Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Feb 8, 2009
    Lori from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're going to Disney right after kindergarten graduation in May. We are not sure if my husband's work schedule will allow him to join us,so it may be myself with an almost 3 & 5 yr old. Any suggestions how to juggle the "big kid" (48")

    Hi Lori!

    Last June, I took a vacation sans hubby with my two boys (who, coincidentally were 3 and 5 at the time).  I was a bit nervous, but I have to say, it ended up being one of my favorite trips!  Here are a few of the things I did to facilitate a smooth trip:

    • Use Magical Express to eliminate the need to go to baggage claim and rent a car in Orlando.  It's a lifesaver with two kids.
    • Bring a a double stroller that is light and easy to fold.  I know your older one wouldn't dare sit in one at home, but Disney is different.  The amount of walking is capable of making a marathon walker's legs tired!  The stroller will make it easier for you to keep tabs on two kids in the parks alone. 
    • Make use of the companion restrooms.  They are huge, have a lock on the door and make bathroom breaks a snap with two kids in tow. 
    • "Label" your kids.  I'm a safety psycho!  Stick a mailing label on each kid's back in the morning with your cell phone number.  When a child gets lost, even one who knows mom's phone #, they can get frazzled and forget.  Take it from a mom who lost her two year old once -  the stickers work.  I had him back in under 5 minutes.
    • Many rides will enable you all to ride together as a threesome.  Small World, Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Tomorrowland Transit Authority and Journey into Imagination are just a few.  On others, your kids can ride in front together and you directly behind them in the same "car".  Aladdin's Magic Carpets and Dumbo are examples. 
    • While your five-year-old is tall for his/her age, s/he probably isn't ready to ride the "really" scary attractions (I don't recommend a spin on Rockin' Roller Coaster, for example),so for the most part, you will all be happy on the same attractions.

    Please extend my (almost) congratulations to your soon-to-be Disney bound kids and have an awesome "three mouse-keteers" vacation!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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