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Handling Spring Break Crowds at Disney Parks (Without Losing Your Mind) – Travel Tip Tuesday

There are a few questions that can spark an instant debate among Disney fans. One of them is whether or not to take the kids out of school to go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resort. Some families do, some prefer to schedule their Disney trips around school breaks. On this week’s Travel Tip Tuesday, I’m Riding the Rails with Magical Blogorail and looking at strategies for handling Spring Break crowds at Disney Parks – without losing your mind. Handling Crowds at Disney Parks Any time school is out, the Disney parks are going to be more crowded. Our family tries to schedule our vacations to avoid crowds, but if that’s not an option for you, here are some ways you can deal with the crowds: Get to the parks early: The Disney parks tend to be less crowded earlier in the day. If you enjoy character dining,...
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Planning Tools: Undercover Tourist iPhone App

I’ll share a crazy secret with you. Ok, it’s not so secret to anyone who has spent more than a few minutes listening to me!  I actually, in some strange way, enjoy Mondays. They’re my planning days. The day when the week is brand-new and I get to populate it with all the projects and activities going on. I’m one of those people who really enjoys planning stuff. I have as much fun planning our travel as I do actually traveling. So today, to celebrate Monday, I’m reviewing one of my favorite planning tools: the Undercover Tourist iPhone App. Ok, it’s not a great planning tool necessarily. It’s really useful once you’re inside the parks though! On the home screen, tap the park you’re visiting that day, and you’ll get a list of areas and the attractions in those areas, as well as information on ride closures, etc. The nice...
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Top 5 Reasons to Take a Toddler to Disney World

I had several conversations with people who asked why we took our two year old daughter to Disney World, rather than leaving her with the grandparents for that week. “She’s too young to go on the attractions, and she won’t remember it #8221; “She’ll be bored while the boys do older kid #8221; “The boys won’t want to leave early because she’s #8221; We ignored the criticism and took her anyway. Here are my top 5 reasons to take a toddler to Disney World: She’s free – why not? Kids under 3 years old do not pay for meals, park admission, or hotel space. We did pay for her plane ticket, but that’s it. She remembers it. Maybe it’s because we talk about that trip often, or because she sees the pictures, but she has definite memories of Disney World! Disney World is a family destination – a place...
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Autism and ADHD

Disney and Autism – Guest Appearance on The Best Magic

I recently spoke with Sal Tracanna from The Best Magic as part of his Disney and Autism – A Match Made in Heaven series. Come join us as we discuss the challenges and the magic of bringing kids with autism to Disney World. We talked about everything from the rides to the food and how your resort choice can make a huge difference in the success of your vacation. This interview is part 2 in the series. In Part 1, Sal sat down with one of my favorite Disney bloggers, Kathy Kelly from The Many Adventures of a Disney Lovin’ Spectrum Mom. In Part 3, Kathy and I will both participate in a round table discussion. What would you like to know about visiting Disney parks with children affected by autism spectrum disorders? Leave a comment and let me know!   Pin It
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Autism and ADHD

Guest Assistance Card – Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder

Taking kids with autism and sensory processing disorders anywhere can be a challenge. We were concerned before our trip that our boys’ special needs would make the entire experience a nightmare. They don’t deal well with changes in routine, extreme heat, or crowds – all definite challenges at Disney World! I did my research, and learned about the Guest Assistance Card, which is available to guests with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders. The card allows you to bypass the lines, wait in a separate area if needed to avoid the crowds, and get any other assistance you need in order to make the experience magical. To get the Guest Assistance Card, stop by the Guest Services office at the first theme park you visit. The card is good at all the parks for the duration of your stay. According to my research, a letter from the kids’ doctor or therapist...
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