Even as a complete Disney nut, I was a little concerned about how things would go with our 1 1/2 year old rambunctious little boy. Would he be afraid of his hero, Mickey Mouse? Would he think any of the attractions were fun?
Here is what we learned:
1. Don’t set your expectations too high. Know that you will not see everything, and take the pressure off of yourself to make everything perfect.
2. Your toddler still needs a nap. Just because you are at the most magical place on earth does not mean that you will magically convert that nap time into fun time. However, with the help of a stroller and a nice shade tree, if you are stuck in the park, nap time can be accomplished with relative ease. However, I recommend getting away from the parks in the heat of the day. It is a perfect time to catch that nap, or if your little ones are too wired, you can spend some time at the hotel pool.
3. Nighttime Diapers. We took a case of nighttime diapers to use for every diaper change. They are more absorbent and kept him dryer than regular diapers. These were also a great help during our drive to Florida from South Carolina.
4. Playgrounds. Each park has at least one playground. This was wonderful for letting our little guy get rid of some extra energy that built up from riding around all day in the stroller.
5. Take a change of clothes. In several locations throughout the Walt Disney Resort, you can find water fountain play areas. Water will shoot up from the ground or from overhead. It is helpful to have a change of clothes so that you can let your little ones play until their little hearts are content, without worrying about how long it will take to dry. (Note: Downtown Disney has a large water fountain play area.)
6. Most important, keep it light. Don’t let the crowds or the heat ruin your vacation. Remember that it is all about your family enjoying time together.
One last thought… Remember to take lots of pictures. Your toddler will love seeing them when you return home.