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I know the thought of traveling to Disney with preschoolers may seem overwhelming at first, but I'm here to tell you that you can do it. I promise. How do I know this, because I've done it myself with four children many, many times.
You see, the trick to traveling to Disney with preschoolers is to have a schedule and a plan. I know, I know. You're a spontaneous person who loves to live life to its fullest with no plans and a ‘Don't think, just do it attitude.' So is my husband which is why our first trip to Disney resulted in overstimulated kids and utter chaos. It. Was. Bad.
For the next trip we took to Disney we went armed with an itinerary and had more fun then we could have ever imagined. It was really an awesome trip! Which is why I'm here today. To share with you my super secret tips to successfully travel to Disney with preschoolers, because I want you to have the same opportunities we did to experience a magical time at the happiest place on earth.
Tips for Traveling to Disney with Preschoolers
Traveling to Disney with preschoolers is easier than you think. Check out our tips below on how to make the most of your day at your favorite Disney Parks resort.
Grab those FASTPASSES.
Let's face it. Long wait lines and Disney Parks seem to go hand in hand. Add to the mix restless preschoolers and you now have a recipe for trouble. To beat the long lines, the first thing we do when we arrive at a Disney park is to grab a FASTPASS for the must-ride attraction on our kids' list. FASTPASSES and their return times are a valuable tool that will help you schedule your day.
Since you are only allowed to hold one FASTPASS at a time (with the exception of World of Color and Fantasmic!), you'll want to start collecting FASTPASSES early in the day. Once you use the FASTPASS you have, head over to the distribution center of the next must-ride attraction and grab the FASTPASS on your list.
More information about FASTPASSES: Children under 2 years do not need a FASTPASS since they did not purchase a ticket for entry. FASTPASSES are on a first come first serve basis. FASTPASSES work independently at each park. Meaning if you like to park hop, you can hold passes at multiple parks at one time.
Let them get the wiggles out, and get a much-needed break, at the Disney Parks playgounds.
Long lines are sure to leave preschoolers restless and antsy. To keep park days running smoothly we like to let our kids run free between rides at one of the many Disney playgrounds located at Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, and Disney Lodges.
Best of all, Disney playgrounds give parents a much-needed break to sit, relax, and catch a breath between the chaos of running from attraction to attraction. Your kids may even try a zip line for the very first time.
Watch a movie or show at one of Disney Parks Cinemas.
Whether you want to escape the heat or rest your feet, schedule a little downtime for you and your preschooler at one of the many Disney Parks in-park theatres and entertainment venues. If your little one still has a case of the wiggles, select shows like Disney Junior – Live on Stage and the Incredibles Super Dance Party encourage preschoolers to sing, dance, and play with their favorite characters, creating memories that will last a lifetime.
Don't forget to schedule in snack and meal times.
Yes, I am going to throw this our there. Schedule your snack and meals times. It's so easy to get caught up in the excitement of a Disney Park that you forget to eat. It's true. We've done it. While you might be able to go an extra hour or two without food, your preschooler is sure have a sugar crash and melt down.
If you're headed to a ride and are concerned the lines may be a bit long, grab a healthy snack at one of the outdoor markets or Emporiums before you get in line. This will not only help your preschooler keep a happy and positive outlook on the day, it will also save you the unneeded stress that comes with a tired and hungry preschooler.
Plan educational activities between rides.
Disney Parks are full of educational attractions that let you slow down while learning about topics U.S. History, time periods from the 1900's-1940's, state and world geography, zoology, the history of Walt Disney himself, and more.
And if you're looking to extend your vacation travel plans beyond the United States, check out Scholastic's online resource, Best Educational Attractions at Disney Parks Around the World, featuring their list of the top smarts-building thrills at every Disney Resort Park around the globe.
For more tips on traveling with kids this season, check out the resources available at Scholastic’s Can’t Wait for School Break collection. Their tips for keeping kids busy on the go and essential planning tools will help you plan the perfect school year vacation.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Disney. The opinions and text are all mine.