Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Feb 26, 2011
    Eileen from MD Asked

    Joel -- great info about our trip in May, thx...yes, if you have bathroom tips, I am "all ears" --- bringing 3 kids --- one under age 2 --- need many tips!!! Thx.

    Thanks for hollering back, Eileen! Though, I must say, I'm surprised you took me up on bathroom tips!

    Most of the porcelain vessels in Disney World bathrooms have automatic flushers, so the adage of "if it's yellow, let it mellow" is inconsequential. So let's focus on something specific with bathrooms. Let's talk about how to save some time.

    You have three kids, one who is under the age of two. Gone are the days of needing only 90 seconds to get in and out of the bathroom. It's an ordeal with kids, right?, and it takes time. At Disney World (or anywhere,) the casual bathroom stop could slow you down significantly when you throw a diaper change on top of the typical complexities of navigating a public restroom with your kids.

    It's not an exaggeration to say that the family-wide bathroom break could take 10-15 minutes. That's the time of standing in line for many attractions. Wouldn't you rather be using that time on attractions?

    Make it work for you by breaking up when you hit the bathroom. Your older kids can be in and out much more quickly than the little one. So, don't make everyone wait for the baby.

    The best way to do this is to by leveraging the downtime during a rider swap - one parent is riding an attraction with the older kids while the other parent is hanging back with the little kid. Rather than waiting by the ride exit, hit the bathroom with the baby. You'll be back in time to meet up with the rest of your family. It's then your turn to experience the attraction with your older kids. If the baby had a boom-boom, let daddy do the diaper change during his downtime of the rider swap. Make sense?

    Let me know what other tips I can send your way!


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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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