There are many who recommend against taking toddlers to Walt Disney World vacation and yet many like me believe that is the most magical time for a child to experience a Disney vacation. This is the time when their young imaginations truly understand the magic that makes up the entire Disney experience. This being said, I think it would be unrealistic to have expectations of perfection in your vacation if you are bringing small children along.
There are several things you can do to keep your toddlers happy and comfortable (as comfortable as possible considering the weather and humidity in that part of the country) during your time at Walt Disney World. I hope these tips will help you and your toddler experience the most enjoyment possible during your trip.
Sunscreen! This is so important no matter what time of year you are planning your trip. Even during the winter months you will find that the Florida sun can be relentless and unforgiving. You need to bring plenty of waterproof sunscreen and you need to apply it generously and often. A toddler with a sunburn is definitely going to be a happy toddler, neither is a mommy or daddy with a sunburn for that matter.
Proper hydration. We Americans are famous for not getting enough water, when you are going to be outside among heat and crowds, it is vitally important that you make sure your little ones have plenty of cold refreshing water to drink. Juices and sodas tend to have the opposite effect so while it may be a small battle to get your toddler to drink water when other temptations abound, it is much better than risking dehydration.
Bring a change of clothes for each child. Emergencies happen and you don't want to have to go back to the room for spills and other mishaps. A change of clothes means you can slip into a restroom, change clothes, and quickly get back to having fun.
Let your child have some input on the day's activities. After all this is his or her dream vacation too. By allowing your child to have a voice in your activities, you can save the battles for the important things (like drinking plenty of water).
Make plans for a nap during the middle of the afternoon. This means you can avoid spending the hottest part of the day walking around the park and you and your toddler can relax and cool off so you will be refreshed for the many nighttime activities that are available.
Have an emergency plan if your child gets lost. I recommend a laminated ID tag necklace that has your cell number and other pertinent information on it. Also point out park employees or rather, cast members - they can be identified by their badges to your children. They are always willing to help a lost child.
In order to save yourself from waiting in long lines only to be disappointed that your child can't ride, measure your child ahead of time and pay close attention to the requirements for rides. It's better to be honest with your child ahead of time and let them know they canâ€™t ride than to endure a heartbroken child who has just stood in line for thirty minutes to find he can't ride a ride.
If at all possible, freeze bottles of water the night before and bring them with you. The ice will melt as the day heats up and you will have nice cold bottles of water to drink that cost considerably less than bottles you would purchase at the park.
Bring an autograph book so that your child can get autographs of all of his or her favorite Disney characters. This helps your child feel special and will give him memories that will last as long as he has his autograph book.
If your Walt Disney World vacation is a "once in a lifetime" trip for your family and not something you are planning to do often, it might be worth the investment of having a meal with your child's favorite character. This will probably be the most profound event of the trip for your toddler and the lighting of their eyes will make the somewhat hefty price tag of this meal seem rather small, indeed.
There are so many things to consider when taking a Disney vacation, but these tips should help your toddler handle the events of the day much better which will make for a much happier family and a much more memorable experience.
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August 17, 2006
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