Mom with infant
  • On Jan 12, 2020
    Kara from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Going to Magic Kingdom with 2.5 yr. old and 1 yr. old and are not staying at a Disney Resort. Any suggestions on how to survive a long day when we can't go back for naps?

    Hi there, Kara!

    I’m so excited to hEAR that you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World Resort. I know traveling with little Mouseketeers can be intimidating, but trust me it will be just as Magical.

    My kids are a little older now, I have a 2-year old princess and a 5-year old boy, but their visits started when they were both just months old! Even when we stay at a Disney Resort Hotel, we opt out of naps in our room. We have personally always been a “open to close” type of family. I recommend thinking about what your Mouseketeers like and need on a daily basis and bringing those comforts with you. Our backpack usually consists of their; favorite snacks, the cup they prefer to use, change of clothes, a second pair of shoes, and a small toy or activity book. 

    Don’t worry though, if you forget something the Baby Care Centers offer and even sell many helpful amenities for infants and toddlers. Plus it’s a great place to change or feed your little ones in a less distracting setting. My son needed quiet when he nursed as a baby, and the rocking chairs inside the Baby Care Centers were just what we both needed!

    I also suggest bringing a stroller that provides shade and reclines so that your Mouseketeers have somewhere to nap. Or if you normally baby wear, bring your carrier! To this day my daughter starts her naps in our carrier. Remember that their day is going to be filled with Magic and new experiences so allow some flexibility in your schedule. We try to make a basic itinerary and dependent on their moods we just adjust our FastPass+ reservations using the My Disney Experience App. Don’t forget to take advantage of Rider Switch! (Tip: My husband and I will use Rider Switch when one or both of them are napping in the stroller).

    There will be plenty for you to do and see with your children. My best advice is to soak it all in! You will be amazed as you watch the Magic unfold in their eyes! Thanks again for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! Please come back if you have more questions as you continue to plan!

    -Shantel
     
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Meet the Panelist: Shantel, Arizona

Hi ya Pals! I'm Shantel from Arizona. I am a mom of two and a military wife. I grew up going to the parks, and now we're sharing that tradition with our kids. When I am not visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm at home researching and planning for our next trip! One of my favorite things to do is search for new snacks to try, especially if they are Mickey shaped. I'm definitely living the dream my heart wished for! I cannot wait to answer your questions and help make your vacation even more magical! Learn More About Shantel

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