Sadly, this is my final post in my Walt Disney World series. If you’ve missed any of them, here is the complete list and links to all of the posts so you can catch up.
We had such a great summer holiday, and it’s been great looking back on it in these posts, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too. I’ve been asked quite a few questions about Walt Disney World, so wanted to cover all of those in this post. I also asked some fellow bloggers if they had any burning questions.
Jayne – We’re going for our 2nd trip next August but it’s our first time with memory maker. For the ride videos does each member of the family have to tap their band on the mickey head or just one?
Hi Jane, I bet you are all so excited! The videos that are available on the rides, and the animated photographs too, are all saved with just one family member’s MagicBand needing to be tapped. You should be able to see the video really quickly on the app on your phone. Also, anyone that has My Disney Experience linked to their MagicBand can tap and they will be able to see the photo/video on their app, but you can only download them to your phone or computer if you have Memory Maker. Hope you have a magical time!
Belinda – We’ve got the UK package but don’t seem to have the code for memory maker to link to our account. Do you know if that is something that they will do at our hotel or do we need to get one from our travel agent? Thanks for any help.
Memory Maker really is amazing. Any 7, 14 or 21 day adult ticket includes Memory Maker. So your travel agent should know the details and will provide you with the code. I hope you have an amazing time.
Marie – Fantastic tips we are returning next year my 7th time and 3rd visit to Port Orleans French Quarter we love this resort and staff and the coin man! Could you tell me where and when you met Princess Tianna? We are taking our 5-year-old she was nearly 3 last time we went and would like to meet her! Many thanks.
We met her outside of the main restaurant at Riverside Marie. I would suggest you pick up a menu of activities at the Port Orleans Riverside, or ask at reception, and they will let you know the schedule. You can also catch her at Magic Kingdom Princess Fairy Tale Hall sometimes, but you would need to check before hand, as the princesses that are visiting change daily.
Princess Tiana – Magic Kingdom Princess Fairy Tale Hall
Craig – I’m taking the family for our first WDW trip next year, we are going for two weeks but I’m nervous about not being able to do everything we want, mainly due to big crowds. A friend of mine advised us not to get up at the crack of dawn and rush to the parks, even though most guides say the opposite. My friend recommended waking up naturally and having breakfast/chill out by the pool & head to the parks about lunch time but stay until it closes. What is your view on this?
I do a mixture of things Craig, including going first thing in the morning, back for a few hours around lunch, and then back again in the late afternoon until evening. I think it very much depends on the ages of your children, and what your priorities are? I think if you are going for 1/2 weeks, you soon find the rhythm that suits you and your family. One of the many good things with staying onsite means you are very close to the parks, and its makes it easier to adapt your day according to how tired, hot or hungry the kids are. Hope that helps, and that you have a fantastic time.
Helen Do you have any advice for families with teens who may have ‘lost’ the magic?
Great question Helen. Having just returned with my 14-year-old, I was worried that this would be the case for my daughter too. The magic was definitely still alive, and it’s still her favourite holiday destination. Nia had just as much fun meeting characters and having her photograph taken, which really surprised me. Who knew to a teen Stitch is very cool apparently? I think you do need to explore some different ideas, and ones that we can recommend are any of the Firework Dessert Parties, Animal Encounters and the VIP tour services which are absolutely amazing. There are really cool places to eat and to shop, can I suggest Disney Springs in the evening as a great place to visit for live music.
Jo Addison I’d like to know if Disney is ‘worth it’ for under 5s.
Miss A at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Yes, yes, yes! Honestly there is so much to do and see at WDW for children this age, there is no way you could fit it all in. To give you an example, at Magic Kingdom there are lots of rides like “it’s a Small World”, the iconic Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Head to Princess Fairytale Hall or Ariel’s Grotto to meet some characters. Eat at cool places like Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café, where there is something for all the family. Cool off at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station. Top it all off with fireworks by watching Wishes night-time spectacular in front of Cinderella Castle.
Jennifer Can take your own food into the park?
Guests are allowed to bring food items—such as snacks or foods that do not require heating—into Disney theme parks. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.
Nisbah – What are the food options like? Vegetarian / halal / kosher?
Special dietary requests—including food allergies, food intolerances, medically restricted diets, kosher and halal meals—can often be accommodated at table-service restaurants and select quick-service locations.
If you make a restaurant reservation online, please be sure to let the restaurant know if you have any food allergies or special requests. Special Dietary Requirement details can be found here:
Well that’s it folks, well until we go next time anyway. Walt Disney World will always be one of our favourite places to visit in the world, we never tire of it, there is always something new to discover. Its been amazing sharing it with you this year.
This post is in partnership with Walt Disney World. All opinions here are my own.