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  • On Jul 29, 2023
    Stephanie Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What is the best approach to see as much as we want but also make sure the children both under 5 aren’t too hot or bored waiting around?

    Hi Stephanie, welcome to planDisney. As a mother to two young kids based in the UK, never have I related to a question more! These tips work with my littles, but my first bit of advice is you know your kids best and therefore know what is and isn't going to work for them - trust your Mama intuition. I'm going to work hard to stop this from becoming a thesis-length answer!

    First up, you cannot complete Walt Disney World. There is always something more to taste, discover and do, so please don't spend your holiday whizzing around trying to get everything done. I understand this is often a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so the temptation is to do it all, but Disney is about so much more than rides, especially with little ones, and I promise you will all have a much more memorable trip if you slow things down and drink in those magical moments only available when we are all relaxed. We have a family rule of a 30-minute maximum wait time with our little Moustketeers, and we have always been able to ride, see and enjoy our days at the Parks. 

    Take advantage of jet lag. Your kids waking you up early at Walt Disney World is a gift as Guests of Disney Resort hotels get early theme park entry. This perk is worth using. 

    Character dining. Seeing your kids light up as they see their favourite character is the stuff of my Disney dreams. It also means you don't have to queue to see these characters as the Disney ensemble comes to your table while you dine on some delicious grub. One of my ideal itineraries is to use early theme park entry and then book a table (advanced dining reservations open 60 days before arrival) at around 11:30 at The Crystal Palace. You can sit down after a busy morning in Magic Kingdom Park. Win, win, and Winnie the Pooh! 

    Bring the buggy. If you are in any doubt as to whether your kids will want to sit in the buggy, don't be. They will. It also has the added bonus of being a nice storage hub for snacks and those inevitable purchases made along the way!

    Genie+ can be your little helper. If you want to ride away a day, you can always purchase Genie+ to access Lighting Lanes for your must-do rides with the potential for lower queues. When you're in the Parks, you'll find free games within the My Disney Experience App which have helped pass the queue time.  

    Allow the treats, stay hydrated, hug Mickey and take ALL the photos. I could talk to you all day, Stephanie. You and your family will have the best time at the Most Magical Place on Earth. If I can help with any other questions, please reach out, Louise.
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Meet the Panelist: Louise, United Kingdom

Welcome to planDisney! I'm happiest in perpetual planning mode for our next Walt Disney World trip - it's my chance to catch a bit of Disney magic in-between visits.

Walt Disney World provides the ultimate sense of escapism! I understand how much guests want to get out of their trip, especially when travelling internationally. Please let me help you prepare a 'practically perfect in every way' journey so you can be truly whisked away by Disney magic!

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