Mom And Son Safari
  • On May 1, 2010
    Heather from GA Asked

    Thanks for all the help so far! Another question, can portable DVD players be brought into the park? I think it would help my 2 year old cope with long lines and waiting for parades and shows.

    Hi, Heather! You bet - feel free to bring your DVD player to entertain the tot. Just bring some earphones too. An iPhone, iPod, Droid or smart phone will also do the trick. I've compiled a list over the years of ways to keep my little guys entertained in lines. Here are some of my favorites that might work for you.

    Learn the Back Story; Discover Hidden Gems
    Often dialogue and discussion surrounding an attraction's back story is enough to get you through the longest of standbys. Here are some great books:

    - Imagineering Field Guides by Alex Smith.
    - Hidden Mickeys by Steve Barrett.
    - Walt Disney World Trivia Books by Lou Mongelo
    - The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness

    Games and Activities


    Trivia cards. If you’re as intense as me, you have a stack of Disney board games at home. Grab a handful of the question cards and bring them in your diaper bag, man purse or what have you. Bust them out whenever you need a diversion. It passes the time so well that you’ll even forget about the absence of the game board, let alone keeping score.

    A-to-Z Scavenger hunt. Look for characters and story elements found in and around the queue. Start with “A" and work your way down to “Z.” For example, if waiting in the queue for Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, “A” could be “astro,” the “B” could be “blasters” and the “Z” could be “Zurg.” You can collaborate and build a list as a team or you can compete with one another to see who can get to “Z” first.

    I Spy. Make this one as easy or sophisticated as you’d like. In the queue for Haunted Mansion, for example, you could either say, “I spy something grey,” or, “I spy something with moving eyes,” both indicating the tombstone of Madame Leota.

    Other tools to have up your sleeves (all available with Disney themes if you look!) Color Wonder activity books; sticker books and snacks!
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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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