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  • On Sep 26, 2011
    Amy 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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    I will be traveling to Disney World in Jan with my 2 year daughter and husband. I am worried about keeping her entertained while waiting in lines for rides, do you have any suggestions?

    Hi Amy:

    I understand your concern. My five year old and four year old, who have been traveling to Disney World since they were infants, do not like to wait on lines, and neither do I. Let’s address the hard truth. Like other theme parks or popular destinations, you’ll likely encounter at least some long lines during your trip to Walt Disney World. But here’s the upside: If you are going to have to wait on a line anywhere, the best place to do it is at Disney World. By and large, the Disney queues are well themed, entertaining and full of distractions. 

    Even with those line-avoiding tips, you’ll still hit some lines along the way. To help keep an impatient toddler entertained, my first line of defense is to play a good old-fashioned word game, such as 20 Questions, I-Spy, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. I’ve also found that small surprises from the dollar store at home, like a toy figure or glow stick, can help pass the time. Consider spending some time in line searching for Hidden Mickeys, which are images of Mickey Mouse concealed in a Disney ride or attraction. Snacks, such as fruit, goldfish or granola, also help prevent toddler melt-downs on line.

    Don't forget conversation. I usually hand my kids a park map, show them where we are in the park and ask about other attractions they may want to see later that day. If I’ve been on the ride before, I’ll tell my boys what they may expect on the ride. As a last-resort, I bring out my smart-phone. The boys enjoy when I take pictures and shoot a short video and show it to them. We even pretend to write Mickey e-mails on the phone. If nothing else works, I start making silly-faces and otherwise make a fool out of myself, which always cracks my kids up and distracts them (and others in line) for a bit.

    Enjoy your vacation.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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