People often ask how to maximize their Disney trips and avoid the common pitfalls that could make or break a vacation. My response is often fairly simple. Do plenty enough research ahead of time and you'll be just fine! Don't have the time to sit down and read countless guidebooks and a zillion Disney forums? No problem! I've got my basic tips right here.
The Power Of... A Nap
This is one you all have got to trust me on. I don't care if you have kids or if you don't... we all need a little down time. Even if you aren't very good at sleeping during the day, at least have some quiet time around 2 or 3 in the afternoon. Relax by the pool, enjoy a long meal, go to the spa.... anything that gets your away from the hustle and bustle of the parks for at least an hour. It's so much easier to stay up late and enjoy the evening activities. Take my word for it. Your body and mind will thank you.
The Power Of... Touring Plans
If you're not aware, I'm a huge fan of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. The authors stress the importance of having a game plan and I totally agree with them 100%.
I've heard of people coming back from a vacation to WDW and saying they barely got to ride anything. Not only that, but their trip was in January. Okay, that's during the slow season. The only thing I could come up with is that they entered the parks at 11 a.m. and went to attractions like the TTA first. *shakes head*
I'm not saying that you need a printed touring plan because if you've been to WDW before, you probably can do without. All I'm saying is having a game plan going into your vacation. At each park, know what attractions you should hit first thing. Also, I've said it before and I'll say it again... get to the parks at opening! You may need a break mid-afternoon but that's okay. Isn't that where that awesome nap could come in handy? ;)
The Power Of... Good Shoes
Everyone has their own idea of "good park shoes" but it might be wise to take a good look at your options. I personally am a fan of Crocs. I personally do not like the basic "Beach" style but I do like the "Mary Janes" and the basic flats. Crocs are well cushioned and provide nice support. They also breathe well if you get them a size bigger. Crocs should not be tight anywhere but also should not be falling off. Make sure to try them on before you just order them.
If you like tennis shoes, make sure you're taking them properly broken in. Don't buy a pair 2 days before you leave and then assume they will feel alright on your feet. You're going to need some good Moleskin at that point. Boy will you be sorry.
Okay folks, you got it?! Take naps, have a plan of attack, and wear good shoes. Geez, you'd think you were going in the Army, huh?