Traveling to Disney World is supposed to be the most magical vacation. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the Disney Princesses, the timeless ride “It’s A Small World”, and so much more. Everywhere you look there is so much to see and do. It is easy for adults and children to get overwhelmed with everything, and toddlers especially can easily melt down. But with some expert advice and a few simple tips, your trip to Disney World can definitely be the most magical vacation ever.
- stay on site
- bring or rent a stroller
- keep hydrated and pack snacks
- plan breaks during your day
- pack small gifts that you can carry with you and give out when needed
- try to do everything
- force your child to go on a ride if he or she is resistant
- forget sunblock
- travel at the most crowded times of the year
- forget a light sweater and blankets for the evenings
Staying on Disney property will make your trip much easier. You will have access to Disney’s reliable, comfortable, and safe transportation throughout your stay. From the moment you step off the plane to the day you head home, you will not need to worry about finding transportation to your hotel, the parks, or to any places on Disney property. This should keep your little ones more focused and should prevent them from feeling frustrated as the long days of commuting wear them down.
Even if you never use a stroller for you toddler, you definitely will need one in Disney World. There is a lot of walking, and a lot of stuff you will be bringing with you. Little ones will want a place to sit and rest, get shade from the sun, and possibly even nap. In addition, the stroller is a great way to store all the stuff you will bring with you.
Make sure you keep yourself, the other adults in your party and your kids hydrated and fed. Hydration is especially crucial as it can get very warm, and you will be doing a lot of walking. Granola bars and other simple snacks will keep the troops happy when waiting on lines for rides and attractions.
If you are relentlessly on a roll, the whole family will be melting down by noon. A great idea is to get to the park when it opens, then head back to the hotel midday for naps, rest and maybe swim. Then head back to a park in the late afternoon.
There is merchandise to be bought everywhere you look. Before your vacation, visit a Disney Outlet or other related retailer to stock up on t-shirts, figurines, stickers and stuffed animals. You will save a lot of money when your kids are begging for something, and you can take out a surprise item for them!
There is so much to do and see, and you will want to do everything. Resist the urge. Pick out the rides and attractions you feel your children will enjoy the most. Your children are little, so keep it to one park a day. Remember: you want a reason to come back!
If your child does not want to go on a ride, see an attraction or meet a popular Disney mascot, do not try to force him or her. Even if you have waited an incredibly long time, or if you just “know” your child will love the ride, attraction, or their favorite Disney hero, let them skip it. Toddlers usually know their limits best.
Even on cloudy days, everyone in your party needs sunblock. Unless you are at an inside ride or attraction, do not forget that there is very little shade at the parks. Even on colder days, the California or Florida sun can be very strong. Protect the skin of your whole family, especially our little ones who are more susceptible to burns.
If at all possible, try to avoid the most popular times. These include all major holidays, long weekends, and most of the summer. Try to pick the off times such as late September to early November, early December, mid January to early February, and early to mid May. While you will find crowds at all times, these times will be more manageable. Those lines will weigh on the you, and not to mention fussy toddlers.
The days may get incredibly warm, but as the sun sets it can get cooler. Depending on the month as well, the later half of the day and evenings can get really chilly. Make sure you pack a sweater for every member of your party. For the little ones, you might even want to make sure you have a blanket they can snuggle under in their stroller.
Going to any Disney park or resort should be a magical experience for the whole family, but especially your young ones. They will forever cherish those priceless memories, and your entire family will reminisce on the magical Disney vacation they first took together. It is truly the happiest place on Earth, especially if you follow these expert tips to keep your young ones happy, healthy, and safe.