5. Prepare Yourself For The Kids Favorite "Ride" to be the Hotel Pool: Don't fight it, it is natural. If you think back you probably liked the hotel pool best as a kid as well. Despite all your planning, walking, scheming and riding, many kids get the most joy of frolicking at the hotel pool. That said, try cutting a theme park day(s) a bit short and heading back to the hotel pool a couple hours before dinner time. More than likely your kids will be happy and you can hit up the hotel bar for a sundowner.
4. BYOS: Bring your own snacks and water. This is where theme parks can really get you, so fight the power and pack some snacks and a couple drinks.
3. Walk Around Characters Are Usually A Hit: Most of the big parks have walk around characters, but it isn't like the old days, these characters are not just aimlessly walking the parks between 10 AM - 2 PM. Security has tightened up to protect character safety. These days at Disney, you have to queue up for character meet and greets, find the designated times characters are out and about performing or parading, or book a character meal. Despite it being a bit more trouble to corral these characters, kids usually dig spending 60 seconds with these oversized costume wearers, so do it.
2. Don't Skip the Stroller Line: If your kids are 10 or under they are going to make use of a double stroller during those long, hot, walkable theme park days. Your oldest will scoff and say he or she is way too old for a stroller, and then sometime after lunch your oldest will collapse into the stroller claiming it would be impossible to walk another step. At the beginning of the day when you enter the park you will go past the stroller rental line and no doubt ask yourself if it is worth it to rent a stroller, you will think to yourself, my kids can handle a day of walking, but trust us, rent a stroller.
1. Type A Smartphone Toting Moms Do Know Best:
You know the moms who are constantly on edge, swiping at their smartphone shouting instructions to the rest of the family on where they need to be and at what time? Listen to them! Listening to them is almost like copying your neighbors answers on an 8th grade Algebra test, but in this case it is totally worth it. These moms have done their research and they are theme park machines. They know where you need to be when to get fast passes, beat the lines, and kick some theme park ass. So just eavesdrop a bit and you might find out that it is worth your while to get to Epcot when the gates open, rush over to the Test Track attraction and grab a fast pass before they sell out. Another great time to key into these moms? In a crisis. When a ride suddenly closes or the start time for an attraction suddenly changes find the closest Type-A theme park mom and listen close, these ladies have ice water in their veins during times of panic, and they have studied for months to have the right answer at this very moment -- use them.