All Star Sports Resort
  • On Oct 23, 2019
    Melissa from NS Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Booked our first family vacation to Disney March 2020. We will be staying onsite Sports kids are 4 and 8. Looking for some suggestions on making the best out of this trip. Also looking for ideas to surprise them at Christmas to let them know we are going

    Hi Melissa!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You have come to the right place! Our goal is to help you make the most out of your Walt Disney World vacation. Feel free to submit questions, or read through what other Guests’ have asked for great tips and ideas!

    Christmas is the perfect time to make a Disney vacation announcement. Friends of mine just surprised their kids with by creating a scavenger hunt through the house, with clues and hints that led to one last clue that was the announcement! What about wrapping up matching family shirts? You can create custom family shirts on the Shop Disney site! Have ones made up with your family name and “2020 Vacation." Then you can wear them on your trip! When we gifted my kids a trip a few years ago, we wrapped up a large box and put things about the trip inside that the kids had to pull out one by one. At the very bottom of the box was a paper that said, “We’re going to Hawaii!” You could wrap up things like sunscreen, Disney themed water bottles or mister bottles, Disney pajamas, maybe a Mickey Mouse coloring book, a picture of Disney’s All Star Sports Resort, and put a “We’re going to Disney World!” at the bottom of the box!

    My best Disney vacation tip is to make smart use of your time. The parks are the least crowded first thing in the morning, so plan to arrive at the theme parks 15 to 20 minutes before opening. Head to 2 or 3 of your top attractions first. Then use Disney’s complimentary FastPass+ service to reserve up to three popular attractions in advance, securing shorter-than-usual waits. Plan on returning to your room around lunchtime for a break from the parks. Enjoy a swim or take a nap. You’ll skip the hottest and most crowded part of the day this way. Then return to the park in the late afternoon. You’ll be rested, refreshed, and ready to enjoy your evening! For attractions that your younger child may be unable or unwilling to ride, know that Disney’s Rider Switch Service is available for families, so none of the adults need to skip out on an attraction.

    I hope this helps you get off to a good start, Melissa! I hope you’ll continue to submit questions as you plan. We are here to help!

    - Kate
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Meet the Panelist: Kate, Indiana

"Welcome Home!" I'm Kate, a mom and nurse from Indiana. A lifelong Disney fan, Disney Vacation Club opened a world of vacation possibilities for our family. I’ve traveled with young children and those young at heart, planned romantic trips for two and made FastPass+ reservations for an entire marching band! Whether dining with Mickey, surfing in Hawaii, or relaxing around the pool we make the most of our Disney Vacation Club Membership. For this nurse, every day is better with a little dose of Disney! Learn More About Kate

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