Mom And Son On Run
  • On Mar 16, 2014
    Charles from VA Asked

    Are there some activities for 2 boys age 9 & a girl 6 to do while in the long lines for rides or shows?

    Hi Charles:

    I understand your concern. Not only do my two young boys, ages 8 and 6, not like to wait on lines, but neither do I.

    Like other popular destinations, you’ll likely encounter at least some long lines during your trip to Disney World. But the upside is f you are going to have to wait on a line anywhere, the best place to do it is at Disney World. By and large, the Disney queues are well themed, entertaining and full of distractions.

    Let’s discuss a few tips to help avoid lines in the first place: (1) use FastPass+, Disney's free service that gives you a ride return time so you can enjoy the rest of the theme park, (2) arrive at the park early when the crowds are smaller and lines are shorter, and (3) utilize Extra Magic Hours, if staying on property.

    My first line of defense is to play a good old-fashioned word game, such as 20 Questions, I-Spy, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. I’ve also found that small surprises from the dollar store at home, like a toy figure or glow stick, can help pass the time. Consider spending some time in line searching for Hidden Mickeys, which are images of Mickey Mouse concealed in a Disney ride or attraction. Snacks, such as fruit or granola, also help prevent melt-downs on line.

    Don't forget conversation. I usually hand my kids a park map, show them where we are in the park and ask about other attractions they may want to see later that day. If I’ve been on the ride before, I’ll tell my boys what they may expect on the ride. As a last-resort, I bring out my smart-phone. The boys enjoy when I take pictures and shoot a short video and show it to them. We even pretend to write Mickey e-mails on the phone. If nothing else works, I start making silly-faces and otherwise make a fool out of myself, which always cracks my kids up and distracts them (and others in line) for a bit.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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