Walt Disney World: Help for Forgotten Details.

Hello everyone, today I want to address some of the other things I try to tell people when planning a Disney trip. Everyone remembers to think about the “must do” rides, shows and meals and people will tell you about where to stay as well (you can find many articles here at My Dreams of Disney, my wonderful co-contributors are great about sharing these tips)  but often we forget the not so fun aspects of any trips but Disney does a great job of covering these details for you.  I am talking about first aid and similar occurrences today.

I have allergies, if you don’t suffer from allergies you would think that shouldn’t matter but it does. Living in New England, I tend to “forget” my allergies in the winter. That means that allergy medication can be forgotten when I head to Walt Disney World. More times than I care to admit, I have found myself wandering the different stores looking for allergy medication. I didn’t know that if you don’t see something on the shelves, you should ask. As space is limited, some items are kept beneath the counter so it is wise to ask a Cast Member; it may be available even if you don’t see it.

It is important to also know that First Aid is located at the Baby Care Center at each theme park. I have turned to the First Aid staff for assistance with allergy issues more than once (they will have the over the counter medication you need if you can’t find it in any of the shops). Of course, they are useful for more than that. First Aid is great for assistance with band-aids (for those blisters you get from walking), they are helpful with sunburns and it’s the first place I think of if I am fighting motion sickness (not often for me except the first time I rode the more extreme version of Mission: Space).

The Baby Care Center is the place to be if you are a nursing mother and prefer a quiet, private place to nurse. It’s also great for a quiet meal for a baby that likes their baby food warmed or you prefer a more home-like highchair (as opposed to the wooden restaurant style highchairs available around the parks). One word of warning, diapers and formula (like most items) tend to be more pricey if you buy them on Disney property so if you need these items, I suggest that you pack plenty (more than you think you will need, better safe than sorry).

Do you have any tips I missed or something you like to share with Disney fans? I’d love to hear from you.

Traveling to Orlando – My tips and notes to make your journey to Disney World a little easier

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Hello everyone, today I thought I’d share some of my favorite tips I give to friends and family who are traveling to Disney World for the first time. I think these tips are worth noting whether this is your first trip or another trip to Disney World.

First, make sure you are on an airline you like. I was thrilled when JetBlue started operating out of my “home” airport this November. Personally, JetBlue is my favorite airline. There is no charge for your first bag of luggage, they have direct flights at a good price, there is satellite TV and radio at each seat and they offer Dunkin Donuts coffee. In New England, it seems like there is a Dunkins on every corner and that little extra makes a difference to me. But the important factor here is that I dislike flying so I want to be as comfortable as possible. If you prefer a different airline, use that one but try to choose an airline you like.

When you get off the plane, you will need to make the journey from your arrival gate to the main terminal (and back again on the return home). I always look forward to the ride in the tram on the way there and am sad on the return trip home. I view this as my first ride of the trip. I use the ride on the way home to carefully tie my shoes and get myself together for the flight home. If you are the type that dislikes waiting or you are in a hurry, there are walkways between the main terminal and the two gate areas. FYI, there are also plenty of places to shop and grab a bite to eat in both the main terminal and the gate areas.

The next thing to consider is your transportation to the DisneyWorld property. As I have said before, I LOVE Disney’s Magical Express. I wholeheartedly suggest using the service whenever possible. All transportation options including Disney’s Magical Express are located on the baggage claim area of the airport (don’t forget that if you opt to use Disney’s Magical Express, you can bypass the baggage claim area! Always a bonus while traveling).

It’s important to note that the Orlando International Airport doesn’t sell gum. If you are like me, you rely on gum chewing to help relieve the ear pressure that is often a result of flying. Make sure you stock up before you leave home or head out to the airport for the flight home. If you don’t chew gum, I have found if you stick your tongue out and swallow (it’s difficult but possible), that tends to relieve the pressure without that uncomfortable “pop” you get if you block your nose, close your mouth and “blow” (it works but I find that the “pop” hurts so much that it’s sometimes preferable to continue being blocked).

I hope you have found something in these tips that you can use. Do you have any tips you would like to share? I love getting new tips. Happy travels!

Memorable meals – Cape May Cafe

Taken at Cape May Cafe

Taken at Cape May Cafe

Hello everyone, sorry I’ve been silent but I am back and ready to share again! When I think about memorable meals at Disney, I often think about the dinner my daughter Kym and I had at Cafe May Cafe. Normally I wouldn’t spend the money to eat seafood while I vacation (living in New England, we have fresh seafood, we don’t need to travel for seafood) but as this was a birthday trip for Kym and we were on the Disney Dining Plan, I made a reservation.

Cape May Cafe is located at Disney’s Beach Club resort. We spent the earlier part of our day at Epcot; we left Epcot via the International Gateway and followed the walking path over to the Beach Club (you can also take a water taxi from the International Gateway; the pathway also links to the Boardwalk Inn and Disney’s Yacht Club). We looked around the hotel until it was time to check in. (They have a beautiful pool area and walking trails).

A shot of the pool area at the Beach Club

A shot of the pool area at the Beach Club

This restaurant feels like a New England restaurant. The tables are covered in butcher paper; which is great for the theme, in New England clam bakes include melted or “drawn” butter. Butter spilled on a cloth tablecloth would be really hard to clean up plus there is a lot of sea water from the shellfish which makes a paper tablecloth ideal. Plus there are crayons on the table so the kids (or the kids at heart) can draw and color at the table.

The meal itself is a buffet; always tasty. There is a great variety of cold dishes as well as tasty hot foods. The cold foods included salads and peel and eat shrimp. The hot foods included steamed potatoes, corn on the cob, clams and crab legs. There were plenty of dessert options as well.

The biggest surprise for me was when the check came. As we were using our dining plan, the cost of the meal ($72.00 plus tax) was covered in the Disney dining plan. I only had to pay the tip. I must say that this meal alone made the dining package a worthwhile expenditure. Have you eaten at Cafe May Cafe? If you did, what are your thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.

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