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Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Taking Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers to Walt Disney World, Trivia Contest and more!


Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #322 for the week of April 28, 2013.

Every trip to Walt Disney World presents its own unique opportunities, experiences, challenges and memories. And when traveling with very young children, our vacations change in many ways, and become even more magical and exciting. So this week, I’m joined by members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel as we share some of our tips, tricks, and secrets on Traveling to Walt Disney World with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

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– Lou Mongello

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12 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #322 – Taking Small Children to Walt Disney World”

  1. Devan says:

    I actually devoted a blog post to my first trip to Disney with my 1 year old. Disney’s attention to detail, even for us moms, astounded me while I was there. The Baby Care Center was amazing and had everything I needed to make sure my little was clean, dry and fed. Plus, my daughter got her very first haircut at the Magic Kingdom!


  2. Ana Kurland says:

    One tip I always give to parents of non-walkers: Bring a baby carrier (the ones where the kids hang on your chest or back) because a lot of lines do not allow strollers and carrying a child for an hour, in the Florida heat, can be very tiring.

  3. Scott M says:

    Lou – loved this week’s podcast. My wife and I have been taking our kids annually for 5 years. We first went when my oldest was 2 1/2. We are creating the best memories and the pictures show it.

    Like you mentioned, i recommend keeping your park visits to 4 hours at a clip to keep everyone sane. However, there are many families who make 1 and only 1 trip to Disney so they jam everything into that one week knowing they are not coming back.

    We also take one day and just make it a “pool day”. Swim from morning to night and have dinner at the hotel and not even venture into the parks. Of course since we go annually we have that luxury.

    Great podcast – love all the shows! Keep up the good work!


  4. Kim Gerhart says:

    I have two tips:
    1. Take small toys something that can fit in your pocket to play with while wait to get on an attraction. It makes the time go fast for the little ones.

    2. Take a change of clothes for the little one in a gallon Ziploc baggie. Their just in case outfit stays nice and dry if it rains. Plus it gives you a place to put those soiled clothes without stinking up your entire diaper bag.

  5. Joey says:

    Hi, Lou! Just chiming in on this week’s show. I took my oldest son (now 16) when he was 2 1/2. he was very tall for his age and could ride almost all of the rides already. I now have a different experience with my youngest; now 17 months. We took him for his first trip last year at 7 months old. I was nervous about how that would go. It was fantastic! lots of memories created for the family, and while rides were not as easy; with child swap used in conjunction with FP, the Teens had almost no wait to ride the big rides in the heart of summer! for the little guy, his favorite attraction was the “Daddy Float” at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. He would sit or stand for hours on Daddy while we floated down the Lazy river looking at all the people and theming. It was a splash away from cooling off and daddy could always make it more thrilling when the little guy was ready for action. We can’t wait for this summer to do it again!

  6. Fred Aebli says:

    As a father of 3 now 11,12 and 19, and having travelled to Disney frequently, these are some key things:

    1) Time of the year. Spring and Fall temperatures are much better. Avoid July as temps are very high. Just watch for school trips and college Fall breaks.

    2) If you have been to the parks before, taking little ones should be fine as long as you split the day. Get into the parks early when it is cool, stay until noon and go back to the room for lunch and a dip in the pool Grab a nap, then back into the parks for evenings. If you are new, review the maps and plan for crowds in the Magic Kingdom. Know that everyone is thinking the same thing. So think opposite.

    3) Don’t do late nights. Maybe pick one late night but use that morning to sleep in and let the kids play around the hotel.

    4) Dining. Portions are great sizes. I typically eat what they don’t finish…and that is usually a lot.

    5) Rides. When possible send someone for fast passes. Leverage that as much as possible.

    6) Realize you cannot see everything. Accept that as a fact and enjoy what you see and do together.

  7. Ella says:

    I, too, wrote a blog post about our experience at Disney.

    Your podcast was great. Going to find a way to ship some diapers down now. I shop at wholesalers usually, but the space vs. the savings is a no brainer. I can spend a few extra dollars for the convenience of not carring diapers through an airport.

    Also, loved the child care center info. I saw one, but didn’t really venture in. Now that I know there’s a tv…and play spot for the 3 year old I’m game! They need other kids, and I’m a single mom so I need another adult or two!


  8. Craig Hargrove says:

    Hey Lou,
    Great show this week. We started taking our daughter when she was two. One piece of advice that is a little different is skip the stroller. I found that we could navigate the parks much easier without dealing with a stroller. I carried my daughter everywhere we went. I know that goes against what most people think, but we broke the day up like you suggested, and we did not venture from one end of the park to the other. We took our time and enjoyed where we were. Also keep in mind that you are going to spend a lot of time in Fantasyland, and there are already far too many strollers in that land.

  9. James says:

    Parents with toddlers should make sure they have comfortable clothing on. Importantly, parents should carry with them baby powder and baby wipes, its good to have and if you need them you won’t be sorry.

    Parents should be prepared that children are different and react differently to rides and may have fearful reactions to rides that we as parents aren’t expecting and if your still in the ride que, it may be wise to not force the ride.

    Parents should be prepared for merchandise kiosks and merchandise venues at ride exits.

    Get to the bathroom before fireworks or parades.

  10. Nicole says:

    One thing that I have done ever trip that we go is to make a large label on the printer with the child name, age, parents name and phone number, or the name of adults that will be with with the little one. As well as any allergies that they might have. I then put this on the pack of a pieces of Disney themed paper, let little one add stickers and such. Then take a self lamenting paper and cover the whole thing. Add a king ring and then when you get to Disney buy a lanyard and you will have something that you can take off when you head out of the parks and your child’s name is not stuck on child’s clothing or shoes. You can add pins when you get there. This way if your child is scared they can show them their names and they can call mom and dad…

  11. James says:

    If you have a car, stay at the cabins. You essential drive to your door, and have a room to close off for those all important midday naps for you or the baby/infant. Also, don’t try to see everything. Just plan on going every year for the rest of your life. (you still wouldn’t see everything)

  12. Chuck Zitta says:

    Our first trip with the boys was back in 2002. Our oldest was 5 and the youngest 2. So we waited until there was no need for some of the cumbersome baby supplies, such as strollers and bottles. Not all, but some. Which helped. A couple little tips: For young children, such as our 5 year old, I basically carried him on my shoulders all day. Allowed us to walk along at a normal pace, made it easy to get and stand in the queues, and he had a blast! Some may think this would be a lot of work. But to me, having him on my shoulders made it seem almost effortless since my back muscles were not bearing the extra weight.

    Secondly, I would advise parents with very young children (toddler age to about 3) to approach the characters with caution. Our younger son’s first experience was in the Crystal Palace. He just about freaked out when Pooh came up to our table. For children this small, the character’s size can be quite intimidating. However, by the time the week was over, he had come to realize, they were his friends. The moment he came to this realization was when we went to meet Mickey, and I was holding him. After that, he was good to go! So, just be aware that what your small children see on tv/movies, with toys, or in books, and what they see in person; are two totally different experiences. So you may get two totally different reactions from them.

    Thanks again for another terrific show, Lou!!!