Mom And Son Safari
  • On Dec 5, 2011
    Brandi from MS Asked

    I have one more question for you and then I'll leave you alone (for today LOL)..How do you handle mtg characters if you have one child (2) who is terrified and other (4) who loves them?My 2yo is terrified of them now, so i'm sure that won't change by Mar

    Hi Brandi!

    Thank you so much for your question! 

    My best advice is to either split up and have your husband (or yourself) take your little one somewhere else while your oldest enjoys the characters.  I am not one of those 'push it' types that will do ANYTHING to get a picture.  If your 2 year old seems uncomfortable, then just keep them away--of course this all depends on your child's comfort level. 

    If your 2 year old can handle being in the same room as the characters, then you can re-assure them that they can just wave or stand far away from the character.  You can also explain to the character assistant that you have one with a great fear, and they'll help let Mickey, or Pooh know to give a friendly greeting from a distance.

    I have 3 children, and all have (from a very young age) LOVED the characters.  I made sure that I talk with them about the characters beforehand (especially around the 12-24 month age bracket), and let them know that "Mickey is big!"  We also watch the vacation planning DVDs several times so that they see just what the characters look like and can get an idea of what to expect.  This will be my daughter's first encounter with the characters as a toddler, so it will be interesting to see how she reacts.  My other two would cry and carry on while in line because they couldn't WAIT to meet them.  We would literally have to hold them until it was our turn in line because they would run over anyone that stood in their way!

    Have a magical vacation!
    Amanda
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Meet the Panelist: Amanda, Texas

I am a former Kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home Mom to my 2 boys and daughter.  I've been married to my High School sweetheart since 2000, and we consider ourselves experienced Walt Disney World travelers with little ones. Learn More About Amanda

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