Through the eyes of a child

Going to WDW is one of my favorite memories with my kids, I love seeing how they grow and change on every single trip. With over 13 trips under our belts in the last seven years, we have learned a lot of things about doing Disney with young kids.

 Follow Your Child’s Needs

The temptation to “do it all” in one trip is so great because there are so many options at Walt Disney World. My advice is to choose 5 things that are your must each day, then let them guide what you do the rest of the day. If they are tired, go back and relax by the pool or take a nap.

 

My kids are very sensitive to the loud noises of firework shows, so our favorite place to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks is over at Wilderness Lodge. Right after the show, we even get to experience the Electrical Water Pageant!

All of the Magic Kingdom Area resorts offer places to watch the Happily Ever After fireworks show, safely away from the loud noises, and they even pipe the music into those areas so you can enjoy the whole show.

If we were to try and stay at Magic Kingdom to watch the fireworks on Main Street, we would be dealing with anxiety and meltdowns, so by following their needs, we have found a much more enjoyable way to experience this Disney experience!

Be Curious!

Kids are natural Imagineers. They are so inquisitive and Disney presents plenty of opportunities for them to explore and ask questions. My kids were absolutely fascinated at the fact that the Garden Grill restaurant was moving. Encourage them to ask questions, especially to cast members. Cast members LOVE showing these fun details to the kids!

We made sure to ride Living with the Land before we went and ate at Garden Grill showing the kids where some of the food we were going to eat was grown. To my shock and surprise, my son discovered his love of salad that day. He saw where Mickey was growing the salad and he decided to try it when it came out. He will even eat “Mickey salad” at home now without any complaints!

This perfectly leads me to my next point…

Release Expectations

As parents, we are always making decisions, a lot of times we will decide not to do an activity because we have decided our kids will not like it. Vacation is the perfect time to try different things. We have been floored every time we have tried something new with our kids on vacation.

A few weeks before our last trip, I saw an opportunity for Afternoon Tea at the Garden View Tea Room. I was nervous to do it because my sweet little guy can never sit still. He shocked and surprised all of us!

 

He had such a good time drinking his special tea (aka. apple juice) and trying all his tea time snacks. He realized he loves French macarons. We even got him a whole pack of them later at Amorette’s Patisserie at Disney Springs the next day. He sat in his seat the whole time with his napkin placed perfectly on his lap.

Bonus: It was also a super fun way for us to practice our manners at our tea party. Who knew we could learn and have a good time while on vacation?

Go to Epcot

I hear it all the time, “We’re going to skip Epcot because there isn’t anything for the kids there?”

Epcot is probably my kids’ favorite park second only to Magic Kingdom! We have so much fun exploring all the different things in The Land, The Seas, and even the World Showcase. Epcot is currently going through a lot of renovations which is only going to make it more fun for kids.

After The Seas with Nemo and Friends, you will find yourself “Under the Sea.”

The kids will have opportunities to see the fish being fed, there are even opportunities to see how the divers get into the tanks, and even talk to Crush!

After you are done exploring Future World, the kids can go around the world in an afternoon trying different snacks and even stopping at the KidCot spots where they will get their own suitcase to collect postcards from each country.

Our kids love learning languages, so we take the opportunity to learn and practice how to say hello, thank you, and goodbye in different languages as we go around the world because each country is staffed by people from each home country!

Their two favorite spots in the World Showcase are the Mitsukoshi Store in Japan and Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie in France. What kid wouldn’t love Japanese toys and glass cases filled with delicious pastries?

Be a Kid With Them!

The best part about any Disney Destination is the ability for the entire family to experience everything together.  From rider swap to wheelchair accessible rides, every detail has been carefully designed to appeal to all age ranges!

From the first Disneyland to Walt Disney World, Walt’s mission of a family friendly park has been preserved. Take every opportunity to experience all the sights, smells, and sounds around you. Look for hidden Mickeys, collect those signatures, and always say “yes” to ice cream!

 

If you are ready to plan your Disney trip, make sure to reach out to one of our Fairytale Journey Travel Advisors, we can help advise on experiences for the whole family from age 0 to 99 and appeal to the kid at heart!

Gina Parsley

Email: ftjbygina@gmail.com

Website: http://ftjbygina.com

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