Bloom: An Event Celebrating Motherhood

Announcing our 5th Annual Bloom Event! That’s right! We are celebrating 5 years of bringing this fantastic event to Central Florida families!

When: April 26, 2020. 1-4PM
Where: The Center For Health & Wellbeing, 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792

If you’ve been at a recent event, you’ll agree we OUTGREW the space, so this year we are in a LARGER venue (hallelujah!) at The Center For Health & Wellbeing, 2005 Mizell Ave, Winter Park, FL 32792 with a projected attendance of 150-200, plus thousands online!

In partnership with City Mom Collective, Bloom is a nationwide event to celebrate moms in 50+ cities with an anticipated attendance of 10,000+ attendees nationwide! This event will provide your brand with face-to-face interaction and place your business directly into the hands of your target audience:: MOMS!

Please be sure to check back often! We will continually add vendors, giveaway and swag!


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BEST FUN PLACES TO VISIT WITH KIDS IN ORLANDO

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Orlando, or ‘The City Beautiful’ as it is also called, has something for everyone. Most people think that Orlando is a great place for kids with all its theme parks and other stuff, but Orlando has a plethora of experiences to offer to everyone. Whether you are traveling with a group, traveling with family, or you are looking for a romantic experience with your spouse or your girlfriend, Orlando is the place to go. That is not all; Orlando has some of the best eating experiences that you can ever have as well as something for nature and adventure lovers. It is also home to some of the best spas for relaxation and tranquility. Whether you want to stay in Orlando within your budget or you want to go all the way and have an extravagant time; you can do it all and everything in between. Select the West Gate Special or any other resort and you can literally feel your tension and your anxiety ebbing away. You can bring your entire family and have a great old time that you will be talking about for years to come. 

Everyone knows about Disney World and Universal’s Island of Adventure, but there is more to Orlando than that. Here are some of the best fun places to visit with kids in Orlando:

Orlando Science Center Observatory

For all, young scientists and coming up with STEM experts, the Orlando Science Center Observatory is the place to go for exhibitions as well as live movies and other programs. This is your chance to actually see the sky with a refractor telescope at the Crosby Observatory. The telescope is so powerful that you and your kids will be able to look at everything from the moon to Saturn’s rings as well as Jupiter’s moons. This is an experience that kids don’t get to have otherwise, so make it one of the must-visit destinations in your Orlando bucket list. It is one of the few experiences that offers fun as well as educational value to visitors. Want to do more at the center? Go and catch the various exhibitions that are available for you or catch a movie at the Digital Adventure Theater. 

The World of Chocolate Museum

Who doesn’t like Chocolate? Everybody loves chocolate. It has become a staple in our lives and especially in our celebrations, whether we talk about birthdays, anniversaries, or other days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day and more. 

Have you ever thought about how chocolate is made? 

If you want to teach your kids about the way chocolate is made and where it comes from, then this is the place to bring your kids. Bring your kids to the guided tour of the Chocolate Museum and let them find out everything about chocolate; it’s origins, history, where it comes from, and what are the processes it goes through to end up in their hands. They will learn how to make chocolate as well as visit the famous landmarks of the world that are made entirely out of chocolate. You can even taste different types of chocolate that are made around the world. Haven’t had your fill of chocolate? Go to the cafeteria and eat your heart out. You can have treats like chocolate croissants, hot chocolate, fondue, and so much more. Talk about a chocolate overdose!

 

Sealife Orlando Aquarium

Another must-visit place in Orlando for the kids is the Sea Life Aquarium. There are a wide variety of sea creatures that you kids can observe that they won’t be able to see otherwise. Enter the 360 degrees Ocean Tunnel and experience the sea life like never before. Learn everything there is to know about the habitats of different sea creatures and see how you can help them out. These include, among others, lobsters, sharks, octopuses, and other different kinds of fish. You will see that there is a special focus on ocean ecology and how to maintain them. There are only a handful of experiences that offer you entertainment as well as education. 

Green Meadows Petting Farm

Another great experience that will help your children become one with nature is the Green Meadows Petting Farm. Spend some time among the farm animals and get the chance to learn everything there is to know about them. Join the interactive guide for children as well as adults. You will soon see that you are just as engrossed in the tour as your kids. 

Have you ever milked a cow? Or Fed farm animals? Well, now you can as well as go on tractor and train rides. Find out how to feed and take care of animals like cows, goats, chickens, sheep, turkeys, etc. Indulge in a pony ride on the way. 

If you want to bring your own lunch then why not have a family picnic? 

Have your kids dress up as heroes in the Imagination Days, or take part in the western-themed park ‘Monster trucks and Cowboys’. There is also the Master Egg hunt to look forward to and a plethora of other interactive activities. 

Kennedy Space Center

Want to unleash your kids’ imagination and creativity?

Then plan a trip to the Kennedy Space Center. You will not be disappointed. In fact, you will feel like you have stepped into a goldmine of educational content and information. The kids will especially love the museums and the exhibits that they can visit. They will see and learn everything there is to learn about the moon landing or the Apollo 13 mission. Find out what NASA is all about and how they can make a career out of it. There are various events that the kids will thoroughly enjoy like the Cosmic Quest where they get to act out their fantasies like launching a rocket or redirecting a space asteroid that is hurtling at breakneck speed towards the Earth. 

Mennello Museum of American Art

Depending on your children’s learning styles and their interests, you can take them to a plethora of places that can help them expand their vision and find out their role in society. One of these places is the Mennello Museum of Art. There are always some special events that are being offered for kids. There is the ‘Free Family Funday’ as well as the tours. The themes change from month to month and that means that you will always find something new whenever you visit. Let your kids’ creative juices flow as they make their own pop-up poems. Who knows? Maybe you are the parent of the next Van Gogh!

Bringing it altogether

Known for its beauty as well as the various and diverse tourist attractions that it has to offer, Orlando is one place that you will want to visit again and again. Do a little bit of research and find out where exactly you want to go so you can utilize your time wisely.

My First Mammogram

When it comes to scheduling MY doctor appointments, I am the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator! I’ll schedule my kids’ doctor appointments, my husband’s doctor appointments… even the dog’s doctor appointment before I schedule my own appointment!

Now if you are nearing 40 like me, you KNOW what doctor appointment I’m referring to! I just had my first mammogram, and let me tell you – it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be!

I thought it would be awful

I grew up hearing all kinds of stories about painful mammogram appointments. So it’s no wonder I was putting this appointment off as long as I possibly could. But at the end of the appointment, I was like, “That’s it?!” I guess in my mind, my first mammogram was going to be scary and terrible. I was at AdventHealth Imaging Center Lake Mary, and I cannot brag enough about the friendliness of the staff. When you’re at what could be a stressful appointment, I was so thankful for their kind staff and overall great experience.

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Scheduling your mammogram and some helpful tips

You’ll need to know a few things prior to your mammogram appointment. First, you’ll need to visit your PCP. They will write a referral for your appointment. Then, you’ll call or schedule your appointment online. There are 12 convenient AdventHealth locations all around Orlando, so you’re certain to find a location near you.

You’ll want to wear leggings or pants, with a top you can easily slip off once you’re in the dressing room. Don’t wear any deodorant or lotions.

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I was really impressed with their convenient parking. I literally walked right from my car, straight into their office – no huge parking garages! And they have very convenient hours. My appointment was on a Saturday afternoon, so it didn’t interrupt my work schedule! I was in and out in 30 minutes! No joke!

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Insurance

I think one reason I was procrastinating my mammogram was a fear that it was going to be a large doctor payment. I never realized that screening mammograms are covered, in most cases, by insurance! So if you’re hesitant to schedule your mammogram because of a deductible or payment, be sure you check with your insurance to see if it’s covered!

DON’T WAIT!

For many women, they don’t think about a mammogram until Breast Cancer Awareness is upon us, but (please!) take my lead and schedule your appointment TODAY! I hope you were able see how easy and quick your appointment will be… not to mention that it’s not as scary as we make it out to be!

Put priority on yourself and don’t procrastinate about your mammogram! Schedule your appointment today!

Moving a Family From NYC to Orlando Florida

Despite the anxiety that you may be feeling about your move, packing up your things from NYC to Florida is a good decision. Florida is more than just the sunny, theme park state, home to Orlando. There’s so much for you to do as a family, and it’s literally like going to be living in paradise. Naturally, your biggest adjustment is saying goodbye to the cold winter months, and saying hello to sunshine for most of the year. But then again for the many, this is a much-welcomed recourse.

As a mom, when you’re moving, you know that much of the work and effort is dependent on you. There’s so much for you to do and prepare to ensure that that family arrives in Florida with all your belongings and in the most comfortable state as possible. 

Are you ready for the sunny welcome to Florida? These tips can help make the move from NYC to Florida easier for you:

1. Be Ready For Great Weather

If your family’s NYC wardrobe was predominantly composed of outfits made for the freezing winter months, you might want to think about whether or not you’ll want to bring these to Florida. Especially those of your children, when you know that they’ll grow out of those clothes and gear that they won’t even get to use regularly. Unless, of course, you’re certain that you’re going on a holiday soon to a winter place. That way, you don’t have to go back to scratch buying winter clothes.

But, if the situation mentioned above isn’t the case, then you might want to leave behind your winter clothes. As you pack your things, it’s worth considering selling, donating or giving away the clothes made for the cold months. This, you’re sure not to use in Florida. You’ll have to make room for clothes suited for the warm season, sandals, tank tops, shorts, and whatnot.

From one mom to another, here’s a quick Orlando mom guide that you can also read through regarding climate, activities, schools and other matters that you may want to know about your move to Florida.

2. Be Prepared To Own A Vehicle

Moving a Family From NYC to Orlando FloridaIf you’ve previously survived in New York by taking the public transportation regularly, in Florida, the most preferred way to travel around is through owning your own vehicle. But, before you get too indulged and stressed about this, this isn’t to say that you’re in for a big financial responsibility. In Florida, it’s easier and more affordable to own a car because the cost of living is also lower. You’ll be paying less for rent, utilities, and even your taxes. So, this gives you more financial freedom to pursue other projects for the family, like car ownership. If you’re a stay-at-home mom with three young kids to bring along all the time, this may even be good news for you.

3. Adjust To Beach Activities

Moving a Family From NYC to Orlando FloridaMany of the common family activities around Florida are centered on sandy beaches. Naturally so as Florida is abundant with beaches, wherever you are. Even when you’re inland. If this is something that your kids aren’t used to in New York, then this is a big change of adjustment. City-living is a little bit more subdued, and your kids will have to learn to love the beach.

4. Sign Up With The DMV Website ASAP

The DMV website is one of the things that you have to complete as soon as possible. This can help make your transfer as a resident in Florida easier. Florida is a driving state, so naturally, you’ll be doing a lot of this. If you’re bringing in your car from New York, you’ll need to wait at least thirty days for you to establish your residency. After this, you can then transfer your license, title and car registration from New York to Florida DMV.

Here are some other pertinent information that you have to update ASAP:

  • Change your address in all your legal documents
  • Send your old license plates back to New York
  • Register to vote in Florida
  • Update your organ donor status

5. Be Prepared For The Cost Of Moving Itself

The cost of moving interstate from New York to Florida can run anywhere between 3,000 to 6,000 US dollars. On average, however, the amount is always within 3,000 to 3,500 US dollars. Of course, this value is not representative of everybody. This can differ from one family to another, depending on factors such as additional services taken for help with packing, unpacking and even the number of things move.

To help you, contact one of the trusted services, like this company, for a sample quote related to your move.

As a bonus tip, because you’re a busy mom, it might be worth taking in the extra service of help from the movers with packing and unpacking your things. That way, the move, and transition can be easier for everyone in the family. To save on the costs, it’s on the number of things that you bring in that you can adjust. Shopping in Florida can be cheaper than in New York, so if there are items that you can just buy there instead, then it might be worth going that way.

Conclusion

When you and your family are tried and seasoned New Yorkers, it may seem like a very anxious move to have to go to Florida. But, once you get it all over with, you’re going to realize that moving to Florida is, in fact, one of the best decisions that you can make for your family. From a more laid back lifestyle to a little bit more fun, sun and relaxation, there’s so much for your family also to look forward to being in Orlando, Florida. These tips can help ease out the process for you too.

 

Quick at-home treatment for Strep, the Flu, a UTI and more with Physician 360

As a mom, I’m constantly looking for ways to make motherhood easier. I love Amazon Prime and Facebook Marketplace. I buy my groceries online, I buy presents online, I buy clothes online. If I can get anything while sitting on my comfy couch, I’m sold!

 

So when I learned about Physician 360 and that there was a way to see the doctor for illnesses like UTIs, the Flu, Strep and even get birth control pills, I had to find out more!

I had heard of telemedicine companies who could treat illnesses, but I had never heard of telemedicine where the care I could receive may include a kit that I could take at home and see my results for a urinary tract infection and more!

Physician 360 telemedicine services are remote online consultations by video with a board-certified doctor in your state. The consultations include prescriptions if the doctor determines that is the best course of treatment.

What does Physician 360 treat?

Physician 360 telemedicine services treats a variety of conditions, including Strep, Flu, UTI, and Anemia. With the Flu projected to peak within the next 3 weeks, it’s the perfect time to get connected with Physician 360 so that you’ll be ready if the Flu strikes your family.

Physician 360 also offers telemedicine consultations for birth control and erectile dysfunction! Their one-time (60-day) or annual subscriptions provide you flexibility.

How do I use Physician 360’s service?

It’s so simple to use Physician 360. First, you purchase a telemedicine consultation package online or at your local pharmacy and follow the instructions. Some of the telemedicine packages have a physical test product and some do not.

If you purchase online, you simply:

  1. Initiate your consultation at any time! 
    • If there is a physical test product as part of your treatment plan,  wait for your telemedicine package to arrive or pick-up at your local pharmacy. 
    • Follow the instructions in the package.
  2. Get seen quickly by a board-certified physician in your state.
  3. After the call, fill your prescription if indicated.

You can even get FREE Overnight shipping when you use the code “FREEOVERNIGHT” at checkout! Click here to jump straight to their website to purchase.

Or if you want to buy TODAY:

There are several pharmacies in Orlando who sell Physician 360 telemedicine kits, so if you choose to pick one up at the pharmacy:

  1. Follow the instructions in the package.
  2. Initiate your telemedicine consultation.
  3. Get seen quickly by a board-certified physician in your state.
  4. After the call, fill your prescription if indicated.

To find a pharmacy near you, click here to access their pharmacy locator!

Here’s a quick 45 second video to see how easy it is to use one of the kits from Physician 360!

How much does it cost?

There’s a one-time cost of $49.95, and if you think about it, that’s so much more affordable than an in-person doctor’s visit at an Urgent Care or Minute Clinic. It is FSA and HSA eligible, and think about the cost of your time!

Physician 360 is a complete game changer for my family’s health care. I am so thankful for the quick and accurate care I can get, at an affordable price, all while staying home in the comfort of my house!

Find out more!

You can find out more by visiting their website, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter platforms!

Shoott is Coming to Orlando!

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Hi fellow mamas! We wanted to let you know that Shoott is coming to Orlando! My team and I are bringing our business of affordable family photo shoots to Orlando!

There is NO SITTING FEE.

Our 30 minute shoots are FREE to book, and you only pay for the photos you love at $15 each or less. We meet all of our photographers in person to vet their work, personality and background to make sure the experience is fun for everyone involved.

We have events happening EVERY WEEKEND starting February 29 so that all you busy mamas can pick the day, location, and time slot that works best for your schedule! 3-5 days after you shoot, we send over your digital gallery of 40+ photos.

Use promo code LAUNCHFL to get 10% off 5+ photos.

Book your free session here: http://bit.ly/2RWV55f

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More About Shoott

Shoott is a female-run company that seeks to make professional photography more accessible to everyone. Shoott offers “Insta-worthy” 30-minute outdoor photo sessions that are free to book and allow customers to pay only for photos they love at $15 per photo or less. We’re able to provide quality at this price point because of how we work with our photographers.

For photographers, Shoott takes care of all aspects of marketing and sales, effectively aggregating customer demand and providing full days of back-to-back sessions with quality target clients they most likely would not have met otherwise. It’s our priority to make sure our photographers are well taken care of and we provide a 60% commission on all gallery sales, a minimum guarantee of $60/hour, flexible scheduling built around photographers’ schedules, ongoing development and feedback, and transparent and regular bi-monthly paychecks.

Rated ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ across Google, Facebook, and TripAdvisor we currently operate in more than 80 locations across 14 cities. Beyond creating a win-win for photographers and clients, it’s also our mission to cultivate an inspiring and empowering community through our platform that gives voice to the faces we capture in front of the lens.

6 Perks of Staying At A Disney Resort

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There are so many decisions to make when planning a Disney World trip—where to eat, which activities to take part in (some are even free!), how to build a schedule that works for everyone in your family—but the biggest decision is definitely whether or not to stay on property.

What makes staying at a Disney resort so magical? We have 6 perks of staying at a Disney Resort that might surprise you!

You Get Extra Magic Hours!

If you can’t get enough of the parks then Extra Magic Hours are for you! You can enjoy additional hours at the parks that are exclusively open to people staying at the resorts (that means shorter lines and smaller crowds!).

Extra magic hours vary, so make sure you check the My Disney Experience app to see which parks are offering the additional hours during your stay. Here’s a quick way to check: On the homepage, scroll all the way down to see each park’s hours for that day. See more days by clicking “All Hours”.

Screenshots of both the homepage (left) and the All Hours selection (right)

These extra hours can be in the morning or in the evening depending on the day and park, so look closely when you are planning!

Early FastPass+ Access

Everyone wants shorter lines for their favorite rides, and Disney has figured out a great system with FastPass+. After buying your ticket you get to reserve a window of time to visit the rides and attractions you want.

Typically you get access to booking your FastPasses 30 days before your trip, but people staying at a Disney resort get to book theirs 60 days ahead! That is a lot more time to make sure you snag that guaranteed spot on Space Mountain!

Entertainment Everywhere

Sure you’ve seen The Lion King, but have you watched the movie on a huge screen under the stars?

Watching the nightly movie under the stars at Caribbean Beach

Disney resorts are filled with wonderful activities to fill your time with sweet and silly family memories. The resort outdoor movies are a family favorite since it is a perfect way to end a magical day. Poolside dance contests and games are fun for everyone, and many resorts even have playgrounds to let your littles run off some of their energy.

If you plan on staying at Ft. Wilderness, Chip and Dale’s Campfire Sing Along is a very special treat (especially when you roast marshmallows to eat during the movie that follows right after!). They also offer pony rides right on property (so cute!).

Included (Awesome) Transportation and Parking

Disney resort transportation is seriously convenient and fun for everyone. From the classic monorail to boats, busses, and the new Skyliner (which my kids practically count as a ride on its own), it is easy to get to the parks from any resort.

Complimentary MagicBands (They Really Are Like Magic)

With your personalized MagicBand, you can do everything from unlock your resort room door to pay for food and purchases (through your connected hotel account). Your MagicBand also lets you simply scan your way into the park with your connected ticket and onto rides during your FastPass times—one less thing for mom and dad to think keep track of on vacation!

Never Leaving the Disney Magic

True, lots of people see their accommodations as simply a place to lay their heads after a long day at the park, but there is something to be said about staying in the Disney bubble for your whole trip.

From the value resorts to the luxurious hotels, they each have their own distinct styles that are undeniably Disney. The famous Disney attention to detail is clear on each resort property, helping you stay immersed in the magic.

Cast members are always around to make your trip perfect, and they may even sprinkle a little of that famous pixie dust around! A cute mini princess might get a free cookie or FastPass…it’s been known to happen!

Do you need a ride to or from Orlando International Airport? Are you worried about bringing your own car to the airport and back? Kidmoto car service offers airport transportation with installed car seats. Download the Kidmoto App now and get $10 off when you do, use coupon code ORLANDOMOMCOLLECTIVE.

Orlando Theme Park Guide

Theme parks and Orlando go hand-in-hand! For every tourist and local, we all want to know the best tips and suggestions to make the theme park experience the BEST! Check out our Ultimate Guide to Theme Parks in Orlando, and come back often, we are continually adding to this list!

What’s your favorite theme park and tips and hacks? Let us know in the comments!

Do you need a ride to or from Orlando International Airport? Are you worried about bringing your own car to the airport and back? Kidmoto car service offers airport transportation with installed car seats. Download the Kidmoto App now and get $10 off when you do, use coupon code ORLANDOMOMCOLLECTIVE.

Everything to Know about Special Needs at Disney World

Special Needs at Disney World

As a mama with a child who has Special Needs, I know how nerve wracking it can be to take on the hustle and bustle of Walt Disney World! There’s so much planning that goes into the PERFECT Disney Vacation already and adding the stress of extra needs can seem unfathomable. No worries, mama! When it come to everything you should know for Special Needs including: dining, lines, and even parking, I’ve got your back!

Special Needs at Disney World

I’ve been visiting Disney for years with our Special Needs son! Although, we’ve had our fair share of meltdowns mid-ride or in the center of a packed auditorium at the very beginning of a show, our successful WDW experiences FAR outweigh our tougher days! We’ve always had trouble standing for long periods of time, maintaining normal behaviors in over-stimulating environments, and have special dietary restrictions! If any of these are similar to someone in your family, you’re in the right place! These few things can help make your vacation a success with your Special Needs at Disney World!

Everything to Know about
Special Needs at Disney World

Special Needs at Disney World

DISABILITY ACCESS SERVICE

What’s a DAS Pass?

If you have a Magic Band, your child’s DAS will be linked to their band. With the DAS, guests with disabilities and their party will receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time of that attraction. You will not have to stand in regular queue lines since your return time will send you through the FastPass+ line when you return at your given time.

Where to get your DAS Pass?

Upon entering any of the parks, make sure to head to Guest Relations and apply for DAS (Disability Access Service). Remember to ask the cast member setting up your DAS Pass to schedule your first ride at this time!

Do I need to bring any special forms to get a DAS Pass?

The members at Guest Relations will not ask for paperwork or proof of disability but, as a Special Needs mom, we know that it never hurts to have those things on hand! Once receiving the DAS, your child will have their photo taken and logged into the system as well as those in your party!

When does a DAS Pass expire/Do I need to get a new one each day or at each park?

Your DAS will expire 60 days after receiving it and at that time, you may head back to Guest Relations to renew! The DAS Pass is good for 60 days within any of the parks. This is especially awesome for Annual Passholders like us or those guests planning on doing several Disney Vacations throughout the year!

Can I use FastPass+ Service if I have the DAS Pass?

Yes! You can also use your DAS alongside your FastPass+ selections!

How do I use the DAS Service?

  • Head to the ride your child would like to ride.
  • Ask a cast member at the ride entrance to schedule your DAS Pass for a check-back time Your child and their Magic Band will need to be with you in order to schedule the Check-Back Time! *If the FastPass+ Ride is low when you go to receive your Check-Back Time, they often will let you get right into the FastPass+ line without waiting for a Check-Back Time!
  • Within minutes, your Check-Back Time will appear in your My Disney Experience account in the app, alongside your regular FastPass+ selections!
  • Once the time has come for your Check-Back Time, head to the ride and enter through the FastPass+ queue line! Make sure to scan the band of the person assigned to the DAS Pass first, before the rest of your party enters the ride! The person/child utilizing the DAS Pass must be present when entering and boarding the attraction with their DAS.

Can I get more than 1 Check-Back Time at a time?

No. You are only allotted 1 Check-Back Time on your account per DAS Pass at any given time.

Special Needs at Disney World

RIDES

Special Accommodations

What we love most about Disney as a Special Needs family is that the cast members genuinely want to help in giving Special Needs guests the best overall experience possible! Politely letting a cast member know before boarding a ride that your child needs special care or has certain preferences can go a long way!  You may have to wait a few minutes but, in the long run it can make a world of difference! Our son LOVES the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom but, he prefers a larger seat to stretch out and allow him to be more comfortable on those hard seats! Often  we will  request a front seat, which is larger in the leg area! The cast members are always accommodating and will either immediately queue us to the front seat when they were ready to board us or will seat us on the next boat at the front!

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Rider Switch

Another awesome thing to know about Disney (not just for their guests for special abilities) is that they offer a Rider Switch option! If you have a special needs child who either does not want to ride something with the rest of your party or who has ritualistic habits and wants to ride repeatedly, you may let the cast member know when entering the ride that you would like to use the Rider Switch option!

  1. Check here to see which rides offer the Rider Switch option!
  2. Once at the attraction, approach a Cast Member at your ride entrance with your entire party. At least 1 adult member of your party AND the Guests who are not riding at first, will be issued a Ride Switch “pass” by the Cast Member!
  3. The first riders in your group ride the attraction. After riding the attraction, they will locate the rest of your group waiting and will switch accompanying riders with the adult who first rode the ride!
  4. The second group in your family to ride will enter and board via FastPass+ queue line! The cast member will validate the Rider Switch “pass” at this time!

Let’s say you have three children. You, your husband, and your two oldest children want to ride a thrill ride while your youngest does not! Your husband can ride with one child first while you wait with your youngest and once they get off of the ride, you may now switch places with your husband and the one child to ride with your other child while your husband now waits with your youngest!

STROLLERS

Sometimes our kids’ only option to find relief when being in an overly stimulated environment is to crouch into the stroller and close themselves off. If you are having a moment like this but, your child still wants to continue on with an attraction, let the Cast Member at the entrance of the ride know and they may be able to grant you permission to bring your stroller into the attraction! If you have any trouble, seek out the Guest Relations inside of the park and let them know your concerns and that you’d like to carry your stroller into attractions with you as if it were a wheelchair (a.k.a Stroller as Wheelchair option)!

DINING

When dining with your Special Needs at Disney World, always make sure to let cast members know if you or your child have any special dietary restrictions, especially food allergies! Disney does a great job at seeing that all dietary needs are satisfied and have even started adding more plant-based options to their menus! When it comes to food allergies, there’s no limitation to what the chef’s at Disney are willing to do for a guest!

ADR (Advanced Dining Reservations)

If you plan on making dining reservations for table service restaurants prior to your visit (or during!) make sure to add a note with your reservation if you have any special dietary restrictions or requests!

Quick Service

If you’re dining at one of the many Quick Service locations, make sure to let your cashier know that you have an allergy or any dietary restrictions!

Buffets

If you’re at a buffet, the cast members will let you know what to stay away from on the buffet line and the restaurant’s chef will often come visit your table as well to satisfy any special requests!

Snacks

When snacking at Disney World, it can be really tough as a special needs parent to choose between giving your kid an iconic Disney World treat or having a day free of sugar-induced meltdowns or later on! Pop into Guest Relations as you enter any of the parks to ask for where you can find specific items like Gluten Free snack options!

Special Needs at Disney World

SENSORY BREAKS

Guess what, friends?! You DON’T have to exit a park and go all the way back to your resort room for a sensory break during your Disney vacation! HALLELUJAH, am I right, mama?! There are several areas in the parks that are less crowded and GREAT for some down time if your little one needs a break! Need more than a quiet park bench? Head to the Baby Care Center in any of the parks! They’re free, air conditioned, and even have TV”s for little ones to chill out!

PARKING

When entering the parking gate at any of the theme parks, make sure to either use your medical service tag on your rearview or requested to park in the Medical Overflow Parking if you are traveling without your medical service tag! Often times, even if you can not park in the designated Handicap parking, the cast members in the parking lot will guide you towards the Medical Overflow parking area which is still very close in proximity to the park entrance!

10 Sweet Stories for Groundhog Day and Printables!

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Every year my girls and I read several Groundhog Day books and we try to predict what Punxsutawney Phil will predict our weather forecast will be! Check out some of our favorite books and download these cute Groundhog Day printables!

10 Sweet Stories for Groundhog Day
10 Sweet Stories for Groundhog Day!

10 Sweet Stories for Groundhog Day

1. Double Trouble Groundhog Day
2. Gretchen Groundhog, It’s Your Day!
3. Mr. Groundhog Wants the Day Off
4. A Garden for a Groundhog
5. Secret Of The First One Up
6. Groundhog Day
7. Geoffrey Groundhog Predicts the Weather
8. It’s Up to You, Griffin!
9. Groundhog Gets a Say
10. Gregory’s Shadow

PLUS here’s a few FREE Groundhog Day Printables for kids!
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Make sure to check out the official Groundhog Website here for more Groundhog Day information on February 2nd!

Do you think Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow this year?

Top Five Time-Saving Tips for Your Trip to Disney

Disney is a place of magic, wonder, and – LINES.

Lots and lots of lines.

Monorail lines, food lines, ride lines. 

The good news is that there are many ways to shorten your wait times and, believe it or not, sometimes skip the wait entirely! From Disney tech to good ol’ fashioned showtimes printed on paper, here are my “Top Five Time-Saving Tips” to spend less time waiting and more time enjoying the parks with your family! 

Top Five Time-Saving Tips

1. Download the My Disney Experience App

Time-saving Disney tipsThere are SO many ways this app will help you make the best of your time at Disney. Here are just a few time-saving tips! 

Ride Wait Times – The app gives you up-to-date wait times for all the rides at any of the parks. This feature allows you to make a judgement call on whether or not you want to wait in a particular ride line without having to walk all the way to the actual ride to see the wait time. 

time-saving Disney tipsTemporarily Closed Rides – It’s a total bummer when your favorite ride is closed down, but it’s totally fantastic when you know this information ahead of time and don’t waste time walking there! This feature has come in handy for my family many times. Just recently on a trip to Magic Kingdom, our goal was to go to Splash Mountain. I checked the wait time for the ride as I was entering the park and saw that it was temporarily closed! This information allowed me to not waste time trekking my family to that corner of the park. Time saved! 

time-saving Disney tipsMobile Ordering for Food and Drink – I see so many families standing in long, long times waiting for their turn to order lunch or dinner. There’s a better way! Order on the app and enjoy a much shorter wait time. 

2. Get Your Fast Passes Early

And I mean early! You can book fast passes up to thirty days before your planned visit, or sixty days in advance if you have reservations at a Disney hotel. I do this all. the. time. You’re going to get the best options for rides and ride times the sooner you book. (P.S. Fast passes are all set up through the My Disney Experience app!) 

3. Take the Buses to Magic Kingdom

Guys, this is honestly my favorite time-saving tip ever because it took me forever to finally try it and…it’s amazing. 

When you go to Magic Kingdom, you have to park in the Ticketing and Transportation Center and then take the monorail or ferry over to the park itself. The monorail often has a massive line or is shut down for various reasons. The ferry is packed and slower than the monorail. But there’s a third option: the buses! When you get through bag check, hang a right! There’s usually a cast member standing there telling everyone about this time-saving option – but so few take it. We’ve done it several times now and have never regretted it! 

4. Grab a Showtimes Sheet

I have seen people sitting at the Canadian stage in Epcot so many times waiting for a show that will never happen because that act only performs on certain days. Showtimes sheets tell you what days of the week different shows occur, therefore avoiding wasting time getting to a show that’s never going to happen that day. The sheets also allow you to plan your day more efficiently so that you’re not walking across the park several times in one day. And yes, you can totally access this information on the My Disney Experience app as well, but honestly, grabbing a showtimes sheet on your way into the park is a quick and easy-to-read reference to have with you all day. The showtime sheets are always readily available at all entrances to the park. Huge time-saving tip!

5. Single Rider Line

Most of the big rides offer a single rider line and it’s usually much, much shorter than the regular line. Cast members pull from the single rider line to fill in seats when odd-numbered parties leave one seat open. Yes, your party will get split up to enjoy the ride, bud doing this will allow you and your party to enjoy more rides during your Disney day!

There you have it! Follow these time-saving tips and enjoy more of the Disney magic during your day at the parks. 

Do you have a favorite time-saving tip? Let us know in the comments! 

Guest post by Laurie Crocker, @lauriecrockerwrites

Ultimate Summer Camp Guide

2020 Ultimate Summer Camp Guide

It is almost summer again, and for many families that means summer camp!

Just because the kids will be out of school doesn’t mean they have to stop learning, growing, and playing! We are lucky to have many different camps available for our kids in Orlando that focus on everything from art, dance, science, sports, academics and more. Here are some of the BEST summer camps in our area.

Did we miss a summer camp? Let us know at [email protected]

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including Rollins, Caltech, and NYU. Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels.

LOCATION: Rollins College

DATES: June-August

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Camp SAHM : My Plan for Summer

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I used to spend the month of May dreading the upcoming summer “holidays”. I treated summer as if I was going into battle…entering survival mode, but this year I am making a plan for Camp SAHM and am hoping to enjoy myself more!

Now Entering: Summer Survival Mode

All of you moms who have your stuff together with camps, activities, crafts, field trips, vacations, and “quiet time”…I tip my cocktail glass to you. I will be entering Summer Survival Mode and counting down until “meet the teacher” by the end of the first weekend.

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Orlando is chock full of great parks and I’m not talking about theme parks! We polled some of our readers and asked them to give details on some of their favorite parks in Central Florida.

Want to be a part of our 2020 Summer Camp Guide?

We want to show our readers all the great camps available right here in the Orlando area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Join us and help enrich the lives of Orlando Moms! Email [email protected]

A Quick Overview of the My Disney Experience App!

If you’re coming to visit Disney soon, this quick overview of the My Disney Experience app can help you make the most magical plans possible! The app can help you get those sought-after Fast Passes+ to popular rides like Slinky Dog Dash for “Toy Story” fans. It could even help you book that dream reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table inside the castle, or at “The Beast’s Castle” where your little “Belle” can literally “Be Our Guest”!

Disney App Quick Overview

Disney app home screen

If you’re not super familiar with the My Disney Experience app, I walk you through it very briefly in this video. But save this post and refer to it as needed! This is where I break down the top 10 things you can do with the Disney app to make your vacay even more magical!

(Side note: I’m an Orlando local and annual passholder to Disney World, so I’m on the app often. Too often if you ask my husband! Ha! But every time you open the My Disney Experience app on your phone, you get Mickey fireworks! It’s really the perfect place to start the magical experience of planning your Disney visit!)

Here are my Top 10 Things to do with the Disney App!

1. Get a Boarding Group for the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ride: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge
Inside Rise of the Resistance at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
    • If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll love that this is #1 on the list! It’s still a bit CRAZY to get a Boarding Group, since you technically have to be at the park before it opens, ready with the My Disney Experience app on hand to refresh, join a Boarding Group and see which number you get. The first time I tried it, we got group #121 at 7:10am and got on the ride at around 4pm that day. You know what? IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT!

2. Check out the different Disney park hours & showtimes

    • Fireworks & Parades!
      • You probably know that the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando has 4 main theme parks (not counting the water parks): Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom. On the app, you can view the park hours for each day of your visit. If you click on “Today’s Showtimes”, you can find out the exact times to watch fireworks shows like Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom and parades like Disney’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, and more!
      • If you love Animal Kingdom, even though I’ve heard people say they don’t love the Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings, our family really enjoyed it!
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        Tree of Life Nighttime Awakenings at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
    • Extra Magic Hours!
      • You can also click on the “All hours” link to check future dates, to help you see if any days have special ticketed events or “Extra Magic Hours (EMHs)”. If you’re staying at a Disney Resort, you can take advantage of EMHs to get into the parks a little earlier or stay later. The app will tell you more about parks, dates & times.
    • Closed for Refurbishment
      • Bummer! We don’t love it when we find out which rides or experiences are closed for refurbishment exactly the same dates when we’re visiting. But it’s good to know ahead of time, especially so it’s not an unhappy surprise for anyone in your Disney party. You can scroll down under “Park Hours & Info” to where you’ll find what is closed for refurbishment.

3. Use the Disney app to get FastPass+, spend less time in line and more time on the rides!

    • Yeah, baby! It’s the best feeling EVER when you click on “Get FastPass+” on the Disney app and you find that your favorite ride is available (Hello, Space Mountain!)
    • Wait, but what is a FastPass+?!
      • If you’re not familiar with how this works, you can stand in line for an hour or more to get on rides at Disney World. I recently visited Magic Kingdom and the wait time for the Seven Dwarves Mine Train roller coaster was a little more than 2 hours! Needless to say, we wished we had a FastPass+!
    • These sought-after FastPasses+ get you in the “express line” for popular rides, so you don’t have to wait as much. The key to finding good ones is to keep looking! If you don’t find one when you start planning your trip, try again later! You can book in advance from 30 to 60 days, depending on whether you’re staying on Disney property or not.
Do you need a ride to or from Orlando International Airport? Are you worried about bringing your own car to the airport and back? Kidmoto car service offers airport transportation with installed car seats. Download the Kidmoto App now and get $10 off when you do, use coupon code ORLANDOMOMCOLLECTIVE.

4. Reserve Dining with the Disney app

    • Are you ready to plan the most amazing dinner experience inside the Beast’s castle at “Be Our Guest?” Or would your kids love “Chef Mickey’s” character dining breakfast? (My hubby and I actually loved it on our honeymoon!) Whatever restaurant you’re hoping to dine in, you can actually get the reservations yourself on the Disney app!
    • When you open the My Disney Experience app, you’ll see a menu at the bottom. The center button is a circle with a plus sign that will open a menu. From there, select “Reserve Dining”. Next, select your party size, the date and time. The app will show you available spots and you can browse and choose one there. Or, you can use the little “filter” button near the bottom right of the screen. Pick your park (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, etc.) You can also filter by cuisine (Asian, Bakery, etc….), by dining plan, price range and more.
    • If you’re looking for recommendations, here are a few of my family’s favorites!
      • Tusker House character dining at Animal Kingdom.
      • Mickey Mouse at Tusker House Restaurant Disney's Animal Kingdom
        We loved meeting Mickey Mouse himself at Tusker House Restaurant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
      • Coral Reef at Epcot (my hubby and I claim this as our favorite honeymoon dinner!)
      • Chef Mickey’s character dining at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.
      • And my sister (a former Disney Parks Mom Panelist and current Inside the Magic blogger) raves about 1900 Park Fare’s character dining at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa!

5. Order Food

    • This can be a huge time saver! On the My Disney Experience app, from the main home page, you can view “My plans” if you already have FastPasses+ or dining reservations. If you know you want to grab a quick lunch in between plans, click on that center button on the bottom menu (the same one you use for FastPass+ and Dining reservations).
    • Find your location (including the parks, resort hotels and Disney Springs)!
    • Pick a Restaurant, order, pick it up when it’s ready and enjoy!

6. Shop Memory Maker

    • If you have a Disney vacation package that includes a Disney PhotoPass, you are going to LOVE this part of the app! Every time you go on a ride, let’s say the Rockin’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the ride has a photo, it’ll automatically (or auto-magically) appear on your app! And if you want to share said photo with the world, you can just click the “Share” button and send it from the My Disney Experience app to your Facebook page, Instagram & more!

      Rockin Roller Coaster at Disney's Hollywood Studios
      I don’t know who the other 3 ladies are, but I ended up riding with them and we all had a blast on the Rockin Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

7. Buy tickets and passes

    • Did you realize you need to make changes to your tickets or passes? You can access info on your current tickets from the Disney app. That’s also where you can link tickets, passes & MagicBands for everyone in your party. If you’re visiting or meeting up with friends, it helps to be able to link up and share plans, photos & more, all on the same app!

8. View and change your plans right on the Disney app

    • If you’re every wondering what the plan is for tomorrow, open the My Disney Experience app and check “My plans!” If your cousin showed up and you’d rather all meet at Disney Springs, you can always cancel any FastPasses+ you have or make other changes.
    • If you ever need help, ask a Disney “Cast Member”. They are super helpful and can help make your Disney visit as magical and fun as possible!

9. Disney app links to Resort Hotel info & Disney Merch!

    • If you need any info about your resort hotel, your stay, etc… there’s a “Resort Hotel” button on the Disney app that helps you quickly find that info.
    • And if you’re looking for cute Mickey shirts, Minnie ears, MagicBands, accessories and more, you can actually shop for Disney merch, right on the app! I was recently browsing the DisneyParks Pandora collection … and that “Dream is a Wish” heart-shaped charm is so pretty! And perfect for Valentine’s Day (hint, hint!).

10. Play Disney Parks!

    • This link on the Disney app actually takes you to ANOTHER free app that you or your kids can use to play games while you wait in line. Hey, you can’t have FastPasses to every ride, so at some point, this will come in handy!

Got questions about the Disney app? We’re here to help you! 

Whew! That might seem like a LOT of info, but that’s ok! I’m here to help! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or reach out to this amazing group of moms that make up our Orlando Mom Collective! A lot of us are fellow Disney lovers and we can’t wait to welcome you to our magical part of the world!

Have an amazing Disney trip!

~Coppelia

Checking out the My Disney Experience App
Checking out the My Disney Experience App with Orlando blogger Coppelia

Free Activities for Kids at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World is known for its iconic attractions and entertainment. And while my family enjoys all of that, we sometimes like to venture beyond the rides and experience magic in other ways around the parks. I will be sharing with you our 4 favorite kid-friendly activities inside the Disney parks…and the best part? They’re all included with your admission ticket! Hang tight as we share our favorite free activities for kids at Walt Disney World!

1. Wilderness Explorers

Location: Animal Kingdom
When: 10 am – 5 pm

Animal Kingdom is my son’s favorite park and he enjoys becoming a Wilderness Explorer just like Russel from the Disney Pixar movie Up with this challenge. It is a self-guided hunt throughout all of Animal Kingdom where explorers can visit 30 different kiosks to collect badges and learn about the wilderness. 

To begin your free activities at Disney adventure, visit the Wilderness Explorer headquarters located on the bridge towards Discovery Island. There a troop leader will teach you the Wilderness Explorer motto and present you with a handbook. Inside the book, there is a map with all the different badge locations and the informational pages that goes with each location. Simply pick one location to start and go from there!

You do not have to complete the entire book in one day. We usually bring our book with on every visit and collect a few badges along the way. This challenge will take you on many different unfamiliar paths in the Animal Kingdom and truly provide a fun and educational experience. The Wilderness must be Explored!

Do you need a ride to or from Orlando International Airport? Are you worried about bringing your own car to the airport and back? Kidmoto car service offers airport transportation with installed car seats. Download the Kidmoto App now and get $10 off when you do, use coupon code ORLANDOMOMCOLLECTIVE.

2. Kidcot Fun Stop

Location: Epcot’s World Showcase
When: 11 am – 9 pm

Kidcot is a fun and educational activity for children of all ages to learn about the countries in the World Showcase. Stop by a Kidcot table at any country to get started with your free activities at Disney adventure! The cast member will give you your first sticker, information card about that country as well as a Ziploc suitcase bag to collect them all.

Each Kidcot station is equipped with makers because there is a fun coloring page on the back of every card. My boys love to color while we adults enjoy a bite to eat from the booths nearby. 

Make your way to all the other Kidcot stations to complete your tour around the World Showcase. Once you’ve visited all 11 countries, you will receive a completion postcard!

3. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Location: Magic Kingdom
When: 9 am – 7 pm

My husband and I have been fans of Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom even before we had kids! We loved collecting and trading the cards to form complete sets. Now that we have children, we enjoy sharing this activity with them as well. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is an interactive game where guests use Spell Cards to help Merlin stop the Villains from taking over the Magic Kingdom. 

Stop by the Firehouse on Main Street, USA to receive a map and 5 spell cards. You can pick up a new pack of cards every visit to grow your collection. The cast member will assign you a portal to start your mission. Use the symbols on the map and the Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom emblem on the floor to locate the portal. Activate the portal by tapping your magic band or key card to the key scanner located near the portal. 

Follow the storyline and defeat different villains with your spell cards as they appear on the screen. Once you’ve succeeded at one location, the portal will give you direction to your next stop until you complete the mission! 

4. A Pirate’s Adventure – Treasures of the Seven Seas

Location: Adventureland at Magic Kingdom
When: 12 pm – 6 pm 

Our next free activities at Disney will have you enlist Captain Jack Sparrow’s crew and help retrieve hidden treasures with this interactive game located in Adventureland. The Pirate’s Adventure output is located next to the Golden Oak post quick service.

Begin your adventure there where you will activate your MagicBand or RFID card and be assigned a secret mission along with a corresponding treasure map. Each mission takes about 20 minutes and there is a total of 5 different missions. After completing each mission, you’ll receive a special treasure finder card. You can also get a free Pirates of the Caribbean FastPass after completing 3 missions.  

 

My boys love all things pirates and always have a blast on this treasure hunt! I hope this will help you find free activities at Disney!


 

Guest post by: Tina | Disney Mom, aka a.magical.life.for.me 

Top Five Must-Dos with a Toddler at Disney World

As we all know, Disney is a wonderful place filled with imagination and dreams, but it can be a daunting adventure when you’re navigating through the parks with your toddler.

 

 

We’ve found that there are a few key things to do at the parks with your toddler to keep them engaged, to use up some of their energy and to make your life simpler and your park trip more enjoyable. In this post we’re sharing our top five must-dos with a toddler at Disney World and including some tips and tricks we’ve learned along the way.

 

Top Five Must-Dos with a Toddler at Disney World

 

 

1. Meet the characters.

This is by far the top of our list. Tallulah is such a huge fan of the characters, and we love how every experience is totally different which keeps it fresh for us too (you can only do Small World so many times, am I right).

 

I love talking Tallulah through who she’s going to meet while we’re in line, particularly if she can’t see the character until she’s right there with them.

 

Sometimes she likes to get down and hug them and dance with them and other times she wants to be held tight while being closer to their eye level to engage.

 

 

I try to go with her vibe and let her do her thing which makes the engagements all the more fun.
(TIP- If your kids are a bit hesitant to meet the characters, I encourage you to let them watch some of the outdoor meet and greets so they can see how the characters move, look, and interact with other guests. It’s just about as entertaining and keeps your kids feeling safe if they’re scared. Plus, it’s a great warm up.)

2. Visit the air conditioned play areas on property.

Since Orlando is hot for most of the year, this is one of my favorite tips. There are three key locations… Dumbo’s queue play area at Magic Kingdom, Star Wars Launch Bay at Hollywood Studios, and The Seas Pavilion at Epcot.

 

All of these locations are amazing places to let your kids explore while both you and they get to cool down. These locations aren’t usually too crowded either which makes the stops well worth the visit.
(TIP- If you want more details on these offerings, you can visit my site TinyThemesBlog.com for a detailed write-up.)

 

3. Let them run around and explore when the crowds are low.

This tip is really helpful to get those wiggles out from being in a stroller for long periods of time as well as waiting in lines. I usually recommend taking the path less traveled to find these lesser populated areas. Basically, head to the areas other guests aren’t.

 

For example, at Epcot, most guests start the day in Future World since World Showcase doesn’t open until 11am. However, Canada and some of France open before the 11am start time, and even up until 1pm the rest of World Showcase isn’t crazy busy.

 

It’s the best time to park the stroller in the front of a chosen country and let your little explorer lead the way on foot. Then you can backtrack to Future World when World Showcase gets busy 🙂

 

Also, at Hollywood Studios, people tend to head to the big ticket areas first, so checking out Sunset Blvd in the beginning of the day and Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land later in the day tend to give you more open space to explore. Same goes for Animal Kingdom; stop by Pandora later in the day and you’ll have way more room for your toddler to run.

 

4. Use mobile ordering for meals.

I cannot stress enough what a time saver this service is, especially when you’re taking your kiddo(s) to the park solo. Mobile ordering lets you order and pay for your meals from the Disney World App, and when you get to the restaurant you just go right to the window and pick up your food instead of needing to wait in insanely long lines just to order.

 

This is a lifesaver when you need to get some food for your hangry toddler (or self) ASAP. It makes the dining experience way simpler. Also, I highly recommend selecting quick services restaurants that allow strollers when you’re doing the park as the solo adult. PizzeRizzo, Pecos Bill and Pizzafari are some of our favs for that.

 

5. Give your kids the opportunity to dress up at the parks.

I didn’t really understand the beauty of this for both parents and child, but it seriously affects the overall day experience. I love seeing how Tallulah’s demeanor changes when she’s in costume and how the Cast Members and guests interact with her when she’s rocking her look.

 

 

The older she’s getting, the more into it she gets, and I’m so here for it.

 

(TIP – There are amazing and unique costumes for sale all across property that are in my opinion, better and cheaper than the standard princess dresses – although of course those are beautiful too. It’s worth checking out the costumes at the shops on property. You never know what you’ll find.)

Also, if you get the chance to visit the parks near Halloween, I highly encourage you to dress up for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party as a family. You’ll make memories you won’t soon forget.

 

I hope these tips help you enjoy your Disney day with your toddler all the more. I’d love to hear what your toddler loves most to do in the comment section below.

 

Guest Blogger – Amanda Batts

Creator of Tiny Themes Blog. I’m bringing what I’ve learned from working at Walt Disney World for seven years along with what I’ve experienced as a mom taking my toddler to the parks, to help make your family’s Disney experience the best it can possibly be! Follow me at @bibbidibobbidibatts on Instagram and at www.TinyThemesBlog.com


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