Ultimate Guide to Preparing Kids for a Disney Vacation
You’ve worked with your travel agent and finally booked a long-awaited trip to Disney for the entire family! It should be easy to prepare the kids for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, but there are still some fun things you can do to take their excitement to another level. As you’ll see, preparing kids for a Disney vacation can be lots of fun!
Are you going to visit ToyStory Land? Go back and rewatch the Toy Story franchise and reintroduce yourself to all the characters. Remember Woody, Jesse, Buzz, Rex and Slinky? The kids will be excited to see them all again before they take a ride on the Slinky Dog Dash, or head into Andy’s room in Toy Story Mania.
If your little princess can’t wait to see all of the princesses at Magic Kingdom, pop in Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and the others and binge watch them all before you head to the parks. Connect the movies to the rides or shows you’re seeing and the kids will start getting excited at the opening credits!
Let them plan
Your little ones aren’t planning the entire trip, but they’ll get more excited if they are at least part of the process. Use the internet to show them what there is to do and see in each park. Once you go over it all, let them choose one thing that each of them want to do.
If you let each child pick something that is special to them, you have an already-made checklist of the most important things you should do on vacation. For example, your toddler wants to ride The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh while your tween chooses Avatar Flight of Passage. With each child choosing something they want to do, nobody will feel slighted.
Create a countdown calendar
“Are we leaving today?” “Are we leaving today?” If your trip isn’t going to take place for a little while, you might hear this question from the little ones every day until you leave. After all, telling a three-year-old that you aren’t leaving for a few months doesn’t really mean much to them when they can’t understand how long that really is.
A specially-made countdown-to-Disney calendar can help them to keep track of how many days are left before you leave. Have the children put an X on the calendar at the end of every day to show them how close they are to the big day.
You can also use a paper chain and take one off at the end of each day too. You can also use a chalkboard or stickers to commemorate how many days are left before vacation starts.
Visit the Disney website: On the Disney website there are plenty of planning videos for you to watch about your upcoming vacation. Sit with the kids and watch them together. It’s a great way to get excited about what they are going to see once they get there.
You’ve probably seen plenty of YouTube videos of children who are surprised by their parents that they are going to Disney. They are so much fun! Of course, you really don’t have to tell your children that they are going to Disney, because a surprise is just as thrilling! However, if you decide to tell them anyway, these are great tips to keep the momentum building.
Preparing kids for a Disney vacation can be done in many different ways. Are you excited to get started? The first step is booking that trip! Let’s go!
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