Going to Walt Disney World with small kids is so much fun and very rewarding. Seeing their eyes light up when they see characters will melt your heart! However, Disney with small children can also be stressful and tiring. So, here are just a few of the best tips for visiting Disney World with small kids so that you can have the best time with your family.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
Not just an old proverb. This is great advice when you are traveling with small kids. Understand that you will not be as mobile when you have young children in tow.
The best piece of advice for enjoying Disney World with small kids is to get a head start on the morning whenever possible. Also, get to bed early so everybody gets plenty of rest. Don’t forget to get a Goodnight call from Mickey Mouse
It can be a whole production to get out the door in the morning, so give yourself extra time to get everybody ready and make it to the park before opening.
Getting into the parks late is the number one thing families get wrong in Disney World.
Plan a Midday Break
Just like getting in before the crowds arrive, it’s a good strategy to get out during the busiest time in the day.
When afternoon rolls around, you should take a break by going to a nearby resort to relax, and even take a nap if your room is nearby. If you can’t get out of the heat, be sure to make some of this natural Magical Cooling Spray to keep tempers tamed.
There are a couple of other ways to beat the crowds, too.
Have a late lunch reservation at a relaxing restaurant (preferably inside to escape Florida’s afternoon heat).
Or take the kids to the Baby Center in each Disney theme park for a little bit of down time before getting back out there for another round. The Baby Centers have a room to enjoy TV, read books or just relax.
Keep Activity Close to One Area
Be very focused about the things you plan to do as a family and keep your activities confined to specific areas, rather than moving around the park too much. This is easier to do when you don’t have to run across the park to use Fastpass times.
You will not only get more done in less time, you will save yourselves a lot of energy.
One thing to keep in mind as you plan your days is where you will park your stroller and how you will carry small children in line. When you do a lot in a single area it is easier to move around without repeatedly going back to the stroller and parking it again.
Don’t Carry Merchandise With You
You will already have so much to carry for the kids, including food, water, clothes and toys. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shop or buy the things you want in Disney gift stores.
Just ask the store clerk to send your merchandise to a pickup location for you. They can have it waiting for you at the theme park gate before you leave. Or, better yet, you can even have it sent to your Disney hotel!
This is a complimentary service and it really is a sanity saver. This way you can keep your load manageable and you don’t have to worry about theft in the theme parks.
Another great way to keep your hands free (or as free as possible) is to let Disney handle your photos.
Prepay for Memory Maker to get access to all of the PhotoPasspictures you get during the trip. This includes ride photos and Magic Shots as well.
This is fun and a great value considering the cost of a single picture is roughly 10% of the cost of unlimited photos. Plus everybody gets to be in the picture together.
All you will need to do is tap your MagicBand with the photographer’s touch point. It’s much easier than trying to find your camera or decide who will be in the photo and who will be taking the photo each time.
This is a guest post by Kim and Carrie. For more Disney travel tips and hacks visit their website at KimandCarrie.com
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