Mom And Son Safari
  • On Jul 6, 2014
    Tracie from IN Asked

    When waiting in line for an attraction, can my husband hold our spots while I take our 3 year old to do other things? We want to get as much done as possible as we will only be there a couple days. We will also try to get fast passes.

    Hi Tracie:

    While it may be theoretically possible to do so in a couple of circumstances, most likely, you will not be able to do so.  Lines generally move quickly and zig zag, and many Guests may be unhappy or unwilling to let you get in front of them.

    I understand your concern. Not only do my two young boys, ages 8 and 6, not like to wait on lines, but neither do I.  Like other popular destinations, you’ll likely encounter at least some long lines during your trip to Disney World. But the upside is f you are going to have to wait on a line anywhere, the best place to do it is at Disney World. By and large, the Disney queues are well themed, entertaining and full of distractions.

    Let’s discuss a few tips to help avoid lines in the first place: (1) use FastPass+, Disney's free service that gives you a ride return time so you can enjoy the rest of the theme park, (2) arrive at the park early when the crowds are smaller and lines are shorter, and (3) utilize Extra Magic Hours, if staying on property.

    My first line of defense is to play a good old-fashioned word game, such as 20 Questions, I-Spy, and Rock, Paper, Scissors. I’ve also found that small surprises from the dollar store at home, like a toy figure or glow stick, can help pass the time. Consider spending some time in line searching for Hidden Mickeys, which are images of Mickey Mouse concealed in a Disney ride or attraction. Snacks, such as fruit or granola, also help prevent melt-downs on line.

    Don't forget conversation. I usually hand my kids a park map, show them where we are in the park and ask about other attractions they may want to see later that day. If I’ve been on the ride before, I’ll tell my boys what they may expect on the ride. As a last-resort, I bring out my smart-phone. The boys enjoy when I take pictures and shoot a short video and show it to them.
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Meet the Panelist: Jonas, New York

I am a family man and huge Disney fan raising two awesome and rambunctious boys.  As Disney Vacation Club members, we travel to Walt Disney World often. Learn More About Jonas

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