Disney Parks are truly a unique experience each time you have the pleasure of visiting. As a mother I can say that Disney with kids is a totally different trip than when you are traveling with other adults. While there is a bit more planning and organizing involved the rewarding feeling of seeing your child’s eye fix on the castle for the first time is worth it all. We parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles all know that kids don’t always do so well with waiting in lines. Even if there is a fun attraction or ride on the other end! Here are some ways to keep the preschool-aged troops smiling and excited!
While this may seem obvious, it isn’t always done. Rather than having to purchase items while in the park and spend the extra time and cash plan ahead. Bring snacks with you on your trip and keep a few handy in your park touring bag each day. If you’re staying at a resort you have options such as buying packaged items at your resort’s food court or store. You can also have items shipped to your resort so a box of snacks and necessities is waiting for you when you arrive. If you’re renting a car make a stop at a grocery store on your way into the magic. The difference between hungry kids waiting in line and fed/busy kids is monumental.
Find Rides With Interactive Queues
If you haven’t been to the Disney Parks in a while there is a new trend emerging. Queues that do their best to entertain the waiting guest! Not all the rides that offer these updates are tiny Disney fan friendly, but the best for your 3 or 4-year-old would probably be Peter Pan’s Flight, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom. In Hollywood Studios you won’t want to pass up Toy Story Midway Mania and Star Tours if the little ones are Jedi fans. There are some that may not be appropriate depending on the child- The Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain to name a few.
On our last trip I was fortunate enough to have a dear friend who packed super surprises for my little one and little did I know how helpful they would be! Miniature sticker books, glow sticks, flash cards and anything else small and inexpensive that you think would thrill your son or daughter. Hit up a dollar store or any major chain store (Target, Walmart, etc.) and pick up a few items. It’s a bonus if you gift wrap the items too…eats up a few more minutes and bonus points for being a super planner!
I Spy and other games
As a kid my brother and I would occupy each other playing “I Spy” for way longer than I’d care to admit. Give your kids a starting point and stand back and let them entertain each other. If you have an older child let them take the lead! If it’s just you and one munchkin then play your way through! “Rock, Paper, Scissors”, “I’m Thinking of An Animal, Place or Thing”, or even a thumb wrestling match. These are all fast, minimally active games that will make your preschooler giggle all the way to the ride.
Apps and Games on Your Devices
Naturally Disney has a very fun and kid-friendly set of apps and games to choose from. You can even get your favorite Disney movies on your phone or iPad and watch them in line. There are also Read-Along eBooks available that can get your kids geared up for the rides ahead! This strategy eats up some battery which you may not be willing to part with so this is my “last resort” if we’re reaching critical mass for patience. If you travel with a charger than go for it!
Along with all of these ways to travel with little ones I have many other suggestions and ideas for your family’s next Disney vacation! I’m Autumn with World of Magic Travel and I want to give you a quote today! Contact me via email or follow me on Facebook!