Walt Disney World Pre-School Style #DisneyKids

13257621184_92e3278590_z{ disclosure:  I attended a #DisneyKids Preschool FAM Tour, where a portion of our expenses and lodging were covered by the Walt Disney Company.  The invitation did not include an agreement for coverage or posting, nor were we compensated for this post.  All images were taken with the #Nikon #D3300, a gift from Nikon, the newly announced Official Camera of Walt Disney World and Disneyland. As always, all opinions expressed here are my very own  }

I know many people who get nervous about a trip to Disney. It definitely can be a little overwhelming at first glance but if you’re willing to brave it, you and your family are in for a REAL treat. Let’s go over the TOP concerns about traveling with young kids to Disney.

  • Traveling with kids is one thing, traveling with young kids is another!  Leave your worries behind!  I totally stressed out about all the luggage, being out numbered by my kids and let’s not even go into traveling safely with carseats and strollers!  That’s why we ADORE the Magical Express and why staying ON resort is so worth it!  I’m all about consolidation when it comes to traveling and I was able to leave the car seats at home.  That was HUGE, especially since all of them are in car seats.  There was no need for a car rental, just simply hop onto the Magical Express and you’re off to Disney!  You don’t even have to worry about the luggage after you hand them over at the airport check-in!  They will pick it up and deliver it safely to your room!
  • 13256992234_904cb66b76_zMy kids cannot handle an entire day at the parks.  What about the baby?  I’m nursing still!  You didn’t get the memo?  Disney knows families.  Why do you think they have such long hours?  You can break up the day, head out early thanks to Extra Magic Hour and beat the crowds.  Take a break and just hop back to your resort hotel on their ever efficient bus system.  The older siblings don’t feel like leaving just so baby can eat?  Not a problem!  That’s what the Baby Center is for.  Let’s get real, sometimes even mom needs a little break.  It’s got a comfy private area to nurse, change baby and even highchairs to feed baby in something other than the stroller seat.
  • Really?  You expect my preschooler to STAND IN LINE the whole time?   The best perk… okay not  really a perk but little known secret is the Ride Switch pass!  I’m definitely more willing to stand in a line than my 4 year old, so I’ll often send hubby and kidlets off for a snack while I wait in line.  As I get closer, I would text my husband to come on back.  With family in tow, I request a Ride Switch pass.  Kidlets and I are off for one round and if they want to go for another spin, the husband now can jump on and they get a FREE second ride — RIGHT AWAY!   Tip: Have the kids stay for a few, so the families behind you get the gist that — hey, my kids either gonna whine and scream or we can wait in line in peace.
  • 13257656323_9e16fd8b68_zMy child is too short for all the rides at Disney.  First of all, Walt Disney World has this AWESOME guide appropriately titled: Preschool Parent’s Guide to Walt Disney World Resort  and their website DisneyWorld.com has a great feature where you can sort all the attractions to age (select preschooler) and then also by height!  You’d be surprised at the plethora of options for your wee one!  If you’re a planner like me, this is perfect!  Don’t forget to use your FastPass+ selections to save from those meltdowns!

13257147724_6397fb8850_zA trip to Disney is liking being hugged by Walt Disney himself.  From the moment you step off the plane and the pixie dust is sprinkled, you’re bathed in the magic of Disney.  Need a little break from the parks?  I love that each of the hotels are filled enough with the Disney magic, you almost need a day by itself to experience it all.  Having been to Disney several times with my growing family, I appreciate staying at a different Disney Resort each time.  Each resort provides its own set of memories.  We loved the Art of Animation for all its colorful fun and photo ops, not to mention the free animation studio time.  The Animal Kingdom Lodge provided a lot of WOW for my family.  Nothing could top waking up to a giraffe in your window.  The Yacht Club pools were just amazing, it was hard getting my kids to leave, even if it was to go to the parks.

Not to sound cliche but sometimes you just have to Let it go. Having a plan is great, but you want everyone to have a great time.  Leave some flexibility in your plans.  There’s magic all around and it’s not all about the rides.  Taking a break and catching a show like Disney Junior Live packed full of their favorite Disney Junior Characters like Sofia the 1st, Doc McStuffins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  Stressing over Character meet and greets can be be relieved with an appropriately planned Character Dining reservation.  After all you do have to eat at some point!  One of my favorite things to do is to end the day with a parade.  I think its a nice way to wind down and their new Festival of Fantasy Parade is eye candy!

For more pictures from our Disney Preschool Tour: https://www.flickr.com/photos/momconfessionals/sets/72157644660408844/