Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On May 27, 2015
    Ashley from TX 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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    Hello we will be go to Disney World from 6/6-6/11with a 6 year old, 2 year old and 9 month old. I wanted to know with being there for so long, what could we do to help prevent any melt downs in the parks? I really would like a good family vacation!

    Hello Ashley! I remember the first time I took my son to Walt Disney World. He was two years old and right in the throws of the 'terrible twos'. Sometimes with that age it is hard to avoid meltdowns, but you know your children and when they are about to hit their limit. I hope these tips will help:

    *Get wet- Since you are visiting in June, one of the hottest months, I suggest you pack swim clothes and floats. Take a mid-day break from the parks and head back to your resort hotel pool, or enjoy Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon to beat the Florida heat. Last summer I took my son for his 5th birthday and by the end of the day I could tell he was getting worn down by the heat. I let him run around at Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station and he was good as new.

    *Strollers- Now you might think I sound crazy, but I think that you should bring a stroller for all of your children. I was so glad I brought a stroller for my 5 year old last summer. You do a lot of walking at Walt Disney World, and those little feet aren't used to that much walking. Unless you are prepared to carry them, they will likely need a stroller to rest or nap every once in awhile.

    *Hydrate- Make sure they get plenty of fluids. If you go up to any counter service restaurant they will give you a cup of ice water for free. This can save you money if you bring a drink container and continuously fill it throughout the day. And don't forget about all the the yummy frozen treats! 

    *First-aid- Make sure you pack band-aids, sunscreen, powder, Tylenol, hair ties, and other necessities.

    *Set limits- I allow my son to get one toy a day while we are at Disney. This way, he knows what he is allowed, and he can't beg or throw a fit for more afterwards. This was a previous source of meltdowns for him.

    These are my tips and if you need anything else, please stop by. Have a magical summer vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Sarah, Indiana

I am a recent graduate from Ball State University and mother to my 5-year-old son. We love all things Disney and when we aren’t watching Disney films or planning our next vacation, we love to go to touring Disney shows. I also love to cook, listen to music, read books, and paint. With my experience planning vacations and navigating the parks from a single parent’s perspective, I hope to be able to add a little “pixie dust” to your vacation! Learn More About Sarah

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