• On May 30, 2011
    Jennifer Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I will be visiting next week with my 5 year old. Do any of you have any money saving tips, tips on how to dress, or any other helpful tips for a single traveling mother? Can you take a backpack in the parks, and if so, what is allowed in? food, drinks, ?

    Hi Jennifer, 

    5 is a great age to visit the parks!

    You can save $ by taking your own food & drinks in the parks. There are a couple of exceptions to this - no glass containers & no alcoholic beverages. You can bring a cooler in as long as it is not larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high. Backpacks are allowed & I find them very handy. Bring Ziploc baggies to have on hand in case you have some leftover carrots, grapes or other non-perishables from a meal to save to snack on later. Refill water bottles at water fountains. Split a meal or order just a burger instead of the combo meal. Purchase glow in the dark / light up toys before your trip (cheaper than buying in the parks). Dress in light colored comfortable shorts & shirts made breathable materials. Some parents are big fans of Crocs but I prefer sneakers to protect little feet boarding attractions.

    Measure your son's height & review the list of attractions with height requirements to avoid disappointment once you reach the parks - click here.

    Here are some tips to beat the heat:
    * Go early - you'll miss the huge crowds & it will be a little cooler
    * Buy a Frogg Togg (available at most sporting goods stores) to keep around your neck/head - cut in 1/2 to get double the use.
    * Buy a misty fan - available in the parks if you don't already have one.
    * Take a hand held or clip on fan - be sure to bring extra batteries.
    * Use a visor instead of a hat.
    * Visit attractions that keep you inside longer (let me know which parks you're visiting if you'd like suggestions).
    * Don't forget sunscreen.

    I am out of room for this answer - let me know if you need further suggestions. Wishing you many magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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