At the Disney Parks Moms Panel, we often hear from parents of young children who no longer nap, but may need a midday rest to recharge after a busy morning in the parks. This week, several of our experienced panelists give their personal tips on how to manage the schedule for two little ones so they aren’t completely exhausted by the end of the day. From taking a break with a scenic tour on the Walt Disney World Railroad or the Monorail, or scheduling a table service meal during lunchtime for some fun (and air conditioning), our panelists serve up some fantastic ideas. Check out the site below for more!
If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel, be sure to apply at www.momspanelsearch.com from September 8-15, 2015.
There are many advantages to staying in a Disney resort when visiting Walt Disney World Resort, and one of my family’s favorites is somewhat of a hidden gem – the campfires! Offered at many of our hotels, these regular events are a wonderful way to wind down as a family after an exciting day in the parks. They’re complimentary, and because they take place at your hotel, it’s easy to get little ones back to your room for bedtime. If the kids are still not sleepy following s’mores, stick around for Movies Under the Stars. There’s something so magical about snuggling up to watch a favorite Disney movie outdoors.
Each campfire is themed to the resort at which it takes place – for example, over at Fort Wilderness Resort, Chip ‘n’ Dales Campfire Sing-A-Long has a country theme complete with a singing cowboy and special appearance from everyone’s favorite chipmunks.
Here’s a peek at what your family can expect at a few of my favorite campfires at resorts on property – Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
It’s here again – the annual Disney Parks Moms Panel search! This is an exciting time of year for us, as we get to hear from real moms, dads and grandparents around the world who want to share their knowledge and passion for Disney Parks with other guests.
The Disney Parks Moms Panel has grown over the years and now includes a diverse line-up of panelists who specialize in specific Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club, Disney Cruise Line, and more. We’re also happy to make the site available in four languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Do you or someone you know fit the bill? Visit www.MomsPanelSearch.com for more information and to apply. The search for the new 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panelists begins on Tuesday, September 8 and ends at noon EST on Tuesday, September 15.
We recently caught up with a few current panelists to get their take on what this role means to them. They’re definitely a fun bunch! Check out their video here.
It’s back-to-school time for kids across the country, which means a rush for end of season family vacations. Parents of younger children, however, tend to have more schedule flexibility because they don’t need to worry about school calendars. Instead of shopping for school supplies and meeting new teachers, these families can take advantage of beautiful fall weather and great deals to visit Walt Disney World Resort.
Right now through September 18, preschool families can book a “Kid-Sized” package for three nights and two days at Walt Disney World Resort, starting at just $903 for travel on select dates between October 4 – December 10.
Walt Disney World Resort is place where little ones can try all kinds of new foods including international fare at Epcot like kebabs from Morocco and sushi from Japan, to giant turkey legs and calamari at Magic Kingdom Park. And now thanks to The Mickey Check, parents can easily identify nutritious menu options at restaurants on property.
Once your kids take their last bite of a healthy meal, sometimes it’s fun to indulge in special treats that you can only find at Disney Parks! Mickey waffles, Dole Whip, character-themed candy apples and so much more can be a sweet surprise to top off an action-packed day.
Just check out the smiles on these little faces as they try some favorite Disney Parks goodies for the first time! Do your kids have any favorite Disney desserts?
The two water parks at Walt Disney World Resort are well-known for their exhilarating attractions like towering water slides and an exciting surf pool, but did you know that Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach are also amazing places to take preschoolers? With summer heat in full swing, the water parks are a great option for keeping cool with even the littlest kids. And don’t worry, there is plenty for you to experience together, even if they can’t quite swim yet.
At Typhoon Lagoon, there is a dedicated area called Ketchakiddee Creek, that’s specifically for children under 48” tall. What my preschooler loves about this water zone is that feels like its just as exciting as the larger park that her older siblings get to explore, so she doesn’t feel left out. Ketchakiddee Creek features side-by-side slides, an inner-tube rapids ride, a cave with a waterfall and lots more. While my youngest can’t dive into the water to snorkel at Shark Reef, she loves to wander around on shore and check out the colorful fish, stingrays and sharks in the man-made coral reef below. She could spend hours there looking for Dory and Nemo!
Over at Blizzard Beach, Tikes Peak gives younger kids a sense of being in the middle of an icy adventure complete with mini snow-banked slides, chutes running through the snow, and an igloo fortress with spouting pop-up jets. I like the sandy beach around the area so I can hang out with my little one while she builds sandcastles. Now that she is just tall enough (32” tall) to experience the chairlift to the top of Mount Gushmore, we can take a leisurely ride all the way to the mountaintop and get an incredible view of the park below – and watch all of the daredevils head down the “slopes” of more thrilling attractions like Summit Plummet.
And at the end of the day, you can always count on Mickey ice cream bars to bring the entire family together at the bottom of the water slides!
Walt Disney was a huge train enthusiast, which is why you can find unique railroads for all ages at every Disney Park around the world. There’s something about riding a train that seems to fascinate young children and as the parent of little ones, I appreciate the relaxing downtime a train around the park provides.
It all starts with the Monorail! When staying at some Walt Disney World Resort hotels, you can just pop outside to the Monorail to get to Magic Kingdom Park and Epcot. It’s just a convenient form of transportation, it feels like an attraction in itself.
The iconic Walt Disney World Railroad is a favorite of my family because the 20-minute, 1.5-mile trip aboard an authentic steam-powered train allows you to take in the scenery throughout Magic Kingdom Park. Trains arrive every few minutes so kids won’t need to wait long, and there are convenient nearby stroller parking areas at each stop. Check out this video with one of our preschool-aged guests as he takes his first train ride – his enthusiasm is contagious!
Also at Magic Kingdom Park, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is a breezy, 10-minute tour through Tomorrowland. My kids love the birds-eye view they get from the elevated track.
Over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park, the Wildlife Express Train combines two things kids love – trains and animals. Board the rustic locomotive for a 1.2-mile trip to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, where kids can learn more about wild animals, conservation efforts and even meet a few furry friends.
Traveling to Disney Parks with multiple generations is a magical experience for everyone in the family. One of our resident grandparents on the Disney Parks Moms Panel regularly visits with her large family including her children, grandchild and her mother, so we asked for her recommendations on how to make the most of a trip with extended family. She offers some great tips like booking bigger resort villas and suites that allow everyone to sleep in the same room, memorable experiences like character dining that everyone can enjoy as a group, and even taking some time to split up into smaller groups (hello, date night for mom and dad)! Check out Anne’s video below for all six tips for having a grand adventure at Walt Disney World Resort.
With a huge variety of activities available during a Disney Parks vacation, deciding what to pack for your entire family can be a little overwhelming. Luckily, the knowledgeable members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are here to provide some advice from real moms and dads! In this installment of Moms Panel Monday, seven of our panelists share their must-haves that range from everything from extra towels to sit on during parades, to two pairs of shoes in case one gets wet from fun water attractions like Splash Mountain. For more tips, check out all of the responses here. Still want more? Ask the Moms Panel your own Disney Parks question!
Independence Day is a wonderful holiday for families to spend time together and celebrate our nation’s birthday. Fireworks are almost synonymous with July 4, and if you’re planning to bring your kids to the parks for the holiday, you can see some amazing fireworks displays in addition to lots of other patriotic entertainment that will have your little ones saying, “oooh ahhh!”
Magic Kingdom Park: Young and old will marvel at the specially-themed fireworks spectacular over Cinderella Castle “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” which will be presented two nights in a row at 9 p.m. on July 3 and 4.
Epcot: Snap a family photo with Chip and Dale in their patriotic attire outside of The American Adventure. Then be sure to check out the Voices of Liberty performing a special set list of great American songs at the America Gardens Theater at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., and 3 p.m. Schedule nap time during the day so that the littles ones can end the day with “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at 10 p.m., which features an addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios: It’s a family-friendly party over at the “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party, which leads up to a “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration.” The DJ kicks the soiree off at 5:45 p.m., followed by an exciting pyrotechnic, rock ‘n’ roll road trip across America in the sky over Hollywood Studios at 10:15 p.m.
Tip: For long days in the parks, be sure to pack snacks and sunscreen to keep little ones happy and comfy during the day, and pj’s for the evening so they can fall asleep when the fireworks end. Don’t worry if you forget something — the Baby Care Centers at every park are fully stocked. Have fun!