Mom And Son Safari
  • On Dec 10, 2013
    Christine from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! my husband and I will be taking our one and half year old to Florida in May, and thought it would be great to take him to Walt Disney world for a few days. What do you guys recommend for our active toddler? the best rides, activities, and so on. Thanks

    Hi Christine ~

    I'm limited in space so I'm going to hit some highlights but please come back again if you need any other details.

    My # 1 park recommendation for toddlers is the Magic Kingdom (MK) and I would plan on 2 days in the MK. Here is a list of attractions and activities that are good for toddlers in all of the theme parks.

    * If your budget will allow it, stay at a resort on the Resort Monorail Line. You'll likely spend a lot of time in the MK and that will give you easy access to your hotel for naps and breaks.
    * Go to the parks early when he is at his freshest.
    * Take breaks - he'll need time to be free of standing in lines.
    * Try to stick to his schedules for meals. Bring your own snacks & drinks to save money & time waiting in line for them.
    * Don't plan out every minute. Go at his pace. Let him explore & lead the way. I usually only make 1 dining reservation per day & play the rest of the day by ear.
    * Make sure he has some down time away from the parks. Depending on how long you're staying, plan a day (or 1/2 a day) to relax by the pool. Some resorts also have playgrounds.
    * Bring something to keep him entertained in line or play games with him while you're waiting.
    * If you're in the parks & you see he's had enough, leave. You may not get to do everything, but you'll enjoy everything you do.
    * Here are some stroller tips.

    There are some great activities for toddlers at Downtown Disney.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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