Sandie Simply Says

June 30, 2009

RTT: The Disney Version

Filed under: General — by Sandie @ 5:00 am


Yesterday sucked. Not because of any one thing in particular, it just sucked. Mostly because it was my first day back at work after a week off of work. It’s probably a good thing I have 3 years left until I can retire because I soooo would have dropped my retirement papers yesterday if I could. Thank goodness this is a short week!

We had a blast last week at Disney. Thanks, in part, to Jen’s Disney Survival Guide. The part about the snacks was the best tip! Though on day 3 we went a bit further and packed our whole lunch! The logistics of getting our brood back to the hotel for lunch was too daunting and the kids napped better in the stroller than they would have in the room.

Some things I would add to the survival guide:

  • If you can swing it, go during the non peak season. It’s not as crowded (so I’m told) and it’s not as hot (this I know for a fact). Florida summers can be brutal.
  • If you go to Wal-Mart the day before and see the cute Disney-themed ponchos hanging nicely at the end of the aisle. Buy them. Especially if you go in the summer because you will almost be guaranteed at least one downpour during your trip and the ponchos at Wal-Mart are about half the price of the ones in the park (which I can almost guarantee you’ll buy if you don’t have them already…the rides don’t shut down unless there is lightening and you’ll get tired of cowering in the crowded gift shops waiting for the rain to stop).
  • While you’re at said Wal-Mart, buy the mister fan. Sure, $6 seems like a lot of money, but it beats the $15 they charge for nearly the same thing in the park. Just make sure you fill them with ice water before you leave your hotel.
  • Speaking of Walmarts…stay away from the one on Vineland Rd. They were crowded (even at midnight!) and their shelves were woefully understocked (they didn’t even have mustard one night…not one single variety of regular yellow mustard was to be found on their shelves!). There’s another one just a few miles away. We didn’t go there, but I’m assuming it HAS to be better there!
  • Try to figure out the bus schedule early on. And make sure you know what busses you can catch to where from which park. We spent a good deal of time waiting on busses or sitting on a bus because it took us awhile to figure out the best way to go about getting from one place to another (things were futher complicated for us: We stayed at the Treehouse Villas and there is no direct transportation from the Treehouses to the parks…we had to first catch a bus to Saratoga Springs and THEN get on a bus to the parks).
  • If you plan to do any Character Dining, make sure you call as soon as they’ll let you to make the reservations. Our dining experiences turned out to be great, but I could have done without the 0730 show time for Chef Mickeys!”
  • While it doesn’t seem like it, there is a HUGE difference between 99* and 92* in Florida. We were practically melting on day 1 because of the 99* temps, but were only moderately uncomfortable on day 4 in the 92* temps.

    The Photopass is quite possibly the best invention ever! We had about 600 pictures of our group when all was said and done. And since I was the one weilding the camera, the ONLY pictures I was in are the ones on our Photopass (taken graciously by Disney photographers…they did take pictures with my camera, but the best shots were with their own camera).

    Thankfully, the weather cooperated for most of our trip. It only rained on day 1 (Tuesday) and day 4 (Friday). Yahoo!

    And this thought isn’t necessarily Disney related, but it happened on our trip, so I’m going to include it. 🙂 People can be strange sometimes. On our second trip to Walmart (it’s amazing the amount of bread 10 people can go through in 2 days!), we got in line behind a couple just getting a few things. We *thought* we were getting in the quicker line (yeah, right!). Everything was moving smoothly until the girl rang up the Triscuits and we hear “Those Triscuits should be $2.” And since Walmart has taken away virtually every “power” a cashier once had, she has to call over the Customer Service Manager (or CSM). The CSM looks at the receipt (as if the couple is lying about the box ringing up at a different price) and instead of just saying, “OK, we’ll give it to you at that price,” she says, “Let me go see how much it is.” So we wait. And while we wait, the man’s wife/girlfriend/whatever starts railing at the cashier about how she can’t believe they are holding up the line over a $1 (yes folks, this whole 5 minute debacle was over ONE STINKING DOLLAR). The lady just went on and on about how it’s only a dollar and they should just fix the price and this happens to them every time and I’m thinking, “You know, lady, this works both ways! You could easily just pay $2.98 for your box of Triscuits OR just leave the stinking Triscuits at the store, but NO. You need to make a scene because the damn box of Triscuits rings up at $2.98 instead of $2. And if this happens ‘every time’ as you claim, maybe you should seek out one of those price scanner thingies to see what it scans as and you can warn the cashier at the BEGINNING of your transaction instead of at the end.” And did I mention this happened at midnight? After a long day at the parks?

    After that last tirade I leave you with this:


    Want more randomness? Visit Keely over at The Unmom. She’s the queen of all things random!



    1. shopping at midnight? pass. It does sound like the park was fun.

      Comment by Kyooty — June 30, 2009 @ 7:38 am |Reply

    2. Disney is awesome. And yes, it is very, very hot in June. We went in June a couple of years ago. And I agree about the Photo Pass. Best invention ever. There pictures were way better than the ones I took.

      Comment by Jennifer — June 30, 2009 @ 1:33 pm |Reply

    3. Love your tips! I agree on the ponchos! We ran into some nasty squalls back in December when a cold front came through and bought the ponchos at the parks which had the worst packing powder, white on EVERYTHING!
      Sounds like you had a great time on the trip and I know exactly which Walmart you’re talking about. I think everyone descends on that place since it’s close to both Disney and Universal. I used to steer clear of any stores within 5 miles of the parks when I lived there.

      Comment by Sprite's Keeper — June 30, 2009 @ 3:03 pm |Reply

    4. i LOVE midnight walmart shopping! especially at christmas…my boyfriend and i pulled an all nighter and managed to get everything on our list. awesome.

      and thanks for the disney tips, we are trying to scrimp and save for a trip next winter…crossing fingers!


      Comment by andy — June 30, 2009 @ 8:59 pm |Reply

    5. That’s a great shot! I just got back from Walmart actually and it’s the first time I’ve shopped there in about a year. We’re Target people usually but I got some super cheap kids stuff tonight so I might convert. Sorry you had to go back to work. When’s the big move?

      Comment by Casey — July 4, 2009 @ 7:15 pm |Reply

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