As soon as your kids begin to reach toddler territory, the inevitable question starts popping up.
“What are we going to go to Disney World?”
While the classic theme park vacation for you and your family can indeed be a blast, planning and surviving such a trip requires some serious attention to detail. This is especially true if money is tight and you’re traveling as a large family.
Whether you’re in the planning phases of a theme park vacation or are already about to head out on one in the near future, the following tips can help you keep your cool and keep money in your pocket.
Sort Out Your Flight Plan
Booking your flights in advance is a no-brainer, but bear in mind the inherent headaches of traveling with tons of baggage and small children. In order to get the best deal on a flight to Orlando or Anaheim, chances are you’re going to have to deal with an indirect flight. You should therefore determine whether or not your crew can realistically work in tight layovers between wrangling your little ones and dealing with security.
That said, don’t get totally stressed out or blindsided in case of a delay. After all, your destination will still be waiting for you even if you do end up missing a flight. Besides, in some cases you can actually receive compensation for a flight delay depending on your situation.
Come Up with a Theme Park Game Plan
Planning your activities during a theme park vacation is most definitely a balancing act. While you want to hit up all of your kids’ favorite rides, you also don’t want to get stuck waiting in lines or plan out your day to the point where you’re micromanaging your family. Pick two or three rides as major priorities and strive to go with the flow so your vacation doesn’t feel too structured.
Hydrate, Hydrate and Hydrate Some More
Tourist hotspots in Florida and California can be brutal during the summer months, signaling the need for families to stay hydrated while traveling. Whether it means bringing your own water of a camel-pack, don’t get caught paying theme park prices to keep yourself comfortable. If you’re visiting Disney World, take advantage of their outside food and drink policy by packing plenty of water as well as your own grub.
Take a Day to Decompress
For the sake of your sanity, strive to spend a day away from the parks simply to get some quality family time in. Whether it’s a shopping trip or a day at the pool, getting away from the hustle and bustle of the theme park crowds is an absolute must. Many families end their trips with a decompression day to ensure that they’re rested and recuperated before they make their way back home.
Your theme park vacation should be about enjoying yourself and having fun first and foremost, right? With these tips in the back of your mind, you and your family can create memories without unnecessary stress and make the most of your adventures.