Mom And Son On Run
  • On Sep 12, 2008
    Pippa from NY Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    How do you manage a WDW vacation with kids with a large age span?

    Excellent question!

    If you have children with a large age span you are probably already accustomed to performing a bit of a balancing act every day.  I know that I am.  And when we vacation at WDW, or anywhere else for that matter, we all give a little.  It's not as hard as it may seem because, truthfully, most of the activities at WDW are appropriate for the entire family.  Those are the things we enjoy together.  Riding Pirates of the Caribbean, watching Fantasmic!, and eating at Whispering Canyon Cafe are all things that offer something to each and every member of our family.  The majority of our vacation time is spent that way: together.  But, of course my oldest two daughters wouldn't be happy if they didn't get the chance to experience Rock'n'Roller Coaster or Expedition Everest.  So my husband and I take turns staying behind with the younger two kids while the older girls enjoy their thrill rides.  When it's my turn to stay behind I enjoy pointing out fun details to the little siblings: the fountains at Epcot, the birds at Animal Kingdom, or the spitting Tiki statues at the Magic Kingdom.  We never suffer a shortage of sights to see while we wait.  Of course many of the more thrilling rides have small playgrounds located close by, perfect for keeping little ones busy while waiting for older siblings.

    My kids have grown up with the understanding that we're all in this together.  I guess you could say we've got that 'Ohana thing going on.  We just go to WDW knowing that the fun isn't meant for just one person and everything falls into place.  That's not to say we don't have the occasional meltdown, but overall it just works for us.  If you go into it with a similar mindset, I bet it'll work for you too!  Have a great time!
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Meet the Panelist: Darcie, Alabama

Given your inclination to plan a magical trip, I can already tell we have a lot in common. I'm Darcie, and my friends would be the first to tell you that Disney trip planning (especially dining!) is my love language. Of course, the vacations my family enjoys today look much different than they did when our kids were little, but while some of our favorite activities have evolved, Disney destinations still top our travel wish lists. Let's work together to plan a downright dreamy vacation for your family! Learn More About Darcie

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