Tips for Taking a Toddler to Disney World
Thinking of taking your toddler to Disney World? Here are some of the best tips for making your trip to Walt Disney World a magical one!
My Disney Experience
When taking a toddler to Disney World there is a certain level of planning required to make sure your trip goes smoothly. My Disney Experience allows you to make and share those plans directly from your phone! Through this amazing app you are able to book dining reservations, select FastPasses and keep track of entertainment times. I can’t say enough great things about My Disney Experience, I highly recommend signing up and taking advantage of all the wonderful things this app has to offer.
If your toddler is anything like mine then you know waiting in long lines while visiting Disney World is just not an option. This is why FastPasses are your best friend when taking a toddler to Disney World! FastPasses are reservations but for rides and attractions. Through My Disney Experience, you are able to book your FastPasses up to 60 days prior to your trip. This is awesome because it allows you to choose up to 3 of your must-see attractions per day and plan your days accordingly.
From Minnie and Mickey to Disney Princesses, Disney offers a wide variety of character dining options. This is the best way to meet your child’s favorite characters without having to wait in line. Character Dining always ends up being one of the highlights of our trips so I definitely recommend booking at least one character dining experience during your trip. Reservations book up quick and walk-ins are never guaranteed, so make sure you book your reservation through My Disney Experience ahead of time.
Stay At A Disney Hotel
There’s something extra magical about choosing to stay at a Disney Hotel during your Disney vacation. Not only is it much more fun to stay on Disney property, but it is also beneficial. One of the biggest advantages to staying at a Disney hotel is access to free Disney transportation. Each hotel offers buses that will take you directly to the entrance of each theme park. This is a huge time saver when taking a toddler to Disney World because it cuts down on travel time as well as money!
Start Your Day Early
Check the park hours and get there right when they open. The morning is the least crowded part of the day. If there are any rides or character meet and greets you and your child were unable to get FastPasses to, morning is the best time to go.
Plan Around Naptime
Even though you are in Disney World, your toddler will still need to get in their daily nap. Pay attention to the time and make sure you plan your day around this. Sometimes they will nap in the stroller, other times, it’s best to head back to the hotel for a couple hours. Make sure you do not skip naptime!
Bring A Stroller
You will definitely want to have a stroller while in the parks, but you will also need to park your stroller often. Disney offers rental strollers but they are expensive, I suggest bringing your own small, light weight, foldable stroller with a canopy. You can buy these cheap at Target. Another tip is to scope out the stroller parking areas ahead of time. This just makes things a lot easier for you throughout the day.
Carry A Backpack
Trade your purse and diaper bag in for a backpack while visiting the theme parks. Backpacks are super convenient for Disney because they are hands free and allow you to pack everything into one place. I actually hang my backpack right on the back of my stroller so you don’t even have to worry about the strain on your back.
Obviously when going anywhere with a young child there are several things you have to bring with you. In my case, I packed a backpack with diapers, wipes, change of clothes for Ella, snacks, a water bottle and a small wallet. This will be different for everyone, but the lighter you pack the better.
Disney allows you to bring snacks into the park for children – take full advantage of this! I always pack a small bag of snacks such as granola bars, crackers and cheerios. This is great for if your child gets hungry in between meal times because snacks in the parks can be pretty pricey.
Disney sells water bottles throughout the parks but they also allow you to bring your own. Staying hydrated is so important. Make sure you keep your water bottles filled throughout the day. If you forgot a water bottle and don’t want to buy one go to any quick service food station and ask for a cup of ice water – they are free and unlimited.
Thank you for reading my Tips for Taking a Toddler to Disney World. I really hope these tips help make your trip to Disney with your toddler go smoothly. If you have any additional questions or would like to add a tip of your own, please share in the comments below.