• On Oct 23, 2016
    Julie from OH Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am taking two kids by myself. Any advice for dealing with one kid that wants to ride thrill rides and one kid who doesn't? My 9 year old loves the thrills, but my 7 year old does not. This is the first time I am taking them by myself.

    Hi, Julie! I have taken my two polar-opposite daughters to Walt Disney World Resort by myself many times. Our older daughter, however, is actually the tame one, while our younger daughter wants her little heart to constantly race! Over the years, I have learned a few tricks on making a vacation unforgettable for each kid when traveling solo.

    Before our trips, I ask each child to give me three must-do experiences for each park we plan to visit; the only catch is that it has to be something everyone will enjoy. In doing this, they each feel like part of the trip is focused on what they want to do. Anything else we complete is a bonus on top of an already practically perfect day. I help my thrill seeker understand that there may be some favorite attractions we may not get to experience and she needs to be a team player for the family. Likewise, our tame child always understands that we will not ride it’s a small world all weekend and she will need to try at least one new thing each trip. This has usually served us well and both girls have learned that the best part of our vacations is that we are making memories together.

    I can certainly understand if your older child really wants to scream at least a little and I have an idea for you. There are several Children's Activity Centers at the Resort hotels; would your younger child perhaps enjoy a night with other kids to let their imagination go wild? My seven-year-old loves going to the clubs because it gives her a chance to have fun without Mom or sister dictating the fun. This could open up a great evening for you and your thrill seeker to hop on a few favorite attractions.

    Heading to Walt Disney World Resort solo with the kids really can be a great experience where the magic is endless. I hope you have a wonderful time and please let us know if you have any other questions.

    Brandy B.
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Meet the Panelist: Brandy, South Carolina

Hi, I'm Brandy, a speech pathologist and busy driver of daughters to marching band and dance events. My Annual Pass is used often to check out new Disney must-dos and resort changes. I enjoy giving advice about itinerary and FastPass+ planning, Epcot's fantastic festivals, Memory Maker, and transportation at the Resort. The time I spend at Walt Disney World Resort is distinctive because it is the one place I can forget other responsibilities and focus on having the time of my life with my family!

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