Printable Disney World Medical Resource List

A sick or injured child (or anyone else!) can quickly turn a dream Disney World vacation into a nightmare. I’ve compiled a printable list of urgent care clinics, on call in-room doctor services, prescription delivery services, hospitals, and more.

Disney Medical Resource List

Click here to download Disney World medical resource list for Microsoft Word.

Click here to download Disney World medical resource list as PDF file.

I truly hope you don’t need this list while on vacation, but if you do, you’ll be prepared!

 

When Should You Start Planning Your Disney Vacation? (with Printable Checklist)

Printable Disney Planning TimelineHere’s a timeline for planning your Disney Vacation. It’s available as a printable checklist in word format or as a pdf document.

At Least 6 months Before Your Trip

  • Choose the dates for your Disney vacation.
  • Decide where you will stay and book your lodging.
  • Purchase plane tickets for your vacation.
  • Arrange ground transportation to get from the airport to Disney World (Disney’s Magical Express/rental car).

6 Months Before Your Trip

  • Lay out plans for which parks you will visit on which day of your vacation.

180 Days Before Your Trip

  • Make dining and special event reservations.

60 Days Before Your Trip

  • If you are staying at a Disney Resort, reserve your Fastpass+ times for popular attractions.

1 Month Before Your Trip

  • If necessary, make plans for rental equipment or grocery delivery.

1 Week Before Your Trip

  • Gather all travel documents and confirmation numbers.
  • Pack your bags for your trip.

If you don’t have at least 6 months before your Disney vacation, don’t fret! Know that you may not be able to get into some of the harder to book reservations and experiences, but get started right away. Need vacation planning assistance? Click here for more information.

Disney Tips from Fellow Bloggers

Disney Tips from Fellow BloggersIf you are planning your Disney World trip and you’ve scoured the internet for tips, you’ll find that there is a lot of information around. If you are a pinner and love Pinterest, I maintain a board of my favorite tips from other bloggers that I’ve collected from all over. If you aren’t on Pinterest, what are your waiting for? Pinterest is an online bulletin board where you can “pin” your favorite content, whether it be recipes, fashion, or vacation planning.

Here’s a peek into my top 5 favorite tips from fellow bloggers:

1) There’s a secret character meet and greet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Don’t ask about it, as no one will tell you! Learn more.

2) A family vacation can be expensive, but did you realize how many free activities are available at Disney? See them.

3) There’s pros and cons to staying at every Disney Resort. This blogger lists them all! Read more here.

4) Park hopping (visiting more than one Disney Park per day) can take up a lot of time. Should you try it? Read all about it.

5) Don’t leave the parks when it rains! Many people leave and the crowds get lighter. If you are lucky enough, there’s a special parade called the Rainy Day Cavalcade at Disney’s Magic Kingdom! Find more rainy day activities.

See the whole board of my favorite tips here.

If you enjoyed these tips, make sure to read my favorite tips for visiting the parks with your children under age 3.

My Favorite Disney Tips for Infants and Toddlers

Recipe for an Unhappy Disney VacationA trip to Disney World can lead to lifelong memories for everyone involved, but it can also leave a sour taste in your mouth if you don’t do your homework. When planning your next Disney vacation with your infant or toddler, consider my favorite tips:

  • Use crowd calendar websites and planning tools such as touringplans.com to plan your visit in an off peak time.
  • Slow down the pace. Even if you tried, you can’t experience every Disney attraction on your vacation. If your toddler wants to stop and stare at ducks for 15 minutes, let them. Take the opportunity to people watch from a bench, catch up on your emails, or post your favorite trip pictures on Facebook.
  • Utilize Disney’s Fastpass or Rider Switch Services to experience attractions that infants and toddlers can’t enjoy. While it may be your infant or toddler’s first trip, don’t lose sight that it is your vacation, too.
  • Leave time for naps. If your child naps at home, consider returning to your hotel room in the middle of the day for a break, or allowing your child uninterrupted nap time in the stroller. A sleeping child in a stroller makes a great shopping partner!
  • Come prepared. Bring extra clothes. Pack rain gear. Bring small toys. Have enough diapers, wipes, and baby necessities on hand.
  • Stay on schedule. If your child eats lunch everyday at 11:00am, making a lunch reservation at 1:00pm probably isn’t wise. Try to stick to your child’s schedule for meal times. Remember that Disney may be in a different time zone than your home.
  • Be flexible. If your heart is set on taking photos of your child with every Disney character, be ready to change plans if your child screams at the sight of Mickey. (Think about this: the average character is about 3 times taller than the average toddler!)
  • Bring your child’s favorite snacks in a small cooler. This will save your money and keep your child full.
  • Know when to leave. Don’t try to plan a commando trip and stay at the parks from open to close every day of your vacation. Disney can be overstimulating!
  • Plan a relaxed day or two. Sightseeing at the resorts, shopping, or a movie can be just as exciting as visiting the parks. Remember, your family vacation is about spending time together, not merely riding rides or seeing shows.

What are your favorite tips for visiting with an infant or toddler? Share them by leaving a comment!

 

Printable Disney World Packing List when Traveling with Infants and Toddlers

Printable Packing List by disneyunder3.comIt’s time to start packing for your Disney vacation! I’ve included a printable packing list to use as a guideline when traveling with infants and toddlers. Don’t forget, if you are worried about carrying everything or the expense of the extra bags, you can always ship items ahead to your resort.

Click here to download printable packing list for Microsoft Word.

Click here to download printable packing list as PDF file.

Don’t forget to leave room in your baggage for souvenirs, or bring a spare bag!

What else do you like to bring for your Disney vacation when traveling with infants and toddlers? Leave a comment and let me know!

 

10 Minute DIY Disney Shirt Tutorial

10 Minute DIY Disney ShirtsFor the not-so-crafty or time strapped mama wanting custom Disney themed shirts for your vacation, try this quick and easy iron on method.

Supplies needed:

Blank t-shirt or onesie
Iron
Scissors
Tape measure or ruler
Piece of cardboard to put between shirt layers
Iron on transfer sheets
Computer and printer
A design

Step 1) After gathering all of your supplies, print your desired image onto the transfer paper. If you don’t want to design your own, several etsy sellers offer high quality images for sale. For this tutorial, I purchased the Minnie image from swirlycolorpixels on etsy. You can find other images on etsy by clicking here.

Step 2) Cut out the design to be ironed onto the shirt. Be sure to cut as close to the image as you can.

Step 3) Iron the shirt you will be transferring the image onto.

Step 4) Place your cardboard piece between the shirt layers to prevent bleeding through. Using your ruler or tape measure, lay the image face down onto the shirt.

Step 5) Following the manufacturer instructions, iron the image onto the shirt. Be careful not to move the image once you begin ironing.

Step 6) Allow the image to cool completely and gently peel back the image sheet to admire your new creation!

To prolong the life of your shirt, turn it inside out before washing and hang to dry.

Cost of this project:

Onesie: $2.00 at Michaels Craft Store from clearance area
Iron on transfer sheets: $4.49  for 10 at Michaels Craft Store (I used a 50% off coupon, regularly $8.99)
Minnie image from etsy.com: $2.00.

If you aren’t the DIY type, be sure to view my post Custom Disney Shirts for Your Vacation.

Custom Disney Shirts for Your Vacation

If you have ever visited Disney World, you might remember that many families choose to dress alike, or at least coordinate outfits, each day. You will see everything from matching t-shirts commemorating a special event, such as a family reunion or birthday, to families decked out in coordinating custom clothes depending on which park they are visiting. In my opinion, coordinating outfits make great photos for your Disney vacation, and they make spotting your group members easier in the crowds! If you are interested in custom clothing you have three options:

1) Order custom screenprinted t-shirts. My favorite screenprinting company is Celebration Shirts, who specialize in Disney themed t-shirts. They have an 8 shirt minimum for custom printed shirts, and prices range from $24 to $30 per shirt. Celebration Shirts can be found at celebrationshirts.com or on etsy. A few of my favorite designs from their website:

2) Order custom apparel from your favorite etsy seller. There’s thousands of items available that range from embroidery to painted. Prices vary per seller, but I was able to find many adorable designs for under $20.

3) Create your own. You don’t have to be able to sew or paint to create your own Disney themed shirts. Read on for my 10 Minute DIY Disney Shirt Tutorial.

10 Reasons to Bring Your Infant or Toddler on Your Disney Vacation

10 Reasons to Take Your Infant or Toddler to DisneyYou’ve started planning your Disney family vacation, and friends and family are asking you why you are even thinking of bringing your young children. Maybe you’ve heard, “Wait until they are older!”, “Why would you take an infant?”, or even “You just aren’t going to be able to enjoy your trip!” Here’s my top 10 reasons why you should bring your infant or toddler on your Disney vacation:

10) Even if they won’t remember the trip, you’ll enjoy looking at your Disney vacation photos with your children as they get older.

9) Infants and toddlers often fly for free, if traveling as a “lap baby”.

8) Infants and toddlers often have no problem getting up in the early morning, the least crowded time at most parks.

7) Disney makes visiting with young children easy with their Baby Care Centers, stroller friendly walkways, complimentary pack and plays, plenty of high chairs, and accommodating Cast Members.

6) In most cases, you will not pay for your child under 3 to stay at your Disney resort.

5) Disney’s Rider Switch Service makes it easy for older guests to easily enjoy attractions that younger guests can’t; while Fastpass service reduces wait times.

4) Children under age 3 eat free at Disney restaurants at family style services, buffets, and can share from your plate everywhere else.

3) No tickets are needed for your child under age 3 at any of the theme parks.

2) There are plenty of attractions that even your young infant can experience at all the Disney theme parks.

and 1) When Walt Disney set out to build Disneyland, it was in the hopes of a place where children and parents could have fun together. The delight of seeing your toddlers face light up at their first meeting with Mickey, your infant cooing at their first fireworks, or their first parade is simply… magical.

Disclaimer: If you are only planning on taking one trip to Disney in your children’s lifetime, I do recommend you wait until they are older, but otherwise, enjoy your trip with your children under age 3. You might even find out that taking an infant is easier than taking an opinionated preschooler!