It is a good idea to buy Disney souvenirs before you leave home! Things can cost more in the parks vs back home. Check Walmart, Target, Party City, and even Dollar Tree for Disney goodies. Dollar Tree also sells glow sticks and other glow toys that can come in handy for night time shows and parades!
Schedule character dinings before you travel. Kids can get cranky, hot, and tired waiting in lines to meet those famous faces. At a character dining you can sit, eat, and relax while your Disney friends come to you!
Character dinings at Walt Disney World are: Chef Mickeys, Cape May Cafe, Tusker House, Garden Grill, Garden Grove, Mickey’s Backyard BBQ (classic characters), Akershus, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Princess Tea Party (for princesses), Crystal Palace (for Winnie the Pooh and Friends), Hollywood & Vine (for Disney Jr.), 1900 Park Fare, Wonderland Tea Party (Mary Poppins, Alice & Wonderland, Cinderella and Friends), Ohana’s (Lilo & Stitch),
Character dinings at Disneyland: Ariel’s Grotto (for princesses), PCH Grill, Goofy’s Kitchen, Plaza Inn, Storyteller’s Cafe (for classic characters),
Rider switch…use it! If mom and dad both want to ride something but little Susie is too small, no worries! Tell the cast member at the entrance you want to use a rider swap. What this means is that one adult will go in to the ride while the other hangs back with little Susie. When that parent finishes the ride, little Susie is handed over, and the other parent gets to go in to the ride (usually through the FastPass line).This way mom and dad can both experience their favorites without both standing in the long lines!
All Walt Disney resorts offer in-room childcare through Kids Nite Out for a fee.
Some WDW resort off Children’s Activity Centers for guests aged 3-12 for a fee. Reservation are recommended. These are:
Visit Character Spot if interested in characters
The Seas with Nemo and Friends
Explore The Seas pavilion
Turtle Talk With Crush (FastPass+ can be used)
Living with the Land
Journey Into Imagination with Figment
Taste sodas from around the world at Club Cool
Explore Innoventions East and West
Gran Fiesta Tour
Spaceship Earth (FastPass+ can be used)
Ellen’s Universe of Energy (takes 45 minutes-this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
Explore the World Showcase
Illuminations (night show)
Ride Triceratop Spin (multiple times, if you like)
Visit the Boneyard (check daily park schedule for opening times)
Kali River Rapids (38 in. height requirement and FastPass+ can be used)
Kilimanjaro Safaris (FastPass+ can be used..this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
Take Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch for the petting zoo and animal exhibits
Festival of the Lion King (FastPass+ can be used)
Finding Nemo – The Musical (this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
Flights of Wonder
Maharajah Jungle Trek
Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
Toy Story Mania (FastPass+ can be used, or arrive to the park early and hit it first with no FP)
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Disney Junior – Live on Stage
The Great Movie Ride (has an element where a bandit boards your car and hijacks it..may scare some children)
Star Tours (40 inch height requirement..FastPass+ can be used)
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
Lights, Motors, Action (this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (this one is great to sit back, relax, and let the kids unwind)
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