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10 Ways to Prepare for Your Disney Adventure

I’m a planner, it’s kinda my thing. While my husband’s a fly by the seat of his pants kinda guy, we have kids. A day with kids and without planning is a day I want no part of.

Humor me as I run down the reasons why preparation with kids matters:

• Preparation mitigates tantrums

• Preparation saves precious time

• Preparation saves money

• Preparation prevents fighting between Mom and Dad

All solid reasons if I do say so myself. When we decided BooBoo’s first trip to Disneyland was in order, I took the responsibility of planning our trip very seriously. We hadn’t been in years and I was prepared to pack as much magic into our time at Disneyland as I possibly could. I also wanted to make sure we hit up every snack stand, met every character, rode every ride, and watched every parade that mattered to my little people. Magic people, magic!

So how did I do it? I tell you.

Go to bed early: I’m not saying it’s easy to send your kids to bed when it’s brighter than the sun outside, but try. A good night’s rest is essential for a busy day of play ahead.

Wake up early: You will so totally want to get to the park right as it opens to get your day started. Cooler summer weather and shorter wait times are added incentives.

Pack snacks: Packing dry snacks and water will not only save you time hunting around every last snack cart with your indecisive kids, it will save you money too.

Check the weather: Come rain or come shine, Disneyland is a total blast but it never hurts to come prepared. Lather on the sun block and wear shorts or long pants and a light sweater? This is need to know information to maximize your comfort and pleasure at the park.

Have a plan: Yessum, a plan. What are your “can’t miss” attractions? Decide going in and make them a priority. With all the fun on your agenda it’s easy to get sidetracked and miss out.

Come in Disney garb: As you can see my son insisted on wearing his Tom and Jerry shirt to Disneyland (whomp, whomp), and we left our mouse ears at home on accident. Take a tip from me and outfit for the occasion, everyone else will be dressed in the Disney spirit and you’ll wish you were too.

Bring everything: OK, not everything, but everything you might need in the event of a potty mishap, excessive sun, evening chill, heel blisters, hangnail, etc. Because really, you know how kids are. If walking around like a pack mule isn’t your bag, rent a locker and stow away your stuff.

Arrive charged: Arrive at the park with full cellular and camera charge. You’ll need them!

ID your child: No one wants to think about losing their child but just in case the unthinkable should happen, make sure you’ve talked to your child about what to do in the event they become separated. Also, properly identify your kids with contact information.

Get Verizon’s Disney Mobile App: I mean, seriously. From attraction wait times to maps, schedules, height requirements and so-so-so much more, get the app! It’s honestly a planner’s dream and that’s a huge endorsement coming from me.

Do you have any Disney preparation tips to share?

A big thanks to Verizon for sponsoring this campaign. Data rates may apply for app download/use. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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