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  • On May 12, 2022
    Michael from tyne and wear Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, I have visited Disney world many times, this time will be the first time with my daughter (just under 2) when we arrive july. Is there any help or guidance for visiting the parks (14day pass) with just two parents and a infant?

    Welcome to planDisney, Michael!

    I'm so glad that you stopped by with your question. I have been in your exact position. My wife and I used to visit Walt Disney World on our own until we had kids. I remember when we first brought our then two-year-old and we had to figure out the best way to do that. It presented new challenges, but definitely provided new and greater joys! Seeing the magic through the eyes of your child is uniquely wonderful. Let me give you some of my best tips: 

    • Have realistic expectations - you can't do everything (especially in one day). You'll have to stop to change diapers (sorry, nappies!), feed, and simply rest. There'll be temper tantrums (maybe from everyone!) you'll have to deal with due to the heat, tiredness, and overstimulation. I always want my kids to be self-parenting on a Disney holiday, however, they actually require more parenting. Be content with whatever you're able to experience and enjoy on any given day.
    • Take breaks - if you're staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, then I'd encourage you to head back to your room mid-day so that your little one can nap. Then you can head back to the parks in the late afternoon/early evening when it's a bit cooler. 
    • Pack snacks - We always stuff our backpacks with plenty of energy-giving snacks. Snacks are especially great when you're waiting in line for something. This will also save you some pounds and pennies because you won't be as tempted to over-splurge on the treats you'll see in the parks.
    • Bring a stroller - Your child might enjoy napping in the stroller (one of mine did, the other did not). They'll also need to rest those tired legs. Guests are welcome to bring their own strollers to the Theme Parks. They just have to be within the dimensions limit of 31" wide and 52" long. The last time we visited, we were able to bring our double stroller with us, which was very convenient! If you didn't want to bring your own stroller from home, you can even rent Mickey and Minnie-themed single or double strollers at any of the Theme Parks and Disney Springs. You can rent them on a day-to-day basis, or rent them for the entirety of your stay. 
    • Use the Baby Care CentersThese are great places to change diapers, feed the kids, or even just take a break from all the noise and stimulation. 
    • Take lots of pictures and videos - As the years go by, your Mouseketeer probably won't remember much from your trip (sad, but true). However, if you take lots of pictures and videos she'll be able to re-live their first-ever Disney trip. My kids love looking back at old photos and videos from our Disney holidays. 
    • Look up what attractions your toddler can enjoy - On the Walt Disney World website, you'll find height restrictions and be able to discern what might be appropriate for your little one. Magic Kingdom Park is my favorite park for kids. "it's a small world" is always a hit! And don't miss the parades!
    • Use Rider Switch - This is a game-changer for parents. You'll be able to both experience "big kid" rides, like the new Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, without having to wait in line twice.
    Those are some initial thoughts, Michael. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

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Meet the Panelist: Mike, Virginia

I'm Mike, a Disney-loving "scouser." I have a wonderful wife and two young children who share my obsession for all things Disney. I've always been enchanted by the magic of Walt Disney World Resort - the charming music, captivating beauty, enthralling attractions, and breathtaking shows spark my imagination and fill me with a sense of awe. I'm perpetually planning my next Disney adventure! If you're interested in makin' memories at "The Most Magical Place on Earth" then you've got a friend in me.
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