Walt Disney World is a fantastic destination for kids of all ages, including toddlers! Kids, regardless of age, will love the sights and sounds of Disney World. Seeing their favorite Disney characters live is something they will treasure for the rest of their lives! But as with travelling to any destination, proper planning is the key. To help make things easier for you, here’s a guide to visiting Walt Disney World with toddlers.
The Best Time to Visit Disney World with a Toddler
There’s not a fixed answer on when the best time to book a holiday at Disney World with a toddler since it will depend on several factors. But in general, September is the perfect time to visit Disney World. Aside from Labor Day, there are no other holidays to bring the crowds in, allowing you and your toddlers to enjoy with less crowds. Furthermore, most families have already gone home for the school year. Less crowd means lesser time to queue on rides and attractions, preventing your toddlers from going on a tantrum.
If you want to visit Disney World when the weather is pleasant, schedule your visit between March and May. The temperatures during this time will hover around 23 to 29°C. April receives less rain showers, so it’s the perfect time to visit.
October and November are also the best time to visit for good weather since they enjoy comfortable temperatures. However, the hurricane season lasts until the end of November.
Your toddlers will most likely love to spend time in the pool on your visit to Walt Disney World. The best time to visit to enjoy sunny weather by the pool is from April to early October. You will find many hotels within Disney World with great pools, but you’ll also find plenty of hotels with pools outside the park.
How Long to Stay at Disney World with a Toddler
How long to stay at Disney World with a toddler will be your personal decision, although the most common trip length is four to five days. It works well for families with kids, allowing you to visit all four theme parks and make the most of your holiday. On a five-day trip, you can spend one day relaxing in your hotel.
If you don’t have the luxury of time to spend four or five days in Disney World, you can take shorter trips, such as 1 to 3 days. But note that Disney World consists of four main parks, so you won’t be able to visit all four within 1 to 3 days. But if this is all you have, the best thing to do is to choose one or two parks to spend most of your time on.
If you are going to Disney World on a short trip, you must plan what you can do ahead and thoroughly enjoy these things. Consider availing of park hopper tickets and visit the highlights of all theme parks or limit your visit to specific attractions and rides, saving the others for your next trip.
Travelling to Disney World with a Toddler
Travelling to Disney World with a toddler can be challenging, but with proper planning and preparation, you can turn it into a magical experience for you and your kids.
Consider nap times and midday breaks when planning your itinerary to avoid tantrums. If your toddler is still at the glorious nap stage and follows a schedule for nap breaks, you must adhere to that schedule even at Disney World. Leave your hotel early in the day and head back mid-day for nap time.
It’s also worth researching the rides and attractions suitable for your little ones. When it comes to this, consider the height requirements. You can refer to the website of Disney World to find out which rides allow toddlers.
Don’t forget to bring a stroller. Disney World is a massive park, and your kids can get exhausted from walking, so having a stroller is a good idea. You can also use the stroller to carry essentials like diapers, snacks, etc. Disney World also rents out strollers, so it’s a great option if you don’t intend to bring one.
What to Pack for Disney World with a Toddler
When packing for your trip, ensure you pack enough to get you through your holiday, plus some extras for emergencies. For instance, if your toddler requires two outfit changes each day, plan to do that for the entire vacation period, plus add spare clothes for two days.
Make sure you pack shoes that will not cause blisters. Of course, bring socks as well. Don’t forget to pack sun protection. Your toddler will most likely spend plenty of time in the pool, so pack a rash guard for protection under the sun.
The other items to pack are diapers, underwear, wipes, a jacket, pyjamas, first aid kids, fans, hats for sun protection, and water bottles. You also need essential safety items like tracking tags, a walking guide with a harness, and a baby carrier. A first aid kit will also come in handy.
Where to Eat at Disney World with a Toddler
When planning your trip to Disney World, you should also plan where to eat with your kids. As you know, toddlers can be picky eaters, so your options will be limited. It’s worth noting down those eateries your child will most likely love to save time. Thankfully, Disney World is a massive park with numerous restaurants to cater to adults and kids.
Along Main Street in Magic Kingdom, you’ll find Casey’s Corner, a stall selling hot dogs, corn dogs, and fries. Meanwhile, the Columbia Harbor House at Liberty Square is renowned for its soups, sandwiches, chicken strips, and seafood options like shrimp baskets.
If your toddler has an appetite for pizza, head to the Pinocchio Village Haus, which offers a variety of pizzas and some other treats. Connections Eatery at the EPCOT also serves mouth-watering pizza and other kiddie favorites, such as cheeseburgers and chicken strips.
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