I’m sat here planning a trip to Disney and I can’t believe just how much there is to see and do. It’ll take us weeks to get round every ride I want to go on and every attraction I want to see. Then I remember, this trip isn’t really for me. It’s for a 3 year old! I need to concentrate and think about which parks and attractions are going to make your 3 year old jump for joy and have a smile a mile wide. So what Disney park is best for a 3 year old?
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TIPS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE VISITING DISNEY LAST TIME
When visiting Disney for the first time, I was always going to make a few mistakes. I was determined to improve on them this time. They can be time savers or tantrum savers and everything in between. I will list the best ones that have found that really worked for us and we will be sticking to for our second visit as a family.
- Spend more than one day at Magic Kingdom: If you have a 3 year old then plan to spend more than one day at Magic Kingdom. Why? It’s because with a toddler you will find so much to do and see that you might try and rush around and not enjoy it as much as you should. Spend the extra day, make it relaxed and enjoyable for you both.
- Rent a stroller
off site: I found that renting a stroller off-site was worth the money we saved. A stroller, when you have a 3 year oldin tow, is essential. The amount of walking you will do would be far too much for them to handle. It also gives them somewhere for a quick nap and we found it great for carrying around all our little extras.
- Give them some freedom: Taking a 3 year old to Disney is like stepping into their imagination. It’s important to plan your day but it’s also important to know when to be flexible. If your 3
yearold wants to ride the same ride three times in a row, then let them! As long as everyone is enjoying their day, that’s all that matters. Not, how many rides and attractions you’ve seen. It can be all too easy to slip into that trap of ticking everything off your list.
- Know when it’s time to rest: Disney can be a very tiring, over stimulating and fun packed day. It’s wise to build in some time to rest during the day so everyone can calm down a little. I know it can feel like you’re missing out, but trust me, a few little calmer moments throughout the day will make everyone happier and that means the will enjoy their day more. Nobody needs that stress, you’re on holiday. Enjoy it!
- Magic Kingdom has the best parades: The parades in Magic Kingdom are spectacular. You have to wonder how they put these parades on every day, sometimes twice in the same day! Make sure you don’t miss out. It could very well be the highlight of your
3 yearold’s day.
3 YEAR OLDS LOVE THESE PARKS
Apart from the standout favorite of Magic Kingdom, what are the other best parks for a
- Animal Kingdom: If you have any little animal lovers in your party then this park just might make it into their top spot. The fact that there are animals there and lots of them, will make your 3 year old love this park. There’s plenty of variety too, from the big to the small and cute. There are also lots of rides and shows not to miss, all with the animal theme. The Lion King show is a firm favorite. There’s a little more space to run around in this park compared to
MagicKingdom, so that appeals to some 3 year oldsif they need to stretch their legs.
- Epcot: An unusual pick for a toddler I know, but from experience, this can also be a great choice for them. If you have a little adventurer, then they will be right at home here. There are so many different cultural experiences to try, with lots of sights, smells
andtastes. The firework display over the lake is also spectacular,if you can make it that long with your 3 year old! There are still some opportunities to meet characters at Epcot, so don’t think that the MagicKingdom has the monopolyin that area. There are also enough rides without height restrictions to keep them busy.
- Hollywood Studios: Is another firm favourite for a 3 year old. There’s the Toy Story land if the are Woody and Buzz fans. There are also plenty of shows to take them too. The park is a bit newer, so it’s great if you’ve been to Disney before as a bit of variety for parents too. They also have plenty of characters to meet.
THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT DISNEY TANTRUMS
A full day at Disney can be testing for adults let alone
- Prevention is the key: Hoping that some magical dust from Tinkerbell is going to transform your occasionally cranky 3 year old into the perfect child is a bit far fetched even for a Disney movie. So we need to prepare, have plans if they get tired / hungry / over stimulated. I will walk you through some below.
- Don’t over do it: Probably the number one reason why your 3 year old is going to meltdown. I mean it even happens to some adults at Disney. Don’t schedule full days of non-stop sights and attractions, they will burn out. Pick the highlights for them, allow them a bit of freedom to roam then make sure you have wind down times in between. There are plenty of places for a quiet sit down.
- A good night’s sleep: Make sure they aren’t staying up late and getting over-tired before they even start the day. Fill them up with a good breakfast too, no sugary treats because it’s holiday time. This is for their benefit, the fuel from a good breakfast and a good night’s sleep will set them up for a great day.
- Bring wet weather / hot weather gear: Everyone gets annoyed stood in the sun in a hot queue or even soaked by a freak downpour. It happens all the time at Disney, come prepared for changes in weather. Little things like this can make a big difference to their enjoyment if the weather decides to throw you a few surprises.
- Use timeouts: Certain situations can be stressful for your
3 year oldand if they meltdown, then you need to give them a little more space. If you’re in a tight queue and they decide to have a tantrum, take them away to somewhere quiet and let them calm down before moving on to something just as fun.
I hope that this information helps you and your 3 year old to have the best day ever at Disney World. I know that a few little tips before you go can really make a big difference when you’re there!