Preparing to Visit WDW With Children

April 9, 2019Mandi Morrison

Preparing to visit WDW with children may be a bit overwhelming, although it is something that is magical beyond belief,  there are so many things to keep in mind. Whether you have visited for the 1st time or this is your 10th time, there are some things you should know about going with children.

1. Bring the Stroller

If you’re bringing kids to WDW and you have a little one that cannot exactly walk for long periods of time, you will want to bring a stroller or rent a stroller. A stroller can be kind of a pain, but it will also save your sanity. A stroller in Disney is a necessary evil.

2. Schedule the FastPass+ in Advance

First, you will want to download the Disney App. After you have done that, you can start scheduling a FastPass+ for your trip. Scheduling in advance does allow you to get the better ride options. Of course, you can always cancel and switch things around, but doing it in advance does help you get the best deals for the time you’ll be there.

Preparing to Visit WDW With Children
Satu’li Canteen is the fast casual restaurant located on Pandora – The World of Avatar and features a menu of healthful dishes and familiar flavors. Pandora brings a variety of exciting experiences to the park, including the family friendly Na’vi River Journey attraction, the thrilling Flight of Passage attraction, as well as new food, beverage and merchandise locations. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (David Roark, photographer)

3. Think About Food in Advance

Do you want to buy the Disney Dining Plan or do you plan on bringing in your cooler? This is something to think about when you’re preparing to visit WDW with children. Kids need to eat and they’ll want to eat a lot when they’re at Disney World. Your best bet will be to prepare for what they will eat and drink before you go.

Preparing to Visit WDW With Children
KA-CHOW! Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy debuts March 31, 2019, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This new show experience invites guests into the world of Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars films as they become rookie racers and learn the rules of the road from Piston Cup Champion Lightning McQueen. (Steven Diaz, Photographer)

4. Plan Out Your Day

While you don’t have to plan out your day entirely, it’s always nice to have some sort of plan. Will you go early in the day? Do you leave to go back to the hotel for a nap? How late will you stay into the evening? Planning out your day, when you have kids, can help ensure everyone stays happy and melt-down free.

Preparing to Visit WDW With Children
Guests visiting Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios at night will discover a whole new experience as colorful lights transform Andys Backyard. Inside the immersive 11-acre land, guests feel like they are the size of Green Army Men as they are surrounded by oversized toys. Guests can whoosh along on a family-friendly roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, take a spin aboard Alien Swirling Saucers and try for the high score on Toy Story Mania! (David Roark, photographer)

5. Watch Disney Movies Together

In order to prepare your kids for Disney World, you can spend time watching movies with them. There are very few things that beat watching a Disney movie together. This is a great way to introduce the kids to old and new characters alike.

6. Start a Disney Countdown

After you have done all the prep work for Disney World, now is the time to start a Disney countdown. Disney Countdowns can be done in so many fun ways!

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How do you prep to visit WDW with children? I’d love to hear your tips!

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