This combination of interests has allowed me to meet some really great people, mostly parents, that are planning trips to a Disney park. Many of them have not been since they themselves were children, and they have questions.
I’m going to attempt to address some of those, as well as provide my two cents on planning a Disney trip with small children. I understand that this will not apply to all of you (Disney World reports that roughly half of their yearly visitors are adults sans kids), or that you might (probably) will have a different take than I do. No worries. If you have something to offer please add it in the comments.
Also, please keep in mind that I live in Los Angeles and that my trips to Disneyland Resort outnumber my trips to WDW by roughly 100 to 1, so my suggestions, while applicable to any family outing, are going to focus more on a California adventure than any other. Yes, I know I said California Adventure.
First and foremost, I think that the most important allowance that parents should make while planning a Disney trip is time. Obviously Disney World screams for multiple days, in which you still won’t see it all, but people tend to overlook this ingrediant when coming west. The longer you are able to stay at DLR the better. There are lots of shows and parades that happen at set times throughout the day at any Disney park. Making note of which you must see versus those you are willing to sacrafice, plus the time and location of each, will give you a strong axis to float the rest of your stay around. Don’t try to see them all in one day. Not only is this bordering on
impossible, but it will greatly increase already high levels of fatigue in
both the parent and the child.