Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Mar 4, 2009
    Monique from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi my name is monique i will be in WD sec week in april. Me and my 5yr old Im kind of lost of what to do and where to start. Im realy nerves because its just me and him and i don"t travel with him alone

    Hi Monique!

    Rest assured, travelling to Disney solo with your son can be completely manageable, and will likely be one of the best times you've experienced together to date!  I've trekked "the World" with my two kids in tow alone when my husband couldn't join us, and we've had a blast.  Here are some of my tips for making the trip alone:

    - Take along a stroller.  I know your little pirate probably wouldn't be caught "you know what" in one at home, but believe me, the amount of walking at Disney can tire out a marathon runner, let alone a five year old!  In addition, the stroller will enable you to keep better tabs on your guy in the parks, and you to maneuver the parks at an adult's pace.
    - Make advanced dining reservations for any of the table service meals you are interested in by calling (407) WDW-DINE (939-3463).  I think your son would really enjoy a character meal.  Chef Mickey's Cape May Buffet and Crystal Palace are some of our favorites.  Having reservations will facilitate a smoother meal time, and minimize the time you'll spend waiting for a table.
    -Bring along some activity books, a portable DVD player or electronic games to help your son pass the time at the airport.  The plane is always the "scariest" part of travelling alone for me, and I find that as long as I'm well-stocked with diversions for my kids, it goes really well.

    My kids love to make a countdown calendar to help the anticipation grow prior to our trips.  Your son might love to mark off the days as his adventure nears!  I'd also recommend showing him the website, and some of the rides and attractions you'll both soon be sharing.

    Have a wonderful trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Tanya, New Jersey

I am Tanya from FL, full-time mom to two fun-loving boys. I have an array of planning tips and believe I offer a unique perspective on how to make Disney an amazing adventure for individuals with a variety of needs and abilities. Learn More About Tanya

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