Parent's Guide to Surviving a Disney World Vacation
Disney is one of the most magical places on Earth, or so they say. Try spending seven or so days with kids under the age of 10 and let me know if the experience is still magical.
Yea, I'm speaking from personal experience. While Disney is a magical place, it does comes with its downsides. And, as a parent, those downsides are usually related to the temperament of your kids or yourself, believe it or not.
Despite all that you've read or heard about Disney, the experience does create life-long memories for both the kids and the parents. However, there are some simple things you can do to help make your experience somewhat sane — tips that can help parents get through the Disney World experience without wanting to pull their hair out or strangle one of the characters.
Take Physical and Mental Breaks
Disney is a working vacation. The place is massive and if you're attending for the first time, there's no way you're going to see the entire place in seven days. This, of course, means that you'll spend those seven days packing in as much activity as possible, which will then result in mental and physical fatigue. There's a ton of walking and a ton of waiting in line, which weighs you down mentally.
As a result, it's critically important to take breaks as much as possible. Take a seat, relax and chill out. If you're dead tired, you're kids are even more tired. Believe me.
Food is an essential part of the Disney experience. Why? Well, it fuels your drive. You're so busy running around to attractions and shows that you forget to eat. While an adult can get by, kids can't. You should know your kids' eating habits and tell-tale signs that they are hungry. Bring enough snacks to keep them fueled throughout the day.
Strollers are Life Savers
If you want to lug around your own stroller, by all means do so. Renting one, while expensive, is just as critical as bringing your own. If your kids are small enough, be sure to have stroller in tow because the less walking they do, the quicker you can move around the park and the less tired they'll get. Trust me on this one. The last thing you want to do is carry your kid around or hold them while waiting 45 minutes in line for a ride.