I am the vacation planner in my family. I have spread sheets detailing where we will be on what day. I have note cards with our dining reservations neatly printed and information about the restaurants. I know what attractions we are going to Fastpass.
I love planning our Walt Disney World vacations.
However, I sometimes forget that the magical memories I’m trying to create for my family doesn’t really involve the attractions we rode or the food we ate. It is the time we spent together as a family that matters most.
Who better to remind us to stop and savor the details than the kids who accompany us on these magical vacations?
Involve everyone in the planning. “Make sure you get into the planning of your trip. Give ideas on restaurants, shows and rides you want to do because there is fun for all ages. " Jessica, age 13
Be open to new things. “Try something new. Just because you think you might not like something, try it anyway. It might be a ride or show or food. You never know, you might like it.” Alex, age 9
Leave the grumpy attitude behind. “Depending on when you come for a visit, there may be crowds and you will have to wait in line. Instead of getting grumpy, make a game out of it—play I spy—many queue areas have lots of neat things to look at and listen to.” Savannah, age 8
Take time to relax. “If you need a break from all the enjoyment, take a look at what your hotel has to offer like pools, activities, fishing, and more!” Carissa, age 12
Enjoy being together. “Walt Disney World is great because you get to spend time with your family doing really fun stuff. You can't do everything in one trip but that just means you will have to come back!” Payton, age 8
Capture the moment. “Have your parents take a bunch of pictures because it is fun to look at them when you get home.” Jackie, age 15
It’s ok to laugh. One time when we were eating at the 50’s Prime Time Café, the waitress made my mom stand in the corner because she didn’t eat all of her vegetables! It was very funny to watch! Jason, age 14
Don’t forget what it’s like to be a kid. “Even though I'm 13 and have been going to WDW since I was 5, I never get tired of it. I always feel like a little kid when I'm there!” Rachel, age 13
Be thankful (This goes for parents, too!). “Make sure you thank you parents for the trip.” Brian, age 9
The Magic doesn’t have to end. “Just enjoy your trip. And don’t forget about planning your next vacation!” Taylor, age 12
Tracie A. Cook has been visiting Walt Disney World since her childhood. As a self-proclaimed Disney parks expert, she decided to combine her love of Walt Disney World with her knowledge of education. Her first book, Kid Tips for Walt Disney World: Touring Advice by Kids for Kids Book features tips from kids between the ages of 7-15. With over twelve years experience as a teacher and countless family trips to Walt Disney World, she recognizes that many valuable learning opportunities happen outside the classroom. This fall Tracie is releasing Walt Disney World Adventure, a field guide, guidebook, and educational resource. The book is packed with information about the park’s attractions, tips from kids, “secrets,” and amazing things to discover while touring the Walt Disney World Resort. She lives in mid-Michigan with her family.
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