Disney World is the perfect vacation destination for families of all sizes and ages. The park was built with kids in mind, and you will find that it offers plenty of conveniences for families. That being said, every parent who has small children knows that any major excursion with little ones can be overwhelming.
But you can have fun with young kids at Disney, even if your three-year-old is two hours past his nap time. The key is to have some unique strategies planned to keep your kids interested in their surroundings. Here some tips that will make things easier.
Plan Plenty of Play Time
In all fairness to our little ones, it is not easy being cooped up in a stroller all day. There is so much to do at Disney and as a parent you can expect that your child will want to participate in all of the fun. You can prevent boredom and crankiness by taking advantage of the many play areas within the park. Get your kids out of the stroller as much as possible so that they can burn off some of their excitement and wonder. If you want to visit some of the more adult attractions, do so in moderation and try to plan them after your small ones have had their chance to play.
Bring Extra Clothes
This may be an obvious tip to an experienced parent, but it is still worth mentioning. Disney World is filled with fountains, ice cream, and other goodies that have the potential of being messy. No one wants to be stuck with a wet shirt or dirty pants, so make sure you have a spare outfit on the ready. This will allow you to let your kids run wild, while feeling comfortable that you have a backup plan if they get a little too caught up in the excitement.
Keep Their Minds Occupied
Kids rarely complain about anything when they are having fun, but the crankiness grows as soon as boredom sets in. You can counter this behavior by keeping your kids engaged with their surroundings. Invent little games and goals to encourage their participation. You can give them their own disposable camera, have them collect autographs, or simply count all of the Mickey Ears they see. These simple games will keep them occupied during downtimes like waiting in line or walking to the next destination.
Souvenirs on the Last Day Only
Every parent knows what it is like to try and escape the toy store without your kid asking for something. Well the toy store is nothing compared to all of the trinkets you will find for sale at Disney. In order to maintain your sanity and budget, make a pact with your children that they can each have two or three souvenirs on the last day of your vacation. Encourage them to browse the stores and think carefully about what they want. This will create excitement and anticipation while preventing you from hearing “mommy please” at every turn down the midway.
Disney World was made to accommodate all children of all ages, but that doesn’t mean that parents won’t need some tricks up their sleeve in order to survive multiple days at the park. By utilizing some of the tips here, you can create a winning situation for both you and your little ones.