This piece originally appeared on Travel + Leisure.
As you’ve likely just learned, it takes a ton of time and hundreds of Google searches to plan a family’s first trip to Walt Disney World. With four parks, two waterparks, a massive downtown district and 31 different lodging options, it’s not unexpected to feel like you need a Disney vacation from simply planning one!
Once you’ve got your bearings, made your reservations and spent way too much time researching character breakfasts, you probably think you’re set with a few recommendations, but it helps to know a little more. Friends, family, and Disney World regulars will happily offer up their favorite meals, rides and experiences, but often neglect to mention what you really need to know. Like, say, how to prepare correctly for rain, pinpoint your stroller within a row of hundreds, and take a nap in public without anyone realizing you are.