Jerry’s mother, a.k.a. Grandma Tagalong, has a gift and a passion for sewing. I really could use a better word than sewing to describe it. She is a master seamstress that is absolutely loved by the eBay community. In her “spare” time when she isn’t thinking about Disney World, she sews, she creates, she designs and executes some amazing works of art with the canvas being her fabric. Look at the pictures of our golf cart if you havn’t already…she is the one who made the Disney character themed valance for the cart from start to finish. She and I have made plans for her to work at the costume division that you see while you are on the back lot tour at Hollywood Studios. True story. You gotta have goals in life, right!
I found it appropriate to show off her latest designer dress which has a Disney theme. You will see for yourself why I am so proud of her craft. She’s the best mom-in-law too. One could say she’s pretty darn great at all she does. She has taught her grand kids and I many a recipe in the kitchen too. Well, you get the point. We sure do love our Grandma Tagalong!!!
Plan ahead. Decide ahead of time what your priorities are and make a plan of action.
- Get to the parks early! It’s amazing, particularly in busy season, how many of the popular rides you can knock off before half the “World” gets out of bed.
- Take the time to rest in the middle of the day. Stay at one of the Magic Kingdom or Epcot resorts, allowing a return in the middle of the day for a nap or dip in the pool.
- Call exactly 90 days prior at 7 AM Orlando time for priority seating if breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom is tops on your child’s list. The only way you might get away with sleeping in and booking a bit later for this highly coveted character breakfast is if you are traveling in extremely slow season.
- Come prepared for an afternoon shower during the rainy summer months even if the sky looks perfectly clear in the morning. Rent a locker to store your raingear and circle back if skies start to look threatening. However, if you’re caught unprepared, just about every store in the parks sells inexpensive rain ponchos.
- Use Fastpass, Disney’s free, nifty timesaving device. It’s offered at all four theme parks and is a great way to save hours of waiting in line. Just insert your park pass in one of the machines located at each individual Fastpass attraction and receive a ticket printed with a designated one-hour window in which you may return and enter a special line with little or no waiting.
- Pre-arrange priority seating, Disney’s answer to dining reservations, by calling 407-WDW-DINE. On arrival you’ll receive the next table available for your party size, thus saving hours of frustration and waiting.
- Allow plenty of time to reach the theme parks each morning. It’s easy to miss your breakfast priority seating if you don’t allocate enough time.
- Be spontaneous. If something catches your eye, even if it’s not on your daily list of things to do, stop and explore. If not, you could miss something wonderful.
- Realize the limitations of your children. If they’re tired, take a break. If their feet hurt, get them a stroller (forget that they outgrew one years ago). If a ride scares them don’t force the issue. Such precautions will make your day and the day of other park visitors a lot less stressful.
- Bring pagers, 2-way radios, or cell phones. If your party plans on splitting up, they are a perfect way to keep in touch (see the Travel Insider article that reviews two-way radios and their practical range).
- Wear broken-in, comfortable footwear. Better yet, bring two pairs and rotate them. Nothing is worse than blisters on your first day and then nursing them for the remainder of your vacation.
- Most importantly, slow down and enjoy the magic. Resist the urge to see everything at breakneck speed. You can’t possibly cover it all, so think of this as your first trip to Disney, not your last. There will be time to pick up all the things you missed on the next go-round.
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