Are you taking the kids to Disney for the first time? If so, you’re almost guaranteed to have a magical time… if you check out the below tips. We all know that a trip to Disney World isn’t cheap, which is why you should make sure you’re prepared before you arrive:

Plan your trip

We all know that spontaneity goes out the window when you have kids. If you’re taking your children to Disney, you’ll need a game plan. The first step is to determine how long you’d like to stay for. Consider which parks you’d like to visit and all of the things you want to do. There are plenty of online resources that can help you narrow this down. If you’ve got small kids, you’ll need to check the height restrictions to make sure they’re not excited about rides they won’t be able to go on.

Do yourself a favor and buy your Disney tickets before you go. This will cut down on the amount of time you spend in line and you’ll be likely to get a better deal as well.


Plan your day

Once you’ve planned your trip, you may want to create a rough itinerary for each day. You can also do this in the morning or the night before you go to a park. Consider if you have a FastPass, the characters your kids would like to meet, the shows they want to see, your kids naps, lunch and dinner, and maybe even some time to chill in the hotel pool.

Stay Onsite

You have two options- stay off-site or onsite at a Disney hotel. Onsite costs a lot more, but there are plenty of options for a variety of budgets. If you stay onsite you can reserve your selections for your FastPass 60 days before your park visit. This is 30 days longer than if you stay off site. There are also monorails, buses, and boats that will take you to and from the park, making it easy to return to the hotel without needing ot worry about transportation.

Think about food

Disney has a huge variety of food available, for all budgets and preferences. Make sure you have at least one sit down meal a day so you and your kids can talk about all of the things you’re seeing. If your schedule changes you can always cancel your meal closer to the time.