Y’all know how I feel about Disney. Our family is avid Disney travelers and annual passholders that take advantage of being a short drive away from the most magical place on earth. We frequent Disney with littles and I thought I’d share some of our go-to ways to Disney with a toddler and baby. We visit all things Disney World at least once a month and stay on property often. Here’s how my family of 4 tackles the theme parks like a boss.
Adjust the hours you spend at the theme park around weather and naptime. During the summer months we are at the parks when it opens and head out during naptime which also happens to be when the heat quickly increases. If you’re relatively close to the parks you can enter at 9am and head out by 12pm/1pm. If you’re not super close and staying on property you can still tackle the park at ideal times for weather. During the fall and winter we tend to go before and after naptime hours with more of a focus on the afternoon evening times for fireworks and the parade. Have I pushed my kids past naptime to stay longer? Yes. Do I regret pushing them? Every.Single.Time.
Fast passes are gold and we don’t Disney without them. We set fast passes weeks, days and sometimes nights before heading to the theme park. If you stay on property you can book prime fast passes very early but for quick frequent trips we typically just add fast passes the day prior. There is no way we could wait in line for longer than 10 minutes with 2 littles. The Dumbo ride has a play area for waiting but otherwise the lines and kids just don’t mix. Some rides are safe to not add fast passes for such as Mickey’s Magic Phillar Show and that’s an easy one to do while waiting on our next fast pass. In between fast passes we snack, we walk main street, we snap candids and we look at near by shops. To get the most out of some rides the husband and I use our fast passes with the kids separately so the toddler gets to ride the ride twice.
Bring lunch, snacks and drinks for an in park picnic. You can totally picnic inside Disney, y’all! We bring snacks and a handful of water bottles in my diaper bag but sometimes we bring an entire lunch (sandwiches, fruit, chips, etc.). It surprises people when I tell them we bring a quick meal in the park. It saves on money especially if you’re planning to do Disney frequently. Picnics at Disney is the best!
Take advantage of the Baby Center. If you need a place to cool off the baby center is the place to bring the kids. The Baby Center has changing tables, a water station, a private nursing room with rocking chairs, high chairs for eating, items available for purchase and it’s simply a place to pull it back together. When I was nursing my first child he preferred a calm quiet area and the baby center was perfect for him. My second child is a Disney veteran and can nurse anywhere on property regardless of noise and distractions.
Now go on and tackle Disney with your littles on a frequent basis like a total boss.