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9 Tips For Creating Lasting Walt Disney World Vacation Memories

“Vacation memories!” is sort of a mantra in my family. We say it anytime something funny, embarrassing, or annoying happens on a trip. So basically, we say it all the time. It keeps our spirits up when things don’t go our way, and is a nice reminder to remember the happy things.

As fun as it is to say the phrase, making the memories is way more fun. Here are nine easy ways to make more vacation memories!

9. Use Memory Maker

As part of the Disney’s larger My Magic Experience initiative, Memory Maker incorporates the old Photopass Photographers, and ride photos into one system. Now, all those pictures can be stored in one place online, downloadable once you get home. So easy! Plus, some attractions, like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Tower of Terror, even send you video clips of your ride! If you want to add Memory Maker to your vacation package, do so at least three days before check-in for a little discount!

8. Ask a Photopass Photographer to Take Your Picture

You don’t have to be using Memory Maker to get your picture taken by the photographers. Just ask nicely and he/ she will take a picture of your whole family!

7. Dress Up

Dressing the part will definitely put you in the Disney spirit. Think about having your family wear matching shirts. This would be even cooler if you’re vacationing with a big extended family! Or, maybe you could “Disney Bound” which is taking inspiration from a Disney character with regular clothing. You and your honey could dress as your favorite Disney couple, or you and your bestie can dress like a dynamic Disney duo.

6. Be a Goofball

Acting like a kid what Disney World is all about! My family has a tradition of making a gopher face for the Space Mountain ride photo. Don’t just stand still for character photos, interact with them! Join a dance party with characters, even (or especially!) if you’re a bad dancer. You will certainly remember times like this, when you had fun!

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5. Make Queue Friends

I love talking to the guests around me, whether it’s waiting for coffee, a ride, or a parade. I don’t remember their names, but I’ll never forget the conversations we had, the line we were in, or the fun I had! Or, think about bringing extra stickers, bubbles, or glow sticks to share with families around you. Sharing is a sure-fire way to make friends, and you won’t forget the smiles you put on faces!

4. Put Down the Phone/ Camera

This is something I’m definitely guilty of not doing. Smartphones are the best and worst innovation for vacations. Same goes for cameras. I know how much fun taking photos can be, and I love taking food pics as much as the next girl. But I challenge you do put down all technology for meal times, or waiting in attraction queues. Don’t worry about being bored, talk with your family.

3. Try Something New

I bet you remember the first time you rode Haunted Mansion, or tried School Bread. Expand your tastes and memories by trying something new. I like to try at least one new experience every vacation. That way, I can have a brand new memory for every trip, not just more memories of the same experience.

2. Sit

Sometimes, it’s not the experiences, or thrills that are the most memorable. Sometimes, it’s the conversations we have with those we love. Don’t be afraid to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the park. Find a quiet place to relax, or linger over a meal. Spending quality time with your family will definitely be something you won’t forget.

1. Close Down the Park

Some of my favorite memories are staying in Magic Kingdom until closing. Most people don’t stay this late, so it’s like entering an exclusive club with all the other night owls around you. When the park is closed, keep an eye on Cinderella Castle and watch for the Kiss Goodnight. It’s a beautiful treat for those tough enough to stay awake, and a magical way to end a day at Magic Kingdom. Plus, since the hordes left the park hours ago, you get to say “see ya real soon” to Mickey in peace.

Of course, these are just my favorite ways to make incredible memories at Walt Disney World. But there are so many more magical memories to be had! What are your favorite things to make vacation memories?

About Robin Swanson

Robin’s Disney journey began with Beauty and the Beast bedsheets, a Jasmine dress up set, and a purring Nala plush. As a child in the 1990s, the renaissance and classic animations alike captivated her imagination. In 2008, Robin visited Walt Disney World for the first time, and the obsession really took hold. Since then, Robin has enjoyed visiting the Happiest Place on Earth many more times. She lives in the Chicago suburbs where she is wrapping up a Masters in writing. When not at Disney World, Robin enjoys researching fairytales, eating ice cream, Netflix binging, reading and, of course, planning the next Walt Disney World vacation!