Toy Story Land Woody & Boy
  • On Nov 23, 2019
    Monica from VA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Will be visiting with my 3 year old & 1 1/2 year old son. Just looking for advice on how to take on the park with little ones. Also in regards to strollers, what is allowed? If my boys have allergies are outside food allowed in like snacks and bottles.

    Hi Monica!

    Thanks for reaching out to the Moms Panel!

    I completely understand the question. I have 2 children who are about 4 years apart. My son's first visit to Disney World was also at 18 months, which put my daughter at the time around 5 years old. Navigating 2 children at that age can come with its challenges, but here's some advice that worked well for us..

    If you can fit it in your budget, rent a double stroller at Disney if you can. We brought our own stroller on my son's first trip, and it became somewhat of a headache getting on the bus, monorail, etc. All the stroller break down's, squeezing into tight spots, etc. was tough. Stroller rentals made life easier for us, as we picked it up at Guest Services when we got in the theme parks, then dropped it off as we left. It just made getting around simpler, especially when getting on/off the Disney bus. Also, Disney strollers are sturdy, easy to maneuver, and perfectly fit both my children when they got tired of walking, or when it came naptime.

    If you prefer to bring your own stroller, here are the restrictions:

    *Strollers larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted. Stroller wagons are also not permitted.
    *A child must be removed from his or her stroller while riding on a parking lot tram.
    *Do not leave personal belongings in an unattended stroller.

    Pace Yourself
    Do a few attractions, then eat, rest, or take in a performance or parade. I say this because when we found ourselves running all over the parks trying to get on every ride we could find, later to find our children were whiny and irritable because they were tired, hungry, etc. Also, to get our money's worth, we would overstay our time in the theme parks. When your kids start getting too irritable, it's time to leave. Or, if you're staying on Disney property, I would suggest leaving the park, go to your resort hotel to rest or take a nap, then return later. Everyone is refreshed and ready to get back to having fun!

    Get as many FastPass selections as you possibly can. Wait times for children at that age are always the toughest.

    Snacks are allowed in the theme parks. We'd always bring small snacks (such as Goldfish, pretzels, or graham crackers) as well as juice boxes and/or water bottles. If your children have food allergies, bring the snacks and beverages that's safe for them to consume. I typically bring a book bag and pack everything in there, but bring whatever you feel comfortable in carrying. Just note that there are no microwaves in the theme parks to use, so anything you won't need to heat is advantageous. :-)

    Have Fun!
    Take plenty pictures and enjoy yourselves!

    Have a magical time at Disney!

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