Mom And Kids Animal Kingdom
  • On Nov 21, 2009
    Kristin from NY Asked

    My husband 2 children (3 & 5) & I are driving to WDW from NY in July 2010. With the children being so young does anyone have any tips for the long drive? Also, tips for "unforgettable" things for them to do there? (characters, magic, smal

    Hi, Kristin!  Most of my trips to Walt Disney World are in the car from New Jersey, so I've become quite the expert at making the trips painless.

    I like to leave in the wee hours of the morning.  I put the kids in shorts and t-shirts for bed, then put them into the car asleep.  This gives us several hours of drive time without interruptions.

    Portable DVD players are a life saver.  I try to pick up a few movies the kids haven't seen before, and I save them for when we are going.   

    Small toys are also good to keep handy.  You can hit the dollar stores for small things that will be new for your kids, and at least for my kids, new toys keep them occupied a bit longer.  You will also usually find some great travel toys at places like Cracker Barrel, where they cater more to a traveling clientele.  Car Bingo is a favorite of my girls, and you'll find the boards have photos instead of words or numbers, so even the littlest one can play along.  On my last trip to Cracker Barrel, I found magnetic "paper" dolls.  My kids played with those for quite a while.

    Bring snacks and juice in the car to save having to make stops, and if you have recently potty trained children, bring a potty chair.  Use small garbage bags to line the potty seat, and in the event of an emergency as you drive down I-95, you can just pull over and not have to have your little one find a tree on the side of the road.  Bring twist ties to close the bag until you can dispose of it at the next rest area.

    Enjoy your upcoming vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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