Planning a Disney vacation with a toddler can easily become overwhelming. My family is leaving for Florida next week, so I’m in the thick of preparations myself.
What should we bring?
Which areas of the park should we tackle first?
And perhaps most importantly since we’re going in July, how can we beat that notorious Florida heat?
There are some great resources available online, but today I’m asking the experts to weigh in: parents who are self-professed Disney World pros.
They’ve all taken toddlers to Disney World and have some great ideas for making your trip memorable and fun with a toddler in tow.
Let’s see what they have to say…and if you have any tips to add, please leave them in the comments!
Get a Stroller!
If your kids will fit in a stroller, get a stroller. They may be “too old” for a stroller at home, but not at Disney . Even if you have one kid, get a two-kid stroller – it’s like having a shopping cart.
Having a pen light or other small, unobtrusive light will come in handy for kids who get a little scared during any dark rides.
Stay on property at Disney. A big part of the point of Disney is the atmosphere, and staying on property immerses you in it. It also makes that essential mid-day nap/rest/pool break possible. If you are on property, buy the souvenir cup (every resort offers them) for everyone on the first day. The unlimited free refills for your entire trip mean free coffee every morning & free pop when you get back to the hotel every afternoon and/or evening.
It always helped our peace of mind to take a picture of our boys each morning before we left the room. That way, in case we were separated, we had that picture from that very day of both of them in the clothes they were wearing to share with WDW cast members in the event we needed to request an APB (the boys also both had cards on them with our names, room number, email, cell phone numbers, etc.).
Finally, if you miss out on a Dole Whip at the Magic Kingdom, you have only yourself to blame.
-Robert, father of two and Disney fanatic
Lead Photo Credit: The Consortium/Flickr
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