Many people attending Walt Disney World will do so with young children. Doing this can be a challenge, so any tips you can pick up beforehand will be beneficial.
How to prepare to visit Disney World with kids
1. Prepare to carry the kids.
Just because they are great walkers at home, doesn’t mean they can handle the epicness that is a Disney vacation. Be prepared to carry them on your shoulders for part or all of the afternoon, when their little legs start to get tired.
[thrive_text_block color=”teal” headline=””] Tip: For parents of older kids who are beyond using a stroller for everyday use, know that you can rent single and double strollers in the park.[/thrive_text_block]
2. Do park research by letting the kids watch favorite Disney movies
There is nothing worse than being excited about a ride, and no one else knows what is going on. The magic of Disney is understanding the context of the attractions and how Disney Imagineers have been able to represent the movies into live action rides.
3. Factor in height when deciding on that first visit
When deciding if your kids are old enough to visit Disney for the first time, look at the rides that they may want to ride and then take their height into consideration. If something looks right up their alley, but they are a smidge too short, try scheduling a visit for when they are taller.
4. Consider taking the kids out of school for a visit
As a teacher, I will never condone missing school for arbitrary reasons, but the parent in mean knows this isn’t as easy as it sounds. Disney offers considerable discounts for visiting during school time.
5. Bring a backpack just for sweats and jackets
When the days start out cold and eventually get warmer by mid-afternoon, you will want the option of removing layers. Layer your warm weather clothes with your chilly weather additions. Have a bag just for carrying these extras during the warmest parts of the day, then put them back on when it starts to cool off again after dinner. This is very doable when one adult is responsible for the Park bag, and the other carries the ‘layers’ bag.
6. Make Sure to ID Younger Kids
Have a way of labeling the children with your personal information in case you are all separated. This applies to the young and older children in your party. Even a distressed teenager may not be able to remember your phone number or your room number when they are face to face with a group of strangers in the middle of the parks.
7. Remember, Every Child Reacts Differently
Just because the youngest thinks the ride was hilarious, doesn’t mean the oldest will. Or that their opinion will not change from day to day. Our then 5-year old rode Crush Coaster at Disneyland Paris, they stood in line for almost 90 minutes and he had a great time. Since we wanted to move on, we said he can ride again tomorrow. Tomorrow came and he was no longer impressed with the ride, saying he was actually scared of the speed and spinning. A year later and he still hasn’t made up his mind.
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