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9 Tips For Creating Lasting Walt Disney World Memories

9. Take lots of pictures

One of the easiest ways to ensure that you have physical memories of your Walt Disney World vacation is to take lots of pictures during your stay. In addition to taking your own pictures, I would recommend looking into Disney’s Memory Maker service, which allows you to digitally download all of your pictures taken by Disney’s PhotoPass photographers for one set price. This service also includes attraction photos, and photos from select character dining and meet and greet locations. In addition, you can always make sure everyone gets in the picture by handing your camera off to a Disney PhotoPass photographer who will gladly take your family’s picture for free.

8. Meet the characters

Some of the most memorable experiences in a Walt Disney World vacation come from meeting your favorite characters. Meeting characters can be lots of fun, especially if you’re experiencing a child’s first time seeing some of his or her favorite characters. But character meet and greets can be fun for adults too. Some of my favorite memories from Walt Disney World come from the times that I’ve had interesting conversations with some of the characters in the parks.

7. Do something different

Whether you visit the parks frequently, or you’re on your once in a lifetime Disney vacation, doing something kind of unique or different is a great way to make some awesome memories. For the diehard Disney fans, I’d recommend a backstage tour, like the Wild Africa Trek or the Keys to the Kingdom Tour. There are also tons of things to do at Walt Disney World besides the theme parks, including miniature golf, nightlife, shopping, waterparks, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, parasailing, and more.

6. Get to the parks early and/or stay out late

Quite simply—more time in the parks = more time to create those long lasting Disney memories. But more importantly, getting to the parks early or staying there late can allow you to enjoy the time with little crowds, and experience your favorite fireworks shows or parades multiple times. It can also free up some of your time so that you don’t need to miss some attractions that you otherwise would have if you weren’t at the parks early in the morning before the crowds really come in.

5. Blog/vlog your trip

You don’t need to be a famous author to make a simple little review of your trip. Put together some photos and write out some of the details of your last vacation (preferably right when you return home) and you’ll always be able to look back on those specific vacation memories. Vlogging (or video-blogging) can be another fun way to look back on your trip. You don’t need to be an expert film maker to edit together a couple of clips with some videos, and maybe some catchy music. For ideas, look up Disney vlogs on YouTube, and you’re bound to come up with something you can do for your family.

4. Celebrate something special

There are so many things to celebrate while vacationing in Walt Disney World, like birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, family reunions, engagements, and first visits, just to name a few. You can really celebrate anything you want! (I’m not kidding, I once celebrated National Banana Cream Pie day—I got a celebration button for it and everything!) Find something to celebrate, get some celebration buttons from Guest Relations, and make your next trip one to remember.

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3. Shop for meaningful souvenirs

Instead of coming home with the same old stuff you usually purchase on vacation, look for souvenirs that are specific to the exciting memories you made during your trip. One of my favorite ways to do this is to get a different personalized Christmas ornament each year. (Even if you don’t go at Christmastime, you can get them at the Christmas Shoppe in the Magic Kingdom or at Disney Days of Christmas at Disney Springs.) You can also bring home something for your favorite attraction, or maybe the resort you stayed at.

2. Go for a special event

You can easily create some special vacation memories by going to Walt Disney World during one of the annual events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or the Food and Wine Festival. What better way is there to make memories than to combine some of your favorite holidays or activities with one of your favorite places? And (hopefully) your favorite people too!

1. Craft after your trip

There are actually tons of crafts that you can make to serve as physical memories of your Disney vacation. Perhaps the most obvious is scrapbooking, which I tend to do after about half of my Disney vacations. I’ve also heard of people making jewelry out of items picked up on vacation, and even making picture framed out of the park maps. Just be creative and craft up some vacation memories once you’re home!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.