Living in South Florida means that we are a short drive away from Disney. We love taking our kids to Disney World, and they enjoy it, too! We are even annual pass holders now…which reminds me that we are overdue for a weekend Disney trip!
While it’s definitely a lot of fun, taking toddlers to Disney World is also a lot of work! With the right planning and prep, it can be a successful trip for the whole family.
Here are some of the things that I recommend to get the most enjoyment out of your Disney trip with little kids:
Tips for Taking Toddlers to Disney World
1. Don’t overlook the car ride (or plane ride, if you’re not in driving distance)
To make sure the kids are happy and content in the car, I pack a bunch of stuff to entertain them, as well as a sufficient amount of snacks and drinks. Little J really enjoys this Write & Wipe ABC book that comes with a little dry erase marker and can be wiped off over-and-over.
If you’re not thrilled with the idea of your kiddo using a dry erase marker in the car then check out these cool triangular crayons that don’t roll away like regular round crayons. They will still wipe off the book just like a dry erase marker, too!
2. I recommend staying in a place that has a kitchen and a separate bedroom, when traveling with kids.
Believe it or not, the cost is very similar to a traditional hotel room, and you get much more bang for your buck! This will save a lot of money on going out to eat at restaurants, by being able to make a quick breakfast before heading out to the Disney Parks. You can also eat dinner in your room with out disturbing a sleeping child, if you have a kitchen and separate sleeping areas. We usually bring our Joovy Moon Room with us to Disney, and then we don’t have to rent a crib.
3. Treat the kids to a Character meal
The first time we took Little J to meet the characters, he was not thrilled, I have to admit. However, our most recent time in Disney was awesome and both boys loved the characters! We did a Character Breakfast at the Crystal Palace restaurant in Magic Kingdom and it was so much fun! The kids were super excited to meet the cast of Winnie the Pooh, and I will never forget the joy on their faces that morning!
4. Pack supplies for the day
One of the best things I can recommend when taking little kids to Disney is to pack a backpack full of supplies for the day! Last time we went I packed my JuJuBe Be Right Backbackpack (read my review here) with snacks, water, diapers, wipes, sunblock, blankets, and more. Rather than pay an exorbitant amount of money and wait in long lines for refreshments every time someone was hungry or thirsty, it was cheaper and more convenient to just have snacks and water on-hand.
5. Download the Disney App
This app is really amazing!! You can do pretty much all of your Disney planning all in one place, right in the palm of your hand. You can book dining reservations, get Fast Passes for rides and attractions, check wait times in the parks, and even see real time GPS updates of where you are on the park map! That was my favorite part! No need to use paper maps and try to figure out where you are. So cool!
6. Get Fast Passes
If you’re going to Disney at a busy time of the year…which is pretty much all the time, you should most certainly get Fast Passes for the rides and attractions that you really want to do. Chances are that everyone else really wants to go on that ride, too. So, get your Fast Pass, and show up at your specified time, and avoid waiting in an insanely long line.
You’re allowed to reserve three Fast Passes at a time, so make sure to space your Fast Passes out to allow enough time to walk from attraction-to-attraction. Don’t forget to space them out around lunch, snacks, and naps, too. No one wants to hear a super cranky kid whining through It’s A Small World, after all (yup, pun intended!) 🙂
6. Definitely bring your stroller
If you’re on the fence about whether or not you will need it, the answer is YES. Bring the stroller. We brought our trusty Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller and it was perfect! In fact, it seemed like everyone had the same stroller! There’s a ton of walking, and it’s great for the kids to just be able to relax when they want to. You do have to put your stroller aside while waiting in lines for rides, but we have never had any issue with leaving ours parked in the stroller areas.
7. Don’t forget to have fun!
I know it can be stressful to travel with toddlers, and it can be overwhelming to get the most Disney into your trip…but the magic is happening all around you when you’re on a vacation with your family, no matter if you make it onto 10 rides or just three.