Disney Parks and Toddlers – Tips to Keep Sane

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When we took our toddler to Disney World, I figured it wouldn’t be “that bad”. I thought we could handle anything that she did and learn from the experience. I was right about one thing, we definitely learned a thing or 2 about taking a 2 year old to Disney World. Prepare for anything!!!

Our daughter had meltdowns, didn’t want to wait in line, she was hungry, she was hot, she was tired, and so on and so forth. I came up with a few survival tips for those with toddlers who can be hard to please.


1. Pack a few little snacks to bring in your purse or their diaper bag. It is better to bring your own little snacks for your toddler than spending $4 on a snack that normally costs $1.
2. Plan nap time! Yes! Go back to your resort for a while to take naps, or just cool off and rest up. Walking around the Disney parks can be exhausting even to a little one in a stroller. If they won’t take a nap, go check out your resort and maybe have a swim!
3. Bring a small battery operated fan. Maybe even get one of the squirt bottles with one attached to stay cool on a really hot day. If you get too hot, take a moment to check out a shop or if in Magic Kingdom, go to Mickey’s Philharmagic to get cool.
4. Use fast pass whenever available! It will save you wait time for less meltdowns! We waited in line for 90 minutes for Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While the ride was fun, the wait was not!!
5. Plan out your dining when you can! It will help if you keep a consistent amount of time in between meals! This way you can keep ahead of when your little one will be hungry.
6. If your toddler is scared of characters or you aren’t sure how they will react to them, book a character meal and see how they react! This way you won’t be waiting in line for an extended amount of time only to be disappointed.
7. Plan for anything! When our son was 3 years old he got sick on my hubby’s shoulders at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! He was dressed in costume. That being said, his costume, my hubby’s head, and my hubby’s shirt was covered in throw up. Thankfully I had an extra outfit for Gavin in his stroller, Jason wasn’t so lucky. We had to purchase a new shirt. It was a terrible experience, but now that we look back on it, it was funny!! Like I said, anything can happen!!
8. Have fun!!! What is a Disney vacation without fun!?!?! You have to let loose and go with the flow. Make it fun for everyone including your toddler and things will be fabulous!! If you overstress yourself, it won’t be as much fun, so relax and enjoy!!
Angelica and family live in Evansville, IN, as a mother of 2 she knows how important memories can be! She works as a Pixie Vacations agent planning trips to Disney Destinations!  Her affinity with the Disney brand started at a young age and has carried on into adulthood. Her Blog “Pixie Dust and Mouse Ears” is her newest undertaking, it is informative, fun, and even has giveaways! 

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