1. Bring enough strollers!
We have 4 kids, so I made sure to have 2 double strollers, so yup, one seat for each kid. So worth it because with all the walking even my 7 year old wanted to sit sometimes. One double we brought from home which was great for the airport. And then we rented another double stroller from Scooterbug. They were great, and brought the stroller straight to the resort and picked it up. I highly recommend having seating for all kids under age 10 if at all possible.
2. Location Matters
We stayed at the Art of Animation Resort which we loved. Between the Nemo Area, Cars, and Lion King themes they had plenty of fun decor and entertainment for the kids. Even though it was a bit cold for the beautiful pools, though they kept the water very warm and there were always kids swimming. Click here for more information.
3. Prepare the Kids
To help prepare our kids, we showed them some videos of Disney World so they could get a sense of what a would be like and to help them get excited. If you have the Disney Now app, they have videos of various rides that my kids really enjoyed.
4. Plan Your Transportation
Some people rent cars, but since we were staying at a Disney resort, we had access to free Disney transportation. So we decided to take advantage, and use only that for the duration of our trip. And it worked out overall pretty well, but honestly, it was a little exhausting because we had to fold up our strollers and the kids and rush them on and off the buses. For me the most stressful transportation was the Skyliner. From the Art of Animation, that was only way to get to Hollywood Studios. I found it really stressful because you have to get on while its moving so I had to help herd my party of 8, including 4 kids under age 8, onto the Skyliner, while folding up our stroller and holding our bags, plus unloading everyone and everything when we arrived. We actually took an uber back to the hotel that night. The bus to Epcot and Magic Kingdom also entailed folding and loading and unloading, but at least the bus stops and is not suspended mid air! Read more about the Skyliner here.
5. Make a Plan for the Flights
For the flight we made sure that each of the kids had a tablet with their favorite shows and games charged and loaded up. There are some times to try to avoid screen time, but a flight with your four children is not that time! We didn’t want to be that family that was too rowdy and annoying to the other passengers. It wasn’t a long flight so we managed pretty well. It was our first time flying with all the kids. The airport was definitely more challenging than the flights actually! We enjoyed having strollers with us in the airport so the little ones could sit and be contained, but it was a bit stressful to fold and unfold the stroller at security check and boarding.
6. Plan Your Itinerary
I spent hours reading about the Disneyworld parks online before our trip. Since we were going for a relatively short trip, with only 3 full park days, with one half day and one travel day, I wanted to figure out which parks were best for young kids. As you probably know, there are 4 Disneyworld parks, the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. You probably want to know which parks are best for young kids and toddlers. We skipped Animal Kingdom since we have zoos nearby so it didn’t feel as worthwhile on a short trip. People do enjoy that park, but I understand that the rides there are geared towards bigger kids and adults. Magic Kingdom was the first park we went to and it was perfect. The parades and seeing the princesses in person , plus the fireworks show with the flying Tinkerbell really wowed them. And there was plenty for even my two year old to enjoy. There is the most to do at this park. It can easily be two days. We also enjoyed Epcot and Hollywood Studios.
7. Plan Your Days
Once you figure out how many days you have to spend in the parks you can figure out which days you want to go to the parks you chose. In the end we went with the Magic Kingdom for 1.5 days, and 1 day each at Hollywood Studios and Epcot. If you have four full days to spend at the parks, it would make sense to try all four parks. Longer than four full days, a lot of people like to take a rest day in the middle of the trip to relax. Park days are a lot of walking and can be exhausting. Magic Kingdom is busiest on weekends and Monday. We went on Monday anyway and it was really crowded. Epcot and Hollywood Studios were crowded but not too crazy on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Magic kingdom was definitely less crowded on Thursday vs. Monday. Next up some rides that worked for our family including kids ages 2,4,6,7.
8. Our Top Rides at Magic Kingdom
- Peter Pans Flight
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Tomorrowland People Mover
- Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
- Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress
- Princess Fairytale Hall
- It’s a Small World.
9. Our Top Rides at Epcot
- Space Ship Earth
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros
- Frozen Ever After
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
10. Our Top Rides at Hollywood Studios
- Toy Story Mania!
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Disney Junior Play and Dance
11. Have Fun and Take Pictures!
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