Last weekend we did a spur of the moment trip to the happiest place on Earth... Walt Disney World! We were in Orlando for a family getaway, and right before getting on the highway to head home, we said what the heck! And headed to Disney. Super unprepared, we had no idea what we were in for. Think it's impossible to take a baby to Disney? Think again! We were able to do so much more than I expected. It was quite the learning experience, and since we are now Annual pass holders, we cannot wait to go back again - this time with much more preparation!
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Our original interpretation of Disney World with a baby was a lot of baby swaps and taking turn riding rides. (Let's face it, we were there for us, not our 5 month old!) To our surprise, we were able to ride a ton of things with our little babe! Some rides we rode with her were :
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
It's a Small World
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Monster's, Inc. Laugh Floor
Pirates of the Caribbean
Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
& we barely even scratched the surface! There are so many more we can take her on.. check out the FULL LIST below!
Annual pass holders get a pretty good amount of perks that I totally was not expecting. First of all, we were pass holders at Universal for awhile and thought about renewing this year, but surprisingly enough Disney was way cheaper. I couldn't believe it! We have a ton of stuff to learn as far as benefits go for being pass holders, but so far I was really impressed/surprised with the following :
Kids under 3 get in FREE!!!
Fast passes (3 to begin the day - once those are used, one at a time for the remainder of the day. We didn't wait more than 15 minutes for a ride most of the day.)
PhotoPass Downloads (All photos taken during rides, or by cast members, link to your magic band which in turn links to your Disney app - more on that later)
Blockout dates (We have the Gold pass, which was perfect for our budget, and also only has block out dates during Christmas time, and spring break time - all times we never would be caught dead in that area of craziness!)
Parkhopper (Visit all 4 theme parks on the same day)
Free parking!!!!!!!! (Or park at Disney Springs and take the bus to Disney for free as well!)
Magic Bands (Your key to EVERYTHING. Pictures, fast passes, and your entire ticket/pass linked)
My Disney Experience app (Probably the most impressed with this Access to everything linked to your band. Can book fast passes via the app for your next ride, look at your photos, make dining reservations, look at the park map [which has all wait times for all rides at all parks] and much much more!)
Although it was last minute, we were still prepared to an extent. We just kind of lucked out! Some necessities I will not be caught without in the future are as follows :
Like I said, we were SUPER unprepared for this trip. Some things I wish I had on hand, and will definitely be packing next go around include:
Cooler bag (snacks, waters, baby food, etc.)
Stroller cover (for the inevitable FL rain - our stroller just finished drying this morning after one soak at the park!)
Poncho or Umbrella - or both! (Agin... the FL rain is inevitable y'all.)
Towels (Okay seriously - don't play about the rain friends. Be prepared.)
Change of clothes for Mom & dad (can you guess why? THE RAIN PEOPLE!!)
Cooling towel (FL heat is no joke either. Luckily, it was overcast. But still.)
Clip on fan (for the stroller! Saw someone with one yesterday and now I'm on the hunt for one on Amazon!)
We plan to head back in the next couple of weeks! Being the money savvy couple we are, we will definitely be getting our money's worth from these passes! And I'm so excited to write about our PREPARED experience next time! Make sure to subscribe and get the scoop on all of our future Disney World adventures!