Living in Florida has definitely had its perks when it comes to having children. Our family is a huge fan of Disney and visit a few times a month if not every week, but when you have children visiting the most magical place on earth can become stressful. Especially if it’s your first time visiting. As an annual pass holder and true fan I want to share with you all some Tips and Tricks When Visiting Walt Disney World with Kids.
Tips and Tricks When Visiting Walt Disney World with Kids
As a family who visits Disney a lot and are annual pass holders I do consider myself a little bit of an experienced theme park goer with children. Remember my girls are only 3 and 5! It really doesn’t matter how many times we visit Disney, they still act like it’s the first time riding Dumbo or the first time meeting Ariel! These memories are special and those are the moments I look forward to when we visit!
I hope that you take the time to read some of the tips and tricks I have shared below, because I can guarantee that it will help you out more than you might think.
- Keep Hydrated: Florida has amazing weather, but that weather in the summer months can become very dangerous if you are not aware of the heat and humidity. Make sure to always carry water bottles for you and your kids. You are allowed to bring drinks into the theme parks, so make sure to take advantage of that. Purchase water before getting to the parks and you can save yourself some money. Another thing that many visitors don’t know is that if you ask for a cup of water at any of the restaurant counters they will give you a cup of water and ice. The best part is that it’s free and filtered!
- Bring a Stroller: If you have children 5 and under, make sure to bring some type of stroller. Even if your child is not sitting in it the entire time, it can also become a great bag carrier. If you do not have one you can easily rent one at any of the theme parks for a fee. But try to save yourself some money and bring your own if you can.
- Fast Passes: Many visitors are not a big fan of the fast passes, but personally I am. I love being able to choose my girls favorite rides or character meetings when visiting the parks and not having to worry about waiting in line for 2 hours. Do your research and find the most popular rides and try to get fast passes for those. You can choose up to 3 fast passes for your family and then once you have used all 3 you are allowed to stop by the fast pass kiosk and choose another ride. You can do that every time you have used a fast pass. Believe me, it’s worth it! Also, if you are staying at any of the Disney resorts they allow you to book your fast pass 60 days in advance.
- Bring Snacks: Another biggie is bringing snacks. The truth is our children get hungry when they are bored, so having a snack ready when waiting in a long line is a great way to keep them busy for a while. I know my girls love the Mickey pretzels and their churros, so those are the two we splurge on when we visit the parks, but I always bring small a lunchbox filled with snacks like Ritz crackers, animals crackers, granola bars, or chips.
- Extra change of clothes: Disney has so much to offer for the family, including water rides which are perfect during the hot summer months. But believe me when I say that you don’t want to be walking around with soaking pants, especially little kids. This can become very uncomfortable for them and it will ruin your time at the parks. So, make sure to bring an set of shorts and undies just in case.
- Sun Protection: As mentioned above, Florida can become very hot which means that the sun will be over you most of the time. As much as I love Disney, I have found that there is not a lot of sun cover, so you will be walking most of the day under the bright hot sun. Make sure you have sunblock on your face, arms, and legs to avoid getting a sunburn. I always recommend a hat as well or even spraying a little bit of sunblock on your head to keep it from burning. Believe me, it happens! A hat can prevent that. The sun is very bright, so a pair of sunglasses can help as well.
- Prepare for Florida Weather: One of the things that all Florida residents know is that summer is the time for unexpected thunder storms. One second you are burning of heat and the next you are soaking wet. Make sure to either bring umbrellas or ponchos to cover you when those storms roll in. Make sure to check the weather before leaving for the parks and if rain is in the schedule take the time to visit the outlet malls or inside events like Cirque du Soleil if your schedule allows. You want to be able to enjoy your time at the park and having to worry about everyone getting wet along with your belongings is not fun. Also, keep in mind that if it’s thundering or lighting outside rides will shut down.
- Autograph books: One of the most magical parts of visiting Disney is finally meeting those amazing characters that we love so much, but the worse thing is your child wanting a autograph and not having one. The best thing about this is that you don’t have to purchase one on site if you don’t want. You can easily purchase a small notebook at your local dollar store before heading out and have your child add stickers with their favorite Disney characters on the front. Something so easy can easily become their favorite thing of the trip.
- Be Camera Ready: It makes me sad sometimes to see families trying to delete pictures off their cameras as their child is trying to take a picture with a character that they have met. Bring extra batteries and memory to make sure you have enough to take as many pictures as you want. The more you take the better. You can later on sort your photos and delete any you don’t want. You don’t want to miss any important moment of your trip!
- Be Patient: Remember, your kids are just as excited as you are if not more. Be a little bit more patient with them and try to enjoy each second of your trip. Yes, this is easier said than done, but I can guarantee that if you stress and try to control everything you will just remember yourself being stressed out and will lose valuable memories that you have planned and don’t forget paid for!
I hope that these tips help you plan a more relax and enjoyable family Disney vacation! Remember, to enjoy the moment and be a child with your children. Experiences like these don’t come all the time!
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