I think it’s about time for me to share some of my Disney Mommy Hacks!!! From the moment we booked our vacation I went to work on planning. I was so excited to have booked the hotel my daughter wanted to stay at. She is four and the Art of Animation was the perfect choice for our family! We also booked the dining plan! For our family this was great! We booked the plan that had one Quick Service , one Table Service, and one Snack a day! This was the perfect amount of food. We were actually able to have Sophia and Priscilla ( ages 4 & 1 ) share a meal ! If you are considering a dining plan I would highly recommend getting more information on it! You can also send me an email! 🙂 I joined this awesome group on Facebook.. ” Smart Moms Planning Disney” .. this group was a lifesaver! There were so many insider tips that I had no idea even existed! It was awesome to hear about others experiences and what to expect from moms that just came back from their trips! I would recommend trying to join this awesome group! Once you hit the time frame to book your dining, special experiences, and fast passes do so…. but don’t stress!!!! I called the first day and let me tell you nothing was available! The Disney guide told me not to worry and that things would open up as I got closer. I called every single day! As I got closer to our trip I called twice a day. This was to get to Cinderella’s Royal Table… and we did!!!! When I booked this reservation I screamed!!! At one point I was so excited to hold a reservation at both Bibbidi Boutiques but ultimately I decided to go with the Disney Springs location. My daughter is 4. She doesn’t understand that the castle has a boutique and I knew we had a jam packed day at Magic Kingdom and I wanted to have a special day for Epcot too! We took a Minnievan to Disney Springs for 8:30 am and she was so excited for her boutique experience! She was done up to be Snow White! I will say she truly felt like a princess that day! She believed she was Snow White! In Epcot she asked people to line up to take photos with her… and they did! It was incredible to see how the boutique made her feel!
***A huge tip I can give moms is to pack hair detangler!!!!! The night of the Bibbidi Boutique we desperately needed to get the hairstyles out. I used the kids line from Monat. I am slightly obsessed with this stuff from a consumer side. With in seconds her hair was combed out with not a single tear! Just a quick side note but well worth it for moms of little girls with long hair ***
From there we jumped back into another Minnievan and headed to Epcot for another day of Princesses and fun! I want to stop for a moment and tell you about this Minnievan! It is so simple to use and well worth it! You download the Lyft app to your mobile device and once you are in the Disney area you can access the use of the service from the app! It is so simple! You put your location along with your destination in and you will find a Minnievan provider in your area. These drivers are Disney cast members that not only work for Disney but also are trainer to install car seats safely into their vehicles. To me this is worth every single penny. They pick you up and drop you off at your destination with out the hassle of waiting for a shuttle and most of the time at a closer drop of location too. We felt the Minnievan was decently priced and really useful for our stay! During our trip we enjoyed the Bibbidi Boutique, Be our Guest, and Cinderella’s Royal Table. In addition, we were sooooo excited for our upgrade to a Nemo suite at our hotel and we had so many awesome fast past experiences! I booked fast passes but continuously changed them throughout the day! I even found that going up and talking to the Disney worker makes a world of difference. I cannot tell you how amazing they were! We got right into see Belle 30 minutes before our Fast Pass time even began and it was one of the coolest meet and greets in Magic Kingdom! Meeting Mickey is a must right when you enter the park! Be sure to make that fast pass first! Those go quickly and the wait line is very long! In Epcot there are so many amazing places to eat so I wouldn’t waste your meal credits on a sit down restaurant… but that’s just my opinion. We loved eating our way around the world just snacking! My favorites were the tacos and egg rolls! The big highlight for my girls in Epcot was meeting Elsa and Ana and of course the Frozen ride! If you search through the countries the princesses are all there! We had a blast there! We went to Hollywood studios. I would say this was our least favorite park. Sophia loved the breakfast meet and greet… but other than that… eh! Toy story land was so packed we did one ride and the frozen show and went to Disney springs. Disney Springs is awesome for down time! It has great shops, restaurants, and a few cute small rides! My girls love the train there! One big Magic Kingdom Hack is for the parades!!! They are a blast! We found not trying to get a spot on Main St is key!!!! We always walk down to Liberty Square and it is perfect! The girls had front row seats and danced the night away!!! I have a few more awesome tips and tricks to share .. stay tuned !