8 Tips for Taking your Toddler to Disney World
Seeing Mickey Mouse when you’re three years old – is there anything better? Taking our toddlers to Disney was a huge blessing and treat for our family. While it is a magical experience, it is also a LOT of work for parents. To help, I put together a list of 8 tips for taking your toddler to Disney World.
1. Snacks on snacks – Need I say more? If your kids are anything like mine, snacks are a part of their love language. Pack as much as you can fit, and remember not to bring any glass containers (RIP peanut butter). There are a lot of options for food at the parks, but if you’re doing this on a budget – bring snacks!
2. Bring a stroller! – We brought our double stroller with us to every park. You can also rent strollers at the parks if that is more convenient, but it’s definitely not the most budget friendly. We packed a lunch box and diaper bag and put them under the stroller so no one had to carry anything. Oh and the kids, we packed the kids too. Keep in mind that there are stroller parking areas and you can’t bring the stroller in the lines with you. We would just grab our phones and wallets and leave everything else in the stroller. We have never had an issue, and most parking areas have an attendant helping you find a spot for your stroller.
3. Locate baby care centers – Let me just say, Disney knows what they’re doing. These baby care centers are located at every park and are every mom’s dream. They have a private nursing area with rocking chairs, a bathroom, feeding area with high chairs, a kitchen, a main room with a tv, chairs and sofa, and an on-site shop for all things baby! This came in handy when we ran out of diapers. Happens to the best of us, right?
4. Be flexible – It is ok if the plans need to change. I love to plan. Especially adventures. But when it comes to toddlers, it doesn’t matter how much you plan, they are unpredictable at times. Try to go with the flow. If you have to miss a fast pass ride because a child is having a hard time, miss the ride. It will not be worth it to push your child past their limit. Grab a snack or a nap or whatever is needed. It is a magical place, but your kids are still kids. Give your children time to take a deep breath, take a break and regroup when they are ready.
5. Get fast passes! – You MUST get fast passes. Book these as soon as your account lets you! We leave a little time between each fast pass so we aren’t stressing trying to get across the park. It also gives time for a snack or potty break. Fast passes will be your best friend!
6. Download the “My Disney Experience” app – This is a very handy tool to utilize throughout your visit. It has a GPS enabled map so you can find your way through the park. You can see wait times for rides and shows and where the characters are! It also has a list of restaurants and menus. Hop on the app to check and modify your fast passes, and so much more! Definitely a must for your trip.
7. Visit the characters – You can get fast passes for these as well. Obviously seeing Mickey is going to be a bit of a wait, so definitely get a fast pass for him. But others you may be able to see in between rides or shows. This was definitely my girl’s favorite part of Disney. I’ll never forget the pure joy on their faces when they got to hug Minnie & Mickey.
8. Splurge on a Character meal – This is one thing we made sure to budget in. The frugal side of me would never do this, but I knew it would be a one time thing so we made it happen! My girls absolutely love the characters, it is by far their favorite part of Disney. Doing a character meal was a guaranteed way to make sure we saw the characters and ate a good meal. The look on their faces when Minnie walked up to our table was totally worth it. It was a win win! Make sure to book a reservation ahead of time! These fill up really fast.
And lastly, here is a list of our most favorite rides and shows:
- Meet Mickey at Town Square Theater
- People Mover (great for nap time)
- Dumbo the flying elephant
- The parades! #magical
- Kilamanjaro Safaris
- Minnie and Mickey at Adventures Outpost
- Finding Nemo: The Musical
- Rivers of Light
- For the First Time in Forever: a Frozen Sing Along Celebration
- Disney Junior – Live
- Toy Story Mania
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Frozen Ever After
- Living with the Land
- Spaceship Earth
- Going through all the countries!
That’s it! I could go on and on about why we love Disney so much, but I wanted to share some of our best tips! I hope this helps you and encourages you to know that it is possible to enjoy Disney, even when they’re toddlers! Hope you have a magical experience.
Love + Donuts,