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While we were in Florida, I mentioned that we spent a few days roaming around Disney World.
And whilst said roaming, I was sure to email myself a running list of Lazy Mom Disney Tips as we procured them so as not to forget these awesome tips and thus forget to share them with all of you beautiful lazy moms as well. Because, uh, I tend to have forgetfulness after having three children.
And okay, maybe a little before that.
Alright! My whole life I’ve been a bit forgetful! There! I admit it!
Now, some of these tips we discovered on last year’s trip, and some we stumbled upon this year. All in all, they are my BEST Lazy Mom Disney Tips that are sure to help you should you ever make plans to visit Disney or another theme park of that magnitude.
I would also like to take a minute before we launch into these awesome tips, to say that we were only able to roam around Disney World due to the incredible generosity of my brother who is a seasonal employee there. If it weren’t for him, we would have never been able to “do Disney” with our kids.
Therefore, it’s needless to say, my best Lazy Mom Disney Tip is convince someone in your family to become employed at Disney. This will save you lots of money on tickets.
Now on to the realistic tips!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #1: Bandanas!
|Photo Credit: theartistdaughter|
It’s hot at Disney. As in REAL HOT. And you’re gonna need something to
A) Wipe your sweet off with, or
B) Wet at water fountains and tie around your neck to stay cool, or
I preferred method A because, well, let’s just say I sweat like a man. My daughter preferred method B because she felt much cooler that way. But she did talk me into being a C at one point. However, in the end I went back to A because I’m a sweat wiper by nature. Of course, you could have TWO bandanas for yourself and be a C in that way, but that’s up to you.
Um, is this making sense?
Pack bandanas in a variety of colors and assign a color to each person in your family. Because uh, nothing’s grosser than mixing your sweat with someone elses. Even if they are your flesh and blood.
We also would use these bandanas to “make shade” if we were out in the open sun. We would throw it over our heads to keep the sun off our face and necks. It really did help!
If you purchase new bandanas you’re going to want to wash them before you go to soften them up a bit. The two best places I’ve found to buy bandanas? Walmart and Hobby Lobby. Both carry a variety of colors and styles for about $1 each.
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #2: Small crossbody purse you can throw on you.
Last year and this year I used the same black purse I purchased at Walmart as seen in the picture. It was cheap and was just big enough to throw in park necessities and still be easy to carry. I knew a back pack (which Lazy Dad is wearing in the picture to hold our travel umbrella and ponchos due to so much rain when we were there) would hurt my back after a few hours, so this little purse was the perfect solution!
And if you are wondering what I consider park necessities, here is what I packed in my small purse:
- a travel pack of band aids (for skinned knees and blisters)
- any necessary meds (including one of my EpiPens) and ibuprofen (adult and chewable for kids). I put the different medicine tablets in one small bottle to save space. The ibuprofen was essential for all of us for heat headaches!
- travel sized sunscreen to reapply in the middle of the day or after a lot of sweating.
- a pen and sharpie. They were needed for various things, for instance, the pen was needed to write initials on park hopper tickets since they are associated with each person’s fingerprints. The sharpie was used for marking water cup lids (see below) with the owner’s initials since we had a case of Strep going around our group.
- a small zipper coin purse for credit cards and cash. Mine has a see-through window on one side for my drivers license. This was so much easier than trying to carry a clunky wallet around.
- business cards. This isn’t considered a necessity, but if you’re a networker, you may want to throw some in. I ended up passing out several while I was there as you meet people around the park and in lines!
- cell phone. The front pocket on the purse that I have was perfect for grabbing my phone quickly.
- camera. Of course!
- sunglasses. Of course!
- chap stick. Believe it or not your lips will get dry!
A small purse is also essential in order to hold your tickets, fast passes, photo passes and money, you can find a bunch of cute crossbody options here! But if you just don’t find yourself wanting to carry a small purse, then check out this next tip….
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #3: Lanyard with Zip Pouch.
My brother and sister-in-law, who are “how-to-do-Disney” experts, use a lanyard and zip pouch to carry their park tickets, fast passes, photo passes, and credit card. It was so convenient and easier to take on rides that Lazy Dad ended up purchasing a lanyard and zip pouch to carry ours as well.
As soon as everyone enters the gate and writes their initials on their park tickets, in the pouch they went. No chance of losing them and easy to retrieve for fast passes!
Speaking of fast passes, the next set of fast passes that we could use for rides went in the pouch facing out so that we didn’t have to retrieve them from the pouch to see what time we had to be at that ride or to see what time we could get additional fast passes.
This was very handy and because of it, I would highly recommend a CLEAR pouch (at least a clear back) so you can use this tip to it’s fullest! I would also recommend a slide zipper pouch (like pictured above) it was so much easier to pull things in and out than a zipper you had to pinch closed each time and wonder if it was really shut.
You can find a variety of clear zip pouch lanyards on Amazon.
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #4: Pack a lunch and snacks!
Disney lets you bring in a soft-sided cooler, so take advantage of it! We used a soft-sided cooler both this year and last and packed it with lunch for everyone. (Don’t weigh it down with drinks and water bottles, I’ll share a tip with you on that next!)
For a quick, easy, and light (to carry around) lunch, we found PB&J’s and Pringles were the best things to pack and carry. Instead of using ice to cool the cooler down, just use this awesome PB&J Lazy Mom Tip! And yes, Pringles were the best chips to pack because they don’t get squooshed!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #5: Don’t Pack Drinks!
Don’t waste your precious soft-sided cooler space with heavy bottles of water and drinks! Instead, whenever you are thirsty or ready to eat your packed lunch, walk up to any Disney Park vendor that has a fountain drink at their stand or restaurant and ask for a cup of ice water.
IT’S FREE PEOPLE!
Any fountain drink vendor will give you a cup of ice water and there’s no limit. If you need 12 cups of ice water, they’ll give you 12 cups of ice water, so take advantage of this!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #6: Do a Disney Park Every OTHER Day, not Every Day.
If your schedule allows for it, plan to do a Disney Park every OTHER day, not every day. My friend Carrie gave me this advice before our trip last year and we’ve followed it faithfully with both our Disney trips.
I don’t know about you, but when we hit the park, we are there from open to close. And sometimes “close” is midnight or later! Because of this, it works really well to give everyone a rest between park days. Everyone can sleep in, lounge around by the pool and enjoy the hotel/resort/condo you are staying at for the day. Then the next day you are ready to hit another park again from open to close!
I would highly recommend this for families with small children. Pushing through the parks every day just leads to child (and adult!) meltdowns!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #7: Tripod Chairs for Standing in Lines.
While we were at Universal Studios waiting in line to see that loveable Wookie, Chewbacca, I saw a fabulous Lazy Mom Disney Tip! Patiently waiting in line in front of us was a boy sitting on a fold-able tripod chair his mom bought at a local flea market for $3! I asked her if I could please take her son’s picture and share her brilliant tip on my blog and she was happy to do so!
Waiting in lines is a Disney pass-time that is inevitable and boy can your feet (and back!) start to hurt before too long! This is a great solution.
The only downside? Carrying around the chair all day. Although if you bring in a stroller or rent a scooter, throwing this fold-able chair in it is totally doable!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #8: Handheld Mister Fans.
I found these cute little handheld mister fans at Walmart last year, although I couldn’t find them there again this year. I prefer these over the big bulky mister fans (like the ones Disney sells) because they are small, have a carabiner to clip onto your belt loop, purse, or if you’re like my son, the back of your baseball cap!
I bought each of my kids one in different colors (blue, green and pink) to avoid any potential fights. And although I couldn’t find them at Walmart this year, I did find these same carabiner misting fans on Amazon.
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #9: Cell Phone in a Plastic Bag.
It was SO rainy while we were in Florida this year that my sister-in-law passed us all out plastic baggies to put our cell phones in on park days. Although, this is a good tip even for days when it’s not raining because of water rides and misting stations.
Total bonus? If you have a touch screen phone you don’t have to take your phone out of the baggie to use it, it still works through the plastic! Score!
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #10: Take a Head-to-Toe Picture of Your Kids Each Park Morning!
Okay, I didn’t quite get her toes on this day, but a fellow lazy mom tipped me off to this BRILLIANT idea after I posted the phone number bracelet tip for not losing your kids in a crowd.
Every morning as we were standing in line to enter one of the Disney parks I would remind Lazy Dad to take a picture of the kids from head-to-toe on his cell phone. That way if we lost them we could show park employees an exact picture of what they looked like that day. LOVE this idea.
Also, while we were standing in line taking these pictures, we would go over what to do if they got lost and what my phone number was. It’s good to keep that fresh in their memories. Don’t assume they’ll remember from two days ago!
In fact, one day my daughter got left behind and when we realized she wasn’t with us, we found her at a street vendor telling them to “call my mom.” She did exactly what we told her to do! *insert proud mommy moment here*
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #11: Wear Moisture Wicking Clothes!
Another great tip we have gleaned from my brother and his family is wearing moisture wicking clothes! Lazy Dad already had a few shirts that were moisture wicking (seen above with Mickey and Minnie!) but I didn’t own ANYTHING moisture wicking. Luckily I found quite a large selection of very reasonably priced items at Walmart (can you tell that’s my go-to store?) back in the ladies work-out clothes section.
I also purchased some Under Armour shorts at a local sporting goods store to wear under my sun dresses (which helped keep me cool and un-chaffed *ahem*). And afterwards I did find some “quick dry” bike shorts and capri stretch pants (again for under dresses) at Walmart, but they don’t keep them stocked very well at all the Walmarts that I have since checked, so here’s some more options on Amazon.
Lazy Mom Disney Tip #12: Test Out Shoes BEFORE You Leave!
When walking through the parks you see a wide variety of different types of shoes that people deem most comfortable to walk around all day in at Disney. And then you see people who didn’t think about their foot comfort at all. OUCH!
My sister-in-law doesn’t like it when her feet are hot, so she wears thick soled flip flops. Lazy Dad has to wear tennis shoes because of a small lift he has to wear in one shoe due to a slight variance in leg lengths. We’ve seen people in Crocs… sandals… those crazy looking shoes with the five toes in them… it really is up to personal preference here!
BUT, make sure whatever you think you might want to wear at Disney that you try them out at home first! Put them on and go for a three mile walk in the park or something! Get them wet and walk around in them! See if they rub you funny anywhere! Do all of that before you go to Disney!!
I made the mistake last year of buying new tennis shoes that I thought would give me better support in the parks. Instead they just KILLED my feet because they were too new.
This year I made the mistake of not breaking my feet into flip flops before the trip and had ouchy, ouchy blisters on the ball of my feet.
So don’t do like I did… test your shoes out before the trip and take whichever ones worked best!
And there you have it! My BEST Lazy Mom Disney Tips!
Do you have a great Disney tip to share? Leave a comment below to show off your brilliance!