One big benefit of living in Florida is that trips to theme parks don’t have to be complicated trips planned out months in advance. We can just jump in the car and spend a long weekend or perhaps even an unexpected day off in mid-week doing some roller coasters and posing for photos with characters. With a little help from Diapers.com, here are some insider tips to keep in mind when you are trying to get away for a day or so and some overlooked essentials when you are making an impromptu trip to the theme park.
Use bad weather to your advantage: If you are a family that is traveling hundreds or thousands of miles and spending the equivalent of a two-week paycheck on that Disney vacation, chances are you aren’t going to book your trip when a tropical depression is also heading towards your intended destination. Even a line of ominous thunderstorms is enough to keep most potential tourists confined to their hotel room until the inclement has passed through. Since it takes a pretty significant storm to close an entire park it’ll probably remain open for the day. But since nobody wants their idyllic vacation tainted by rain it means fewer people are going to be inside the actual parks.
If you don’t mind getting a little wet this is a great time to visit a park. The lines are shorter, thruways are less crowded and since a majority of the attractions are indoors anyway, there will be plenty of opportunities to stay out of the rain.
Just make sure to wear clothes that won’t make you miserable to be stuck wearing for long periods when they are wet or that will dry out quickly. Sandals and performance-style shirts are good choices for adults. For kids, make sure to outfit them with comfortable shoes that they can walk around in all day and won’t make them miserable. We suggest Native’s waterproof footwear. Your kids can jump in all the puddles they want while wearing them and they won’t whine about having cold, wet feet later.
Close it down: If you are making a day trip out of your theme park visit, you probably aren’t going to have to worry about things like beating the traffic, getting checked into a hotel, or making your plane home. This means you don’t have to follow the mass exodus heading for the exits after the parade or final show. And that means you’ll have more of the park to yourselves once the other patrons are gone.
A lot of parks like Disney will offer extended hours at night for pass holders and those staying on property resorts. This is a great time to ride some of those bigger rides that can have prolonged wait times during peak hours. Plus, the darkness of night adds a unique perspective to many rides, especially roller coasters.
Just make sure to pack plenty of insect repellant. While the sun going down might be a cue for your fellow park-goers to leave, it is also a sign for the many, many mosquitoes we have here in Florida to move in. Try Babyganics insect repellant for the younger ones. It provides the same level of protection but it is safer for young kids skin since it contains less synthetic chemicals.
Don’t fear the heat: Living in Florida gives you a natural advantage to all those tourists from colder climes. Your body is used to dealing with the 95-degree heat and high humidity. There’s a reason that late summer is one of the slowest times of the year for most of the parks here in Florida; The heat can be downright miserable. And even for those who brave the oppressive sun, they will inevitably spend a great deal of time huddled under places of shade and inside the air-conditioned spaces of stores and food courts. If you can stand the heat without turning into tomato-faced sweat sponges in novelty mouse ears, this is your time to shine.
Just make sure to slather on plenty of sunscreens (even if you are a native) and keep hydrated. Nitrogen A sunscreen with at least an SPF of 35 is essential for the kids. And an insulated water bottle, such as the ones made by Thermos, kept in your bags is a good way to always have something cool for your kids to sip during pitstops. The key to all of this advice is avoiding the crowds that can make a day at a theme park an unpleasant experience. If you are flexible and can put up with some less than ideal conditions, you will be able to accomplish more attractions in less time than you thought possible.
If you end up staying overnight, don’t forget to pack some kid-specific toiletry items. Most hotels provide complimentary things like soap and shampoo but they probably aren’t made for young children. Tom’s strawberry children’s toothpaste and Mickey Mouse Bath and Body wash are great suggestions to add into your overnight bag.
Our Diapers.com Haul
- Native Shoe
- Neutrogena Junior Sunscreen Spray SPF 70, 5 oz
- Babyganics Natural Deet Free Insect Repellent
- Tom’s of Maine Anticavity Fluoride Children’s Toothpaste
- Method Mickey Mouse Body Wash
- Thermos Character FUNtainer Stainless Steel Straw Bottle w/ Pop Straw
Despite the name, Diapers.com is much more than just diapers and items for newborns. They have a whole range of practical and high-quality products that are handpicked by experts that go beyond newborn essentials. With convenient 1-2 day shipping and no fees on orders over $49, it is the ideal site to help you stock up on necessary supplies for your kids on those spur-of-the-moment trips to whatever tourist attractions are just a quick drive away. And, don’t forget, you can ship items directly to your hotel when you’re traveling so you have your essentials ready and waiting when you arrive!
Theme Park Travel Tips
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