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  • On Oct 13, 2009
    Heather from MD Asked

    Going to WDW for the first time with 3 and 5yo boys. We are planning to be there for his 5th bday the week of 4/18/10-4/24/10. Both boys have an aversion to crowds and chaos. Is this a bad time?

    Hi Heather,

    I understand where your boys' are coming from, I have an aversion to crowds and chaos too, but I don't think there is ever a "bad" time to go on vacation!

    Here are a few suggestions for managing the crowds:

    Start early - We have found that by being there when the rope drops, we have the first opportunity to ride our favorite attractions.  By accomplishing a few "must do" things right away, it enables us to be more flexible with the rest of our day.

    Rent a stroller - It may sound silly, but this has been a lifesaver for our kids during the busier times in the parks.  The rental strollers are extremely easy to push, and makes navigating our way around easier.  Not only do I feel better knowing they won't be separated, I think the kids feel better (and secure) having their own personal space that other guests can't encroach upon.

    Take the afternoon off - There is nothing more enjoyable for our family than saying goodbye to the crowds in the parks and heading back to the resort for an afternoon swim or some time on the playground.  By planning some downtime during the busiest time of the day (from around 11:00 A.M. to late afternoon) we recharge, regroup and usually gain a second wind. 

    Stay out late - I certainly don't recommend this every night, but our family always spends at least one "late night" out in the parks.  In my experience, well rested kids really love this "special treat" of staying up past bedtime.  Of course be prepared for them to zonk out on the bus/monorail/boat on the way back to your resort.

    Don't overplan - The most stressful times for our family have been when we have over-scheduled our time.  Having too many dining and activity reservations lends itself to an uptight mom because she's worrying about making it on time.  This typically leads to a frustrated family and unhappy kids.  Keep your schedule flexible, and don't overcommit to dining reservations.
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Ahoy matey!  My name is Karen and if there is such a person as the all-American Disney Mom, I'm it. I am a proud card-carrying member of Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Club and I would love to help you plan your Disney Cruise Line vacation! Learn More About Karen

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