I’ve always dreamt of bringing Chase to Disney World one day, and that dream finally came true! At the end of April, our family traveled to Disney and I have to say, it was truly magical. While I definitely didn’t get as many photos as I’d hoped, we really did enjoy this time together, away, as a family. We ate way too much food (mickey shaped, of course!), rode tons of rides, laughed harder than we’ve laughed in a long time, and took the time to focus solely on Chase. I knew I wanted to take him to my favorite place before baby sister comes, and I’m honestly SO glad we did it. Traveling anywhere with toddlers can be a challenge, but Disney World is one place that can be incredibly daunting with little ones. From my recent experience with Chase, here are my tips for tackling Disney World with your toddler!
Snacks, snacks, snacks: You can never pack too many snacks!
Don’t forget the must-haves: I am so glad that I brought my toddler travel necessities like my stroller organizer, suction go bowl, and Kindle Fire tablet! It made the trip so much easier for Chase. Read more about my toddler travel necessities here!
If possible, fly first-class: Flying first-class can be so helpful. That extra space helped Chase be a little more comfortable, which is a huge deal for a toddler while flying!
Travel during your toddler’s nap time: This is one of my biggest tips—traveling during your toddler’s nap time can make getting from place to place so much easier, and helps them to be awake for the more exciting parts of your trip!
Disney World Tips
Stay in a hotel with easy transportation to the park you want to spend the most time at: We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge because it was a short boat ride to Magic Kingdom! But if your kiddo is a big fan of one of the other parks, definitely look to see which hotels are close by and available.
Try to keep your kid’s schedule if you can: We did the parks early, then came back and did the pool before dinner to break up the day and to let Chase nap and relax. We didn’t buy park hoppers for this trip because with COVID you can only park hop at a certain time and it didn’t really work for Chase’s schedule.
Book early dinner reservations: Some sit-down dinners can be a little longer, so book your reservations earlier than you’d usually eat so you can get your little one to bed on time!
Plan your rides accordingly with crowds: Right now, there are no fast passes with COVID restrictions, so wait times for the more popular lines can get a little long. Before your trip, make a list of the rides you definitely want to go on, and plan accordingly around them!
Don’t try to do it all: Disney trips have a much slower pace with kids, so trying to fit in everything may be near impossible. Make sure to hit all of your kid’s favorite stops, and save the rest for a future trip.
Let your little ones dictate the trip: Chase loved being able to help choose which ride to go on or what to eat as a snack! Letting your kids dictate the trip makes them feel independent and important, and helps them be excited about what you’re doing next!
Plan character breakfasts: Character breakfasts look a little different right now because of COVID, but I have to say, I really enjoyed the change! Characters don’t walk up to your table like they used to, but I felt like this allowed us to enjoy our meal a little more without having to stop eating every couple minutes to interact with a character that walked up to us. And yes, Chase adored Pooh!
Be prepared to fold up your stroller to get on boats and busses: This was a pain but luckily we were prepared and kept an extra empty tote to dump all the things in the bottom of my stroller into.
Pay attention to the music in the park: When music plays, that means a character or parade is coming. Keep an eye out and have your camera ready!
Have some groceries delivered to your hotel room beforehand: Having your family’s essentials in your hotel room can be so helpful. Think things like water, milk, cereal, snacks, alcohol etc.
Bring lots of changes of clothes for your little one: This may be a given, but for Disney especially, you want to make sure you are bringing a change of clothes for your little one with you into parks as well! You may need more than you think, so I’d recommend being over prepared.
Beware of the hotel rollaway crib: It was very uncomfortable, and I would consider shipping my pack and play next time.
Know the mask requirements for your trip dates: The mask restriction was just lifted recently, but when we were just there, you had to wear a mask at all times. Currently you do not have to wear a mask outdoors, but for indoor rides and lines, masks are still required. Do your research and make sure you are prepared for your trip!
Mobile order quick service meals as much as possible: I found that with COVID, there are much longer lines for food and drinks than usual. Plan ahead to get to your quick service restaurants early, and use mobile ordering in the Disney app whenever possible. It makes the process so much quicker!
Hopefully these tips will help you better prepare for your Disney trip with your toddler! Let me know if you have any other recommendations as well for next time!