Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tips

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If you are a first time vis­i­tor to Walt Dis­ney World, there are a few things you might want to know be­fore you get there.

Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #1 – Make friends with the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence App

About 4 years ago, Dis­ney in­tro­duced the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence App. In the be­gin­ning, it was cute, buggy and some­what but not re­ally use­ful. Over the last year that has to­tally changed. It is now al­most es­sen­tial that you use the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app when you are at Walt Dis­ney World.

You can now, make and track din­ing reser­va­tions, Fast­pass+ reser­va­tions and even keep up with your hotel and tick­ets with the app. The great thing is the app works on any In­ter­net ca­pa­ble de­vice. your desk­top, your phone, your tablet - they are all con­nected.

Look around and play with it. It has park maps with wait­ing times, char­ac­ter lo­ca­tions, Pho­topass pictures and even shop­ping in­for­ma­tion. Yes, Dis­ney has FREE Wi-fi all around WDW so it will work in the parks.

Play with it be­fore you go. Trust me on this one. You and My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence need to be­come friends.

Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #2 – Charg­ing your phone

It’s amaz­ing how quickly my phone dies at WDW. At Walt Dis­ney World it seems like my phone dies right around din­ner­time when I want to take some pictures of the food at din­ner and it won’t work for the night­time en­ter­tain­ment. I’ve been known to find a plug in a bath­room and sit on the floor for an hour while my phone charged. I looked to­tally silly.

You can now find charg­ing sta­tions around the can also take your phone to any Guest Ser­vices, pro­vide a charg­ing cable and Dis­ney will charge it for you. Also, Dis­ney just started sell­ing what they call Fuel­rods.

Fuel­rods are lit­tle bat­ter­ies that charge your phone. You hook them up and in a few min­utes your phone is charged again. The great thing about Fuel­rods is once you use them, you go to a Fuel­rod kiosk and turn your dead one in and get a freshly charged one for FREE. You can keep ‘re­fresh­ing’ for your whole trip. Fuel­rods cost $30.

Dad’s Com­mon Sense Tip #3 – Don’t for­get the pa­per

Yes, I know this is the Tech­nol­ogy is­sue and Dis­ney is in love with tech­nol­ogy, but that doesn’t mean it al­ways works. Yes, Dad the techy says tech­nol­ogy some­times messes up.

Be sure to print out your reser­va­tions and have a pa­per copy ready in case some­thing breaks down. Hotel, Ticket, Ad­vanced Din­ing Reser­va­tions (ADR’S) Fast­pass+, and any other reser­va­tion you make. Print it out. Bring the print out with you. Just in case.

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