Disney Toddler Style

Disney Toddler StyleThere are tons and tons of articles floating around the internet about tips and tricks for toddlers. I can tell you without a doubt that while this might be one of these articles I have scoured the internet while this trip was coming up and I did not see these tips. These are things you can only learn from living the experience of having a toddler (a 23 month old to be specific) in the middle of Disney World.

Bring an awesome stroller. It is one of the quintessential needs when you are at Disney like food and water. Your child has just stepped into the most amazing place on earth. The place where all of their dreams come true. There is color, music, laughter, characters, people and sugar. If that is not a recipe for stimulation overload I don’t know what is. Your stroller is where they can go when they need a break. It is their port in the storm so to speak.

Disney Toddler Style BreakThe reason I say it is so important is that your stroller is multifaceted. Not only will it help your kids but it can help you too. I know they are bulky and restricting but when your kids want to walk you can use it too. Okay maybe not to ride in, but as a set of hands. Put that heavy backpack full of food (I will get to that in part two) into the stroller when it’s empty! I saw TONS of parents with heavy, restrictive bags chasing little humans trying to catch them and NOTHING in the stroller. C’mon people, work smarter not harder.

Disney Toddler Style Stroller can hold stuff!One more side note about the stroller, can you tell I am slightly obsessed with this, when you go on a ride, you can NEVER take it with you. I thought, “Oh maybe for some shows or something”, NO, in restaurants then, nope, hardly ever. So where do you put it? Well, they have stroller parking lots strewn throughout the park. Each one has an attendant, that is this person’s job, to move and watch the strollers. They are in front of most rides and they are designated areas. This means if you put your stroller elsewhere while you go on a ride it will move and will not be there when you come back. If you fear you have lost your stroller do not panic (I totally did. Had a meltdown right outside of Pirates of the Caribbean), chances are it’s there you just need to search. This also means you only have to take one bag on most rides. We had two, one for snacks and such and one for diapers, change of clothes, more food, etc. We left the bag with the non-valuables in the stroller during rides, never got touched. I want you to read again only NON-valuables, people are crazy but it saved us time and headaches!

If you have a toddler, which if you are reading this you probably do, then you know that the stroller will only keep them contained for a short period of time. They want to walk. “Mommy I do it!” the most used phrase in our home, applies to Disney World. While this is a happy wonderful place it is also a crowded place. It does not matter how great of walkers they are; if they walk be prepared for them to get knocked down. They are little and people do not tend to look down while they walk. They are distracted and busy looking after their own tiny humans. Accidents will happen, toddlers are used to people getting out of their way, this does not happen at Disney.

Disney Toddler Style Kids get knocked downWith that thought in mind, a First Aid kit is also a must have. Band-aids, snap cool packs, ointments, cleaning cloths, anything and everything you might need for scraped knees, elbows and big bumps. I was told it was excessive but guess what used almost the entire thing. I was SO glad we brought it. If you pack one right they are tiny and don’t take up much space.

If you forget that first aid kit or don’t have room for it then pay attention. I am going to share one of my favorite Disney “secrets”. I say it’s a secret in quotes because it’s not really a secret but no one seems to know about these magical places called The Baby Care Center. They are your port in the storm. Yes, they are designed for your kids but let me tell you they are a parents dream! You walk in and it is quiet, I mean really quiet, it is cool and the lights are dimmed a bit. It is wonderful, you instantly feel calmer. They have plush changer tables, snacks to buy, a room for older kids to watch a show and chill, smaller bathrooms and a private room for nursing! I love these places. They are designated by the baby symbol on your map, just check it out. There is one per park but they are almost never busy.

I did not anticipate this being such a long post so I am going to break down all of this magic into part 2. I know three paragraphs on strollers alone! I hope you are finding this helpful, I wish I had found one of these before my first visit with my daughter.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will discuss snacks, schedules, apps, rides and maybe another secret or two.

XOXO,

The Perfectionist Mom

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15 Comments

  1. Good to read for toddlers. I don’t know if I’d make the venture to take my toddler to Disney though … I don’t feel she’d appreciate it enough and I have no older ones yet to enjoy! The stroller is a solid MUST though :). Wish I could ride in it sometimes instead.
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    1. ME TOO! I cannot tell you how often I looked at her refusing to get in the stroller and thought, “Really! Then can I?” LOL kids have no idea how good they have it sometimes. We were concerned about her not getting enough out of it too. It is not cheap! But once we were there and saw how much she loved it, the cost was totally worth it. She got a LOT more out of it than I was expecting.

  2. We didn’t think our toddler would love Disneyworld as much as she did but she still talks about it – almost a year later, and she just turned 2 when we went! The crowds are NO JOKE so it is def. something to be aware of but there are plenty of areas for kids to just run around.

    1. Our daughter was the same age and she still asks when we are going back to see Mickey. It is crazy how much they absorb when we think they are not paying attention. Yes, they crowds are CRAZY but you are right Disney really does it right with activities in the lines and separated play areas for the kids. They have the system perfect.

  3. What a fantastic post! I have a Disney trip tip site and have been wanting to do a toddler piece for a while on my editorial calendar. I planned on asking parens of toddlers who have recently gone to offer their best tips. I would love to include some of yours, if that’s ok! As a mom of two teens, it’s been a while since I’ve experienced the toddler years. You did an awesome job!

    1. Thank you so much! I would love to be included. We have been debating on getting the season passes because we live so close so I will have plenty of content, you learn something new every time. Also watch for part 2 of this post next week. I have been on your site and really liked it! Thank you for stopping by.

      1. One day I’ll move down there so I can get an annual pass! I will keep an eye out for part 2 and will be in touch soonQ
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  4. Your daughter is so adorable. And you are right Disney crowds are crazy! We went during NYE fireworks and I thought I was going to get in a fight with people knocking my kid in the stroller around.

  5. Love these Disney tips! We probably aren’t going this summer, but will go next summer when my toddler will be three. That’s some great points about the stroller – I might purchase a cheapy just in case something happens to it!
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  6. My in-laws live in Florida, so we’ve recently wondered when the best time/age to take our two girls would be. (One daughter just turned three, the other is almost five months). I’d always leaned towards going when they were 5 & 7, but now I wonder if we could manage it sooner. Thanks for the insight!
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  7. Our stroller was a life saver! It helped get us everywhere in comfort. I would never recommend renting a stroller but bringing your own. So much more comfortable and easier to identify.
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  8. In all honesty I wish I was a toddler when we went to Disney World .I mean my feet get tired to but I don’t get to sit in a stroller and take a nap. Instead I was allowed to listen to my 6 year old saying that her feet hurt ha ha
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  9. I chuckled at the first pic. And I agree about goin’ when young. I remember once in hs goin’ with the band and I lost my friends in Magic Kingdom. It was so stressful tryin’ to find them or a pay phone.

  10. My favorite part about going to DL with kids is the stroller carrying all of our stuff!
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  11. Can’t wait to read part 2! Great tips for our upcoming trip this summer!
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