• On Apr 9, 2018
    Tyler from MS 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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    My family is arriving at Disney on July 30. We will have our 10-year-old boy and 8-month-old girl in tow. Any suggestions on how to make this trip a success given the age difference between our kids?

    Hey there, Tyler!

    My two oldest daughters are 10 years apart, and that is one of the biggest reasons my family loves Walt Disney World so much. There is truly something for everyone, and there are as many things to do all together as there are things to do with your older child individually.

    The first thing I would do is go down the list of Disney theme park attractions with your 10 year old and get a good feeling for the things he'd like to do. You may be surprised at how many of them his baby sister can do as well. Attractions like Pirates of the Caribbean appeal across the board - they're fun for your big guy, but your little princess can tag along as well.

    Absolutely use the Rider Switch option, which will allow you to wait in line once, but you can switch adults for a second ride, which means your son will get to ride twice - once with you, while someone else waits with the baby, and then with the other grown up when you switch off.

    You may also want to plan a special meal that your older child chooses, just so he feels like the vacation has something special for him included. My kids love Whispering Canyon Cafe for the slapstick fun.

    I hope you find your vacation with both children absolutely magical for everyone.

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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