November 23, 2015

November 23, 2015
10 EVEN More Disney World Hacks That Will
Make Your Trip Even More Magical

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Monday and I hope you had a beary safe and great weekend so. Dab the AIDS Bear was back on the road again this past weekend so stay tuned for more new pictures soon.

Want to beat of a Florida Summer or winter's chill? Saturday and Sunday, I started blogging about ways to help you enjoy your trip to Disney even more that I will continue today.

21. Take advantage of Disney's Free Dining program.
During the fall, Disney offers a Free Dining promotion for certain ticket packages. This was first instituted in part to try and attract more tourists during hurricane season. Booking this package will add the Disney Dining Plan to your ticket at no extra charge.

22. Get out of the parks for the afternoon.
Florida's hot and humid, so either eat lunch in the park and head out for a nap, or head back to the hotel and find something to eat there. Then hit the pool, relax, and head back to the parks around sunset. You'll be refreshed and ready while you see hundreds of hot, tired families heading for the exits.

23. Don't buy bottled water. Every food establishment will give you a free cup of ice water if you ask.

24. Don't crowd into the Magic Kingdom for the Wishes fireworks show.
Instead, head to the beach at the Polynesian Resort, and watch from afar (with the music piped in) and with a drink in your hand! Unless you are wanting to film the fireworks and then you can brave the crowds.

25. Make use of different kinds of transportation. When you go to the parks, you're not always limited to just the bus system or the monorail. Some resorts have water taxis (boats) that will shuttle you from your hotel to some of the parks or Downtown Disney.

26. Stay at hotels that have their own attractions.
Some of the hotels have the best restaurants and some even have awesome "attractions", like the live roaming animals at the Animal Kingdom Lodge. If you schedule a rest and relaxation day, check out the surrounding resorts for all their hidden gems.

27. Eat hearty.
Now's not the time to worry about your diet ó at least, not too much. All of the walking you'll be doing will more than offset a cheeseburger for lunch, and that goes for the kids, too!

28. The Disney resort hotels are organized into different resort areas, so know your travel times.
Walt Disney World is much larger than Disneyland (it's about the size of a normal American city), and travel times between these areas can be significant, especially if you are depending on Disney transportation.

When choosing where to stay, factor in the location of the hotel within the property. Also keep in mind that different hotels have different transportation options. Some are serviced only by buses, while others have monorails and boats as well.

29. Examine menus online before making dinner reservations.
Examine menus online before you make dining reservations, especially at buffet-style restaurants. In some cases, the menus at lunch and dinner are (roughly) the same, but lunch may be a big less expensive. Biergarten at Epcot is a good example of this.

30. Beat Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger spin game.
There are two targets thatíll help you win. In the first room, find the left arm of the left robot and hit it for 100,000 points. When youíre on Planet Z and you finally see evil Zurg, aim for the target at the bottom of his space scooter for another 100,000 points.

31. Don't forget the water parks or Downtown Disney.
Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach... Downtown Disney is also a great place to spend an evening perusing the shops and getting dinner. Just be sure you're prepared for a long walk!

32. Time your ride with the fireworks.
This one involves some careful timing, but one of my favorite hacks is timing a ride with the fireworks, particularly Jungle Cruise. It's a lot of fun being on the Jungle Cruise and looking up and seeing the fireworks in parallel.

33. Get free samples of Coke in Epcot.
In Epcot and thirsty? Coca-Cola hosts a shop where you can all the free samples you can handle of different Coke beverages from around the world.

34. Don't forget the most important thing of all...
The more magic you give out, the more it will be returned to you.

Hope you have a beary safe and great start to your week!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab