SARAH'S ALL IMPORTANT DISNEY ADVICE
Unofficial Guide To Disney. If you only want one piece of advice, here it is. Buy this book. Read it. Trust it. Pay for the App. Trust it too. Your trip will be SO MUCH BETTER FOR IT! This is not a trip where you should wing it. You need a plan. Or at least, we needed a plan. We were there on two EXTREMELY busy days and the book and app allowed us to ride every single thing we wanted to ride, and to ride some things 2 and even 3 times. All that PLUS both days we took a 4-5 hour break/nap in our rooms*. It helped make our trip so amazing for all three of us, so if you are going to Disney, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book.
Tip 2: If you are wanting to stay in an economy resort and only need one room for your family, I highly recommend the Pop Century. It's just like all the other economy hotels (or so I hear...) but it has it's own shuttle, which makes it INFINITELY BETTER! The room is small, but the hotel is neat. Henry loved it, and we were completely satisfied. When you book your room, I suggest paying the extra $10 a night to be close to the shuttle drop off location. It was WELL WORTH IT.
Tip 4: Arrive Early. Did you know the Magic Kingdom has a "Rope Drop" opening every day? If you are there around 30 minutes before the official opening time you can see the mayor come out and welcome you to the park. Then singers and dancers come out and sing this "Good Morning" song, THEN the train pulls up full of Mickey and all the Disney Characters.
Tip 6: No matter what, meet Mickey.
Tip 13: taking pictures on rides doesn't really work well. Epically if they are in the dark. I kept trying anyway.
Tip 14: Ride the classics. They will bring back your own childhood memories. (Assuming your childhood memories include a trip to Disney).
Tip 15: Try your best NOT to look like the most scared person in the picture of Splash Mountain. But if you fail, it will be okay. Your spouse just might make fun of you. (The girl in front me of looks like she is on the lazy river!)
Okay, that's all I've got for now, but I have more pictures to share. Some of them I might have already posted, but am too lazy to go look. So, here are ALL of the pictures I love from our Disney trip. It was amazing. So much better than I could have hoped. We can't WAIT to go back.
*When the book says you should take a 4-5 hour break in the heat of the day, you will be like "NO! I don't want to lose all that time!" but TRUST ME, it will be worth it, especially if you have two days in the park to work with. With the crazy heat and the growing crowd, Nick and I needed the break as much as Henry did. Plus, it makes the evening/run to the fireworks down right easy. We were in the park from 7:30am-noonish, then came back at 5pm and stayed until 1am. It was perfect and still gave us 13.5 hours at the park, which was PLENTY.