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Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Best Friends Pet Care, Walt Disney World

Instead of leaving your pet at home the next time you visit Disney, bring it along with you and let it stay in style. Best Friends Pet Care, the new luxury pet care facility, is now open at the Walt Disney World® Resort. The 50,000-square-foot facility boasts air-conditioned rooms, “VIP” suites, and private outdoor yards for your pet. The staff will even read bedtime stories to your pet as one of the special features.  You can choose from a list of á la carte activities for your pet, including one-on-one play time, social playgroups with other dogs, and ice cream time.

The resort’s dog park includes a fenced walking trail bordering natural wetlands around the park. Inside the trail, there are a variety of play areas, including a 3,300 square-foot area covered in artificial turf, a 4,500 square-foot area with shade trees and a 1,300 square-foot “canines only” water park.

Feline guests can spend visits in a separate “Kitty City” pavilion (away from dogs) in two and four-room condos. And there’s even a special facility for the boarding of “pocket pets,” such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

So, no matter what type of pet you own, rest assured they will enjoy their trip to Disney almost as much as you, while staying at Disney’s new luxury pet care facility.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® Family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Tips for riding Toy Story Mania! at Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Mania!

Now that Toy Story 3 is out, it’s time to talk about my all time favorite ride at Disney; Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This attraction combines fun elements of my childhood with my competitive personality and makes me live for the one time in my bi-monthly trips I get to enjoy this ride.

When I enter this ride, I feel like I am walking into my toy closet as a child. As the line queue winds through the attraction on its way up to the beginning of the ride, I feel like I have been transported back in time. All of my favorites are here: Candy Land, Lincoln Logs, Chutes and Ladders, Mr. Potato Head, and even oversized, larger-than-life crayons. It is a kid’s (and adult’s) dream. The vibrant colors, the sheer joy of knowing I WILL beat my last score, and just enjoying the atmosphere with other people in line, puts me in a blissful place. Not every line at Disney does this for me; I can promise you that. I have, however; met some of the nicest people at this ride, and the line never seems as long as it says. With that said, there are a couple of rules to go by when going on Toy Story Mania! to make your experience the best it can be.

  1. First (and most importantly), go early in the day! I can’t stress this enough. Do not wait until later in the day to come over to Hollywood Studios thinking you will be able to hop right on and ride. This ride gets long very fast and stays long all day.
  2. Once you enter the park, go straight to this ride. Don’t even stop to Fast Pass Tower of Terror or Rock ‘n Rollercoaster. Rockin’s line moves quicker than any other and you will still be able to get a good time if you Fastpass it after Toy Story Mania! 
  3. If you are thinking of Fastpassing this ride and waiting until later to ride it, you might want to reconsider. This ride has a tendency to break down occasionally and it may take 45 minutes or longer to reset. While resetting, they typically do not allow people to wait inside the building. This means that even with a Fastpass, you may still end up waiting for a while to ride.
  4.  Do not make the mistake of thinking you are in line for the ride, only to find out 20 minutes later that you are actually in line for the Fastpass machine. Both lines can be long! You have to walk past the Fastpass booths to get to the ride line, which is to the left of the entrance as you are looking at the door.  
  5. Accuracy vs. total score. If you are going for a high score, keep pulling the trigger (string). You will not be penalized for missed shots, so keep on shooting.  
  6. Ride secrets for higher scores. Each of the arcade games has its own secret tips to release higher scoring targets. Here are a few of them.

The Barn. Shoot the fox in the lower left corner to release a flock of high-scoring chickens in the same corner.

Plate Toss. Shoot both ‘jumping’ plates to initiate a screen full of high-scoring jumping plates. Once the screen clears, four jumping plates will appear. Along with your partner, shoot these four plates. If successful, the mountain will lift to reveal a tank.

Alien Ring Toss. Put rings on all eight of the aliens in the center spaceship before they reappear. If you do, the spaceship will take off to reveal a super alien, worth a whole lot of points.

Woody’s Roundup. Shooting the bullseyes will make them blossom into a tree of targets. Shoot all of these quickly to initiate new high-value targets. Also, Shoot the small bat near the top to activate a new really high-value target.

After going on this ride, I think you will see why it is one of my favorite rides in all of Walt Disney World. Whether you are competitive like me or just there to sit back and enjoy the ride, I believe this ride will soon be in your list of top attractions too. Enjoy.

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Disney in a Group, Making Memories

There are some things you just cannot put a price tag on. I have just returned from a five day trip to Walt Disney World© with one of my closest and oldest friends. We have been friends since first grade; 33 years. We both have two girls close in age and seeing the four of them interact was priceless. The time spent together was amazing!

We saw friendships grow, hands being held, conversations I overheard that made me laugh, and they even encouraged one another to do things they may not have done if it wasn’t for one another. Very similar to experiences I have had with their mother over the years.

The Girls before dinner at California Grill, on top of the Contemporary

 

I love Disney for some many reasons of course but it is so great for groups like this. They accommodated us even on one of the busiest weeks of the year as best they could even with our multiple dining reservations. The pool at the Beach Club was perfect for our group as it has so many areas for different swimming abilities; sandy beach sections, slides, waterfalls, lazy rivers, etc. All the kids, regardless of swim level had their own favorite places. To then have time to catch up with one of my oldest friends while watching our kids having their time of their lives, was something I could not put a price tag on.

As I was driving home last night, I heard about a woman I have never met but is the wife of someone my husband worked with. She died yesterday of cancer at 33 years old. She was a mother, a friend, a wife. That could have been anyone. I feel very lucky and blessed to have had the five days I had with my dear friend and our kids, memories to last a lifetime. Even for me, someone that goes to Disney all the time.

Tips for travelling in a large group:

Disney affords a group the opportunity to both do things together as well as split up. I highly encourage folks to split up if they are in a large group to avoid trying to appease everyone and avoid rising tensions. Rarely does everyone want to do the same things all the time and if they always go with the crowd, regret and bad moods tend to arise. So split up, take a break from one another.  We had 9 in our party and sometimes you all just need a break.

Be flexible. If the kids are having fun swimming, let them swim. Believe me, I am all about a schedule but there is a fine line between Drill Sergeant and organized.

Stop and enjoy the little things. There are so many things at Walt Disney World© that are happening and when travelling in large groups, you are less likely to stop and enjoy these things. Some of these little things are the ones people remember the most.

Meet new people. Just because you are in a large group does not mean you cannot make new friends. This is the greatest place to meet new people. Whether you are standing in line, talking to a cast member, hanging at the pool, there is always a new face to talk to. I have met some of the friendliest, most interesting people from around the world at Disney. Who knows who might be a part of your group by the end of your trip!

Take pictures, videos, and don’t wait too long to do it again. One thing that I was reminded of today, life is too short, enjoy your friends and family.

They love Pooh! No matter what their age!

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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A New Twist On the Autograph Book

I love the feedback we get from our clients. We learn many new things from them like great room locations, fun little tid bits, and stories of their family adventures. When talking to a client we ran into in Epcot one night after dinner, she told me she saw a family at Akershus, which is a Princess meal in Norway. This family had a new spin on the autograph book -a pillowcase! What a great idea! The traditional autograph book is all the rage when you are in the parks, but is placed on a bookshelf when you get home to be forgotten about. Now, a pillowcase is a fun reminder on your bed every night of your memories and experiences with the characters that signed it. We contacted our great friend, Dawn Conn, owner of Hoops-A-Daisy embroidery who does monogramming for us. I told her the story and she came up with these adorable pillow cases. We took them down over Christmas and used bright colored Sharpies to get them signed. 

My girls now sleep every night with them. Marin, my six year old says she likes her pillowcase because it has her name and Mickey Mouse on it and she can sleep with all the characters’ autographs every night.

We are now suggesting this idea to all our clients. It is too fun! We were a bit concerned about some of the characters being able to sign something flimsy like a pillowcase, but we held it tight for them and it worked. Many times, the cast members helped us out. I highly suggest this idea for your next trip to the “World”.

Please contact Dawn Conn if you are interested in these cute pillowcases.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Things Many People Overlook, Part I. By Gil Pohl

I am going to be writing about a few of the attractions I feel many people overlook when visiting Walt Disney World® Resort.  These attractions may not be the fastest, flashiest, or the most exciting at the park, but if you take time to visit these, it will make your trip to Disney even more magical. 

In my opinion, the most overlooked attraction in all of WDW is the “One Man’s Dream” on Mickey Avenue at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM.  I believe if it were not for Walt himself, the many things that make my life a little brighter would never have happened.  There would be no Happiest or Magical places for one to go and just leave the rest of the world behind.

 “One Man’s Dream”, now sponsored by D23 (the Official Community of Disney Fans), opened October 1, 2009 and displays over 400 items from the Disney Company Archives.  When visiting this little corner of the Studios, I usually spend a quite 30 – 40 minutes checking out the displays such as the Disneyland Castle model, the camera stand used to film “Steamboat Willie”, plans for Project-X (the Florida Resort), and many other little pieces of Disney History.

 At the end of this self-guided tour, there is a small theater that shows a short 15 minute film about Walt Disney.  This is a must-see for any true fan of Walt Disney. 

So, on your next trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort, make sure you contact Ears of Experience to help you get the most out of your trip. And when you visit Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM, be sure to take some time to visit “One Man’s Dream”.  I know I will be visiting it again during my December trip.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, Stage 3 -I am at Walt Disney World. What Now? By Gil Pohl

Phase III of planning a trip to Walt Disney World is what I am going to do now?  The resort is so large that I find it impossible to just get up in the morning and start going.  I do need to plan ahead on what parks I will visit and the attractions that I have to see.  How do I decide what park to go to each day?

First, if you have taken my advice and had Ears of Experience book you into one of the many resorts at Walt Disney World, you should look to see if any parks have early Extra Magic Hours.  Extra Magic Hours is when one park opens early (or remains open late) only for those staying on Walt Disney World properties.  If there is an attraction that I know I must experience, I try to go to that park first and ride that ride first.

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme ParkAn example of this type of planning was on my 2008 trip to Animal Kingdom.  No one in the group that I was with had ridden Expedition Everest and we knew that this ride would have long lines all day.  We showed up for the early opening of Animal Kingdom and went directly to Expedition Everest.  We each got a “Fast Pass” for the ride.  A Fast Pass is a printed ticket that allows you to ride a popular ride at a later time without waiting in a long line. And best of all, they’re free. Then we rode the ride without using our Fast Pass, twice.  Once the line starting getting longer, we rode a third time using our Fast Pass.”  By combining Extra Magic Hours and the Fast Pass system, we where able to avoid the lines and experience this attraction three times; all before non-Disney guest where allowed into the park.Soarin at EPCOT

Toy Story Midway ManiaIt should be noted that if you plan on getting a Fast Pass for any of the popular rides such as Expedition Everest, Toy Story Midway Mania, or Soarin’, get them as soon as you get to the park.  These attractions run out of Fast Passes early in the day.

I usually go to one Park in the morning and “Park Hop” to another in the evening.  I often will go to a park in the morning that does not have Extra Magic Hours and move to the park with evening Extra Magic Hours near closing time.  Again, making sure that during Extra Magic Hours I enjoy those rides that the lines would be to long to visit during the day.  When hopping between parks around noon time, I often return to my hotel room on the park to relax some before returning for an evening of fun.  This can be really important if you have small children with you.  Being able to return to your hotel room for a short rest period is just another benefit of staying on the World.

I guess the bottom line is, it does not matter if you are visiting during peak summer days or some of the slower times of the year, working with someone at Ears of Experience and doing a little advance planning just makes your Disney trip a little more Magical.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Planning For A Walt Disney World Trip, Stage 2 -Dining And Activities Reservations, by Gil Pohl

Recently I posted the first of three blogs I am writing about planning for a Walt Disney World Trip.  In Stage I of planning for your trip we talked about where to stay, what tickets to purchase, and how to make dining plans.  Hopefully, with the help of Ears of Experience you have now picked the right “on property” resort, know what ticket package is best for you, and have decided if a dining plan is right for you.  Most experienced Walt Disney World travelers would hope to have all of this done at least 6 months from the time of the upcoming trip.  Why six months?  Disney has just changed back to a 180 day advance reservations system for dining and special activities.

With all of the Disney Dining plans now available and the offering of free dining at certain times of the year, if you plan on eating at any of the on-property sit down restaurants, advance reservations are a most.  So if you plan on having Breakfast with Cindy or a fun filled evening at the Hoop-Dee-Doo Review, let Ears of Experience get those reservations made as soon as possible.  The more popular the dining experience, the sooner you must book. 

If you have taken my advice and book a room on-property, then Disney will allow you to book 180 + ten days in advance.  What this means is that by using your room reservation number, meals for your entire stay (up to ten days) can be made at one time up to 180 days in advance. 

EPCOT Dive QuestIn addition to dining reservation, booking of special activities must also be done early.  Disney World offers everything from behind the scene tours of the parks, parasailing over Bay Lake, golfing, spa treatments, and just about anything else you can think of doing.  During my up coming trip in December I am going to EPCOT Segwey TourSCUBA dive
at the Living Seas and take a Segway Tour of EPCOT before it opens. 

Remember, do not over do it, leave time to relax and just enjoy Walt Disney World.  I will soon post the last of my three part blogs on planning a Walt Disney Trip, Planning What to Do When I Get There?

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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Tips on Bringing a Child with a disability to Disney World

As I have walked around the parks, I have seen some of Disney’s most special kiddos walking around having the time of their life. These kids range in disabilities from autism, Downs syndrome, to disabilities you many not even notice. I kept thinking, how we as a company can help these folks. My background is in special education. I fell in love with this population in high school when I helped out in the “special ed class” as it was called back then. I went to college, got a couple degrees in education, one in special education and continued to teach in four states with kids from a variety of disabilities. I left teaching when my first daughter was born as my husband was gone a lot as a pilot in the Air Force. I have kept up with my love for these kids by teaching Sunday school to a group that ranges from 2-10 on any given Sunday.

We have read in reviews of parents with children who have disabilities and all over the message boards where kids have made steps forward, even leaps such as first words in Disney and how the Disney cast members have that level of customer service to really help a family with a special child. So our goal is how can we help others get there? Below I have given some points on what to consider when planning a trip to Disney World with a child with disabilities. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. I would love to see more of these special kiddos in the parks.

 1. Evaluate the pros and cons to the resort properties you are looking at. Keep in mind you will want to come back mid-day for a break.

           Do your research on properties or book with someone that can answer the questions you have. At “Ears” we understand the economical toll a child with a disability has on the family’s finances at times. We are acutely aware of this when helping plan a trip for someone. For every person that comes to us for pricing, regardless of their travelling party’s needs, we offer multiple pricing options after speaking with them on their party’s specific needs and we give them information on each option. In addition, for parties travelling with children with special needs, we also give information on how each resort may effect their child. For example, the value resorts are a great way to save money and many children with autism like the larger than life iconic figures displayed around the property but the bus transportation can be an issue. So we like to tell them these things. We always notate with the hotel what a child’s needs are and request a room location that fits their needs but we cannot guarantee that location. So if you are driving in or renting a car, the value may be a good option. The hotels that have monorail transportation or boat launches are great as well because it makes the much needed and suggested mid-day break easier for you but the cost can be a factor so we look into what is better for you. This is our mission as a business, no two families are alike, each family’s vacation is their vacation and we assist you with that acutely in mind throughout the process. In addition, our policy for every client that books with us is we keep checking prices to make sure the price doesn’t go down and if a fare code comes out we can apply, we do it. This helps in keeping the price down.

 2. Make dining reservations ahead of time and notate all dietary needs. Disney will accommodate you if they know ahead of time.

            Disney is great about noting dietary needs on dining reservations. We can even do it when we make them online for our clients. These requests go to the restaurants themselves 72 hours prior to the reservations so they have time to prepare for an alternate meal if need be. I have been in restaurants in Epcot where the Chef came out to a table where there was a severe allergy to assure them he had prepared something safe for them. Yet another way Disney accommodates the individual so well.

 3. Plan where you will be each day, each night and go over this with the family before you leave, when you get there, and before you leave the room every day.

            For our clients who have kids with special needs, in addition to all that is included in our final packet for every guest we book;  the maps, itinerary guidelines, dining reservations, our tips and tricks, and our kid expert’s tips and tricks, we also include note cards on a ring for the child with the timeline of events catered to them. This will have pictures of rides, the parks they are going to, maybe a character greeting, and as they do these activities, they can check them off or mark them with a sticker. The combination of our prepared itineraries, the dining all set for them with any special dietary needs their child may need already notated to Disney, and the maps they can study as a family together beforehand, all make the anxiety a little less. We even give them a little notebook to have handy if they need something to keep the child pre-occupied while they are waiting for something.

The packet our clients receive
 The packet our clients receive
 4. Get pictures and videos of some of the most popular attractions to share with your children before you go.

            We direct our clients to our YouTube account and our photo album to show their family what things look like before they go. They will also get the note cards to hold onto as a reminder. This seems to make the unknown a little less uncertain.  There seems to be a video of almost every ride on Youtube. Make sure to preview first to ensure it is appropriate for younger ones.

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5. If your child has sensory issues consider an iPod, mp3 player, or cd player with their favorite music, noise cancelation headphones, or at least ear plugs to help reduce some of the outside noises.

            There are all sorts of smells and sounds you and I may not realize but a child sensitive to these things can become very uncomfortable with. The clanging of the trolley, the music and fireworks of the stage show at the castle, and the smell of chocolate from the candy store are just examples on Main Street USA. If you can knock out some of those sounds, the child can take in the things they really want to enjoy.

 6. Know how to use the Guest Assistance card, where to get it in each park, and how to make it work best for you.

            This is a tool Disney has given to families with children or persons in their travelling party that have disabilities you may not see. Standing in line with people in close proximity to you is something many kids with special needs simply cannot handle for long and for that reason, Disney has come up with this option to help make their trip magical. Be informed on it or book with someone that is. It is a simple system and not something to be stressed about. We encourage our clients to text us if they are having a problem at the park acquiring a Guest Assistance card for a child who needs it. We have yet to have someone need to text us for this reason but they know they can.

 7. Don’t try to do it all

            It is important to take that break and to not push it. You may be having a great day so you think, “why not, let’s watch the fireworks from the park.” If you have thought the fireworks were going to be an issue, don’t push it. There are plenty of places to watch them far away from the crowds. For the Magic Kingdom Wishes fireworks; the beach of the Polynesian and the Ferry Dock at the Ticket and Transportation Center both are great unobstructed views of the fireworks where you can hear the music as they pipe it in and you do not have the crowds, before, during, and after to deal with.

            Some kids do not do well with the parades and it is not the parade itself, it is the chaos of the crowds. One of our research families with a child who has sensory issues found being at the end of the parade worked well for them as the biggest crowds tend to congregate at the beginning and cause a bottleneck after it passes. We have also mentioned other areas to our clients that seem to work well depending on the child’s specific needs.

            Pick the must dos and everything else is a small victory if you get it done. You will be amazed at how much you will get done but this way you don’t feel like you are on a marathon trip. That can put a lot of stress on any family.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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The Top 10 Ways to Survive the Heat at Walt Disney World® Resort

So we just returned from a short trip to the Walt Disney World® Resort to make sure all our Disney tips and tricks work in the heat and during some of the heaviest traffic time. Check out our new pictures. In the next few weeks I will be blogging on some of these points in more detail, so stay tuned! In the meantime, here are my top ten pointers on surviving the heat.

1. Fans. The ones with the water bottle attached so you can spray yourself and fan yourself all in one. These sell at the parks for $17 and were the hottest ticket in the park this week where temps were at 102 before the heat index!  Plan ahead and purchase them at places like CVS and Wal-mart. Remember to bring extra batteries!

2. Utilize the air conditioning in stores. Many stores up and down the Main Street U.S.A.® Area in the Magic Kingdom® Park and Hollywood Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM are connected, so you can traverse this street through stores. This will take some planning ahead of time if you have kids so they know this is only a way to keep cool and not to shop. It works with my 10 and 5 year olds.

3. Take a boat ride from the Magic Kingdom® Park to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, or others that are using the smaller, open-air wooden boats. These provide a great breeze and a break from the parks. I believe the boats from Epcot® to the Epcot® area hotels also have AC.

4. As I am sure all of you have heard, get in early and get out early. Get there at park opening, out by lunch, hit the pool, take a nap, and then head back to the parks late afternoon into evening. We went to the Magic Kingdom® Park late afternoon when we arrived on Saturday and the crowds were very manageable!

5. If you are eating in the Epcot® World Showcase and wanting counter service, the options that keep you cool are minimal. Most options are open-air and are covered with ceiling fans, but have no AC. These places were not cool enough for us this week. However, Japan’s Yakitori House and Morocco’s Tangierine Cafe have AC. However, in Morocco, only the small room off to the left of the counter where you order stays cool since all of the doors are left open. If neither of these appeal to you, there is always ‘Season’ in the Land Pavillion back in Future World. There they have soups, sandwiches, salads, wood-fired specialties, and desserts.

6. Take a break in Epcot’s® Innoventions, both East and West. This can certainly be hours of entertainment and a huge break from the heat! We had a great time in here.

7. The Animation area in Disney’s Hollywood StudiosTM is again, a place you can spend an hour or more. You can even learn how to draw your favorite Disney character at the Animation Academy. I will definitely be doing a blog on this soon.

8. Avoid Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park during the hottest parts of the day. Get there at opening and out by 11 or noon at the latest. This park seems to absorb the heat the most and offers few ways to get into some AC and take a break.

9. One of our first ever tips and a favorite we used just yesterday is the Town Square Exposition Hall in the Magic Kingdom® Park. This is just inside the main gate on the right side, where the Photo Pass Center is located for this park. If you go all the way to the back and to the right, there is a little theater where you can watch old cartoons, take pictures, and even see the timeline of Disney’s cartoon history. It is quiet and cool. There are even cafe tables back there to sit and let kids have a snack, do a little drawing, or take time to decompress. This is also one of our suggested areas for kids with Autism and/or sensory disabilities. We use this area to have the family take a break while one of us gets a spot for the parade. This way, not everyone has to stand outside and wait.

Disney Kid Experts beating the heat on the Tea Cups

Disney Kid Experts beating the heat on the Tea Cups

10. Last but definitely not least, wear a hat and sunscreen. Everyone needs a hat and suncscreen. We ended up buying hats there as  souvenirs as both our kids had outgrown theirs. And since they picked them out themselves and they were from Disney, they wore them the whole time. If you are only wearing a visor, don’t forget suncreen along the part in your hair.

With a little planning, some strategic AC stops sporadically throughout your day, and PLENTY OF WATER and sunscreen, you too can hang with Mickey in the heat.

Discover the magic of Walt Disney World® Resorts and parks on a Walt Disney World® family vacation, and share the joy of Mickey Mouse and company with your kids. Let Ears of Experience plan the perfect Disney trip for you and your loved ones. Contact us today at 1-877-80MOUSE. We look forward to sending you on the magical vacation of a lifetime.

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