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Moms Panel Monday: Ready, Set, Go…Tips for Preparing for Your Upcoming Trip to the Walt Disney World Resort

Lisa Mendillo

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Your resort reservations are made. Flights are booked. Dining reservations and FastPass+ reservations were taken care of months ago. And now you are only left with perhaps the toughest item left on the checklist … preparing for your upcoming Disney vacation.

What to pack, what to wear, what to bring and how to keep the kids from going crazy before the big day arrives. Relax, the Disney Parks Moms Panelists are here to help take away the stress in preparing for your upcoming Disney vacation.

The countdown has begun and your kids have not stopped asking when the big day will arrive. With Eean’s countdown tool, ticking off the days is fun for all!

“I found a Mickey Ears template on Pinterest that I printed out and placed in a 4” x 6” frame,” she explained. “When we get 100 days out, I use a dry erase marker on the glass of the frame to write the number of sleeps remaining until our next Walt Disney World trip. This originally was meant for my kids, but now that they are older, I’m the one that gets the most enjoyment seeing those days count down to the single digits!”

Bedtime stories are part of Rayna’s countdown, and who doesn’t love a good Disney story?

“We’re growing a crop of little readers, so starting a week before our trip, we pull out a favorite Disney bedtime story each night,” she said. “It’s a great way to get us all excited to greet our old friends!”

Magical surprises are how Ashley P. prepares her kiddos for their departure date.

“The closer we get to our Disney vacation, “Mickey Mouse” (shhh, don’t tell them it’s me) starts sending my kiddos little gifts to let them know he’s looking forward to seeing them soon. T-shirts, snacks and activities for the plane, and sunglasses are fun little surprises to wake up to and totally build excitement as we prepare for our trip!”

And if your kids love the coin press machines, you do not want to miss this tip from Missy!

“Every time you listen to or sing a Disney song, with great songs available through* and the Play Disney Parks mobile app, add a penny to a jar. For every Disney movie you watch, add a quarter. When your vacation rolls around, your fun Disney experiences will have led to a nice collection of change to use in the pressed coin machines!”

And lastly, so everyone has exactly what they might need in the parks, Jodie brings out “the bag!”

“I always bring out a large Disney tote a few weeks prior to our vacation in order for everyone in the family to place their must-have items in the bag as they think of them. This helps to prevent disappointment upon arrival, and it includes everything from MagicBands, Minnie Mouse Ears, autograph books, Disney-themed attire and other park touring essentials are placed in this large Disney tote to ensure everyone has a magical trip!”

The tips are endless, and if you are a Florida resident you want to make sure you take advantage of the Discover Disney Ticket offer. Florida Residents can now purchase a 3-Day Discover Disney Ticket for only $175 plus tax for a limited time ($59 per day plus tax), valid for admission to one theme park per day. Residents can also add a 4th day for just $20 more plus tax (4 days for $49 per day plus tax or $195 total plus tax). Disney World tickets can be purchased now through June 27, 2019, and Florida Residents can visit any day through June 30, 2019.

For more great tips on planning your next Disney vacation, or for general planning questions, visit for an answer from one of our panelists.

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