Disneyland Lifesavers | Whitney Beth Photography | Utah Family + Senior Photographer
With all this cold and snow we’ve been getting the last few days, I’m ready to head back to California for some beach and Disney right about now.
What makes it even more tempting is how many friends and family are either there now, or have a tripped planned on the horizon. Add that with me starting to edit our trip video and I’ll see ya when the blossoms start poppin’!
But looking back on our trip and comparing it to all the other Disney trips I’ve been on, there are three distinct MVP’s that helped improve the functionality of our vacation.
And lucky you, I’m going to tell you!
- SHOE INSERTS
Let me preface this by saying, Danny and I have the “Disney walk.” Which is a glorified, people maneuvering, speed walk. So it goes without saying that we get our steps in. By the end of a day at Disney, my feet hurt. But not just any hurt, the only way I can describe how badly it is, is it feels like my leg bone is going to shoot out through my ankle due to pressure. My feet would hurt so bad after a day at Disney that I would wake up the next morning, get out of bed and nearly drop to the floor in pain from the day before’s walking. Now do that for a week. Last year my sister worked at a running shoe store. Danny and I went in to get Danny some new shoes. She measured his feet and had him step on this board to figure out what kind of arch support you would need. It essentially gets your footprint of where your feet are touching the ground. Just for fun I had her do me. That’s when we learned that I have the highest arches she has ever seen. My footprint is just the ball and the heel of my foot. nothing else. She actually asked me how I was able to even walk. lol. So she showed me which inserts to get and I bought them. They felt great, but weren’t put to the test until of week of Disney. And let me tell you, they delivered! I was skipping my way out of the park. In the morning when we got up – no pain. It was amazing! I could walk the entire trip without agony in every step. If you plan on going to Disney, I highly suggest getting inserts for your shoes! High arches or flat feet, they can help your body feel good!
- FANNY PACK
Lucky for you, they’re in style. I don’t personally love the way they look, but man, you can’t beat that practicality. It made wearing joggers way easier since I was able to stick my phone and anything else I needed in my fanny pack and not have to worry about stuff falling out of my pockets. Plus it made getting on and off rides SO much easier. (This is coming from the girl who usually has her camera bag with her on the rides – thank you stroller!)
This last MVP is a little less applicable in recent turn of events, but still helpful, nonetheless. I bought my crew a pack of mask lanyards on Amazon before the trip. They came in a pack of 10 and we ended up having enough that I could let my siblings and parents borrow one. When we went to Disneyland you needed to wear a mask inside all stores, attractions and transportation. (Now it is just inside transportation.) This little guy was a lifesaver for helping my boys keep track of their masks when we weren’t using them. Not to mention, it kept them clean and readily available.
And there’s my 3 MVP’s of the trip! Where any of them useful? Tell me what your most useful thing you bring to Disneyland in the comments.