How to Add an Extra Touch of Magic to a Disney Vacation // Resources to Help

January 20, 2015

I recently went on a Disney World trip with my family and since I put a lot of planning into it myself, I figured I'd share how I organized it all, some great tips, links, tricks, and a few more things!

So, to start off here's a little background of what we had (originally) planned. We were going to go to three days of parks, then on to a 3 day Disney cruise, then two days of relaxing and traveling after and a day of park hopping in between. We were hoping to go to all four parks plus Universal as well. (This wasn't exactly how it turned out due to weather, but still loads of fun!)

Tip #1: Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest!

If you follow me on Pinterest you'll know that I've been pinning Disney like CRAZY! There's loads of tips, tours, hints, fun activities, must sees and dos, and it can be very overwhelming. Whatever you do...don't just search "Disney". You've got to be as specifically vague as possible if that makes any sense. Check out my Pinterest board here for some Disney pinspiration!

Tip #2: Use Crowd Calendars

If you haven't heard of them before then you're probably wondering what a crowd calendar even is. Well, a crowd calendar is like an ordinary calendar with months and days, but sites use detailed reports from previous years to attempt to rate how heavy or light the crowds will be in all the Disney parks (and some even for Universal parks). The one I used was from Now these are just estimates for each park, but they'll definitely give you dates for when NOT to go. So, before to check them out before booking your trip.

Tip #3: Extra Attention

There are a few ways to have your children or anyone in your party to receive extra or special attention (although I have not done any of these (recently), I've watched it happen). The first way is by going and getting a "special" pin and what I mean by that is you can go to guest services at any park and receive a pin for things like your first visit, your birthday, your anniversary, or whatever else you might be celebrating (there are a lot of pins). You'll get birthday wishes from cast members and even other people in the park, sometimes even characters! Another way to get extra attention from characters is by making reservations for a eat and greet meal, as I like to call them. Character dining is sometimes very difficult to get into, so be sure to attempt to get reservations!

Tip #4: DCL

DCL or Disney Cruise Line is a fantastic experience (I highly recommend it). Although everyone in our party was over 18, there was still plenty to do on the ship and more we didn't have time for. To add extra magic before the cruise even begins, make sure to sign up for a character call for your child so they can get really excited about their cruise! (This can be done on your Disney experience page).
Another fun thing to do is to secretly drop off things to get signed at guest services and they'll be delivered to your stateroom on the last day all decked out in signatures from either all the Princess aboard, or all of Mickey's friends, or both! We got white frames done and they came out really cute, plus you can add personalization on them if you want (there's a form you fill out). Another really fun thing to do for DCL is decorating your door! Check out some of the door decorations on Pinterest. Check out the one I made from a print out!

Tip #5: Disney App

The Disney App (My Disney Experience) was a life saver for some things. Not only can you book your fast passes before you even get to the park, but you can also make dining reservations, have a map right in your hand, and have all the wait times right there! Don't worry about using up data all day because Disney has wi-fi throughout most of the parks.

Ta-da! Can you feel the magic yet?! If you're going to do Disney for you and your family, make the most out of it you can! Let me know your ways of adding a touch of your own magic to Disney!

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