Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Jul 11, 2010
    Dianne from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am coming to MK and Epcot with my 23, 17 and 14 year olds. Are cell phones ok or should I be concerned that they might get wet or fall out on rides? How difficult will it be for us to meet up during the day considering wait times for different rides?

    Hey, Dianne! I think one of the most surprising aspects of your vacation will be how much you all can stay together! Yet, I know that sometimes teens and young adults may have varying interests than grown ups, and there is no better place for them to have liberties than at WDW!

    When you do spend time away from each other, cell phones are great for arranging meeting times and locations and communicating your experiences. Here are a few more tips:

    • Before you leave home, become aware of the terms of your current contract -- roaming charges, available minutes, texting policies, etc.
    • Invest in shock and/or water-resistant cell-phone covers with clips. Also, you can bring zippered sandwich bags for phones and cameras if you might get wet.
    • Ask your kids to think about what they'll be wearing or carrying into the parks each day -- backpacks, hip pouches or lanyard wallets and/or clothes with zippered or velcro pockets.
    • Guests should turn cell phones to vibrate during performances and attractions, and inside some attractions or pavilions, the coverage is sketchy or not available.
    • When outside noise is too loud, text each other to communicate meet up time/place. Familiarize yourself with the parks and choose out-of-the-way places instead of somewhere like Cinderella Castle.
    • There are several apps that you can investigate before traveling -- some include maps, dining suggestions, and entertainment schedules. Verizon's Mobile Magic even communicates real-time wait times for attractions as well as return times for Fast Passes.
    • Schedule a face-to-face meal everyday. Although technology can make our lives easier, there is no substitute for families seeing each other, talking across a table and reliving memories as they happen.

    Have a wonderful day and a magical vacation!
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