Published Oct 5, 2020
As a kid, not many adventures topped going to Disney World. Whether seeing your favorite characters up close or hopping on exhilarating rides, the experience is unforgettable. But while we were engrossed in this magical world, our parents bent over backward to keep up with us.
And so comes a time when we may come back as parents (yikes). Many parents bring their toddlers to Disney World because children under three years old get in for free. Often, toddlers are also the most mesmerized with all the beautiful sights. Traveling with them does not have to be extremely stressful. You can keep the magic going in “The Happiest Place on Earth” as long as you plan ahead, here’s how.
Peak Seasons can Stink
Nothing is worse than spending all-day in line when your toddler is just rearing to go. One advantage your little guys have over other kids is they’re not going to school yet. This allows you to dodge peak summer or winter break seasons, and go during off-seasons.
Plan the Itinerary with your Toddler
Planning the trip, be it a day trip or a 3-day one, should include your toddler’s input. Including them will ensure that your toddler will enjoy the activities on the day. Planning consists of the rides they want to ride and the attractions they wish to visit considering height and age requirements.
It’s good to establish a well-thought-out itinerary so that you and your child know what to expect. Additionally, you will be introducing your toddler to the responsibilities of planning in a positive and fun way.
Every King or Princess Needs a Carriage.
In the same way, you’ll want to bring a stroller for your toddler. Knowing kids, they’ll tire out quickly, and they’ll be begging you to carry them for the remainder of the time. If you don’t want to have an impromptu arm workout, you should keep this in mind.
Disney World has guidelines for what strollers they allow, but if you really don’t want to bring one, they have some for rent.
Magic Kingdom is the best one for Toddlers.
The Magic Kingdom is what typically comes to people’s minds when they think of Disney World. Found here is the famous “Cinderella’s Castle.” In this park, you can see your favorite Disney characters in Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and a ton of princesses! Magic Kingdom has 30 rides, only 6 of which have a height requirement, making it extremely child friendly.
Download the Disney World app
The Disney World app gives you a ton of relevant information when exploring the parks. They tell you the estimated wait times of each ride, so you can select the ones you’re willing to wait in line for.
Impatient Toddlers and Fastpass+ go like peas in a pod
Every purchase of a Disney World ticket allows you to select three fast passes for each day of your visit up to 30 days in advance. Fastpass+ basically lets you get into rides through what is essentially a priority lane, saving you loads of time. The best way to use Fastpass+ is to take your picks as soon as you buy your Disney World tickets.
Packing is key
Florida is well-known for its sunshine and heat. You’ll want to check the weather forecast for the days of your visit and pack accordingly. This means bringing some sunscreen, umbrellas, and a lot of water. You’ll also want to bring your toddler’s favorite snacks along, so they don’t get “hangry” (hungry and angry) while exploring the parks.
Take Advantage of Baby Care Centers
While you may have a toddler, not a baby, these centers may yet be lifesavers. They can provide you with much-needed relief, especially in the middle of a hot, sweaty day. You can find numerous amenities here perfect for you and your toddler.
According to the official Disney World site, these are the following features you can expect to find:
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Changing room with tables and a women’s restroom
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Kitchen with microwave and sink
- Main room with television, table, and seating
- On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase
Don’t forget to get in some rest time
While you’ll want to maximize your trip by spending the entire day roaming the park, you and your little guy are bound to get tired. A mid-day nap at your hotel room might do everyone a favor.
Have fun, Take plenty of Pictures, and Make Unforgettable Memories
It should go without saying that the best advice I can give you is to have fun! Don’t take your itinerary too seriously by going crazy as soon as it’s compromised. Relax, this trip is for your toddler. Just go at their pace, and I assure you everything will be fine. This experience will be an unforgettable one for your toddler, so be in the moment and enjoy it!
About The Author
Terrence Tan Ting is an industrial engineer by profession but a full time writer by passion. He loves to write about a wide range of topics from many different industries thanks to his undying curiosity.