Monday, July 15, 2013

Tips for Traveling with Toddlers

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Traveling with a toddler who loves to walk and doesn't want to stay in a stroller is a challenge. However, there's a perfect spot at Magic Kingdom to allow your little one to run around, yet not be in the way of other park-goers. At the Magic Kingdom, to the right of the castle, is a walkway down toward the water. There are park benches and a big open space that you can have all to yourself. The ducks will help keep them quite amused, too. 

In the evening, it is hard to find well-lit areas to allow your toddler to amble along without being in the way or lose footing. Epcot has a nice area,  The lit circular courtyard in front of France is the perfect place for running around. Its usually not very crowded and with the poster-covered lamppost being a light, its perfectly lit to make sure little ones can see where they are going.

Toddler Tip #2:
This tip is for those traveling to the World with small ones using a double stroller. Though most  fit perfectly through normal doorways, some may encounter a problem with the monorail system. Some of the monorail lines (namely the red line) have not been converted, so extra-wide strollers will not fit in all of the cars, only those deemed for wheelchairs. So, if you have a side-by-side stroller, you might want to ask the attendant what monorail line is coming and ask if it has been converted yet.

Toddler Tip #3
It is a lot easier going through security at the parks when
everything is in its own see-through bag. Traveling with little ones, you need an extra change of clothes, snacks, sippies, bottles, diapers, wipes, etc. Place each item in its own Ziploc see-through bag. Then its a snap to get through security because they can see everything and so can you (minimizing tantrums). It will also keep your items clean and dry.

Toddler Tip #4
Afraid of toddler tantrums? Or small ones who don't understand the concept of having to wait for things. Try to minimize anything that will require waiting for long periods of time. If your flying, you might want to ship your clothes, diapers, snacks, etc. ahead of time to the hotel so you won't have to wait for luggage at baggage claim. Also you might consider hiring a car service to pick you up and take you directly to the hotel. And do the same for the return trip home. (Theres also Disney's Magical Express, a wonderful free service offered to Disney Resort guests to transport them to and from the Orlando airport). 

Toddler Tip #5
If you have a child that has a favorite toy that they do not give up easily, consider not letting your child see or have the toy until AFTER the security line at the airport. TSA will not let them go through security with anything in their hand.

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