I was nervous going to Disney World with a 16 month old. First because he is awful young for a park and I wasn’t sure he would enjoy it. Second, I have never been a big park fan and wasn’t sure I would enjoy it.
Thankfully all of my worries were for naught and we had a fantastic time. We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge and lucked out with a room directly next to the kiddie pool. Jackson had a fantastic time in the pool and wanted to be right in the middle of all the rowdy big kids, which of course made Mama nervous. His swim lessons have definitely paid off because when he would fall in the water (only two feet deep) he would hold his breath and get right back up again. Thank you, Envious Swimming! We spent the first day lounging by the pool and getting some sun.
We went to Disney World on our second day as soon as the park opened and went to all the rides my husband had scouted out as appropriate for a young toddler. Turns out the carousel was Jackson’s favorite and he kept asking for “more please.” How do you say no to that?
The highlight of Jackson’s trip was the Disney Character Breakfast at the Polynesian. The characters who had breakfast with us were Lilo, Stitch, Mickey & Pluto. Stitch was the friendliest and Jackson’s favorite, he couldn’t take his eyes off of him/her! We got lots of pictures and my little man loved the hour long breakfast with his whole family there.
We only stayed two and a half days which was the perfect length of time. Any longer would have been sensory overload for him. I’m sure we will be staying longer each year we go, his little brother or sister will just have to learn to hang.
My tips for doing Disney with a toddler are:
- Stay at the park you’d like to go to, convenience is key & you get the “extra hours” at the park
- Get to the park EARLY! Beat the crowds and your toddler will thank you
- Bring your own stroller, the rentals look terribly uncomfortable and your toddler can nap in the comfort of their own stroller
- Plan out your day at the park for what is age-appropriate for your child
- Book a character breakfast, it’s much easier for your toddler to “meet” the characters
Do you have any toddler Disney tips? I’d love them for next year!