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In each issue we like to highlight tips and tidbits from our readers. If you have a tip to share, send it to us at magicallyspeaking@themouseforless.com.

Published on Dec 15, 2010

Not sure of the exact date that this changed, but the entrance and exit queues at “it’s a small world” at Walt Disney World are reversed now. You can see the facade in the building without peering through the lines, and it works quite well. It just seems a little backward when we’re used to going the other way. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on Dec 1, 2010

A couple of years ago, my family and I spent our first Christmas away from home. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I started getting upset that we wouldn’t have our Christmas tree or snow. While I couldn’t do anything about the snow, I did stop at Walmart and pick up a four-foot tree for less than $25 and instead of ornaments, we purchased ornament hooks and used about 50 of my daughter’s DISNEY pins to decorate the tree. We had a lovely Christmas tree away from home and even got to donate it to a local children’s hospital with the help of the Cast Members in the hotel. (Submitted by Teresa Reeves)


Published on Nov 17, 2010

If you are bringing a costume for your little prince or princess to wear in the parks, consider bringing a change of clothes. Often, the costumes get cumbersome and hot after a while, so it’s nice to give your children the ability to wear something more comfortable after a while. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on Nov 3, 2010

If you are bringing a costume for your little prince or princess to wear in the parks, consider bringing a change of clothes. Often, the costumes get cumbersome and hot after a while, so it’s nice to give your children the ability to wear something more comfortable after a while. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on Oct 20, 2010

My favorite tip is to remember you don’t have to do it all! Take time to enjoy the pixie dust moments sprinkled throughout the trip — from the extra friendly cast member who calls you “Princess” to the smile on your face that can’t help but appear when Mickey hugs you to the anticipation of the first fireworks over the castle! It’s ok to take breaks — my personal favorite break is a yummy dessert from the Main Street Bakery and a window seat to watch the world go by! (Submitted by Michelle P. via Facebook)


Published on Oct 6, 2010

I put everything in the cosmetic bag in a gallon size ziploc bag and label it with a Sharpie pen on the side. Eyes, hair, makeup, medicine, Rx, etc. all gets bags. Then I put them in the suitcase in alphabetical order so I can find things quicker. When we get to the hotel, I take the hang up an organizer bag and put the most used items in the pockets so they’re all organized and handy and uncluttered while on the trip. What did we ever do without ziploc bags? Oh, don’t forget to throw some extra gal ziploc bags in a bag for use while in the parks. (Submitted by Robin P. via Facebook)


Published on Sep 23, 2010

I hear many parents say that they think that their 2-3 year old children are too young to take to Disney! Not so! The best memories we have of Disney are from taking our children when they were two years old. They were young enough to really Believe in Magic! They do not remember the entire trip, but each of them retain at least one memory that they have carried with them all of these years. They also have a love for all things Disney! And my husband and I have irreplaceable memories to cherish for a lifetime!(Submitted by Karen B. via Facebook)

Take a hanging shoe organizer to hand up in the resort bathroom. We put the adult toiletries on top and the kids on the bottom. It keeps the room neat and less cluttered. (Submitted by Kim I. via Facebook)


Published on Sep 9, 2010

My disney tip is “go to disney as often as you can”. I promise when you look at your kids and grandkids you will never say, “wish I hadn’t taken them to disney so often”. (Submitted by Renee B. via Facebook)

During my visit with my 2 daughters (9 and 10), I took a picture of them at the entrance sign of each park we went to. Not only did it make a great memory pic, but in an emergency, I knew EXACTLY what they were wearing. Thankfully I never had to pull those pics up for that purpose but I knew they were there, “just in case”. (Submitted by Paula W.)


Published on Aug 25, 2010

I love the “lost in the world” section, and although I can never figure out where it is, I plan to copy all the back photos (along with the answers) and make a book up for my family to search for on our next trip later this year. (Submitted by Christine B. via Facebook)

Although we love Disney, sometimes we enjoy going over to Universal’s Citywalk for dinner. It’s a nice change of pace to sample some of the restaurants there, and we usually can find some place to eat without a reservation. Admittedly, it’s not something easily done without a car, and there still is that parking fee that Downtown Disney doesn’t have, but it’s an option. (Submitted by Nicole G.)


Published on Aug 11, 2010

My family and I recently ventured over to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. For anyone planning a trip there, be aware of the small scale of this area. It’s definitely an “island” within Islands of Adventure. There are three attractions, and some stores to visit. The location gets quite crowded. It’s almost like they weren’t planning on so many people being in the area. Don’t get me wrong, the theming is wonderful, but it’s not something that I would build a whole trip around. Definitely stop by if you’re there. Just be warned that the crowds get quite large. (Submitted by Carol G.)


Published on Jul 14, 2010

The weather in Florida can be very unpredictable during the winter months (shorts one day, coats and hats the next). I would recommend packing tops that would work well layered and include a lightweight jacket and some long pants. This keeps you prepared for any weather without having to pack heavy coats. (Submitted by Lindsey T.)

Take advantage of Extra Magic Hours! Fastpasses are often loaded for morning EHM. (Submitted by Linda N.)

Make sure to take advantage of the wonderfully amazing Christmas events. At Disney World you have the Osborne Lights, lighting of the Castle and Candle Light Processional as well as the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. At Disneyland, you’ve got the lighting of the Castle, the very fun Christmas Parade and the amazing Christmas Fireworks. And at both locations you can experience the magical snowfalls. Take some time to visit the Disney Resorts to see the beautifully amazing Christmas Decorations. You will not regret it! (Submitted by Brenda L.)

Unlike perhaps at other times of the year, Christmas is one time you really want to take the time to visit other resorts. The decorations are beautiful. I recommend a resort tour, but if you don’t have the time to devote a day to touring resorts, pick one or two resorts you would like to see (Grand Floridian and Wilderness Lodge are my two favorite Christmas resorts) and plan a meal there. (Submitted by Sarah D.)

Try to find some time to visit Fort Wilderness when the campsites are all decorated for Christmas. Some of these are just unbelievable! I guarantee you will be dazzled and entertained. (Submitted by Teresa P.)

We enjoyed the characters being dressed up in holiday attire. Minnie in her red/white/green outfit and the chipmunks dressed with holiday scarves and so on. These made really cute pictures and were different than the ones that we have gotten so many times during the other parts of the year. (Submitted by Kristi L.)


Published on Jul 1, 2010

If you are looking for something to do without park tickets, try resort hopping. We pick a few deluxe resorts (like those on the monorail or the Epcot resorts, and spend some time exploring, having lunch, etc. Fort Wilderness is another great place to spend some time. It’s quite peaceful to just walk around. There’s a path between Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge that you can walk on, too. Just watch out for the occasional surrey bike! (Submitted by Nicole R.)


Published on Jun 16, 2010

If you’re looking to keep your younger kids occupied while you take care of business in a Disney World hotel lobby, don’t forget that there is a TV and small chairs in each lobby. Sometimes our kids like just watching the Disney cartoons while we sit nearby and relax with some grown-up conversation. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on Jun 2, 2010

I am here in Florida and it is HOT. We have not got to summer yet and it is close to 95 degrees everyday now. Please remember when visiting WDW to stay hydrated with fluids and take breaks out of the sun. We always bring water bottles to the park and refill. Counter-service restaurants will give you a free cup of ice water if you ask for it. Also you can refill it at water fountains.

I would also suggest you bring a towel if you rent a stroller or an EVC chair. The sun makes those seats hot and if you have a towel you won’t burn yourself. Another thing I pack to take to the park is a zipper baggie with a wet wash cloth to use to cool off with and then refresh it with water in the park to wipe my face and neck with too cool off with. Also make sure to bring sun screen. One more thing: remember to have a great trip! (Submitted by Suzy K.)


Published on May 19, 2010

We can’t say enough how important it is to have somewhat of a plan when going to Disney World. On a recent trip, we saw several stressed-out families trying to figure out what to do. We don’t plan a lot, but we know where will be going each day, and plan at least one meal. Then if we have to change, that’s fine. Disney World is huge. Just like you wouldn’t go on vacation to a city like New York without some planning, don’t try to go to Walt Disney World without some, either. A little research at home will save a lot of frustration on your trip. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on May 5, 2010

My family found that we wanted to spend a little time off-property one day during our trip. After looking around for a good method of transportation, we found that a one-day car rental was the best bet. We didn’t spend that much money and were able to do what we wanted on our own schedule. (Submitted by John R.)


Published on Apr 22, 2010

If you’re at a waterpark and you’re cravin’ something sweet, you MUST purchase the sundae in a beach bucket. Now, it takes them a few minutes to make because of the number of yummy layers. And we didn’t even think to take a picture of it as we were bringing them back to our group. We purchased two (four people per dessert) and it was perfect. All for just $9.99! That’s a steal! There are even colored Mickey head sprinkles on top, and the fact that you get a free bucket, like I said…perfect. (Submitted by Maegan D.)


Published on Apr 5, 2010

When we travel, we pack water bottle holders in our carryon luggage. When we get to the hotel to check-in, we just pull them out and head to the park. They keep your bottles of water colder longer. Also, I’m not a big water drinker but I know how important it is to stay hydrated. I pack individual flavored drink mix. That way I buy water with my snack credits but also have a variety of drink choices. (Submitted by Janice)


Published on Mar 22, 2010

If you’re at a waterpark and you’re cravin’ something sweet, you MUST purchase the sundae in a beach bucket. Now, it takes them a few minutes to make because of the number of yummy layers. And we didn’t even think to take a picture of it as we were bringing them back to our group. We purchased two (four people per dessert) and it was perfect. All for just $9.99! That’s a steal! There are even colored Mickey head sprinkles on top, and the fact that you get a free bucket, like I said…perfect. (Submitted by Maegan D.)


Published on Apr 5, 2010

When we travel, we pack water bottle holders in our carryon luggage. When we get to the hotel to check-in, we just pull them out and head to the park. They keep your bottles of water colder longer. Also, I’m not a big water drinker but I know how important it is to stay hydrated. I pack individual flavored drink mix. That way I buy water with my snack credits but also have a variety of drink choices. (Submitted by Janice)


Published on Mar 22, 2010

One year, after reading many rave reviews of both Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I decided to do both! I planned my trip for the quiet part of December, bought an annual pass with all its extra benefits, and got great discounts on rooms and the food plan.

I had a terrific rental car rate, to make visiting every single hotel property to see their decorations much easier, and I usually dined at one of each grouping. I rode the monorail to the Magic Kingdom properties, walked around the Boardwalk for the hotels in that area, and drove around the Animal Kingdom, Downtown Disney, and Hollywood Studios areas to catch resorts around them. Each hotel is different, and the gift shops have a few unique items for their properties. After many trips just going to the parks, this added so many new experiences. Plus, I was going back for Halloween! Again, chose the dates for least crowded, and I was able to go to two Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween parties. Next I will time the Food and Wine Festival with the Flower Festival. (Submitted by bkwrm)


Published on Mar 8, 2010

Our Feb. 8th newsletter ran an article about navigating Disney parks with a stroller. We received a follow-up question from a reader about our mention that guests must fold their strollers on a Disneyland tram, and we wanted to amend our statement.

According to Disneyland Guest Relations, “Each tram has two sections, one in the front and one in the back, that are designed for wheelchairs. If room is available, Guests with strollers are welcome to board. They will be asked to take their child out of the stroller. On all the other seating areas on the tram, all strollers must be folded up.”

Note that riding with your stroller extended is dependent on space being available, so we still recommend that guests be prepared to fold their strollers if necessary to board the tram. (If you really don’t want to fold up your stroller, the path from the parking structure to the Disneyland Resort esplanade is about a 15-minute walk.)

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