Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Jun 23, 2012
    Elizabeth from NC Asked

    What recommendations do you have for a 1 year old in the Magic Kingdom? I will also have my 6 year old daughter with me, and she pretty much wants to meet the princesses, and do a few rides and shows.

    Hi Elizabeth!

    Thank you for sending in your question to the Walt Disney World Moms Panel!

    My wife and I have taken our children to Walt Disney World at least once a year and we started taking them when they were babies; both visited before turning 1.  Disney makes it very easy to travel with very young children.  There are baby care centers in each of the parks.  There are also changing places in all of the restrooms.  My wife and I carried our babies on a lot of the attractions and stayed together.  For the few attractions where that was impossible, we utilized "child swap" to allow each of us to experience the attraction with minimum wait.  I know that may sound strange if your only experience is with regional amusement parks, but it is true!  Most of Walt Disney World was designed with families in mind and you can bring both of your children on most of the attractions there!

    A few pointers based on our experience:  go during a less busy time of the year, such as when older children are in school; slow down and enjoy the experience of visiting with young children instead of running from attraction to attraction; take your own stroller because your children will be familiar with it; consider staying at a monorail resort or renting a car to allow you to return to your hotel quickly to take a nap, rest, etc; consider a character meal, but don't rush character interactions until you see how your children respond; do those things that your children find most interesting.  The most important thing of all is to just have fun!

    I hope this helps!  Please write back with more questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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