DisTips: Make Your next Trip To Disney Magical...Not Miserable

Listen up, folks! Disney is the happiest place on earth, but for parents it can be miserable…if you’re not following my DisTips. As an AP holder and regular at the parks, I’ve seen way too many parents hauling around sad faces and miserable kids. you don’t need to feel this way! Let me highlight some of my best tricks to making magic on your Disney day.

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  1. You’re taking too much crap with you into the park. Keep it simple. You really don’t need to take everything but the kitchen sink into the parks with you to feel like you have everything you need. You’re a parent, not a pack mule. An essential is a great backpack. This keeps you hands free for photos and handholding and just general ease and comfort. You’re going to want something fashionable, yet functional. Not too big, yet not too small.

  2. Instead of spending money on bottle of water or hauling around cups with no lids that spill and make messes (Disney has a not lid policy) try investing in a good collapsable water bottle. Ice water is free at the parks and you can just fill up one of these babies and go about your merry way without spending your money and creating more waste.

  3. Only pack the “bear necessities” (see what I did there) in your bag. You’ll need hand sanitizing wipes, a small wallet to carry cash, your credit card and your AP card for the discounts. Sunscreen sticks are perfect for easy application and lip balm is always a must. Ponchos can be purchased online or in the parks and a reusable plastic pouch for stashing phones on rides that have water (think Splash Mountain) is a great little thing to have on hand. Do yourself a solid and pack 3 regular sized bandaids for each member of the crew, too. You just never know when someone is going to skin a knee or something random.

  4. I highly suggest getting a Disney Visa through Chase and linking it to your Magic Band. Carry some cash for tipping servers and drivers (more on this below.)

  5. Let’s real talk about strollers… Ditch them! If you don’t need the stroller, don’t take it! They are a serious hassle and let’s face it, too many older kids are being pushed around while parents are legit over it before the adventure even begins. They’re a bitch to get on the tram and monorails, you can’t just park them anywhere with all of your belongings, and why is that kid napping in the stroller when they can do that at the hotel in the A/C! Either wear the the kiddos or have them walk. If you chose not the heed this advice or just can’t go without a stroller, at least take one that simple, small, and easily toted from place to place.

  6. Think about what you’re wearing. First of all, comfortable shoes are a must but don’t forget SOCKS! I have seen many busted up feet at Disney. Remember those strollers we talked about? We’ve been victim to a few stroller vs. heel accidents, hence the bandaids. Also, face the fact that maybe chub rub is a thing. Don’t feel attacked. Hear me out. Hours of sweating and walking in 120 degree heat and the typical Florida humidity will cause almost all of us to have some chaffing or discomfort, I’m just honest enough to tell you about it before it happens at the “happiest place on Earth.” There are solutions to the problem, but do yourself a favor… wear low maintenance clothes that breathe and fit. You can still serve looks and still stay comfortable.

  7. Learn when to leave. If you are expecting to do a Disney day from rope drop to closing with a happy and complain-free crew tagging along behind you…think again. Everyone needs a break. Plan on heading to the parks when it suits you. And by plan, I actually mean plan. Get fast passes, know what you want to do for the day, know where you want to eat all the snacks (because Disney and snacks is a must) and know when you want to take a break. Sometimes starting early in the morning is great (have you heard about Extra Magic Hours in the morning) and sometimes you just want to head to the pool after a good breakfast and hit the park in the afternoon when it cools off and you can catch fireworks. I can’t stress this enough…don’t feel pressure to go balls-to-the-wall all day. Disney has a lot to offer, even f you’re not riding every ride and seeing every character. Disney Springs is a good chill spot that parents will enjoy, too.

  8. Take the Skyliner! Trust me, its a great break from the noise and chaos of the parks. The breeze moves thought these mazing gondolas as you take a smooth rid through the air with beautiful views and some back stage, behind the scenes looks at new projects coming to Disney! Also, it’s FREE!

  9. GroPros for video or capturing cute moments are an added bonus and I highly suggest investing in one! I like to clip mine to my kiddo to get his perspective. It’s so fun to go back and watch these videos! We have some awesome footage of rides, character meetings and fireworks from our GoPro! They are also sure easy to stow away in your backpack.

  10. Don’t forget those Disney threads created by Disney fans for Disney fans! Some of my favorite small shops are: Hundred Acre Hood, GladRacket, Lemony Oswald and Jacob’s Goods Supply. All of these shops offer the dopest Disney gear on the market!

    Bonus tip: Download the Lyft App and use the Minnie Van option to get around the Disney properties and to and from the airport! Car seats are provided and there are specific waiting areas for the Minnie Vans. This is a faster, easier way to get the whole family from place to place. (You can use my Invite code WENDY76379) You can tip drivers both on the app or in person with that cash I mentioned above.

Sh** I Can't Live Without

Being a single mother means limited time and resources to handle life properly sometimes. There are definitely days I sit back and think to myself, “How in the f*%& did I survive the last few years without these things?” But to be perfectly honest, I am a skeptic. There really isn’t a magical Harry Potter wand to make more hours in the day, turn back the evidence of time marching across my wrinkled face, make my butt firmer or make my kid not act like a wild animal…but there are a few things that I have been trying that I think make life-ing slightly less of a mess. Disclaimer: This page may contain affiliate links.

  1. Instapot Yeah, yeah. I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes and saying “I’ve heard it all over social media” but I am telling you, if you have kids, this thing is genius. My little will come home and do homework, play outside, run around like a crazy person and then scream “MOM! I’m starving” and I am elbows deep in bill paying or laundry or work. With this little pressure cooker thingy I can have dinner on the table for both of us in under 30 minutes. Most often times, its much less. Fresh, healthy and delicious food that we can both eat and isn’t processed? Sign me up.

  2. Air Fryer Okay, so I’ll admit that the only thing I made in the air fryer for weeks was French fires or chicken nuggets, but after some hardcore Pintresting I have some great recipes for things that my kiddo absolutely LOVES and actually EATS. (I know, right?! Imagine your kid eating a dinner you made that wasn’t bullsh*t.)

  3. Acorns This is an app for investing and saving without writing big checks. Acorns allows you to save for retirement by investing small amounts and spare change. YOU control the amount and YOU adjust how often to add to the portfolio. Just imagine setting yourself up for a future nest-egg right from your phone without the complicated jargon.

  4. Poshmark Whether you’re buying a cute new pair of shoes or selling those designer duds that no longer fit (thanks, mom-bod) this online market is a cool place to earn extra cash or just spend a little to treat ‘yo self.

  5. Beauty Addicts Mini Fridge I love a little fridge for my beauty products and masks that is a dedicated place for all of the things that make you feel good, without searching through the stacks of snacks that have piled up in the kitchen fridge.

  6. Beats by Dre Headphones that cancel the noise, bumps the beats, connects to your phone and looks good , too? Yes, please.

  7. Inventors Box from Target This thing has legit EVERYTHING that your kiddos need for tinkering. By everything I means…EVERYTHING!

  8. Velcro Rollers ‘Cause your girl here can’t manage to wash, style and look fabulous everyday, but with some velcro rollers I can manage to look a little better in half the time. Just remember to take them out before you get to your final destination. I have def gotten into an Uber with one still chillin’ in my hair.

  9. Lush Sleepy Lotion This stuff is almost guaranteed to get you or your little to sleep in about 15 minutes. It’s magic potion lotion.

  10. CBD Oil I have been taking CBD Oil for anxiety, moody blues, stress and all of those things that all moms feel for a little over 8 months and I have to say that it has really changed my life and perspective on CBD and health. I’m not a doctor, but I do think it helps. If I could pour this shit all over my whole life, I would. It doesn’t work that way, but it could help with some of your issues. No judgement, we all got ‘em.

  11. Pottery Barn Kids Easel This is the most well-made, sturdy, and easily assembled easels I’ve seen on the market. It really is well worth the money. One side is chalk board, one side is white board and it holds a ream of paper for painting. a MUST for little artists, practicing handwriting or leaving cute notes for the fam.

  12. Collagen Peptides If you want glowing skin, healthy hair and stronger nails you NEED to get this collagen in your life. The body naturally stops creating its own collagen after a certain age and supplementing helps plump and invigorate skin for that “I just got carded at the bar” look.

  13. Sunrise Alarm Clock I was really tired of dealing with a cranky kiddo at 6 in the morning so we have been experimenting with the sunrise alarm clock to gently wake us up instead of the blaring horn noises from the other alarms that would just startle the crap out of us each morning. This has been working like a charm. We both wake up less irritated that we have to be at school drop-off so early.

  14. Sephora Sheet Masks These are pack a lot of punch for the price. I keep mine in the fridge for a refreshing start to the day or a cool calm down before I put on any makeup.

  15. Food delivery services We just want to formally thank UberEats and DoorDash for making dinner much easier these days.

  16. Talkspace Single moms don’t often have a chance to vent to a therapist in an office setting so I have been in LOVE with this app that makes seeking mental health solutions easily accessible from home.

  17. Electric Pressure Washer Satisfy your OCD tendencies with this little baby that is easy to use and works like a charm.

  18. Sambazon Acai This scoopable açaí in a frozen pint is our breakfast savior. Little dude isn’t too into a full breakfast of the morning but this health alternative makes making an açaí bowl a breeze.

  19. Disney AP If you live in Orlando and have kids, its well worth the money to get a Disney Annual Pass. Weather you head to the park for a full day of fun or just open the evening walking around Disney Springs, you and your family will be making memories that last forever.