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  • On Aug 5, 2011
    Cristine from FL 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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    Since you have 2 boys, I am sure that you have the answer to these ?s: How do I keep the boys happy & occupied while waiting in line for rides? What are the "must have" items to bring w/ us in the park? Thank you so much for all of your help

    Hola, Cristine! You came to the right place: I have two boys. And I'm pretty impatient. Jackpot.

    The best strategy altogether is to minimize your time waiting in line by following a touring plan from 

    After that, here's what I like to do - and bring to the parks - to keep the family occupied while waiting in an attraction's queue:

    Trivia games. I have a hefty stack of Disney board games, including multiple Trivial Pursuits, Scene It, The Wonderful World of Disney Trivia... You get the idea. If you look closely, you’ll see that all of these games I listed have something in common: stacks of trivia cards. Grab a handful and bring them in your man purse (or female equivalent) and bust them out whenever you need a diversion.

    A-to-Z scavenger hunt. Look for characters and other key story elements found in and around the queue. Start with “A,” then work your way down to “Z.” For example, if waiting in the queue for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, the “A” could be “astro,” the “B” could be “blasters” and the “Z” could be “Zurg.” You can collaborate and build a list as a team or you can compete with one another to see who can get to “Z” first.

    Get the backstory. Don't discount the awesomeness of some queues. There are a lot of incredible details to take in. Books like the Imagineering Field Guides, Hidden Mickeys and Lou Mongello's Trivia Books help draw attention to detail you may have overlooked otherwise.
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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