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  • On Jan 24, 2020
    Christina from WI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are looking at going to disney with a 10 month old who likes to be very active and not really wanting to be held anymore. Are there places we can put down a blanket for her to move around a bit? Or do kids like that typically do ok?

    Hi Christina! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks for bringing your question to us!

    Christina, I feel like I could have written this question myself. I too, had a very active infant, and at less than a year old, he was not interested in being held or riding in a stroller for very long. I remember feeling nervous about how he would do in lines and getting from place to place during his first Disney trip at 11 months old. I can share some strategies we've learned over the years after taking both of our little ones to the theme parks at an early age.

    Neither of my two children rode in strollers very often in the real world once they learned how to move. Nor did they want to be held in one spot. They just wanted to go! Walt Disney World has always been an exception to this. There is just so much for them to take in and observe, and I think they actually enjoy sitting back and riding along. Make sure to bring drinks and snacks to keep your daughter occupied during longer stretches of being carried or pushed in a stroller. We also found standing in line to be more difficult for our babies, as they did not enjoy being held in the queues, so we used FastPass+ and Extra Magic Hours to avoid long waits.

    Fortunately, there are some great places in the theme parks for those times when your little one just wants to get up and move. My absolute favorite is the playground in the queue for Dumbo The Flying Elephant. Bonus - it's indoors and air conditioned! You don't need to ride the attraction to play - just let a Cast Member know that you would like to visit the indoor play area. My daughter crawled around in here before she could walk. Nearby, Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station is a great place to cool off. Just be sure to have a change of clothes ready!

    At Epcot, my children have always loved to play in the ImageWorks following a ride on Journey Into Imagination With Figment. There is a lot to explore in this whimsical place and plenty of open space in which to crawl or walk around.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom, be sure to check out The Boneyard where your little one can roam around in an open-air space designed to look like a dinosaur dig.

    Disney Junior Dance Party! is my favorite place for the youngest mouseketeers to let loose at Walt Disney World. This interactive, high-energy musical celebration gets my little ones on their feet and clapping their hands throughout the entire show. It is so much FUN, and there is plenty of carpeted floor space for moving around.

    I hope some of those suggestions are helpful, Christina. One final tip: make sure to familiarize yourself with the Baby Care Centers at the theme parks - they are such a valuable resource for parents of little ones. Have a fabulous vacation with your precious princess!

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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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