Mom And Son On Run
  • On Aug 19, 2009
    Devone from KY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    What are some creative ways of keeping a 2yr old "occupied" while waiting in line for an attraction. I've tried the idea of bubbles before, but they tend to blow/float in other people's faces and could be irritationg. Any ideas?

    Hi Devone,

    Waiting in those lines can be a bit frustrating and if I don't like to wait, I can only imagine how long it seems to a young child anxious to get the fun going. We also tried the bubble trick, but you are correct, some surrounding guests do not care for that distraction.

    Over the years we found that food helps pass the time. My boys seem much more impatient when they were hungry, so I always packed small finger/snack items, like fruit snacks and granola bars, for the munchies. I also liked to keep a small notebook and colored pencil as the boys enjoyed drawing little "notes" about their day so far or who they hoped to see next. We also kept extra park maps handy as they might enjoy circling where they have been or finding the quickest route to the next adventure.

    The thing that has always worked best for us though, are games. Of course I Spy is a good one but we have made a few of our own which has helped us pass hours of wait times at Disney World. The boys like to play the alphabet game-we would choose a letter of the alphabet and take turns trying to think of as many words that started with that letter-no repeats allowed though. Their favorite though was the Disney game. Take turns naming as many Disney characters as you can. Once the boys got older we challenged them more and the last letter of the name just said, had to be the first letter in the next answer (for example E in Minnie so next answer could be Eeyore). We liked to make different variations of this game where the characters all had to be from a specific Disney movie or show. The kids love it, and it is amazing how many guests around us want to play too.

    Have fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

I'm Margaret, a busy wife, mom to 3 sons, & full time paralegal. I've been visiting Disney World for twenty years & still can't wait for my next visit.  I hope that I can help other families experience the magic that our family finds in every trip. Learn More About Margaret

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