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  • On Oct 15, 2019
    Nancy from NJ Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    In Dec. 2019, my husband and I will be bringing our daughter, her husband, and their 3 and 4 year old boys and 2 month old twins girls. We need advice on the best way attend events, attractions and rides, etc. throughout Disney World w/ infants. Thanks!

    Hi, there!

     Nancy, I'm so happy to hear you're planning a Walt Disney World Resort vacation will all those sweet grandchildren in tow. You're sure to have a Grand Adventure!
     
     Traveling to the theme parks with little ones in tow, especially infants, certainly requires some additional planning. I'm happy to share some advice to make your visit with small children a breeze!

     When traveling to the theme parks with small kiddos, one of my highest priorities is minimizing wait times. My family aims to arrive to the park 30-45 minutes prior to official opening time so that once the rope is dropped, we can be on our way for many pixie-dusted adventures! The first hour of the day is generally the least crowded which means the standby wait times are minimal. As the morning progresses and the park begins to get a bit busier, start using FastPass+ to bypass long standby lines! In the afternoon, plan on leaving the theme park and head back to your Disney Resort hotel for a much-needed nap. Once everyone is well-rested, head back to the theme parks for the nighttime magic!

     Did you know most attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort are family-friendly? This means that they are perfect for Guests of all ages and sizes! The twins can be held on these attractions, but they can also be carried in baby carriers. I think baby carriers would be the best option to easily board and exit family-friendly attractions. 

     For attractions that your little ones are just too little for, use Disney's Rider Switch. This convenient service allows everyone (tall enough, of course) a chance to ride popular thrill attractions without experiencing multiple wait times! 

     With four adults, you have the benefit of man-to-man defense in the theme parks. To meet the unique needs of all your grandchildren, it might make the most sense to split up a few times throughout the day. I suggest using a buddy system, with each adult paired with a little one. This way, the 4-year old could enjoy an attraction he loves, the 3-year old can go meet with his favorite Disney Character, and the babies could take a cuddled-up snooze on a park bench! 

     Strollers are going to be an absolute must-have for your little Mouseketeers. I recommend taking a stroller for each kiddo - even the 4-year old! I think your best bet would be to have two double strollers on hand. Just be sure that the strollers you plan on using meet the size guidelines for the theme parks

     Don't forget to pack a well-stocked diaper bag! You'll want to be sure you have diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, additional clothes, hand sanitizer, and anything else those sweet babies might need. If you forget something, no need to worry! There's a convenient on-site shop in each of the conveniently located Baby Care Centers in the theme parks. There you can find lots of baby-care essentials available for purchase. 

     I hope this was helpful, Nancy. Please let me know if you have any other questions about traveling to the Walt Disney World Resort with your grandchildren!

    Ashley
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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