Few things are more exciting for a child than a trip to Disney World. For parents, however, Disney vacations can be grueling ordeals. These five tips will help you to provide a magical adventure for your children while avoiding stress.
1. Character Dining
There are a number of character-themed restaurants at Disney theme parks and resorts. These all-you-can-eat restaurants let your kids get autographs and take pictures with characters without waiting in line. You can also take a trip to Magic Kingdom and witness the majestic arches and storybook banquet hall of Cinderella’s Royal Table. Before they eat, Cinderella or another Disney princess greets children. The Royal Table restaurant is popular, so booking six months prior to the trip is a good idea.
2. Take the Monorail or Ferry
The monorail and ferries at the park are fun and scenic alternatives to a bus ride. Disney World’s three ferries travel between the Transportation and Ticket Center and Magic Kingdom during opening hours. Some Disney resorts also offer boat trips that take you directly to the park and are ranked amongst as some of the top hotels in Orlando. The Disney World Monorail System spans nearly 15 miles, and over 50 million guests use it each year. You and your kids can sleep during the ride, and you can also hop on for a quick trip to the hotel for a midday nap.
3. Extra Magic Hours
If you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. This perk gives guests an extra hour before and after the park’s normal opening hours. Arrive at the park early, enjoy some rides and attractions, and head back to the hotel before lunch for some leisure time.
4. Rent a Stroller
Instead of transporting a stroller to and from the park, guests with babies and toddlers should consider renting one at the park. Single and double strollers can be rented for a day, and there are discounts for multi-day rentals. All four Walt Disney theme parks also feature Baby Care Centers equipped with diaper changing stations and rocking chairs.
5. Plan in Advance
Work out the details of your trip to the park before you arrive. Smartphone apps are available that show you the wait times for rides, the menus and prices for Disney restaurants, and much more. You can also purchase a FASTPASS to skip long lines. Have your kids help by researching the rides and attractions that they want to see.
By Guest Poster Kendra Thornton