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  • On Feb 8, 2009
    Stephanie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am looking for advice about taking a 2year old to WDW. We are planning on being there the 1st week of December and we are veteran Disney travelers, but have never taken a toddler before. Any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thanks!

    Hi Stephanie - you have come to the right place!  Most of us moms have taken young children to Disney before, and highly recommend it.  Here are a few tips:

    • If your child is an early riser, like mine are, then hit the parks early.  I like to get there at opening, and go to the popular attractions first.
    • Bring snacks and water for lines.  It always seems that my kids get hungry/thirsty when we are just about to get on a ride.
    • Plan your "must-see" attractions in advance and make sure you get to those first
    • If you aren't sure how your child will react to the characters, take him/her to see a "face" character first, before seeing a larger than life character like Mickey.
    • Book character meals in advance, as they are the best way to see the characters with no waiting in line.
    • If your child still takes naps, make sure you don't interrupt his/her schedule too much
    • Bring your own stroller from home
    I hope that helps!  Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Jodi, Massachusetts

My name is Jodi from Massachusetts.  I am married with 2 children and work as a writer and consultant. I really look forward to helping parents everywhere plan a vacation within their budget that will truly create lifelong memories. Learn More About Jodi

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