Yep, we did it. We pulled the rip cord and jumped into our family’s first Walt Disney World vacation. If I wasn’t sick of the “magic” by the time I navigated the endless amounts of pre-planning, I knew I would be after about one hour of the “magical” crowds, hot weather and bad food.
But, you do it for your kids! Just to see those sweet faces light up when they meet Mickey Mouse. Our kids totally delivered. They were about the sweetest things during the whole trip. I couldn’t believe how they rallied for 10 p.m. fireworks as I cursed the Disney gods and sipped my third glass of wine. And then they were up again the next morning, ready for more. They are durable little creatures.
With the pre-planning behind us and a full mastery of the fast-pass game, we tackled the parks like professionals. The only thing I had left to worry about was our sun survival strategy.
The parks don’t provide much shade or sun protection and with the fast pace of the day, it would be very easy to forget to reapply sunscreen or even consider the totality of your sun exposure. Additionally the shops in the park don’t readily offer sunscreen options for purchase so it is important to arrive prepared.
1. A ball cap for everyone. Tuck the bill into the back opening of the hat and then stack into the backpack.
2. Colorescience Pro Sunforgettable SPF 50 Brush. It soaks up the glisten you get from hustling and dancing in the humid Florida air while also protecting you from the sun. Great for sharing with the hubs too.
3. A tube of kid’s sunscreen for reapplying. We cover head to toe in the morning before heading out and then hit the exposed spots a second time around lunch.
4. Sunglasses with case
5. A bottle of water
6. UPF clothing jacket or wrap. I chose to use my Coolibar ZnO Sun Wrap because it goes with anything and also can double as a blanket or stroller tarp when the kiddos have had too much “magic”.
The good news is if you forget a sun preparedness plan, Disney is ready for you. Each room’s bathroom product line-up includes an “after sun cooling gel.” Of course, I would prefer to never use that stuff again. I’ve had enough burns this lifetime.