These are some fun ways to prepare kids for a Disney World trip that will make them more equipped and take some of the potential burden off your shoulders.
5 FUN Ways to Prepare Your Kids for a Disney World Trip
Kids love Disney and Disney World is a dream come true for them. Kids are also, very resilient. Adults… a little less so. At the end of the vacation, it’s safe to say your kids will have a really great time. However, it might take a toll on you if you don’t prepare them properly for the trip. When you make it easier on them, you give yourself the best chance at being able to enjoy the parks with them, rather than dealing with meltdowns and constant breaks. These are some fun ways to prepare kids for Disney World that will make them more equipped and take some of the potential burden off your shoulders. That way the whole family can have a great time together!
Discover with Them
The first step you need to take when you prepare kids for Disney World is to introduce them to what Disney World actually is. Whether they have been to another Disney park or not, Disney World has some unique challenges due to its size and changing weather conditions. The parks, are totally different. Even if they have been to Disneyland, Magic Kingdom is much larger and completely foreign. Educating your kids on what to expect at Walt Disney World is the beginning of anticipation that will make the days leading up to the trip more exciting.
Plan your Disney World Trip with Them
In addition to explaining what Walt Disney World is like, try involving them in your plans if they are old enough. Asking questions like what do you want to do at Epcot can help you create a game plan that plays to their expectations and builds excitement for them.
If they are a little older it can be really fun to give them even more involvement in the vacation planning. This not only gives them a chance to weigh in, but it can settle potential disputes so you don’t have to deal with the drama when you get there.
Explore with Them
Since it is a big destination that involves a lot of walking and activity, it’s a really good idea to prepare kids for Disney World by taking them out for extended activities.
It can be really fun to explore your city by bike, or spend a day at the beach or a large outdoor mall. Try to pick something to do that involves a lot of walking and open air. Keep in mind the weather conditions you are expecting. Show (if you can), or explain to them what it will be like.
Start a Countdown for your Disney World Trip
Countdowns are so much fun when you are leading up to a big event. It builds excitement, but at the same time it helps keep kids grounded and aware of when the trip is going to take place. Part of the countdown can include an activity you do to prepare in the days leading up to your travel day.
Watch Disney Movies with Them
One of the most fun ways to prepare kids for Disney World is to bring out the old video library and watch some Disney Classics. Some really good films to include are Dumbo, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, The Little Mermaid and Pirates of the Caribbean. Other great choices are The Lion King, Star Wars, Finding Nemo, Frozen, and Toy Story.
Play and Sing Disney Songs with Them
Nothing gets you in the mood for a zip a dee doo dah day than singing along to your favorite Disney Songs. Having a playlist loaded in the car as your vacation comes near is a really good way to leak a little bit of Disney magic, so your kid doesn’t explode with Disney excitement. You can even slip in some movie soundtracks and official Disney World music you can expect to hear in the background while you are there.