8 Ways to Enjoy a Multigenerational Trip to Disney World

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A trip to Disney World (with the whole family!) can be equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking if you don’t take the time to create a plan of (magical) attack.

I recently traveled to Disney World with my two-year-old, husband and mother-in-law. I had low expectations before the trip- fearing it would be impossible to ensure all ages had a great time. But, by following the below suggestions our trip was filled with sweet moments of bonding, renewed childlike wonder and sugar-highs. We ended our trip exhausted, but sad to leave.

1. Be Strategic When Booking Flights.

An ill-timed plane itinerary to and from Orlando can dampen the beginning, or end, or your trip. It is worth the money to book flights that will maximize your time at Disney World, and if possible, are in the air during your child’s (or parent’s?) naptime.

2. Stay at a Disney Resort.

Photo Credit: Bailey Gaddis
Photo Credit: Bailey Gaddis

Booking accommodations at a Disney Resort offers perks that included (but are not limited to)…

-Disney Magical Express (complimentary transport to and from the airport)

-Family Style Suites

-Themed Accommodations

-Complimentary Transport to Disney Parks

-Extra Magic Hours (you get to stay in the park longer than guests who aren’t staying at a Disney resort!)

-Option of Purchasing a Disney Dining Plan

-Magic Bands (personalized bracelets that provide access to Magical Express and FastPass reservations, guestroom door, and entry to the parks. )

-Heated Pools (Need I say more?)

You can find a list of Disney Resorts at MyDisneyExperience.com

3. Preplan at MyDisneyExperience.com

This site allows you to explore the attractions each park offers and reserve your Fast Passes (three per person, for each day you’ll be visiting the parks). Download the My Disney Experience app to access GPS enabled park maps, your itinerary and constantly updated wait times for each ride.

4. Avoid Overfilling Your Days.

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When my family visited Disney World we walked twenty miles in two days. Stagger rides with shows and pool time so you’re not on your feet all day, and can recharge your energy before doing it all again the next day.

5. Pack Ample Snacks and Water.

Children often have specific foods they will and will not eat. Pack their healthy favorites so you can feed them at a moments notice, without standing in line. And water is a must. All that walking, standing and screaming (happy screaming!) can quickly dehydrate you.

6. Dress for Comfort.

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Disney World is not known for fashion. People won’t care what you look like- it’s all about comfort man. Wear your most supportive walking shoes and pack breathable layers of clothing so you’re set for all temperatures.

7. Divide and Conquer.

If part of your group prefers thrill rides, while the others prefer “easy riders” and shows, consider splitting up (ensuring there is at least one adult with each group), so everyone can focus on the attractions they enjoy.

8. Live in the Moment.

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Photo Credit: Disney

It can be easy to focus on “what’s next” while navigating the fast-paced world of Disney theme parks. Take the time to laugh with your family, take silly photos, chat about your favorite features of each ride, relish the grandeur of the first-class shows and remember you are at Disney World to create beautiful moments and memories, not to “do it all.”

About the Author: Bailey Gaddis

Bailey is the author of Feng Shui Mommy (coming out May 2017!), a mother, Hypnotherapist and lover of adventure. She has lived in California, Texas, Mexico, Peru, and the Honduras and is currently landed in Ojai, California. She found her ideal life-partner in a surfing-Aussie who is often the catalyst for their international travel (that's on a budget, with a toddler!) She is a contributing writer for Flight Network, Babble, Huff Post, Scary Mommy, Your Tango, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Women's Day and Elephant Journal. A collection of her writing can be found at BaileyGaddis.com

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