Published On: Mon, Mar 25th, 2019

Disney World And Disneyland Tips For Your Next Family Vacation

Magic and whimsy aside, a trip to Disney World or Disneyland can be exhausting and overwhelming ― unless you have some tips from insiders.

Disney World And Disneyland

We asked the HuffPost Parents community on Facebook for the best tips and tricks for surviving a trip to Disney World or Disneyland ― and for getting the most out of it.

From affordable souvenirs to packing lists, check out their advice below:

“If you bring or rent a stroller, bring along a battery-operated string of Christmas lights to put on the handle. Makes it easy to find your stroller at the stroller parking areas in the dark!” ― Jenifer Wehmeyer

“Make sure you take a break at the baby care centers if you have little ones. They are always quiet and never busy. Also, the First Aid center has actual nurses working, heaven forbid you need help, that are experienced and super helpful.” ― Tracy Cady

“Bring a roll of pennies and quarters. My 5-year-old loved hunting down the pressed penny machines scattered around the parks. And it is a super cheap souvenir, too.” ― Sara Neale

“Biggest tip is wear sunscreen, use Fast Pass and remember Disney is not always the happiest place on Earth. Little people get overstimulated. If you have a child with a disability make sure you notify a cast member to help reduce meltdowns in lines.” ― Angela Lamoureux

“Rider switch [on select rides]! If a kid in your group can’t go on a ride, one adult can stay with the kid while the other takes the other kid/kids/no kid on the ride. Then the adult who didn’t get to go can go through [the appropriate entrance without waiting in the regular line] with up to two more people from your group. It’s fantastic!” ― Danielle Fauske

“Best tip was a random piece of advice from a total stranger. Book dinner at Wine Country Trattoria at Disneyland, which includes [packages with] passes to the preferred viewing area for the nighttime World of Color show. Made a chaotic evening much more civilized ― not to mention that alcohol is served at the restaurant.” ― Amy McHugh

“Make your own autograph books. The cast members really love looking at them. Grab your Fast Passes as soon as you can and get them for early morning. You can’t get more until all are used. We learned that the hard way.