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Looking for tips and strategies to make your trip smoother? Here are some ideas to help you out!

· Walt Disney World offers 20 various resorts to choose from. One feature that you may want to consider when selecting a resort is a zero-entry pool. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a zero-entry pool provides a beach-like entry that gently and gradually slopes into the water, becoming deeper with each step. These pools provide easy access for children, the elderly, and those with mobility issues. There are no steps used for entry in this area of the pool. There are ladders around the pool, but the main entry is step-less.

Here is the list of Disney owned resorts that offer these pools:

Art of Animation (value), Caribbean Beach (moderate), Saratoga Springs (deluxe villa), Animal Kingdom Lodge (deluxe), Polynesian (deluxe), Grand Floridian (deluxe), Beach Club (deluxe), Yacht Club (deluxe), and Bay Lake Tower (deluxe)

· You do not need a smart phone to be able to manage your Fast Pass options while you are at the parks. If you are a Disney resort guest, you can arrange your FP+ choices as early as 60 days before you leave for your trip from your computer. If you need to make modifications while you are at the parks, you can use the cast members at the FP+ kiosks to help you. Just look for this sign!

FP kiosk sign

· Don’t forget – if you are staying on site, you can have your souvenirs and gifts sent back to your room so you don’t have to lug it around the parks with you. The cast members need at least 24-36 hours to deliver the item(s) to your resort. So don’t wait until the last day to take advantage of this perk!

· Most Disney resorts supply towels by the pools. However, if you don’t see any – just ask Mousekeeping. There is no reason to take up space in your suitcase with a beach towel. You can always get an extra towel to take to the resort pool.

· The Disney pools do have 2 styles of life vests available for their guests.

swim vests

· If you are traveling with loved ones with allergies, not only can you ask me to request a deep cleaning on your room. But fragrances bother you; I can request that fragrance-free products are used to clean your room.

· Here is what you DON’T need to pack for your upcoming Disney trip:
*Pool towels
*Laundry bags

Don’t worry if you forgot something. The gift shops at the resorts have a ton of personal items (lotion, sunscreen, razors, combs, brushes, etc).

· When flying with medical supplies in a carry-on, this particular carry-on is considered “free” – it does not count towards your limit of carry-ons for that flight.

· Most airlines allow children and adults with special needs to practice boarding and unloading the plane a week or two before their scheduled flight. This is a great way to prepare your child for what to expect for his/her upcoming trip. Just contact your airline to make these arrangements a few weeks prior to your trip so that you have plenty of time to prepare your child.

· If your child loses his/her tooth during your trip, mention it to the cast members at the front desk of your resort. We got this adorable little tooth box during one of our trips.


If you have any questions and would like to use a planner for free – contact me at or call me directly at 1-800-670-4312 ext 125. I have an unexplained passion for Disney and making sure that everyone is getting the most that they can out of every visit!