Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 9, 2012
    Ashley from FL 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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    We're going to WDW w/ our 2-yr-old. He has a nap time, but I don't wanna leave & return. He sleeps for about 2 hrs, so I think we'd miss out on a lot. Should we hit the kid stuff 1st, and the bigger rides while he sleeps in the stroller? Any other tips

    Hey Ashley! Your two-year-old son is going to love Walt Disney World! Two of my kids were his exact age on their first trip to the "Happiest Place on Earth" and I believe it is the perfect age to introduce all the "Magic" of Disney to your "little one!"  We have vacationed by going back to our resort for naps, as well as, having the kids just nap in the stroller. We have personally found that on a short weekend getaway that it has been okay to just stay in the park all day taking in every ounce of fun and not missing a beat; however, on longer trips we have found that we really needed an afternoon nap ourselves.I would definitely agree with you to hit the popular attractions for "little ones" first thing in the morning. We have taken advantage of riding attractions that our children were too small to ride while they were napping.You will want to ask the cast member at the entrance of the attraction for a rider swap. Rider Swap is when Guests take turns waiting with youngsters too small to ride a certain attraction, then "swap" with another adult Guest from their party to experience the ride without standing in line twice. If the timing works out, another idea is to grab a spot in the shade along the parade route while your son gets in some precious rest time. We usually sit down 45 minutes before the afternoon parade begins for more optimal viewing.Your son can then sleep as you wait for the parade and then hopefully naptime will be over just as it begins. If you will be staying on Disney property, follow this link to learn more about Extra Magic Hours. If you have any other specific park planning questions or need further vacation assistance, please let me know. I would love to help! Best wishes for a Magical Trip!
    :-) Jodie
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Meet the Panelist: Jodie, Georgia

Hey, y'all! I'm the mother of four amazing kids and wife to my very own Prince Charming!  After working as a Registered Nurse for over 20 years, I recently traded in my scrubs to work as a Physician Recruiter for my local hospital. My friends call me the "Queen of Disney," and I would love to put all my experiences and knowledge to work in order to assist you in planning a magical Walt Disney World vacation! Learn More About Jodie

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