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Order Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2015).
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Top Walt Disney World Tips for Traveling with Kids
1. Be Flexible

The single most important thing you can do to have a successful Walt Disney World trip with preschoolers is to have a plan and then be willing to deviate from it. When the kids get hot, tired, or over-stimulated, slow down the pace of your touring, have a snack, or take a break in your hotel room.


Walt Disney World ticket holders may take advantage of FASTPASS+, a means of bypassing the standby line for a much shorter FASTPASS+ queue. Using FASTPASS+ can dramatically decrease the time you spend in line and increase the number of attractions your family will enjoy.

3. Start Early

It’s important to know that crowds are lighter when the parks first open, and during the warmer times of the year the weather is more hospitable early in the day. Get an early start to minimize the amount of time you spend on lines. When the crowds become heavier and the weather warmer, take a break and return to your hotel for a swim and a nap.

4. Use a Stroller

Visiting Disney World is not like a typical day at your park or local zoo. Chances are you’ll be out of your hotel room for hours at a time and your family will put in mile after mile at the theme park and at your resort. Even the most energetic four- or five-year old who would never consider sitting in a stroller at home will likely be asking for one by mid-day.

5. Make Advance Dining Reservations (ADR)

With the many table-service restaurants in Walt Disney World, it’s difficult to imagine not getting a seat at the restaurant of your choice. However, this routinely happens with the large crowds visiting the resort. It is best to make your ADRs, guaranteeing a table, well in advance of your trip by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

6. Don't Force the Issue

Preschoolers are a funny bunch. They sometimes have difficulty communicating a fear or just plain discomfort with a ride or situation. If they resist a particular attraction, don’t force the issue; it’s easier to find a ride they do enjoy than having to coax them on future rides if they have a “bad” experience.

Blog Contributions

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The Christmas Season at Walt Disney World

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May 2013

Disney on my Mind

April 2013

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February 2013

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January 2013

Disney Family Magic Tour: The Review

December 2012

Review: Strategies for Paying for Disney

October 2012

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August 2012

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July 2012

The Great Movie Ride Dinner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios: The Experience

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March 2012

Character Dining Budget Buster

February 2012

Can Disney Break My Heart?

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November 2011

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October 2011

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September 2011

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August 2011

40 Days to 40 Years: 1980

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Disney World Training 101: Package Delivery before you arrive

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July 2011

Movie Review: Winnie the Pooh

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June 2011

My Disney World Snack Quest

How Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers Comes Together – Part 2

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May 2011

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April 2011

Eating Table Service in the Parks vs at the Resorts - Which is Better? Part 2/

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March 2011

Disney World Packing for a Toddler

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February 2011

Grownup Getaway

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January 2011

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Rethinking Souvenirs

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December 2010

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October 2010

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September 2010

Excerpt 5: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

Is the Disney Vacation Club Right for Your Family?

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Excerpt 4: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

August 2010

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Excerpt 3: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

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Excerpt 2: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

Visiting Walt Disney World with Extended Family and Friends

July 2010

Excerpt 1: Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers (2011)

Shhh…Naptime in the Disney World Parks

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