12 Awesome Tips For Creating Lasting Walt Disney World Vacation Memories

Walt Disney World vacations are absolutely amazing. There are so many amazing memories to make with your family that you can enjoy for many years to come. If you want to create lasting memories, then you will definitely want to check out this fabulous list of tips:


12. Wear fun vacation shirts.

Some folks may think the matching vacation shirts are cheesy, but we totally love them. We enjoy wearing them all together during our Disney vacations. Then you can also wear them at home and remember the great time that you had on vacation.

11. Purchase the Memory Maker add-on.

Photos are one of the best souvenirs that you can have from your trip. When you purchase the Memory Maker add-on you can download all of the great photos from your trip and enjoy them for the many years to come.

10. Book table-service dining experiences.

There are so many great dining experiences at Walt Disney World. Any of them would create lasting memories, especially the character dining events. You can even make some of the locations a tradition to experience again each time that you visit Walt Disney World.


9. Attend special events and parties.

There are so many different festivals and events that go on seasonally at Walt Disney World. Attending any one of these events is sure to create lasting memories for the entire family. The unique experiences are something that you and your entire family can treasure forever.

8. Book princess or prince makeovers.

You can book makeovers for all ages. For children 3 – 12 you can book experiences at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique or Pirate’s League. For guests over 12 that want to be pampered like a princess you can book services at the salons and spas around Walt Disney World. It is always fun to look and feel amazing while you are at vacation.

7. Schedule in-room celebrations.

You are able to book a variety of different in-room celebrations while staying at Walt Disney World Resort. No matter what you are celebrating, even if it is just celebrating family togetherness, you can find the perfect package for your family to create a memorable stay. These are available for an additional price and you can custom build the package if you don’t like one of the pre-defined packages.

6. Get your celebration buttons.

There are free celebration buttons available at the resorts and theme parks for just about anything you want to celebrate. There are buttons that cast members can write in what you are celebrating. You can wear your buttons all over the parks and bring them home with you as a fantastic souvenir.

5. Collect special merchandise favorites from each trip.

There are so many great merchandise items to collect. You can collect shirts, pins, merchandise for a certain character, Magic Bands, etc. Whatever your interest, you can make a collection out of it. Hunting for your perfect merchandise for your collection makes for great memories and you can enjoy your items and remember your trip back at home.

4. Pose for special photos each time you visit.

There are guests that like to take a similar pose in front of the same location each time they visit. This way you can track the same picture through the years and see how your family has grown and changed. You can even wear similar outfits in each of the photos, too. It is a lot of fun and is a great way to commemorate each of your vacations.

3. Make sure you get the ride photos.

The best way to make sure you get them all is by purchasing Memory Maker. If you don’t want to make the full purchase, you won’t want to miss out on some of your favorite ride photo downloads. It is a great way to remember the reaction of your family and the memory and experience in that moment. Enjoying the attractions and events at Walt Disney World is a great way for the entire family to bond and enjoy each other.

2. Plan ahead.

In order to full enjoy the moment with your family, you should definitely plan ahead where you can. You don’t want to over plan the vacation, but it is a good idea to make sure you have your FastPass+ selections, dining reservations, Extra Magic Hour times, etc. ready so that you have a basic plan for your vacation and won’t have to worry about those kinds of details. It will help to create less stress and allow you to enjoy more of your family time together.

1. Be in the moment!

Try to keep the entire family engaged in the experience and in the moment. Spend less time on your phones or over planning the vacation and more time talking and relating to each other as a family. These moments pass by so quickly that you have to seize them while you can. This will help create vivid memories for your family that they can cherish for years to come.

About Christy Caby

I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!