Mom And Son On Run
  • On Apr 8, 2016
    Catherine from NC Asked

    I'm taking my almost 2 year old daughter to Disney in May. We will be there for 4 days w/ hopper. Is there any advice you could give about attraction lines, what to carry with you, and what attraction would appeal to her. This will be her first-time.

  • Hi, Catherine!
    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I'm so excited for your daughter's first visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

    When my kids were little, I carried a backpack survival kit with snacks and activity books. I would also collect toddler toys from fast food restaurants and used those items to surprise them while we waited. When the kids got a little older, I allowed technology as a distraction. Don't forget to use the FastPass+ system to enjoy fast access to three attractions in one park each day.

    With four days to park hop and explore, I'd recommend you take your time and soak in your Disney experience together. You can loosely plan out each day with the help of this excellent planning page with tips on bringing little ones to Disney.

    I can't wait to see all of the ideas my fellow panelists share with you. I know you will have the most unforgettable visit.

    -Jen

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    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we are thrilled you are planning a first visit for your little princess.

    May I offer ease and convenience as a Disney Resort hotel Guest through the inclusive Magic Your Way Vacation Packages. Once booked take your vacation to new levels of customization and control through My Disney Experience online and mobile app with important details such as Advanced Dining Reservations, selecting FastPass+ experiences and personalizing MagicBands.

    Baby Care Centers are available at all 4 theme parks offering feeding areas, relaxation, and play areas, and many comforts of home.

    The current Parent's Preschool Guide to Walt Disney World Resort is a great planning tool and available for download for your convenience and pre-planning.

    When visiting the Disney theme parks may I suggest bringing your own stroller and small, favored toys for familiarity and for her comfort. You can pack small snacks, juice boxes and bring water in a familiar toddler cup for your little girl.

    Disney's free Vacations Planning Videos are a great way to acclimate your little girl to what she can expect at each theme park in the comfort of your own home before your arrival.

    Best wishes for a unique, unforgettable and magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation.

    ~Jacqueline

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    Hi Catherine,

    Your little princess will absolutely love her magical first visit! Be sure to check out the useful packing tips videos found in this AWESOME Disney Parks Blog entry.

    Once you arrive on property, search for attraction thrill levels, age interest, wait times and height requirements via the My Disney Experience mobile app. Below I offer my top ten rides for babies and toddlers.

    Your little princess will surely enjoy taking flight with Dumbo the Flying Elephant. This attraction has one of the best interactive and immersive queues ever! The air-conditioned circus-themed play area inside the big-top offers slides, climbing net, and even a toddler section she will enjoy tremendously.

    Peter Pan's Flight is another attraction with an imaginative queue you won't want to miss! She will be able to watch Tinker Bell fly around while interacting with the Darling children's toys. Your daughter will even receive a sprinkle of pixie dust before heading off to Never Land with Peter Pan!

    Other fabulous rides found at Magic Kingdom Park include Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, the iconic "it's a small world" and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Turtle Talk with Crush are instant toddler favorites at Epcot. Your little princess will surely enjoy TriceraTop Spin at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Toy Story Mania! at Disney's Hollywood Studios too.

    Disney Mom Tip: Do book advanced dining reservations at a Disney Character Dining location. She will be delighted to interact with her favorite Disney Characters. What's more, she can eat for free at any Buffet/Family Style Disney restaurant.

    Ritzy ºOº

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    Hi Catherine! Over the years I have had the great pleasure in introducing my own children as well as grandchildren to the magical world of Disney. The memories I hold in my heart from those trips are priceless.

    I think the most important thing to remember is that this trip is for your daughter so forget the thrill rides that she will not be able to enjoy. Concentrate on the attractions that are age appropriate with many of them being in Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom park. Others to enjoy would be the Tiki Birds and Country Bears Jamboree. Little ones love music and both of these attractions are full of singing and laughing and audio animatronics.

    All four parks have fun things for the younger children so don't feel like you must stay in the Magic Kingdom. Epcot has one of the best Character Spots where your daughter can meet all the famous Disney characters including Mickey at one location. Remember to use FastPass+ for things like this. Imagination and the Seas With Nemo and Friends are also great choices for this park. Head over to Hollywood Studios and your daughter will likely be in love with Disney Junior. Your last great park adventure with be the Animal Kingdom park. Check out the Lion King show and don't hesitate going on the Safari with her.

    There will be lines for sure but many have interactive things to do that easily distract children during the wait. Lines are a great place to bring out the snacks too. Remember that the shorter lines will be early in the morning and late in the evening. Mid day is a great time to go back to your resort for a nap.

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    Your little princess is going to have an amazing time at Walt Disney World! To maximize your time in the parks while allowing your little one to have the proper rest, I highly recommend visiting the parks early in the morning (prior to rope drop) and then going back to the resort midday to relax, go to the pool and nap. You can then go back to the park in the late afternoon so you will have plenty of energy to watch the fireworks and enjoy the parade. Since you have the park hopper, you can visit a different park in the morning and afternoon.

    I think your daughter will love experiencing the character dining at Walt Disney World. Consider Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom, in which she'll get to eat with Winnie the Pooh and friends or Cinderella's Royal Table, where she'll get to eat in Cinderella's Castle with Cinderella and her princess friends! 

    Your daughter will love Magic Kingdom, particularly Fantasyland. You will not want to miss Dumbo the Flying Elephant and Enchanted Tales with Belle. You can search for the attractions by height and age interest to find all of the attractions that your daughter can enjoy. 

    Make sure to bring a backpack with you and carry extra snacks, drinks, a change of clothes, autograph book, pen and creature comforts. Your daughter will love meeting the characters and getting all of their autographs! The book will serve as a memento of your trip for years to come.

    Magically,

    Stacy

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