside the park ran around $32.00 for the three of us. For dinner I budgeted $30.00 per day (2 adults, 1 child). This ran around $42.00.
For snacks I budgeted $15.00 per day (2 adults, 1 child). This ran close to $40.00 per day due to the extreme heat. While we did take in some snacks of our own (trail mix, crackers, bottled water) it was all gone by mid-morning. It was hot (90 degrees) and walking takes a toll on your body, especially the little guys. A Mickey Ears Ice Cream will run you $4.00 a pop. Bottled drinks are $3.00 each.
Tip #2: Bring your own cute stuff from home.
These basic water bottles came from Hobby Lobby on sale for $1.19 and a local friend made the vinyl cutouts for $1.00 each. We filled them to the brim with ice each morning and then added cold water to fill in the empty spaces. They were the perfect size and were easy to refill later in the day.
Tip #3: Accept any cute clothing offers.
Most of us know someone who has already forged a path to Disney. Instead of unloading money on new clothes, see what you can buy or borrow from friends inexpensively. Most kids at Disney are dressed in their everyday clothes anyway.
Tip #4: Go with the flow.
Disney is crowded, hot and expensive. There are long lines and plenty of room for meltdowns. Everyone isn't always going to look at the camera, or be happy. Anticipate the need to stop and cool off, eat and rest ahead of time. Lines for food, even snacks, can be very long. If you stay in a resort, I recommend taking a break during the day to go back to your hotel and rest.
Tip #5: Make a list of priorities.
There's no way that you can do every single thing in any park in one day. There's just too much there to see and do. Hold a family meeting and make a list of priorities. Do those things first and then add extra things in afterwards. If everyone has a chance to do that one thing they really wanted to do you'll have a happier bunch.
I could list a million more things, but these are what stands out to me the most.
If you're planning a trip, feel free to contact me with specific questions. I'll be glad to help answer any that I am able.
God is good, all the time!