Thursday 17 March 2022

What To Take To Disney World With You


With just a few short months left before the start of the summer vacation season, it's time to start thinking about your trip to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Even if you know precisely which parks you want to see, you still need to plan your tickets, how long to book your Ocean Florida villa for, and how you’re going to get there, plus you need to save for it too. 

 Now that everything has been settled and your final payment has been made, it's time to get down to business. As soon as you know you're travelling, you'll need to prepare. Unlike a beach vacation, arranging a trip to Disney requires more preparation and consideration, so it's better to get started as soon as possible. In order to get the most out of your once-in-a-lifetime vacation, here is a checklist for you to work through. 



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There is no escaping the fact that you are a tourist when you arrive in Florida. Consider it a blessing, and purchase a guidebook to help you navigate the city. If this is a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, you don't want to miss out on anything. The internet is a great resource, but sometimes having a handy guidebook in your backpack makes life a little bit simpler. You can make notes in it, highlight the places you want to see while you're there, and generally make use of it. Investing in this is a wise move. It's even better if you buy second-hand and someone else has already done all the note-taking in the margins!


Cool Clothes

Orlando is a place where the heat can be brutal, and it’s often hotter than you think. Shorts and t-shirts are needed, but bring lightweight clothes as well as summer attire. This kind of heat is unlike anything you've ever seen in the UK, and you don't want to be uncomfortable when walking about the parks all day. Bring a hat and sunglasses as well; you'll be happy you did when you're out there in the sun.


Good Shoes

While we're on the topic of packing, make sure everyone has decent shoes to wear. You may not realise it, but those parks are massive, and there will be a lot of walking to do, as well as waiting in lines for many minutes (hours) at a time. Fashionable sandals and heels are great, but you should not wear them throughout the day. You want a pair of trainers or breathable sneakers. It's not just about convenience, however. Some Disney laws state that you cannot ride certain rides if you do not have the proper footwear.



The major motivation for everyone to visit Orlando is to visit Disney World, but Disney is more than just one theme park; it is a collection of them. So, conduct some preliminary investigation to see where you would like to spend some time. The Magic Kingdom, for example, has the well-known Cinderella's castle and is ideal for smaller children. The Epcot Centre may appeal to older children. Hollywood Studios is a must-see for moviegoers. Typhoon Lagoon is an ideal place to cool off, as it’s a giant waterpark. There are also animal parks and water parks to enjoy. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how many days of tickets you'll need. Purchasing them in advance is the most cost-effective option, and you may even be able to take advantage of special offers. A word of advice: snap a picture of the tickets as soon as you receive them, ensuring sure the ticket numbers are visible. If you misplace them or they get damaged, you can have them replaced.



For some, a vacation is about going with the flow and figuring out what to do – if anything – after you arrive. It's a little different in Florida. There is so much to see and do that if you don't have at least a rough plan and schedule in place by the time you arrive, you will miss out on something great. If you stay in a hotel, you can receive wonderful guidance from the representatives and employees, but if you stay in a villa, you’ll need to do your own research or ask locals if you can. In such a scenario, the internet will be really helpful, but you can also seek guidance from park personnel. 


However, Orlando offers more than simply Disney, and you may want to find something else to do. Days spent relaxing by the pool are necessary to re-energize (maybe once every two or three days), and renting a vehicle to travel further afield will show you some intriguing sites. If you hire a vehicle from a reliable car rental business, you won't even have to worry about breaking down; they'll have assistance on hand if that happens.



You'll obtain a better exchange rate if you convert your British pounds to US dollars before you leave the country. However, you shouldn't take this for granted, and you should research the current currency rate in your own country before departing. Waiting may provide a better offer. Once, you could convert your US money into 'Disney dollars' for some amusement at the parks. There was no difference in face value, and you could only use them in Disney World, but they were adorable and brought a smile to everyone's face. These are now longer available to buy, but if you have some old ones, they can still be redeemed in the park stores.



When visiting Disney World in Orlando, there are a few little items that are always worth carrying. They'll add to the charm of your trip. Remember to bring your autograph book and a sturdy pen, for example. There will be characters roaming the parks, and they will gladly pose for photos and sign your children's books, so it's a lovely (free) keepsake! Another helpful item is a poncho. Yes, Florida is hot, but it also rains, and when the heavens open, they really open! Showers don't linger long, but they often come in the afternoons in the summer, and you don't want to be caught off guard. Bring a little plastic bag that fits in your pocket or purse since there will be water rides, and you can protect your phone/wallet/tablet that way.



The most important thing to remember while making a trip to Orlando is to have fun. Enjoy yourself. Smile. It’s a truly magical place. 



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