Mother, Son, Giraffe, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Animal Kingdom, Savannah
  • On Jul 16, 2008
    Melanie from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My girls will be 2 1/2 and almost 4 when we go in Dec 2009. I'm nervous about how they will handle table service meals - Le Cellier, Yak and Yetti, etc - are there crayons or anything to entertain the kids while they wait through the meals?

    There are coloring pages and crayons available at virtually every Disney table service restaurant. However many of the restaurants only have one or two colors on hand and just coloring can get old quickly. When my girls were preschoolers, I always had ziploc bags stocked with table time diversions that I brought with us on vacation. I usually had several bags, one for each day of travel, that way the fun stayed fresh. Here is a sample of some of the diversions we brought:

    Sticker books (Dover is a great brand of self-contained, pocket-sized sticker books)
    Silly putty
    Mini Etch-A-Sketch or Magna Doodle
    Box of paperclips for stringing into necklaces (make sure you're past the "in the mouth" stage)
    A magnetic princess dress-up kit, came in a small tin box
    Wooly Willy (Google it)
    A small top
    Post cards (decorate it and send it to Grandma)
    Barrel of Monkeys
    And in a pinch ... a favorite Disney movie on mom's iPod

    You get the idea. The items don't have to be large or expensive , just novel to the child.

    For more ideas, go to the new feature on the Moms Panel website "New Videos for Moms, by Moms." Panelist Heather R and her couldn't-be-cuter daughter Annie star in a video called traveling with small children. She shares some of her great tips on traveling with preschool kids.

    Have a great trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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