I am so excited that my awesome friend Amanda (Mandi) Middleton agreed to do a guest post for me today! I know how to travel with the older kiddos but she has younger ones, twin boys also! So she knows how to travel with babies and toddlers! She is clearly Super Mom because you can find her at her blogs A Little Pixie Dust Travel and Faith and Pixie Dust!
8 Basic Tips to Make Your Life Easier Visiting Walt Disney World with Little Ones
I’m Mandi and I have three kids, including a set of twins. We have been taking our kids to Walt Disney World since they were itty bitty. We have the luxury of living close to Walt Disney World, so we try to go often. I have learned a lot of things since going with my three little ones. A trip to Disney World is definitely different than going with a bunch of adults, there are melt downs (not always done by the kids, though),diaper changes and naps just to name a few. Here are a few of my tips and tricks while going to Walt Disney World with toddlers and preschoolers!
8. Go Slow!
I know, I know, I know, you paid all of this money, you are determined that you are going to do everything! Take it from me, going with babies and preschoolers to WDW is hard. Not just the walking but, the strollers, the keeping up with kids, diaper changes, etc. It’s hard work! Don’t wear yourself out any more than you have to. I promise if you push yourself or the kids too hard, YOU will be the one to suffer. (That’s usually where my meltdown comes in.)
Map out the parks, make sure you know where you want to go. Have a plan for each day. I say this but, try not to plan out the day minute by minute. I promise just when you think all is well with your schedule someone will poop and you will have to change a diaper. Or someone will be hungry or someone will have a melt down! Get my drift? It won’t be perfect by far! You will get off schedule but, just having a general plan in mind always helps.
6. Rent a Stroller
I love renting strollers! In our case it takes up too much room in the car. So if you don’t want to lug a stroller on the plane or in the car, rent one, it will be well worth your money! Honestly, it’s a very reasonable price too! My husband and I love renting from Magic Strollers (http://www.magicstrollers.com). They are super professional and they will deliver the stroller right to your resort. Every stroller we have rented has been very clean and their service is great. When you are done with your stroller you leave it at the concierge desk of your resort and Voila, you are done! They will pick it up from there!
5. Take Snacks
Even if you are on the dining plan, take snacks! You never know when someone will be hungry. I always have Garden Grocer (https://www.gardengrocer.com) deliver granola bars, applesauce pouches and bananas to our resort. They will deliver it right to your resort but make sure you order online about a week or two in advance to insure a delivery for your day of arrival!
4. Utilize the Baby Care Centers
Oh, the Baby Care Centers will be your friends! I utilize them all of the time! As long as you have a child in diapers, use them, they are there for you! The Baby Care Centers (https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/guest-services/baby-care-centers/) are equipped with air conditioning (which is fabulous on those hot Florida days), changing tables, nursing rooms and even a place for your child to sit and snack while watching a Disney movie, of course. There is one in every park! Map out where each one is before you go.
3. Be Prepared for Rain
You are not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy! Yes, you are in Florida now! Depending on when you go to Walt Disney World, it rains a lot. My husband and I have been known to take trash bags to cover up our strollers or you can use a stroller cover. Believe me you don’t want your stroller wet or the stuff in it wet! We also stock up on rain ponchos at the Dollar Store, they almost always get used. Dollar Store ponchos do not take up a lot of room in your bag and you can throw them away when you are done with them. We try to stay away from umbrellas, that’s just our preference, they seem to weigh us down.
2. Research the Dining Plan Before You Go
My husband and I are huge fans of the dining plan but, please research before you go. If you have food allergies Disney does a great job accommodating and helping in any way they can. Learn how your Dining Plan works and how much each person is allowed to eat each day!
1. Take a Great Attitude
Mamas and Daddies, I know you spent a lot of money to go on this trip and you want it to be perfect! I get it, I do! But…..wait for it……..it’s not going to be perfect. Your kids are going to have melt downs. You are going to have melt downs! You are going to get off schedule. The baby is going to poop right when you are about to get on Peter Pan’s Flight. It’s okay I promise! The memories you are making are going to be priceless with and without the unwelcome additions to your schedule. Chris and I have realized, when we chill out and go with the flow we have a better Disney trip, regardless of how many things went wrong. Usually the things that went wrong end up being the highlights of our trips and the most memorable!
There you have it, 8 basic tips to make your life easier while visiting Walt Disney World with little ones! Hope this list helps and will get you well on your way to your magical vacation with your littles ones!
Thanks for having me today!
Thank you so much Mandi! You are amazing! I know that these tips will help those who are apprehensive about taking their young children. Besides her 2 blogs you can also find her at:
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