There are few things more exciting for a kid than a trip to Walt Disney World – the moment they find out, they are instantly thrilled, jumping up and down, and can’t wait to go. So how can you keep that excitement going until vacation day? Here are some tips on how to prepare your kids for their Disney World vacation:
Video Tours: Kids love watching videos on tablets and phones, so check out some videos about Walt Disney World. There are tons out there on You Tube – you can basically get a “virtual tour” of everything at Disney World! While they might not need that much of an in-depth look at everything, it would still be good to give them an idea of what things look like, and what they can expect to see. Disney also offers official videos on Disney World and their other vacation destinations – check them out here
“Practice” With Local Theme Parks and Day Trips: Nothing better than the real thing to prepare kids for some the exciting things they will get to experience at Walt Disney World. Character meet and greets can be found locally at libraries, sporting events, special events at playplaces, and more. Head to your local amusement park or carnival to check out rides and shows – start small with the carousel or other things you can ride along with them and see how they do. It’s good to have an idea of how your little ones will react to new experiences – especially things that can potentially be scary like giant furry characters and rides that are loud, bright, and fast. Don’t assume they will love it OR hate it, give them a chance to try it all out before you head to Disney
Decision Making: Letting the kids help pick where you eat, what you do, and what rides you go on, can be a great way to get them involved in the planning and get them (even more) excited for their Disney World trip. Keep it simple – don’t overwhelm them with choices, just say “do you want to eat dinner with Mickey or with the Princesses” or “would you rather ride through space or on a train?”. It’s fun to include your kids in the planning process especially tiny who love the feeling of making “adult” decisions – so it’s a win-win for all!
Walk Them Through Your Itinerary: Once you have an idea of what you are going to do and you have made a rough itinerary for your Disney World trip, you can give your kids an overview of it – again, keeping it SUPER simple so as not to confuse them – but explaining what the parks are like, and the different things you will be doing each day. You may need to do this again multiple times in the lead into your trip. It’s also a good chance to remind them of what you’re already done – like “we will ride the train – like we did at the carnival, remember?” or “Tuesday you will meet Mickey Mouse – it will be like at the library when Clifford the Big Red Dog was there, remember?”
We hope these tips will be helpful in keeping your little ones engaged, excited and involved while you anxiously wait for your Disney holiday. Why wait until your vacation starts for the magic to begin!?