Traveling to the Walt Disney World® Resort with Preschoolers is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.
If you follow us on Instagram, you know that we recently took another family trip to Walt Disney World®. We get a lot of questions about taking our kids when they’re so young. The biggest thing we hear from people is that the kids are too young to remember it. But for us, it’s not just about the kids remembering, it’s about the memories we create together that we’ll always remember as parents.
Seeing the magic through their eyes is really something special. So how did we prepare to explore Walt Disney World® with preschoolers? Check out some of these easy ideas!
Traveling to Walt Disney World® with Preschoolers
There is definitely some things you can do to make Disney World with preschoolers successful and fun for everyone! Weston had plenty of plans of his own once we arrived and with that in mind here are a few tips we followed in traveling with the kids!
Before the Trip
- Consider stroller rental if you’re not taking your own. Even with older preschoolers, Disney World is a lot of walking. Having a stroller can mean the difference between a long day in the park and having to cut it short for a rest. You can rent strollers at the park but I recommend using a rental service so you have a stroller you can take to and from your resort with you.
- Schedule your FastPass+ in advance. Do your best to schedule some of your child’s favorite rides and attractions. Do it early and you might snag the opportunity to meet those popular Frozen princesses!
- Plan ahead but don’t plan too much. Listen to your kids and plan according to their likes and dislikes. For example, Carrigan wasn’t a fan of costume characters the last time we visited so we didn’t plan a lot of character meals featuring them. Instead we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast with Princesses at Epcot. I also outlined a general daily plan so we could schedule our FastPass+ but we were open to changing things up when we needed. For example, one night we planned to stay for fireworks but everyone was just too tired.
- Talk it up. One of the best things we did was talking to Weston again and again about how there might be lines to wait in. We talked about the rides he wanted to ride and how lines could be long. We did run into some lines but he was prepared. And when we got lucky and didn’t have a wait on something he wanted to ride, it was a bonus and he was extra excited!
- Prepare for travel. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, be prepared to keep the kids entertained. We brought along Disney coloring books, stickers, and some other Disney goodies I found to bring the magic alive even before we arrived. The kids loved checking out all of their new goodies while we were on the plane.
At the Parks
- Take a break! Don’t be afraid to slow down in the middle of the day and take things easy. Consider going back to your hotel for a nap or quiet time before hitting the parks in the evening again. This helped us do more without anyone being cranky! You can even plan a day at your resort in the middle of the trip for some rest and relaxation.
- Eat early. Plan to eat lunch early or even eat a bigger breakfast and eat lunch later so that you miss the crowds.
- Download My Disney Experience. There are apps for both iOS and Android. The great thing about the app is that you have updated information on wait times as well as temporary closures. It can help with planning once you’re in the park and minimize meltdowns from showing up at a ride that is closed or has an exceptionally long wait.
- Meet the characters. As adults meeting characters might not be at the top of the list, but those encounters can make for some amazing memories. The characters are magic for kids, especially for mine who watch Disney movies and Disney Jr. all the time! Just don’t stress out if the photos of the meeting aren’t exactly what you were hoping for. Those will be photos for the memory books!
- Have a souvenir game plan. Whether you plan to bring some things from home to give to the kids for souvenirs or buy things while you’re at the parks, know what your plan is and stick to it. Make sure all of the adults are on the same page to avoid having to make decisions on the spot while your child pulls you towards every store in the park!
With some planning and a willingness to be flexible, Disney World with preschoolers can be an amazing experience for everyone. We had a blast on our last trip and Weston is always asking when we’re going again.
Scholastic and Disney have teamed up to provide some wonderful resources for parents with preschoolers who want to travel! Traveling with Preschoolers has some great tips for general travel that we have added into our travel prep for both short trips and long trips.
Scholastic is also hosting the Tiny Travelers Sweepstakes with the chance to win a vacation to the Walt Disney World® Resort for 4! The grand prize includes a five-day/four-night vacation with airfare, ground transportation, park tickets, meetings with Disney characters, and more!
And if you’re one of the first 2,500 people to enter the sweepstakes, you’ll get a free Scholastic book! So enter the Tiny Travelers Sweepstakes now and start dreaming of Walt Disney World® with preschoolers!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.