• On Oct 6, 2018
    Jana from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Me and my sister want to take our kids to WDW, by ourselves with no husbands. 5 kids total, ranges (8,6,4,3,1)How to avoid melt downs? How can we ride the bigger rides, with 3 kids needing a parent to ride and 1 that can’t? Has anyony tempted this before?

    Hi, Jana! 

    A trip to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming, but for little ones, be especially aware of how things are going if you want to avoid a melt down. My best suggestion is to try not to do too much. Schedule down time at your resort hotel. Whether it's a dip in the pool or a nice nap, it might be just what you need to keep everyone happy.

    Walt Disney World offers something perfect for your situation. The Rider Switch option will help you get all the kids onto an attraction, while someone waits with any little ones who won't or can't ride. You'll want to ask at the attraction if the service is offered, and then while one party and some of the children ride, the other party waits. When that person is done, you'll use the Rider Switch to have the second party go with the other kids. You can take up to two additional guests with each party, so if the first person takes two on their trip, you can take two on yours, and everyone has had a turn. It works great in situations like these.

    I also want to mention the Baby Care Centers. Not just for babies, these cool and comfortable facilities, located in each theme park, are the perfect place to do a quick diaper change, have a snack, feed a little one, or just give everyone a short time out. They have high chairs and regular chairs, televisions playing kid friendly shows, and a good variety of baby items available for purchase (diapers, formula, etc.). This may be a key to avoiding a melt down as well.

    Have a wonderful trip, Jana!
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My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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