I’m a native Floridian, so it goes without saying that I’ve been to Disney World a few times….okay a LOT of times. As a kid, we had annual passes for many years, it was an easy (and really fun) day trip for us. Some of my greatest memories growing up are from my times at Walt Disney World. (Don’t believe me? Check out tomorrow’s Wordless Wednesday post!)
This week I’m excited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms conference. While we’ve taken Maggie to Downtown Disney a few times, this will be her first experience at the parks. I’m very excited to see Disney World through both my daughter’s eyes. I’ve been thinking the last few days about things that my parents did when taking us to Disney World as kids that might also work well with Maggie and Molly on our own trip.
Here are some things to keep in mind when experiencing Walt Disney World with kids –
- Use sunscreen! It’s Florida, ya know?! Just because you’re hopping on and off rides all day, doesn’t mean you won’t get burned!
- Schedule rest time after lunch! Little ones need to regroup, nap and swim in the pool (and so do parents)! Having mid-day downtime allows you to stay out later at night for fireworks!
- Expect meltdowns! Sensory overload is bound to happen.
- Buy gifts on the way out of the park! While most shops within the parks will deliver your packages to your room (if you are staying on Disney property), save yourself the extra effort and get souvenirs as you near the end of the day.
- Meeting characters can be scary! Maggie was terrified of Santa this past year, so I can guarantee there won’t be any interacting with characters on this trip…unless it’s me!
- Be flexible! Have a rough draft of a plan and go from there! Don’t over-plan and don’t get upset when you switch to Plan B.
What things have worked for you when visiting Walt Disney World with kids? What works (and doesn’t) work for your family?