5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}

5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}

There is one word that keeps popping in my head when I am asked to describe our trip to Orlando last week to attend the 2016 Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration conference: MAGICAL. In true Disney style we were sprinkled with Pixie Dust everywhere we went and we had an amazing few days. A truly unforgettable experience and a great way to visit Disney World for the first time ever.

We have been to Disneyland in California a few times but Disney World was a totally different experience. The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex housing several themed parks including Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. During out short stay we were able to visit all of the parks but I only wish we had booked some extra days to explore everything with more time.

5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}
5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}

During the Disney Social Media Mom’s Celebration we were also treated to some exclusive sneak peaks including a behind the scenes of the making of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” and the first 30 minutes of  the upcoming “Finding Dory” film. All I have to say for both movies is that we are dying of anticipation and looking forward to the opening dates. We can’t wait to watch them both. Stay tuned for a few other posts highlighting some other exciting news and sneak peaks from Disney.

5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids

O.k. Now that we have experienced Walt Disney World here are a few tips to make your next trip easier when traveling with young children 5 and under:

  • Stay at a Disney Resort Hotel When Possible: We had the opportunity to stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort Hotel during our visit and this made a huge difference in our ability to visit all of the parks and take full advantage of our short visit. Staying at a Disney Resort Hotel has some great benefits that will help lots when vacationing with young children.  Some of the exclusive benefits include: Complimentary transportation from and to Orlando International Airport, Extra Magic Hours for Disney Resort Hotel guests only, FastPass+ Planning Access, Complimentary Magic Bands and Proximity to the Parks, this last benefit is SO important when you are at Disney World!
  • Plan Your Days with Plenty of Breaks: Full days at the parks can be pretty overwhelming for everyone but specially for young children. Plan your park days by waking up early, taking advantage of Magic Hours if possible and heading back to your hotel for naps or downtime by the pool or in your room. After a good rest you can all go back to the park fully recharged for more adventures. If you are going to visit Disney World for a week or more you can also pick one day in the middle of your vacation to be your relaxing day and spend the day at the pool, taking it easy before heading to the parks the next day.
  • Use PhotoPass and Purchase Memory Maker: This time I left our heavy DSLR at home and took full advantage of PhotoPass and the complementary Memory Maker purchase we received.  Carrying a heavy camera around my neck all day at the park didn’t sound like fun so we tried to find as many Disney PhotoPass Photographers at the parks as we could. We got some awesome photos including some great Magic Shots and we got everyone together in the shot! Highly recommend this if you want to capture all of your memories. Also, purchase Memory Maker before you arrive at the park to receive the advance purchase rate!
  • Download The “My Disney Experience” Mobile App: I dowloaded the free App before our vacation and ended up using it all the time every day while at the parks. The parks have free WiFi and through the app you can see a list of attractions with live wait times, maps, character locations, dining options, manage your reservations, PhotoPass and FastPass+. It was SO useful to have it on my phone, great when you have to find and rush to the bathroom with a little one. During our entire visit I didn’t need to use a paper map at all. I even used the app to find PhotoPass Photographers at the parks.
  • Don’t Force Little Ones To Go In Rides They Don’t Want To Do: Being at Disney is all about having a magical time and for everyone to enjoy the vacation. Never force your little one to go in any rides if they don’t feel like it or if they are scared. The same goes with character photos, some kids are terrified and they don’t like getting close to the characters, if that’s the case then don’t force the photos. I personally don’t want to have lots of photos of my terrified screaming children, I rather see their happy smiling faces!  I went with the flow this time and allowed my son to decide what he wanted to do. We had a wonderful time and I am sure we will do the rides we missed next time we visit.

I am forever grateful to have been invited to the #DisneySMMC event and for all of the amazing perks and magic we experienced. We are also already looking forward to our next Disney vacation!!

5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}
5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}
5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}

Disclosure: We were invited to take part in the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration conference. Tickets/passes, accommodations and other associated perks and discounts were supplied to us as  part of this events. However all opinions and views on this post are our own.

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

16 responses to “5 Tips For Visiting Walt Disney World With Young Kids {5 and Under}”

  1. What an amazing opportunity! Love all of the photos and I feel like I want to go to WDW now.

  2. I can see that you had a marvellous time there. I’ve been to Disney World twice and my kids loved it and would have stayed forever if they could have. 🙂

  3. These are wonderful tips! We have been to Disney World a few times without planning. We will be ready next time!

  4. Good tips. Thanks!

  5. I am starting to keep a folder of Disney travel-related tips. I have four kids so I am hoping for a fun, smooth experience when we eventually visit!

  6. It’s so true- it really is a magical experience! It is so fun to have watched you and others on social media through out the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration! I am looking forward to hearing more as you all begin to share! 🙂

  7. I’m dying to go! The app sounds good, and I like the idea of not forcing the rides. They can scare easily 🙂

  8. One day we’ll get there……great tips! Definitely planning ahead, and making sure to include breaks is always helpful!

  9. These pictures aree awesome! Love the tinkerbell one the most.

  10. awe that picture of you and your son with tinkle bell is soooo adorable. love it! Can’t wait to go with my girls one day especially since my brothers and I never got the opportunity to do so when we were younger

  11. OMG,i love the photos and the excitment on your child,s face is amazing

  12. My daughter family are thinking of going next year. I will send her a link to your blog!

  13. Thanks for the tips. I agree about not forcing a child to go on rides. They will when ready.

  14. Making your children go on rides they don’t want to is just going to make their experience not as fun. I personally hate scary rides and haunted houses. Although the one at Disney is not scary or anything, it is still not my kind of thing! I am sure the same goes for a good number of children as well. You don’t want to scare them at the happiest place on earth!

  15. You’ve got great advice and tips for parents trying to get the most of Disney

  16. These are great tips, when it is safe again to travel, I would like to take my grandson. I love Disney and I’m he would as well.

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