This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walt Disney World® and Scholastic. The opinions and text are all mine.
Think going to Walt Disney World® Resort with a preschooler is a lot of work? Think again! Visiting Walt Disney World® Resort with a preschooler is one of the most enjoyable experiences I’ve ever had. To see the magic for the first time through her eyes is something I’ll cherish my entire lifetime.
Although Walt Disney World® Resort is certainly for every age from 0 to 99 (and even older!), I strongly consider 3 to 5 year olds the PERFECT age for experiencing all that the parks have to offer. There are so many fun, educational and magical attractions throughout the Walt Disney World® parks, especially for the younger set.
I find that going with a PLAN is the key to success with preschoolers since they are creatures of habit and need structure in order to get the most out of their visit. One way to make your Walt Disney World® visit the best it can be is by knowing your child’s limits and sticking to them. It’s never a good idea to push your child beyond their limitations. If your child can’t miss a nap without being grumpy, chances are great they will need a nap while at Walt Disney World® too! One way to plan the best Disney World Resort vacation is by staying on property. When you stay on property, many benefits are included with your visit, such as top-notch modes of transportation where you can hop on a bus, boat, or monorail to your on-property resort for a rejuvenating nap and a bite to eat, then head back to the parks for more fun to ensue!
Another tip for a magical Walt Disney World® vacation with preschoolers is to research ahead of time the rides your child may enjoy and any height restrictions that those rides may have. I know what it’s like to walk over to the entrance of an attraction with my daughter just for her to be turned away due to her height. Instead of focusing on which rides your child can’t ride, focus on what they CAN ride. There are many, MANY attractions with no height requirement. My then 4-year-old loved the Mad Tea Party, Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid and Jungle Cruise! They’re tame, yet exciting rides that any child of any height can be on!
In addition to doing research concerning height restrictions, I strongly recommend discovering when and where your child’s favorite Disney characters meet throughout Walt Disney World®. Imagine the joy on your little one’s face when they see Mickey Mouse, Peter Pan or Princess Tiana for the very first time! The interaction my daughter had with Princess Tiana was worthy of happy tears. Tiana was incredibly sweet and patient with her, all while staying in character. You never know when the most magical moments will happen!
Purchase the Memory Maker package and bring your own camera so you can capture those special moments that will last a lifetime. Memory Maker is an upgrade you can add on to your stay where you can have your picture taken anywhere in the park where a PhotoPass photographer is available! We want our family vacation photos to include the entire family, and Memory Maker is a wonderful option. When Bella was 5 years old, she was selected to play The Beast in Enchanted Tales with Belle (which you can find in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom). At this attraction, everyone gets professional photos that they may download online. I’m so glad that I have photos and a personal video that I can treasure forever. We still glance through the photos from time to time and smile at those precious memories.
Want a chance to win a trip to Walt Disney World®? During the entire month of February, you can stay tuned to posts on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page and ask your precious preschoolers to answer questions about Walt Disney World® or Disney characters and leave a comment on the indicated post with your child’s response. Learn more about the Preschoolers Magical Sweepstakes. Visit scholastic.com/PreschoolersMagical for more details. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of the 50 US & DC. 18+ with at least one child who is currently 12 years of age or younger at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Ends 2/28/18. Limit 1 answer per day. Click through for Official Rules.