Tips on how to make the most of a family holiday to Walt Disney World

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A Walt Disney World holiday in Florida is a fantastic experience that all family members will enjoy, both parents and children alike. It’s fun, colorful and exciting, but with so much to do and see, it can be difficult to know how to make the most of your time, especially if it’s your first time on a family holiday to Walt Disney World. Here are a few useful tips:

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1. Explore the resort before you arrive

You don’t want to miss out on an amazing experience simply because you couldn’t find it or didn’t even know it was there. There are various visitor guides and online tools that can help you plan your days, and Walt Disney World offers a free holiday planning guide so you can explore this amazing resort before you even get there to make sure you make the most of all the attractions on offer.

2. Dress for the weather

Make sure you wear clothing and footwear suitable for walking around for long periods of time, taking into account the weather. It will most probably be hot and humid if you visit in the summer months, but there is a chance of rain so lightweight ponchos are a cheap option that can easily fold up into a rucksack when not needed. Consider hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for the hotter months so your family is protected.

3. Eat well and drink plenty of water

You can bring your own food into the resort which helps to keep costs down, while having the additional benefits of being able to eat a bit healthier and making sure your child likes the food, if they are a fussy eater. Remember to stay hydrated. With the humidity and lots of walking, running, dancing and general excitement, you’ll need to drink more water than usual.

4. Stay safe, not separated

While Walt Disney World ensures the resort is very safe for children, sometimes they do get separated from their parents, especially in peak seasons when the crowds get extremely busy. Cast Members are all trained to reunite lost children with their parents as soon as possible. There are a couple of steps you can take to reduce the chance of becoming separated, for example all the family can wear bright tee-shirts to be easily seen, or a distinctive feature such as a hat. If not everyone in the family goes on a particular ride, arrange a waiting point to meet up afterwards.

5. Take advantage of the package and pickup service

With souvenir shops everywhere you turn, even as you are getting off a ride, it can be tempting to buy, buy, buy! But some souvenirs aren’t suitable for carrying around with you all day – you know the ones we mean, a giant Mickey Mouse plush toy that is incredibly soft and cuddly, but also incredibly difficult to carry! Luckily, all Disney stores on the resort offer a package and pickup service where your purchases will be looked after and you can pick them up when you leave for the day.

If you haven’t yet planned this year’s holiday, there’s still time to book a late holiday in 2013 to Walt Disney World so you and your family can experience the magic and enchantment.

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AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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