Mom and Daughter at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort Room
  • On Feb 21, 2009
    Andee from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Going to ASM with potty trained 3 yr old 5/10-5/17. Is there anywhere I can rent a stool for her to use at the potty, or do you have any suggestions on portable stools to take (we're flying).

    I do not know of any locations that rent bathroom use stools. However, there are child-sized toilets in the baby care centers at each park. These are at just the right level for a 3-year-old. Your challenge with using these is that there is only one baby care center at each park. I know from experience that during the potty training phase, nature can't always wait for you to walk for 10 minutes to the right bathroom.

    During the preschool phase of our WDW vacations, we traveled with a portable folding potty seat that fit on top of a regular toilet seat. These are widely available at baby care stores and websites. (Search for "folding potty seat" and you'll see many listed at under $10 each.) I just kept the folding potty in my backpack and used it in the closest available restroom whenever my girls needed a pit stop. I would just lift them up onto the seat rather than having them use a stepstool.

    Another bathroom challenge I've heard from many parents of younger children is the issue of self-flushing toilets. MANY of the bathrooms in the theme parks and restaurants have a motion-activated self-flushing mechanism. With a toddler's tiny, wiggly body on the seat, the flush mechanisms are sometimes overzealous and flush while the child is still on the toilet. This has been known to terrify some kids more than any trip on a rollercoaster would. A way to overcome this would be to travel with a pad of Post-Its place a sheet lightly over the motion sensor before your child sits down. Thus, no unexpected flushing. Just remember to discard the Post-It when you're done.

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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