Disney World is a toddler’s dream! With friendly characters, fun rides, and family time, your kids can have the times of their lives. However, as a parent, the idea of tackling the bustling, busy amusement park can be quite overwhelming. To make it a little more doable, here are 10 tips for navigating Disney World with toddlers.
Decide Where You Want to Go in the Park BEFORE You Get to the Park
No matter what the situation, planning ahead of time tends to make life easier when you have some little toddlers to watch out for, and the same concept applies to a trip to Disney World. The first thing you want to figure out is which rides you want to go on. From there, you can figure out the most efficient path to get to all of the rides – after all, you don’t want your toddlers doing more walking than they have to do. Another thing to consider planning beforehand is where to eat lunch. While you can leave the park to grab a bite to eat, this can be quite a long process. For that reason, I would recommend finding somewhere to eat in the park and deciding which restaurant to eat at beforehand.
DIY or Buy Outfits and Ears BEFORE You Get to the Park
Everything sold within the borders of the Disney World parks are significantly pricier than those sold outside of the parks. A Disney princess dress can cost upwards of $60 in the park! To keep your budget (somewhat) intact, consider buying Mickey Mouse ears and Disney-themed outfits BEFORE getting to the park. Or if you want to make a little craft project out of it, you can DIY your Mickey Mouse ears and maybe even your toddlers’ costumes!
Rent or Bring a Stroller
Strollers at Disney World are a lifesaver. Spending an entire day at Disney World can be quite draining for a toddler’s little legs, so a stroller will make it a little easier for them. They can even take a nap in the stroller if they want to! Plus, the strollers even make it easier for the parents. Need somewhere to store all of your kid-related necessities? The section underneath the stroller is perfect for that!
Bring an Easy-to-Carry Diaper Bag
While you can ditch your kid-related necessities underneath the stroller, there will be times when you’ll need to take them out of the stroller. This is when an easy-to-carry diaper bag becomes vital. If you decide to see one of the many live shows at Disney World, you and your little ones will be away from the stroller (and the kid-related necessities) for a long time! With an easy-to-carry diaper bag, you can simply snatch it up out of the stroller when you need to, so you can have all of the necessities when they are needed.
Pack Some Snacks
Hungry toddlers are not pleasant toddlers. And Disney World food can be expensive. So pack some of your toddlers favorite snacks for your day at the park! Plus, in some of those long lines, the snacks can work as a great distraction!
Bring Reusable Water Bottles and Sippy Cups
The temperature in Orlando can get quite hot, especially in the summer. Make sure to keep both yourself and your little ones hydrated! Instead of buying expensive plastic water bottles in the park, help the environment and your bank account by bringing reusable water bottles and sippy cups with you! Have them filled up when you enter the park, and if you run out, there are water fountains all over Disney World that you can use to refill them.
Go with Other Family Members
Odds are, there will be rides at Disney World that your toddlers are not tall enough to ride just yet. But you, as a parent, may want to ride them. While you could leave your children with your spouse as you ride, it’s just not as fun to go on thrilling rides by yourself! So convince other family members to go with you! Perhaps the little toddlers’ grandparents want to come! Or perhaps your sister or brother! Then, you can have a buddy on your favorite adult rides.
Download the My Disney Experience App
Ever since the My Disney Experience app came into existence, one’s experience at the parks has evolved for the better. Instead of walking around the park, crossing your fingers and hoping that the rides you and your little ones want to ride have short waits, the My Disney Experience tells you the most up to date wait time! So if you want to take a spin on the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups, but you don’t want to wait 45 minutes, keep an eye out for a shorter wait time using the app!
Make Use of Fast Passes
Certain rides at Disney World, like Splash Mountain, Toy Story Mania, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, always have ridiculously long lines. And we know that toddlers don’t like waiting. So to minimize that waiting quite a bit, get fast passes! These passes will let you show up to the ride at a designated time, skip the entire wait, and zip towards the front! Do note that there are a limited number of fast passes and they can run out quickly, so if there is a ride that you or your kiddos really want to go on, make your first goal to get fast passes for that ride!
Orlando tends to have some warm mornings and some very rainy afternoons. So to make it through those afternoons while still making use of your Disney World passes, bring some ponchos! They’ll keep you dry, and you can still enjoy the rides! As an added bonus, you can use the ponchos for some of Disney World’s water rides, including Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids, if you don’t want to get wet.