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      Why You Need To Use A Disney Travel Planner
      Planning Timeline
      Steps For Planning
      Magical Express
      Park Tickets Information
      Park Bag Must Haves
      Walt Disney World Mail
      Packing a Carry On Bag Only
      Packing Tolietries for Kids & Adults
      Walt Disney World Packing For Kids
      Walt Disney World Packing For Adults

Photopass & Memory Maker

Photopass is what Walt Disney World calls their photographers and the photos that have been taken by these photographers.

Photopass Photographers may be found throughout all four of the theme parks as well as some character dining locations at the resorts.

Photopass Photographer
Stop by any location with a Photopass Photographer, they have a distinct uniform that they wear. The photographer will take your picture, for FREE. Then after the picture is taken they will scan either your MagicBand or your park ticket. Very simple!

In some locations, such as Jedi Training, Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial, Enchanted Tales With Belle and Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, the Photopass Photographer will hand you a card after the event is over. There is a section on the Photopass website to add the number on the back of the card, once you sign in click on Add A Photopass Card.

Dining Locations
1900 Park Fare at Grand Floridian Resort
Cinderella's Royal Table at Magic Kingdom Park
Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus; Norway in Epcot
Tusker House at Animal Kingdom Park
Chef Mickey's at Contemporary Resort
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Polynesian Resort
'Ohana at Polynesian Resort (Breakfast only)
Mickey's Backyard Barbecue at Fort Wilderness Resort
Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue Dinner show at Fort Wilderness Resort

Ride Photos
The following rides have Photopass pictures:
Space Mountain
Splash Mountain
Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Rock 'n Roller Coaster
Expedition Everest
Test Track

Character Locations

Special Locations:
During Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

After the ride there will be tv screens with the pictures, under your picture, touch the Mickey head on your MagicBand to the Mickey head on the scanner. This will link the picture to your Photopass account, again absolutely FREE. You only pay if you want to purchase the photos.

After your vacation go to the photopass website, https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/ or the My Disney Experience App. You will choose which Disney theme park you visited, then you may view and purchase your pictures. A standard picture may be purchased for $15.00/each.


Memory Maker is a product that allows guests to purchase the all of the photos taken by the Photopass Photographers and all of the ride and dining photos for one price.

Pre purchase Memory Maker before your vacation $149. If you decide to purchase Memory Maker during or after your vacation the cost is $169. I recommend pre purchasing Memory Maker at least a week in advance because pictures taken within 3 days of the date of purchase will not be included in Memory Maker and must be purchased separately. If you purchase Memory Maker in the parks, you may have to link Memory Maker to your Disney account.

Memory Maker includes:
Unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass photos and videos
Select Attraction photos and videos
Select Character dining photos
Discounts on prints of your photos
Magic Shots-- featuring Disney Characters and more, added to your photos
Digital borders and stickers to personalize your photos

If you have pre purchased Memory Maker, once your vacation begins you may start having your picture taken. You do not have to do anything, no linking, nothing. As long as you purchased it more than 4 days in advance you are all set. After you have purchased Memory Maker you may begin downloading your pictures as soon as they become available in your account. I recommend waiting until you get home, it will be easier on a computer. By purchasing Memory Maker you have 30 days for pictures.

PhotoPass photos currently expire 45 days from the date the photo was taken.

If your pictures do not show up in your Disney account, you may contact the PhotoPass Guest Support by calling (407) 560-4300.

Memory Maker is a digital-only entitlement. You can visit the PhotoPass website to purchase prints, gifts and other products using your PhotoPass photos. I love to purchase the CD, which contains all of my pictures as well as stock photos.

Why You Need To Use A Disney Planner

Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World can be confusing, stressful, time consuming and very, very frustrating. A fantastic solution is to use a Disney travel planner.
What is Disney Travel Planner?
A Disney Travel Planner is a travel agent who specializes in everything Disney.
A Disney Travel Planner can not be called a Disney Travel Agent because while we work with Disney, we do not work for Disney.
Why can't I just plan my vacation myself?
Planning a vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and the Disney Cruise Line can be confusing, time saving and frustrating. A Disney Travel Planner will know the ins and outs of planning, organizing a Disney vacation. As well as ensure that you and your family will have a magical vacation to the happiest place on Earth.
What are the perks to using a Disney Travel Planner?
1. Disney Resort Reservations
I will book your resort reservations and make sure you will receive the accomendations you deserve. You won't have to worry about online check in and room recommendations.
2. Park Tickets
Should you purchase the park hopper? How many days should you spend in the parks? Should you have relaxing at the resort days? I can answer all these questions and many more.
3. Magical Express/ Renting A Car
No worries about reserving Magical Express or renting a car.
4. Dining Reservations
A Disney Travel Planner can recommend wonderful restaurants for every member of your party. Also I will happily make your dining reservations, at 6am est, and I will even be able to snag those hard to get reservations.
5. FastPass Reservations
FastPass reservations have to be made very early in the morning. I love making them. A Disney Travel Planner can also recommend which rides/attractions to FastPass. Not all of them need one.
6. Stroller/Scooter Reservations
One of the perks of using me as your Disney Travel Planner, I can recommend and even make your stroller/scooter reservations. So the stroller/scooter will be waiting for you at your resort.
7. Schedule of park hours, parades, daytime/nighttime shows
8. Detailed Itinerary
By using me as your Disney Travel Planner, I will provide an itinerary, not only listing everything from number 7 but also a guide to help you avoid the long lines and crowds. The intinerary is easy to access from your phone.
9. One Person To Contact
By only contacting one person, the Disney Travel Planner, it will save you time and the hassle of getting the run around.
10. Discount Monitoring
By using a Disney Travel Planner, you won't have to worry about watching for future discounts, the travel planner will keep their eye out and contact Disney to apply the discount, saving you money.
11. Recommedations For Adding Extra Magic
Disney provides extra magic throughout its theme parks and resorts, a Disney Travel Planner would know how to apply them to your party.
My Disney Travel Planner services are free for my clients, so you receive concierge service at NO COST TO YOU!!

8-12 months Determine dates of trip Choose hotel Make hotel/package reservations WDW Lovin Mama Planning Schedule
7 months Book airfare Figure out park/day schedule Review restaurant menus Determine restaurants for reservations
6 months Make dining reservations (Book 180 days)
3 months Research fastpasses
2 months Book fastpasses (if staying on-site)(Book 60 days) Personalize MagicBands Order groceries Reserve stroller--off site
1 month Book fastpasses (if staying off-site)(Book 30 days)
less than 1 month pack


8-12 months

** Determine the dates of your trip

** Are you staying on-site (on Walt Disney World property) or off-site?

** Choose your hotel (If staying on-site you can book 500 days in advance of your trip)

** Will you be purchasing a package (hotel, tickets and dining) or will you be purchasing everything seperately?
      (If purchasing tickets from another vendor, like Undercover Tourist, make sure to link them to your account on
        My Disney Experience)

** Make your hotel and package reservations

7 months

** Once you know the dates of your trip, if flying start checking airlines
**** Book your airline reservations
** Look at your dates and determine which park will you be visiting on which day
**** How to figure out which park to visit on which day?
**** Will you be using Extra Magic Hours (if staying on-site)?
****** Extra Magic Hours are hours the park is open early or late. They are only available for guests staying at a
              Walt Disney World resort.
**** Which park rides and attractions appeal to your family?
****** This will take a little research read about each park, Parks, Rides and Attractions
              If you are going for 5 days, will you spend 2 at Magic Kingdom or is EPCOT a better fit
****** Check out www.easywdw.com for a crowd calendar, this will help you figure out which park will be the least crowded

**** Once you figure out your park day schedule, it is time to look at restaurants
****** Will you be eating at counter service (Counter Service is like the fast food restaurant. You walk up to a counter and order
              your food then wait for the food to be served.) restaurants only?
********** YES, then no reservation worries. Counter service restaurants do not accept reservations
********** I recommend still looking at the menus before your trip so you are not wasting park time, trying to figure out where
                      to eat. Also if your family can eat earlier than 5:15pm and later than 6:15pm then the lines will be smaller.
****** Will you be eating at table service (Table Service is a restaurant in which you are seated and waited on)
********** YES, this step takes a little more planning
********** Another question to be asked is will you have the Dining Plan?
************** NO, then you may need to look at meal prices to determine expenses.
************** YES, Now you will just have to manage your Dining Plan credits
****** So now sit back and relax and read some restaurant menus to determine which restaurants your family will enjoy.
********** Counter Service, Table Service, Signature Dining, Character Meals

6 months

** If you are planning on eating at table service restaurants you will need to make reservations 180 days in advance
      (6am est online and 7am est by phone)
**** staying on-site you have the privilege of making dining reservations 180+10 days
****** This means 180 days before the first day of your trip you can make dining reservations for your whole trip
              (as long as your trip is 10 days or less in length)
**** staying off-site you have to make your dining reservations 180 days before every day of your trip

** Pick restaurants that are in or near the park you are visiting that day, this will cut down on your travel time
** Look at menus to determine what restaurants are a good fit
** Think about what time your family will like to eat

** Make Dining Reservations
**** Be online at 5:50am est and ready to go
****** Some reservations are hard to get (Be Our Guest and Cinderella's Royal Table) and will be gone by 8am est
**** If at 5:50am est, 180 days before your trip you have a list of restaurants with the times, the process will go smooth and fast
**** Be sure to write down the confirmation numbers (Disney's system can be a bit glitchy at times)

Is it a pain in the haha now? Yes but when you snag that pre-park opening breakfast and get to walk down a nearly empty Main Street or your child is able to eat dinner with the Princesses in Cinderella's Castle, it is all worth it. You will also have the relief that you will not be standing in a park at six o'clock with a screaming kid, trying to figure out where to eat. Then when choosing a restaurant to only find out they are booked up. It does happen. During more than one trip, as my family is waiting to be seated, we have witnessed a family trying to get into the restaurant, only to be turned away.

4-5 months

** Nothing much to do now
** If staying on-site you could personalize your MagicBands by determining what color and what name


3 months

** Research time, this is for fastpasses. A fastpass is a reserved time (an hour) when you get to ride that particular ride
      or see a show.
** Fastpasses can be made at 12:00am 60 days before your trip (staying on-site) and 30 days before your trip (staying off-site)
** Currently 3 fastpasses can be made for 1 park per day
**** After the 3 fastpasses have be used you can visit a FP+ kiosk (even in a different park) and make another fastpass.
          When that one is used, you can make another reservation and so on and so on.
** You can visit Fastpass to learn about which fastpasses will be best for your family

2 months

** If you stay on-site you can make your fastpass reservation 60 days before the first day of your trip, at 12:00am est.
      Like dining reservations you can make these reservations for your whole trip.
**** Just like dining reservations some fastpasses go fast
        (Anna & Elsa Meet & Greet, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Soarin, Toy Story Midway Mania)
Fastpass Advice
** If you think you will not need them, make the fastpasses anyway. There is no penalty.
** When booking your fastpasses start with the hardest to get first, Anna & Elsa, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
**** It also helps to reserve your fastpasses for your first park day then book your fastpasses for the end of your trip
          and work backwards.
**** If you are unable to book the fastpasses you want, check again 30 days before your trip, fastpasses may open up.
* Reserve stroller--off site
* Order groceries

1 month

** If you are staying off-site you can make your fastpass reservations 30 days before everyday of your trip, at 12:00am est.
Fastpass Advice
** If you think you will not need them, make the fastpasses anyway. There is no penalty.
** When booking your fastpasses start with the hardest to get first, Anna & Elsa, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
**** It also helps to reserve your fastpasses for your first park day then book your fastpasses for the end of your trip
          and work backwards.

less than 1 month

** Pack
** Enjoy your trip

Magical Express
Magical Express

Watch for more information on the Magical Express

*Magical Express is a complimentary bus service that is available for Walt Disney World guests arriving at the Orlando International Airport between 5:00am to 10:00pm.

*Magical Express is located at SIDE B LEVEL 1.

*You will need the following information to reserve Magical Express:
1. Your Name
2. Your Email Address
3. Hotel Reservation Number
4. Resort
5. Guest First Name
6. Guest Last Name
7. Number of Adults and Kids
8. If you live outside of the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada
9. Country
10. Address
11. City
12. Province
13. Postal Code (Zip Code)
14. Phone Number

*If you book your flight before your hotel then you are able to add your flight information for Magical Express when you book your Walt Disney World vacation, either online or by phone.

*If you book your flight after you book your vacation then you can add your flight information to your Walt Disney World reservation, for Magical Express, by call 1-866-599-0951 or WDW Magical Express Online Reservations *Approximately two weeks before your vacation you will receive, in the mail, long yellow tags for your luggage and a confirmation letter.
Magical Express Info
You will receive a yellow tag for every person, including children, on your Disney reservation.
*The confirmation letter will include:
**every guest's name and their arriving flight and departing flight information,
on the reservation
**tips before leaving home
**tips for arrival at the airport
**a map of the location of Magical Express
**information on luggage delivery
**tips for your departure from your Walt Disney World Resort
**information about the resort airline check in service

Luggage Tags
*If you choose to use the yellow tags, you attach one to every piece of luggage you are checking at the airport. Once you check your luggage at your home airport, that is it. You do not pick it up at the Orlando International Airport, Disney handles that task. Then your luggage will be delivered to your hotel room approximately three hours after your flight has landed.

*If you DO NOT us the yellow tags, you can still use Magical Express. You will have to pick up your luggage at the airport. Then bring the luggage to Magical Express, the driver will load it under the bus.

*Once at the Magical Express location everyone in your party will scan their MagicBands and the cast member will direct you to queue for your resort.

*You may have to wait a little bit for the bus. Once the bus is loaded it may stop at other resorts before yours. While on the bus you will enjoy an Introduction to Walt Disney World video, as well as Disney cartoons.

*Bring your MagicBand on the plane---you will have to scan it at the Magical Express desk
*You can bring snacks and drinks on the Magical Express bus
*Drivers do accept tips
*Try to get a seat one or two behind a tv monitor--better view
*Use the restroom before get to the Magical Express Area--the bus ride can take up to an hour or longer


Base Ticket
A base park ticket will allow you entrance to one theme park per day. The price of tickets dramatically drops when you purchase five days or more. Tickets must be used within 14 days after first use.

Park Hopper
By adding the park hopper option you will be able to visit more than one park per day. The park hopper is one price for your entire trip. If you purchase tickets for four days or eight days the price is the same.

Water Park and More
Water park and more allows you access to Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, ESPN Sports Complex, Summerland Miniature Golf, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf and Oak Trail Golf Course.

If you purchase a four day base ticket and add the water park and more option you will receive four days of water park and more tickets. So for those four days you may visit one of the following, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, ESPN Sports Complex, Summerland Miniature Golf (prior to 4:00pm), Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf (prior to 4:00pm) or Oak Trail Golf Course.

Park Ticket Pricing For 2017

2017 Seasons for One Day Tickets (Through Sept 30):
Peak: Jan 1-3; Feb 18-20; Mar 25-Apr 18; May 26-July 22; Regular: Jan 4-16; Feb 21-26; Mar 10-24; Apr 19-May 25; July 23-Aug 19; Sept 1-4,8-10,15-17,22-24,29-30
Value: Jan 17-Feb 17; Feb 27-Mar 9; Aug 20-31; Sept 5-7,11-14,18-21,25-28
Park Hopper Option: allows a guest to visit more than one park per day, the cost is additional and depends on the time of year

Number of Days Adult (10+ years old) Children (3-9 years old)
1 Day--Value Season--Magic Kingdom
$111.83 $105.44
1 Day--Value Season--EPCOT
$103.31 $96.92
1 Day--Value Season--Hollywood Studios
$103.31 $96.92
1 Day--Value Season--Animal Kingdom
$103.31 $96.92
1 Day--Regular Season--Magic Kingdom
$117.15 $110.76
1 Day--Regular Season--EPCOT
$108.63 $102.24
1 Day--Regular Season--Hollywood Studios
$108.63 $102.24
1 Day--Regular Season--Animal Kingdom
$108.63 $102.24
1 Day--Peak Season--Magic Kingdom
$132.06 $125.67
1 Day--Peak Season--EPCOT
$121.41 $115.02
1 Day--Peak Season--Hollywood Studios
$121.41 $115.02
1 Day--Peak Season--Animal Kingdom
$121.41 $115.02
2 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $215.13 $202.35
3 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $308.85 $289.68
4 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $346.13 $324.83
5 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $362.10 $340.80
6 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $378.08 $356.78
7 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $394.05 $372.75
8 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $404.70 $383.40
9 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $415.35 $394.05
10 Days Magic Your Way Tickets(Base Tickets) $426.00 $404.70


1. Sunscreen & Lip Balm with SPF

      Choose a sunscreen that is high in spf. I pack sunscreen in the tolietrie bag for the park days.
      On our travel days I pack a 3 oz. sunscreen in the quart bag. This sunscreen is also packed in the park bag.
I love the Wegman's brand or Coppertone sunscreen for travel.
The Wegman's brand fits very nicely into the quart bag.

2. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a must, the sun can be very bright and brutal during the day.

3. Camera/Video Camera

A great camera/video camera will help capture all of your memories.
In the past I have owned a Sony Cybershot. It was the perfect size and did an excellent job at taking pictures.
Now I own a bigger, more technology advanced camera, Nikon 3300, this camera is amazing for action shots.

4. Cell Phone

Cell Phone
With the My Disney Experience app, a cell phone is a great park must have.
      Within the app is the wait times sections, you will be able to find out the wait times of the rides/attractions in the parks.
Less time to wait in line, more time to enjoy with our family.

5. Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
Hand sanitizer is a good way to clean your hands on the go, after rides, meeting characters and after the restroom.
I love the scents of the Bath and Body Works hand sanitizer and the cute little holder that clips right on to the backpack.

6. Baby Wipes

Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are fantastic to clean up before and after a meal.
And in case of a sticky snack, ice cream, popcorn even the wonderful cupcakes.

7. Neosporin/Band Aids

Band Aids
In my travel pharmacy, I have a snack size bag with Neosporin and Band Aids.
Perfect in case of a cut or scrape. Also will save you time in which you would be walking to the First Aid station
and antibacterial cream and Band Aids can be expensive on property.

8. Pepto/Tums

Pepto Kids Meds

In the quart bag I have a travel container of Pepto and travel Tums for adults.
Because I have children I also carry children's Pepto in a small container with a label.

9. Aspirin/Ibuprofen

In my travel pharmacy I have a travel size container for ibuprofen and a travel container for aspirin.
Just like the Pepto, I carry children's ibuprofen in a small labeled container.
Ibuprofen, aspirin and Pepto can be expensive on property.
I always bring a full size bottle of each in the tolietrie bag then replenish the travel containers.

10. Tissues

A travel pack of tissues is always great to have on hand just in case.

11. Bag For Water Rides

Stored in the bottom of the backpack, as added protection when the bag is on the ground,
I fold a storage Ziploc bag. The backpack can fit nicely into the Ziploc bag
and the bag is sealed for the water rides, examples Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids.

12. Poncho/Raincoat

Depending on what time of year we visit Disney World,
I will pack a raincoat for each member of my family.
The coats fold into their own pocket to take up less room.
If the weather report says no rain,
which has happened on more than one trip in May, the coats stay in the hotel room.

13. Wallet

In this picture I have included my everyday wallet and my travel wallet.
I decrease the amount of stuff in my wallet substantially.

Typically I carry a large wallet so when I travel I only bring the necessities.
**Driver's License**
**Credit Card**
**Insurance Cards**
My travel wallet is a coin purse.

travel pharmacy
Everything fits nice and neat into the quart bag, making it easy for the airport and the backpack.

Walt Disney World Mail

I love receiving mail, it takes me back to before everything was email and you actually became excited when the mailman stopped by your house. When you book a Walt Disney World resort reservation and package, a bonus is receiving mail from Walt Disney World. The Mickey Mail will be delivered over a course of time. There are four main mailings that you will receive when you or your TA book a Walt Disney World package.

Walt Disney World Mail

The first mailing is themed around the Incredibles. If you have not seen the Incredibles, you must it is a fantastic movie.

Mickey Mail
In the envelope is a booklet and a postcard. On the postcard is information on how you may receive a special message for yor family concerning your upcoming trip.

Mickey Mail
In the booklet, is your reservation at a glance, along with information on My Disney Experience, MagicBands, Fastpass, Your Resort, the four theme parks, Disney Springs, the water parks, if your purchased a dining plan and Memory Maker. On the back of the booklet is a magnet, with important dates for your trip. The magnet is detachable. The Incredibles mailing will arrive within two months of booking your trip.

The next two mailings may arrive in any order.

Walt Disney World Mail

The next piece of Mickey Mail is from Disney's Magical Express.

Mickey Mail
If you are staying on site at a Walt Disney World Resort, you may reserve a spot on the Magical Express. For more information on the Magical Express please read my blog post Magical Express and watch my video on YouTube Magical Express Video. The YouTube video contains more information.
In the Magical Express envelope you will find a pamphlet with a lot of information on the Magical Express as well as yellow luggage tags. You should receive one luggage tag for every member for your party unless you are travel solo then you should receive two. You should receive your Magical Express mail by 3 to 4 weeks prior to your trip. If you do not receive them withing two weeks of your trip please contact Magical Express. As a TA I have the Magical Express information mailed directly to my clients, less stress for the client.

Walt Disney World Mail

The third piece of Mickey Mail is information on your Walt Disney Travel Company Package.

Mickey Mail
This booklet goes into more detail about your Walt Disney World package than the Incredible booklet.

Mickey Mail
Once again there is information on the My Disney Experience app. If you have not downloaded it, please do, it is a great tool for your vacation. The booklet also contains information on your resort and Magical Express. The most important part of the booklet is around page four. This is where you will find a detailed list of your Walt Disney World package. Starting with your confirmation number, arrival and departure dates, guests names, if you reserved Magical Express, resort room info, ticket info, dining plan info, magical extras, luggage tags info and memory maker information. Like I said more detailed. In the back of the booklet you will find vouchers for Wide World of Sports and mini golf. On the back of the booklet is a punch out card. This card may be used during your vacation for any magical extras. The list of magical extras and discounts is listed in this booklet. This mailing will arrive around 3 to 4 weeks before your vacation.

Walt Disney World Mail

The last piece of Mickey Mail is the most exciting and probably the most important, MAGICBANDS!!!!!
Mickey Mail
MagicBand day is a holiday in some households. Stalking the mailman, edge of your seat, feels like Christmas kind of day. The MagicBands arrive in a box approximately 3 weeks prior to your vacation. A MagicBand is worn around your wrist and functions as your room key, park ticket, how to use dining credits at restaurants and snack carts, fastpasses, memory maker (photpass) and to board Magical Express. You can also scan the band and charge to your room any purchases.

Mickey Mail
You may personalize your MagicBand in your My Disney Experience account. This is easier to do on a computer. For more information of the process please watch my video MagicBand Video. In the box will be your MagicBands, luggage tags and information on the MagicBands. On the right side of the box will be a tag that says "Pull Here Luggage Tags".

Mickey Mail
The luggage tags will be underneath the MagicBands and the correspond to the color of your MagicBand. Also underneath your Magic Bands you will find information on how your MagicBands may be used, as mentioned above.

This is the last piece of Mickey Mail you will receive before your vacation. After this mail, all you have to do is pack and have a magical vacation.

Packing A Carry On Bag Only

Watch for Packing A Carry On Only
Carry On Only
Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The play was incredible and London was beautiful, I can not wait to go back. However the trip was very short, four days to be exact. Our plane departed on Wednesday night, landing in England on Thursday morning, with the time change. Then we departed England on Saturday afternoon. The play is in two parts, Thursday night and Friday night. So we toured Thursday afternoon and all day Friday. Thankfully this trip was adults only, I don't think the kids could have lasted. They would have been exhausted. Because it was such a short trip, we decided to pack a carry on bag and a backpack each.

Carry On Clothes
The packing list was the following:
3 shirts
3 pants/jeans
2 sweaters
1 pajamas
4 underwear
4 socks
1 jacket

Carry On Tolietries

Tolietries shampoo
body soap
face soap
body lotion
face lotion
make up
contact solution
contact case
extra contacts
3 ponytail holders
cold medicine
lip balm
headache medicine
Misc. cell phone
cell phone charger
extra camera battery
extra SD card
outlet adapter
map of London
book for plane
neck pillow

The liquids were in a quart size bag and while traveling were kept in the front pocket of the suitcase.
Carry On Quart Bag

All of the extra things were in the backpack along with some headache medicine. I will be honest the hardest part packing only a carry on bag was the tolietries. As far as the clothes go that was easy, I brought sweaters in case of the weather. Not having a razor for three days was a little tough but making sure all of the liquids were 3.4 ounces or less was difficult. I was apprehensive at first about only having a carry on but that quickly disappeared once we exited our plane and did not have to enter the baggage claim area. I loved traveling with a carry on only and would love to do it again. My family has an upcoming vacation to Walt Disney World and I will have a packing series here and on my YouTube channel, WDW Lovin Mama. The series will contain blogs and videos on how to pack for an adult and kids, clothes and tolietries. So stay tuned...

cWhen packing tolietries I like to separate them into two groups, kids and adults. The tolietries that I pack for the kids has varied over the years. As they grow up, no more diapers, wipes, diaper creams, etc. It is rather freeing. For more details on what I pack for the kids, check out my YouTube video Packing Toiletries for Kids for Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World: Packing Tolietries for Kids & Adults

Tolietries For Kids

Tolietrie Bag

The amount of tolietries for the kids is far less than the tolietries for the adults. For this trip I packed the following tolietries for the kids:
Tolietries for Kids
1. Kids Shampoo (I decantered their shampoo into a smaller bottle)
2. Kids Soap
Kids Soap
3. Vitamins
Case for Vitamins
4. Sunscreen (same as the adult sunscreen)
5. Ponytail Holders
6. Hairbrush
7. Hair gel
8. Toothpaste
9. Toothbrushes
10. Wet Ones
Wet Ones
Kids Med Bag
11. Thermometer
12. Kids Ibuprofen
13. Kids Claratin
14. Kids Aspirin
15. Kids Mucinex
16. Kids Allergy Medicine
17. Miralax
18. Bug Spray

The medicine for the kids is packed in a men's tolietrie bag. I love having everything together in one place. Please watch my video for more details. Toothbrushes, toothpaste and ponytail holders are packed into a hanging bag. This bag has a small hook that I hang in the closet area next to the sink. I also bring a small collapsible bin from the dollar store
Collapsible Bin
to store my makeup, hairbrushes and any odds and ends so the sink area is not cluttered. Next up tolietries for adults.

Tolietries For Adults

Adult Tolietries
Let's face it, adults need more crap than kids. I always thought I would pack more stuff for my kids but not the case. Maybe because we can take more medicine if needed and then there is the shaving and the feminine products. Big Fun!! Using the same main tolietrie bag
Tolietrie Bag
I packed both kid and adult tolietries into this one bag. Carrying it I could have sworn it weighed fifty pounds but it came in under twenty, I was shocked. Please watch my video for more details on adult tolietries Packing Toiletries for Adults for Walt Disney World
The following tolietries were packed for the adults:
Adult Shampoo
1. Shampoo
2. Conditioner
3. Leave In Conditioner
Adult Soap
4. Body Soap
5. Face Soap
6. Razors
7. Shaving Cream
8. Body Lotion
9. Face Lotion
10. Make Up
11. Sunscreen
12. Bug Spray
13. Q-Tips
14. Hair Brush
15. Ponytail Holders
Nail Clipper Holder
16. Tweezers
17. Nail Clippers
18. Small Scissors
19. Glasses Repair Kit
20. Contact Solution
21. Extra Contacts
22. Glasses
Adult Meds
23. Adult Medicine (cold meds, sinus meds, allergy meds, etc.)
24. Deodorant
25. Febreeze Spray
26. Toothbrushes
27. Toothpaste
You will notice I bagged everything in gallon size Ziploc bags. This was not only to prevent something from leaking all over the inside of the bag but also on our check out day, everything from the shower is wet so I just pack it into the bags for the trip home, nice and easy. Just like for the kids' tolietries, the toothbrushes and toothpaste were in a hanging bag.
Next up is packing for kids for a trip to Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World: Packing For Kids

Kids Suitcase
When I pack for a Walt Disney World vacation two words come to mind, comfort and convenience. I want my kids to be comfortable throughout the day and I want the convenience of having them get themselves ready in the morning. We are an early rise family at Walt Disney World. So the kids have to be up by 6:30am, so they can shower and dress before we leave at seven. When my kids were smaller I would pack extra outfits and pajamas. Watch my video on YouTube for more information,
Walt Disney World:Packing For Kids

Now that my kids are bigger I pack one outfit a day for each kid, along with extra socks, underwear and pajamas. Right now my kids' clothes fit in a gallon size Ziploc bag, I fear that will not be the case for our next trip. So for this trip I labeled a gallon size Ziploc with the child's name and the day. Then in each Ziploc bag there is a t-shirt, shorts, underwear and socks. At the hotel the bags are unpacked into a drawer and in the morning each child goes to the drawer pulls out their bag for the day and gets dressed. CONVENIENCE!! I LOVE IT!
In a separate bag, actually it is a zippered bag that contains my curtains when I purchased them, I pack the extra underwear and socks. I also packed jeans and raincoats, just in case the weather changed. This happened to us once but we were traveling in January, not only did we need coats but also hats and gloves, it was very cold that trip. The kids wore their sweatshirts to the airport as it was chilly in the morning. We were thankful for the sweatshirts during our last two evenings of our vacation.

Finally I packed their costumes and some odds and ends into gallon size Ziploc bags and a large size Ziploc bag. I love the bigger Ziploc bags they are great for carrying things like water shoes and towels. Then when the day is done and you are back in the hotel room, take everything out to dry and turn the bag inside out to dry as well. So easy!

Please check out my video for more details on what I pack for the kids for a vacation to Walt Disney World.

Walt Disney World: Packing For Adults

Adult Suitcase
I find that packing for myself is a lot easier than packing for my kids. I focus on comfort and Disney. I have way to many Disney t shirts, I may have a problem. I had to narrow down which t shirts I was bringing. Since we were at Walt Disney World on my birthday I wanted to wear my Haunted Mansion t shirt, my favorite ride. And it being October, any Halloween was a must. I did pack myself a pair of jeans and extra socks and underwear. Plus comfy yet warm pajamas because I am the only one in my family who freezes when the temperature is below eighty degrees. Please watch my video on what I packed
Walt Disney World:Packing For Adults