We are going to disney world in August with a 6 3/4 and 5 year old (boy & Girl) any great tips!?

Jennifer - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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We are staying on Disney property 6 day hopper with dining plan!

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Beth - posted on 06/25/2009

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Staying on Disney property is a must. We are Dinsey Vacation plan members. I highly recommend it as well! Double strollers are great and so is the lighted parade at Magic Kingdom around dark at the entrance! We bought our own food to fix and spent exactly $10 in the parks over 3 days! Best way to do it! We are leaving tomorrow with 10 people - 5 kids, 5 adults. Shoudl be a blast! All the kids are under 7 - youngest is 2 1/2. Emial me if you have any questions - brightbake@charter.net

Dianna - posted on 07/10/2009

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make sure you get the speed passes if they are available...i know my 4 and 5 yr old children are not exactly the most patient...plus they tire out quickly....it will allow you to do more in your day.....have fun

Jennifer - posted on 07/09/2009

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I have never been but friend went and they took suitcase full of snacks drinks i hear it's very expensive there and i would recomend writing your cell phone number and pinning it inside clothes if they get seperated might get scared and won't be able to remember numbers.

Jacqui - posted on 06/24/2009

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This is our 5th year in a row to go to Disney with my kids, now 15, 13 and 5 (all girls). We are going July 4th and we have the dining plan. Fantasy Land is by far their favorite in the Magic Kingdom. I agree with everyone one else to get the double stroller and definately bring a fan with a mister on it. Of course you can buy them in the parks if you want to pay about $15-20 for one! Also, we go to the park that has the extra magic hour in the morning and stay until about 1:00 (or until we can't take the heat) and head back to the hotel for naps or swimming in the pool and then return to the parks in the late afternoon around 4:00. As for character meals, we liked Cinderella's Royal Table for breakfast (not supper) and the breakfast at the Crystal Palace (Winnie the Pooh characters). Our favorite is Chef Mickey's at the Contemporary. You get to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, etc. We didn't like the Princess Dinner at Akershus at Norway's pavillion in Epcot or the dinner at 1600 Park Fare in the Grand Floridian. Also, I found the book Birnbaum's 2009 Guide to Disney World packed full of helpful info(Books-a-Million)! Have a great time!!

Lisa - posted on 06/23/2009

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We just got back from there in May! We took my 11 , 6, and 1 year old! We bought a cheap stroller at a yard sale and left it at the park when we were done! I guess a lot of people do that! Bring tennis shoes to walk in and sandals and a change of clothes because there are a lot of fountain type things to play in at just about every park! We found not a lot to do at Hollywwod studios for the younger kids and there wasnt at Epcot either! They all loved animal kingdom!!! Oh and bring a spraybottle fan type thing! It was a life saver for us! They sell them there for about 20 dollars!! Hope I helped!! Have fun!!

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Quoting Jennifer:

Thanks so much, I have liked reading all the comments and advice. I have booked character eating everyday. Crystal palace, Chef Mickey, Lunch at castle for my daughters b-day, and boutique, donald safari breakfast, and Teppan Edo at Epcot! You are so lucky to work there I can't imagine. We leave Wednesday!!!!



Hi... Just went to DW  2 years ago in late July (it was my 10th trip since I grew up with Grandparents in Florida). Biggest tips are.... Go to the parks in the mornings, leave during the hottest part of the day and go back in the late afternoon/evening. Nap or go the pool from noon until 3 ish. The hot sun, brutal humidity and crowds will tire the kids out faster than anything. If you can get them to rest for  a few hours during the day, they will be able to stay up a bit later and enjoy the evening activities at the various parks.



Drink, Drink, Drink!!! Heat stroke sneaks up on you and can make you very sick, very quickly. My parents just came back from visiting my sister and her kids in Florida (not even in the hottest part) and my mom, who lived down there for many, many years actually ended up sick with heat stroke. Cool water is your friend and sunscreen (50+) is an absolute must.



The crowds this time of year are brutal. Lots of big tour groups as well as families taking the end of summer trip. It is very, very easy to get seperated. Please make sure the kids know where they are staying and have a contact phone number.  Make sure you decide on a meeting place at each park (make that your first stop) and tell them that if they ever get seperated from you that this is where they should go and wait for you. Point out the employees (who all have walkie talkies and wear distinctive clothing) and tell them that it is OK to ask for help if they get lost or seperated. 



The worst time of day for crowds is about an  hour before the evening parades when everyone is trying to find a place to camp out so they have the best view and the route is being blocked off with ropes. The crowds get REALLY heavy and it's a little like trying to swim upstream. It's really hard to hold onto a hand (my son was 9 and we still managed to get seperated) because people don't look down to see a child and tend to cut between you.



 



Have fun and don't try to see EVERYTHING. It's darn near impossible and you'll spend lots of time running around. I think they make it that way on purpose so that you have to come back!! LOL Try to get to the Haunted Mansion. It's great for all ages and not at all scary (that and the Pirates have always been my favorites since the first time I went when I was 5).

Sharon - posted on 08/17/2009

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hey! update here please?? lol I'm still flying high after our vacation and that was around july 4th, lol, I love hearing and seeing pics of others trips now.

Sharon - posted on 08/17/2009

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All i can say is have a great time. you have to have fun so your kids can have fun. We just got back from a 7 day 7 night trip to disneyland with the 6 day parkhopper and 6 days of fastpass, and 6 days of food - there is no way those tickets cover all the meals but they were fun.



They do not give change back for the food vouchers so don't use a 10$ voucher for an $8 turkey leg, get a water or something and pay the extra $1.



HAVE FUN!!!!

Sabrina - posted on 08/16/2009

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you guys are going to have so much fun. but just to let you know its been pretty hot lately so pack some sun screen. have a safe trip and enoy your time together as a fomily. take lots of pics.

Jennifer - posted on 08/16/2009

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Thanks so much, I have liked reading all the comments and advice. I have booked character eating everyday. Crystal palace, Chef Mickey, Lunch at castle for my daughters b-day, and boutique, donald safari breakfast, and Teppan Edo at Epcot! You are so lucky to work there I can't imagine. We leave Wednesday!!!!

Lesley - posted on 07/10/2009

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I've never been but we plan on going Nov. 2010. It gives us time to save our money. It'll be our first time plus my husband and sons birthday the week we go plus that will be a major Christmas gift for my 3 boys.. It'll also be Christmas in Disney World when we go. It wont be so hot either.

Erin - posted on 06/25/2009

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I also just got back from Disney, it was our first trip. We have four kids-11,9, 7,5, the best thing we did was to rent a double stroller. It is expensive but it is well worth the cost. My 5 and 7 year old wouldn't have survived without it.

Katie - posted on 06/24/2009

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Have only gone to Disneyland, not World, but what worked wonders for us was a software program called RideMax. Google Ridemax.com and check it out to see if it does apply to DisneyWorld as well, it is WELL worth the $13 to download. We are not big "planners" by nature but this program took all the pressure off figuring out what to do when and what was appropriate for our kids' at that time. In a nutshell, the program gathers all the wait-time information and uses algorithms to produce a schedule for you. It has information on what rides are appropriate by age group, and once you put in all your selects, it spits out an itinerary for you to maximize your time there and minimize your wait. I can not convey how scarily accurate it was: we would finish one ride, look at our schedule, and it would be the exact time to walk over to the next ride, where it predicted an accurate 5 minute wait! Hopefully all this is not in vain and it is applicable to Disneyworld too...

Other than that, I'd just echo others' advice: there's only so much you can do, there will be stressful moments, but just go with it. Bring healthful snacks, water of course, never hesitate to ask for help as the workers are amazing, and one thing we do is we never promise the kids anything before we know we can deliver (our daughter wanted to meet the princesses but we didn't make it in time: she didn't meltdown...but could've!)

Your kids are probalby old enough to rally for fireworks etc; if you have doubts, get a hotel room facing the park. We had a picnic on our balcony and was perfect - avoided the crowds, got to sit comfortably, etc. Have fun!

Margaret - posted on 06/24/2009

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If you haven't already, purchase a Disney Guide book called Disney for Kids. It is written by kids about which rides are good, scary, dark or loud. It will be helpful in knowing before getting in line if your children will like it. It also tells you which rides to get a fast pass for. Also, if you plan to meet any of the characters, get a photo pass. A disney photographer is usually available with most of the characters and will take pictures for you. You can then view, order, etc online. This is a free service unless you order. I recommend ordering the CD because it will have all of the pictures taken and then you can print as many as you like for less than ordering from Disney.

Fantasyland is where there are the most rides that your kids are going to want to ride.

If you take the train to Toontown, it saves you from walking plus you can meet Mickey Mouse first and then you are right beside Fantasyland. I recommend bring a small hand held game in a backpack to entertain them while the wait in the lines. We just got back from Disney two weeks ago and it was a lot of fun. I took a 7, 6 and 4 year old and met alot of the characters but be prepared to not see as much of Disney ad you would like becuase of the kids. Do book a character breakfast, lunch or dinner but do so in advance to reserve you a spot.

Jody - posted on 06/24/2009

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We live in Florida so please: (1) Hydrate often and (2) Sun block applied every 2 hours. Ignoring either one of these rules will ruin your trip. They seem obvious but are easily forgotten during the busy day.



Also, stay in disney village if you can - take the monorail back for an afternoon nap and come back for the evening fun. And you don't have to do it all to have a good time. Just relax and enjoy. Welcome to Florida :-)

Jennifer - posted on 06/24/2009

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Well Not to toot my own horn but I can probably give you any information you might need, seeing as how my husband and I (and my brothers and mom) all work in the parks! You can message me with any specific questions....although the ladies have already given you some great tips. Good for you getting the dining plan it really is an exceptional deal. Check out the restaurants now on the website as it will be unlikely that you will be able to get reservations at more of the popular locations (ie character dining) the closer it gets. Disney now offers to do reservations online, something they just started in the past couple weeks. Keep in mind there are lots of great places to eat at the hotels too, not just the parks and most of these will be included in your dining plan. Message me if anything comes up!

Marwa - posted on 06/23/2009

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when u go to the parks , u will find leaflets which would tell what exactly would be good for them !

book a breakfast with the disney carecters .. u should do it from now as they always have waiting lists , that is the best option to see all the carectors ..

get a pushchair , the younger one would need one ... u can always rent one in the parks, but if u get one from here u can also use it in the airport !



enjoy :)

Michelle - posted on 06/23/2009

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I was always told to go to the left to avoid some of the crowd. Take snacks like fruits, roll ups, crackers and water bottles. We also started out early and went back for nap and then back later. Try to see Fantasmic at night, it was awsome. The kids still talk about the tree in Animal Kingdom that has Bug's Life. Use the early entry for the set park for the day, this gets you in earlier to ride some of the rides that have long lines. Our friends went in Jan. and they loved the dining plan. They often didn't use it all up. Hope this helps. Call early to get reservations for the charactor meals.

Joyce - posted on 06/23/2009

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go to the library and get a book on disney. We went when our three boys were 7,3,2 I picked out what rides they would go on. Didnt waste time on stuff I thought was to old for them. Read about where to sit and times for all the parades. We would start out very early (early risers) and go back to the hotel mid day. Then go back later on. We saw everything we wanted to and had a great time.

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009

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please to do not feel over whelmed by lindas post it is not that bad. i take my six kids at least once a year to one of the theme parks. we live here in fl. and it is fine alot of times we only have on day to do things and the kids will go all day just fine. alot of times the little ones will fall asleep during the parade and get their nap. or if they are aslepp we will take the big kids on the big rides that the little ones are too short for. they have a thing called baby swap and my husband will take one or two with him and then when he gets off i will go with the others. you dont have to wait in the lines when you do that. have a good time. and also check out hollywood studios night show called fantasmic. i think it is the best show i love it so do the kids. it has more action to it then just fireworks.

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2009

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Agree with one of the other replies. Use your dining plan for the character dinners. It is a better way to meet the characters than standing in the lines outside. We used 2 of our dinners to eat with characters. The princess dinner in Epcot and Mickey & friends in Magic Kingdom. We also ate at Wolfgang Puck's in Downtown Disney with our dinning plan. Great food!

Jessica - posted on 06/23/2009

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We took my daughter last summer, who was 3 at the time, and a couple we met there gave us a great tip. They told us at the Magic Kingdom take the train when you enter the park all the way to the back and start from there. Reason being that many of the younger children activities are at the back, so the kids have energy where their activities are instead of using all of their energy to walk to the back and then explore.
We used their advice and our daughter was full of energy at the right areas and the trip was more enjoyable not having an overtired child.

Linda - posted on 06/23/2009

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Expect to spend less than 1/2 the day at the park -- the scale if it is made for adult legs, not kids' legs, and the sheer size of it is overwhelming. If they manage a day or two out of 6 when they're happy longer than that, bonus, but don't expect to get your 'money's worth' from staying in the park all day.



Don't be surprised if one or both of your kids are completely freaked out by the oversized characters, even if they have said a million times they want to meet them -- particularly the ones in full-body costumes. From a small child's point of view, they are huge and look creepy --not at all the way they look on their little tv at home.

Bring familiar things from home --gameboy, stories or colouring books or a bucket of small toys each, so there are familiar things to do in their entirely-new surroundings -- some kids travel really well as long as their familiar people are there, but others really seem to need familiar 'stuff' as well.

Take walkie-talkies. For $60 or so, you can get a good set that will make it possible for each parent to take a child in a different direction and meet up again later without having to make timed arrangements (because sometimes you'll end up across the park when you need to be somewhere in 5 minutes, and with no way to say where you are now...

If you can, talk grandparents or aunts or uncles or even older babysitters into coming along, because 2 adults with 2 kids means that someone always gets left out of something they want to do, because the kids will frequently not want to do something -- an extra adult or 2 can really change how easy it is for everyone to do what they want.

We took 2 kids (9 &13) with 5 adults -- it was perfect. Couples could pair off, kids always had someone willing to do whatever they wanted, there was always an escort to the washroom...someone else who was hungry or thirsty or wanted a break in the pool for a few hours.

Sabrina - posted on 06/23/2009

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That is a great deal. Yes get a double stroller. They work good even with the big kids. And taking drinks is good too. But also since you are staying at the park and can use the bus since you can come and go as you want if you are staying in a room with a fridge you can go grocery shopping and get items to make your own lunch too. Just go back to your hotel and relax and eat for a little while then go back. That is depending on what kindof dining plan you got. If it covers the lunch then by all means eat there. My biggest tip is just have a great time and enjoy. My sister just got the dining plan deal for my mom and her when they went there and her deal included character meals. So yu could check that out it is a great way to meet the characters and get autographs and pics with out waiting in long lines. And you can have more time for rides and other things. Also while you are there chck out the resturaunt they just built in down town disney. It is just like the rain forest cafe but it is dinosaurs really neat.

Carolyn - posted on 06/23/2009

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Rent a double stroller at the park. They really push easily and even if the kids want to walk, they will be happy to sit and let you push them. If you park hop, take the "card" out with the name on it and take it to the next park and pay one time per day for the stroller. It is well worth the money! Also, take a backpack and carry in your own drinks - water works great because you can refill it there and you can even put powdered lemondae in if they like it. It's alot less expensive than purchasing drinks.

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