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Tips and Tricks for Going to Disney World with a Toddler


Disney World is a fantastic experience for children and adults alike. However, if you are heading to Disney soon with a toddler like we are, you are going to want to read up on some things that will make your trip a bit more enjoyable. This is going to be Madison's first year at Disney World and we want it to be an enjoyable one. Those toddler meltdowns aren’t very fun when you’ve paid for planes, hotels, and tickets just to get there. Check out these tips and tricks to keep your toddler going throughout the day.


Stay at an on-site or resort hotel.

This one is pretty simple, spend that extra bit of money to stay at a resort hotel (there are plenty that are affordable) to save yourself from spending too much time getting back to your room. Rather than figuring out how you are going to get to and from the park, choose a resort hotel so that you will be able to take the shuttles provided or even walk depending on which one you stay at.

Plan on using a stroller, even if your toddler doesn’t use one right now.

Your toddler may be past the stroller stage right now, but plan on using one anyway. You will need to have all of your necessities with you for your toddler, as well as drinks, snacks, and somewhere to put the things that you purchase. Your child will be better off being in a stroller rather than walking around the park all day. Without one they will tire fast and you don’t want to have to leave any earlier than planned for the day.

Utilize baby care centers.

At the park there are Baby Care Centers, areas that provide an air conditioned facility that has changing areas, nursing rooms, etc. that anyone can utilize. If your child is getting upset, needs to eat, or just calm down, head to a baby care center where there will be less distractions.

Prevent melt downs.

If you know that your child will get hungry at a certain time, or gets tired at certain times of the day, be sure to plan around it. Just because you are at Disney doesn’t mean that your child won’t need a nap, or will be willing to have a different eating schedule. There are plenty of things that parents can do while children are napping as well.

Check into the rider switch and plan rides.

The rider switch will allow parents with children to go on rides. Instead of waiting in line a second time, the first parent gets off, and the other parent’s gets on the ride, taking turns caring for the toddler who cannot go on the rides. This is a great option if your child is napping that allows you to still have some fun.

Plan your rides as much as possible.

There are many rides that are not toddler friendly, and many that have a 40 inch height requirement. Before you go, plan what rides you would like to go on, and what rides you would like your toddler to go on so that you can try to make it to everything you’d like to see each day at Disney.

For those who have gone to Disney World with their own toddler, what other tips do you have to share? 

Annmarie John
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  1. Great tips. We went to Disney World when my daughter was about 1. We used the baby care centers a lot.

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  2. Prayer! Lots and lots of prayer and if you can afford it, bring a caregiver! We opted to stay in the lower end hotel so that we could pay for a caregiver to come with us so that we could enjoy it and not be over burdened with tantrums.

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  3. Awesome tips and planning our Disney trip for August right now, so am learning the ins and out right now. So, I appreciate the added advice here ;)

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  4. Fantastic tips - I would love to go to Disney World again, I went once as a teen but don't remember that much. x

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  5. We've never been to Disney, and it's something we want to do with our son soon. These are great tips!

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  6. Disney is so much fun for all ages Even though it is for kids, as many tips ads you can get is always good to have

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  7. These are some great tips for visiting Disney with kids. I've never been there but I know it will require a lot of planning to take our family there.

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  8. We have been going every year since the kids were little. My biggest tip is to bring your own snacks.

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  9. This is great advice. I took my daughter to Disney World when she was really young and we ended up having a great time!

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  10. I had no idea about the baby care centers. That sounds like such a great thing to keep Disney from get overwhelming, both for you and your toddler.

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  11. There is a lot to watch out for, but it's such a fun time to go with the young ones!

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  12. The more tips, the better off you will be. These are great! Amber N

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  13. I love the ride switch idea. It makes taking large families such a pleasure

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  14. Great tips. We took our kids to Disney ever year when they were little and we ran them so ragged, they fell asleep every time we sat down for 10 minutes!

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  15. Honestly I can't even imagine the struggle of taking a toddler out let alone to Disney World. These are really great tips though and I will have to keep them in mind when I have kids. :)

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  16. Great tips! We waited until ours was 8, but I think we missed out on some of the magic of seeing it though a toddlers eyes by waiting so long!

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  17. This is great! We've never been but I plan to go at some point in the near future. I wasn't quite sure how I'd be able to do it with so many kids especially two that are toddlers but I now think I can manage!

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  18. I didn't know about rider switch! What a great idea :)

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  19. I am so glad that phase of my life is over. It really was a hassle back then. Thankfully I have 2 teenagers now

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  20. Never been to Disney World but have taken our kids to Disneyland multiple times when they were young. I know that you have to have lots of snacks and take plenty of breaks to prevent the meltdowns but sometimes they are inevitable.

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  21. These are all good tips. I especially love the one about the stroller. My son is too old for one now (7) but we always take it to Disney, and he always ends up in it, asleep by the end of the day. ;)

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  22. Great tips!! We would like to take the kids to Disney World before the end of the year so this will come in useful :).

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  23. Great tips but when the time comes I think I'll wait until we go to Disney until my grandson is much older.

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  24. I would be lost w/o the baby care centers. I have used them many of times!

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  25. Those are great tips. I agree: staying on site is very helpful. Toddlers get tired quickly and you can go for a nap

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  26. These are great tips - I must say I didn't have the courage or energy to take my little guy - until he was potty trained and then with another his age to help keep him entertained - so these are brave and great pointers to keep in mind for moms

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  27. I didn't know about the rider switch option. That is really great.

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  28. These are great tips for going to Disney with a toddler. I would definitely use a stroller and stay onsite.

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  29. Disney is one of my favorite places to visit! Thanks for the great tips! Disney does such a great job of accommodating families.

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  30. I can't imagine going to Disney World with babies and toddlers. I know plenty do and that Disney is super duper kid friendly. But, I can't even imagine going with my 10-year old. All I get is hot flashes and panic. However, this is great advice, not just for toddlers but some of it is good for older kids, too. Maybe even some adults (LOL) ;)

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  31. The stroller was the biggest thing. We just strapped her down even during a meltdown and kept on going.

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  32. I love the tip about staying at the resort, because that's the one thing we didn't do! We just have too many relatives with houses down there (free) but I want that experience one day of the resort. It seems so much easier.
    And the stroller was key! Same with snacks and water. And the kid care centers were fabulous. They give water and sunscreen and a/c for free.

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  33. I haven't been to Disney ever but I hope one day soon. I like the idea of having a stroller for the toddler!

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  34. So many great ideas! I will have to make sure my sister sees these tips.

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  35. Oh yes! We live an hour away and take the kids a lot and it takes so much to plan still!

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  36. I have never been to Disney but I think that the stroller tip would be the most useful. I would hate to have to carry a toddler and all their stuff around all day.

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  37. I have been to Disney Land and it is small. Disney World is 100 times larger (and probably more fun).

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