Bringing Your Kids To Disney World!
Planning Your Disney Vacation | Walt Disney World Travel Tips
Anyone who knows us, knows how OBSESSED we are with Disney World. Heath & I have made it a tradition to visit the area a few times each year & now that Ryland is turning ONE this summer, we thought it might be a great time to bring him too!
I had the privilege of connecting with another Disney lover & mother, Christine, on Instagram! Don’t you just love social media!? Find her here!
Christine is an independent contractor for a company called Fairytale Journeys! It just sounds magical doesn’t it!? I asked her to help me (and all of you!) with common questions we all have about planning a Disney World vacation with kiddos!
My Interview with Christine
Tell us about yourself!
“I’m Christine and I’m from New Jersey. I’m married to my husband Josh, and have 3 children; Mia (4), Emma (22 months) and Parker (3 months) I’m a stay at home mom who is lucky enough to help others book and plan their Disney trips! I have completed the Disney College of Knowledge and have a love for all things Disney! Growing up I took trips to Disney World with my family every year, now I’m so happy and thankful to continue that tradition with my children.”
What is your best tip for BEFORE your Disney vacation?
“Planning ahead. Restaurant reservations open up for your trip 180 days before the first day of your trip. The most popular restaurants are often booked quickly after they are released. Fast passes for attractions are released 60 days prior to your trip. Just like the restaurants, the most popular meet and greets and attractions get booked quickly.
Not everyone plans their trips 6 months ahead of time so I often watch reservations closely for openings for my clients. The most popular restaurants are the characters meals. You can choose from tons of restaurants based on which characters you wish to dine with. This includes Disney Junior characters, Princesses, the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto) and many more!”
What is your best Disney tip for DURING the vacation?
“Schedule a mid day break. Especially when traveling with children, a little break or quick nap makes a huge difference! I’ve done Disney while pregnant twice and that break was absolutely necessary. Get to the parks early. Earlier in the day the lines are shorter and you can get many attractions done before the crowds pick up.
Don’t over schedule. I think it’s a good idea to have a general plan for the day but planning too many things will make you feel rushed and you won’t be able to relax as much.”
What MUST you have for kids at Disney?
“My biggest must have for kids is the obvious, a stroller! The kids get tired quick, especially when it’s very hot. If you are flying in there are companies that you can rent nice strollers from and they will deliver them right to your resort.
Other must haves are snacks, sippy cups, sunblock and comfortable shoes. The Memory Maker is also a must for my family. This is unlimited pictures of your family taken at tons of different locations throughout the parks by Disney photographers. This way everyone can be in the picture!”
How old should my kids be to enjoy Disney?
“I have taken my kids to Disney at various ages. Mia went for the first time at 8 months old and she loved interacting with the characters. There are tons of rides that small children can go on. Emma was 4 months old for her first visit. She was still too young to really understand what was going on around her.
Mia had a time around age 2 where she was scared of some of the characters but she outgrew it by the following year. Around age 3 is when she really started getting into the characters, especially the princesses! She loved getting autographs in her book.
I’d say after 6 or 7 months old is when my children started enjoying Disney.”
Which theme park is your favorite for the kids?
“My favorite park for all ages is the Magic Kingdom! Nothing compares to walking down Main Street looking at the castle. There is so much to do at Magic Kingdom that in all my trips I still haven’t done it all! It certainly has the most options for small children.”
Should I plan my trip ahead of time?
“It certainly benefits you to plan ahead. Especially if you want to dine at popular restaurants. I usually advise clients to choose a “main park” each day. Have a must-do list. Decide which shows you want to see there and have an idea of what time they are playing. You can always park hop later! If you are not the plan ahead type, you can still have a great trip! You will never go hungry or be bored, that’s for sure!”
If you are interested in planning a Disney World vacation contact Christine at email@example.com or visit her Facebook Page!
Thanks again, Christine for all your help!!
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