Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2


Pre-Trip Planning Tips for Disney World – Part 2

Get Crafty

As you prepare for Disney World, it’s fun to bring everyone together with some DIY projects. Lots of families will wear homemade matching shirts to Disney by using iron transfers or tie dye. When your Magic Bands arrive, consider decorating them with each person’s favorite character. Even if you’re not super crafty, you can still have fun with a FB countdown  or by making paper chains with your children or grandchildren. On my recent trip to Disney, I saw several families with DIY Disney shirts.  Cool idea!!


Unless you plan to eat all your meals and snacks in restaurants, you’ll need to have some groceries in your room to feed your group. If you’ve got a car you can always make a grocery run nearby Disney World, but why waste precious vacation time in a supermarket? Order your groceries before you leave to ease your mind and save your sanity. Research the options on grocery delivery services.  There are several in the Orlando area.  Pack some snack items in your carry on luggage.  Bring an empty backpack in your luggage and bring snacks and water to the parks.

Get in the Zone

Athletes often have a routine to psych themselves up for competition. Think of Disney World as the Super Bowl of vacations. Have a Disney movie marathon before leaving. Create a Disney playlist or Pandora station. Start collecting quarters and pennies for the pressed penny machines.  That will save time and effort looking for change once there! My daughter still has her pressed penny collection from several years of Disney vacations.  Take regular walks—in your park shoes to get in shape and used to lots of walking.  Do not wear brand new (not broken in) shoes to the parks!

Disney Mickey bar

Pack Like a Pro

As you pack for your Disney vacation, remember that you’ll need to pack the travel basics (clothes, shoes, swimsuits, toiletries) AND you’ll need to prep a park bag (sunscreen, water bottles, wet wipes, Magic Bands, lightweight plastic rain suits). My family usually brings an empty backpack that we take turns carrying.  Develop a Packing List for Disney.  There is a list on  It includes space for you to customize the list for your own family’s specific needs.


BONUS TIP: Consider planning and booking your next Disney trip with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner you can trust. They’ll help you get the best Walt Disney World deal, share expert advice and their services are totally FREE!  Research, research, research!!!  Also, if you go to Disney at least once a year, think about becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member.

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