Disney World is a dream come true for many families. If you’re considering taking the kids to Disney, there are a few things you should know to make sure everyone gets the most out of the trip and has the best experience possible.
Here are some top tips for taking the kids to Disney:
Get tickets early
One of the best things you can do is buy your tickets in advance. You can do this online, and it will mean that when everyone else is waiting in line first thing in the morning, you can simply hand over your tickets, walk in, and hit the best rides first when there are hardly any lines.
Take the right attitude
It’s important to know both your limitations, and your kids’ limitations. A trip to Disney is undoubtedly expensive, and like most parents, you probably want to make sure your kids have as much magic as possible. But you probably already know how cranky your kids can get when they have too much stimulation. Instead of trying to pack 15 attractions into one day, and insisting on spending 8 hours at the theme parks, focus on having shorter periods of quality time.
Choose the right time to eat
It’s a good idea to take plenty of snacks to make sure your kids don’t get hungry too often during the day (hungry kids are grumpy kids). But you should also try to dine early if you’re hoping to avoid all the crowds. Many restaurants will be packed around noon, so it can be worth going for an early lunch around 10.30 or 11am.
Choose the right rides
There are a number of guides online that describe each ride, and it’s a good idea to read these before you arrive. Once you’re there, look at your kids to see how they react to each ride. They may be terrified of a haunted house even if the Disney cast member tells you it’s actually a humorous ride for example. Keep in mind that most rides have height minimums, so be prepared to explain to your kids why they can’t go on certain rides.
It’s not uncommon for parents to try and encourage their kids to ‘be brave’ and go on certain rides. If this is going to traumatize them and ruin the day, it’s certainly not worth it. Let your kids lead and you’ll have an amazing trip.