Mom And Daughter Resort Room
  • On Dec 4, 2010
    Deborah from ON Asked

    We've made reservations to the Candlelight Processional but I'm worried that my 15 month old child won't be able to sit through it. Is this show something that might be difficult to attend (or enjoy) with a preschooler?

    Deborah:

    The Candlelight Processional is not-to-be-missed on my list, but I can understand your concern with a toddler.

    Although there is the traditional processional into the amphitheater, the majority of the program is a cantata with readings from Gospel by a guest narrator, providing little movement that may captivate a youngster beyond the initial awe of voices and lights. If you have a child who can't sit still, the wait in line may not be worth it if you end up leaving during the program. But your question hints that you'd really like to go, so here are a few hints:
    • Don't spend all day in the parks and end it with the show. Schedule a nap earlier in the day so your child can come rested.
    • Purchase the dining package that gives you a reserved seat. Nothing can make a child irritable than sitting in a stroller in a line for an hour. Reserved seating isn't the best (it's off to one side), but bypassing the line will prevent adding salt to the wound of a tired child.
    • If your child typically gets cranky in the evening, go to the 5 p.m. show. If you think he/she will fall asleep during the show, giving you some peace, go to the last one.
    • There will be a sign-language interpreter on one side of the stage (when I was there she was on the right). I got so much more out of the program watching her than I had in previous years' shows. Ask a cast member which side the interpreter will be on. This may give your child something additional on which to focus.
    • Sit either as far down front as you can or on the back row. Sitting close provides so much for your child to see, from lights on the tree, to musical instruments. A back seat ensures that if he/she begins to cut up, you won't be disturbing others if you leave...
    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
    Whitney
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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