Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Jul 17, 2013
    Rachel Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We will be staying at Coronado Springs 12/16/13-12/20/13. My son will be one week shy of 2. Any schedule suggestions. This is our first visit. I'm also finding it hard to make dinner reservations at a lot of places.

    Hi Rachel!

    I think it's so awesome that you'll be giving your son the opportunity to experience Walt Disney World as a toddler. Speaking from personal experience, you'll walk away with so many wonderful memories from watching him interact with the endless sensory experiences that the theme parks and resorts have to offer.

    When it comes to a schedule, my best advice is to take it easy. Plan to take a break in the middle of each day for a nap back at your hotel (which will be very easy to do since you'll be staying on property!) It'll help the both of you to recharge your batteries.

    Because your son will be exposed to so many sights, sounds, and smells that will pique his curiosity and wonder, his energy will probably drain a lot faster than it normally does at home. That being said, the formula I use is: a well-rested toddler = a happy toddler.

    As for dining reservations, I've definitely been in your shoes before. Reservations for the uber-popular restaurants get snatched up very quickly. Don't worry though, dreams do come true....I mean, cancellations happen all the time. So, keep checking the Walt Disney World dining reservations page online and you might get lucky. 

    Here's a little tip from your buddy Derek:

    Many restaurants keep a few tables free each day for walk-up reservations. So, if you head over to your desired restaurant right as they open, you may be able to score a table for later that day.

    Here's a bonus tip from your buddy Derek:

    Download the My Disney Experience app on your smartphone so you can keep tabs on any possible cancellations. It offers real-time access to the dining reservation system, so that'll be a very helpful tool to have as well.

    If you should have any additional questions about traveling with toddlers (or dining!), please feel free to write back and I'll be happy to help in any way that I can!

    Best regards,
    Derek
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Meet the Panelist: Derek, Virginia

Whether you're traveling with infants or preschoolers, planning a family reunion, taking a romantic trip for two, or even traveling solo - I've been in your shoes.  I'd love to help you make the most out of your next Disney vacation! Learn More About Derek

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