Oh my gosh! I have so many tips to give you that I barely no where to start! I have been to Disney TONS of times. And ALWAYS with toddlers! And MULTIPLE ones! I have 5 nieces and nephews all under 5. Haha. So I have the bases covered pretty well! And I’m VERY good at judging 2 year olds… I guess we relate! :laugh:
Ofcourse, all this info may not be suitable for your family or your kids, but here’s the best advice I can offer!
First things first, we are all day trekkers! We don’t leave the parks to go home and swim or nap, so I’m not too helpful on that. But we also don’t arrive at the parks til around 1pm and we stay all day. This cuts down on the really hot part of the day. The kids in my family are just really good with hanging in there all day and we usually don’t have any meltdowns, they just take naps in there strollers if they want to and we take them in places to cool down often, which is also important! Keep those kiddos cool and hydrated! (that will certainly cut down on any crankiness!)
[U]Somethings to remember: (the code to live by with toddlers at WDW!)[/U]
[B]SUNSCREEN. SUNSCREEN. SUNSCREEN.
LIQUIDS. LIQUIDS. LIQUIDS
SNACKS. SNACKS. SNACK.
AND LET THEM GET OUT AND RUN AROUND EVERY NOW AND THEN. (or the crankiness WILL find you! :laugh:)[/B]
My advice on when to do things would be, just do the important things first, the things the kids want to do or you want to show the kids the most. This way everything else isn’t rushed, you can just relax and finish the day. Also, for parades, get there early! 2 year olds will get bored at the parades if they can’t see well!!
:mickey:Best advice I can give for kids of that age is to just go with the flow and travel at their pace. Don’t worry about cramming things in! The greatest thing about that age is that they find the greatest pleasures in the simplest things, as I’m sure you have figured out!. Take the time and enjoy the small moments. Take in shows and parades and plenty of character meet and greets! It will make for tons of precious moments and many happy memories!:mickey:
We also go to Disney in August, so let me tell you, it’ll be hot and it’ll rain. So just be prepared with the kids.
[B]Great places to wait out the rain with the kids!![/B]
[B]MK:[/B] It’s A Small World (pretty long, interesting and soothing for kids), Pinocchio’s Village Haus (this is usually pretty empty so it’s a great place to let the kids get out of the stroller and enjoy themselves while it rains without worrying about them bothering other people. The Columbia Harbour House is also another great place for this!), Phillharmagic (some kids that age are scared for this though because of the loud noises and the 4D effects i.e. water spraying them lightly)
[B]HS:[/B] Playhouse Disney, Pizza Planet (tons of entertainment!),
[B]AK:[/B] Donald’s Restaurantsarous, It’s Tough To Be A Bug (could be scary, depending on how your children are.)
[B]EPCOT:[/B] Innoventions, Spaceship Earth, etc.
[B]ATTRACTIONS: To do or skip![/B]
[B]DO:[/B] Peter Pan’s Flight, Its a Small World, Haunted Mansion (some kids CAN find this scary, but for the most part ours are fine as long as they are with their moms!), BOYS LOVE BUZZ RANGER SPIN! Tea Cups, Indy Speedway, TTA, Laugh Floor, Dumbo/Aladdin, Carousel, POTC (sudden drop and darkness can scare skiddish kiddos!), Phillarmagic (either a hit or miss, really depends on your kids, most love it though some hate it!) TOON TOWN!
[B]SKIP[/B] Snow White (WILL scare your child!! :laugh:), Winnie the Pooh has bumpy parts and darkness, that some of my nieces and nephews still hate. Also, obviously anything they aren’t old enough for.
[U]NEAT NOTE:[/U] If you go in Tink’s Treasures in Fantasyland the kids can ring a bell and call Tink and they can see her in the window! (Do this if you still can, I know they are changing Tinks Treasures, so I’m not sure if it’ll stay!)
The Tomorrowland Transit Authority is GREAT for taking the kids on to encourage them to take a nap. A lot of times there’s really no line so they’ll let you just keep going through without getting off and then back on. Also, it usually provides a nice breeze!
[B]DO:[/B] Playhouse Disney, Pizza Planet, Mummpets 3D, Pixar Place. Toy Story Mania, it's a long wait, get there early and get a fastpass! GAMRide (although it has some scary parts. And if your little ones don't like long rides, then I'd say this is a skip! But it can be really neat for them too!) Honey I shrunk the kids playground (which I believe is now the Tough to Be A Bug playground?) But thats obviously a great adventure of kiddos!)
[B]SKIP:[/B] Voyage of the Little Mermaid (scared all my nieces and nephews until they reached about 3 1/2 or 4.), Lights Motor Action (kids that young tend to get bored and hot sitting through this! Which equals cranky...)
In EPCOT there's really not much the kids can't or shouldn't do, except the things they aren't old enough for. Definitely check out all the Kidcot activites along the countries! Kids love the activities in Innoventions, and it's a great way to trick the kids into cooling off! Kids like to taste the sodas at the Coca Cola Cool Club too!
Also there’s lots of cool things to look for with the kids inside the countries (i.e. Ratatouille hiding in the perfume store in France!)
Universe of Energy with 2 years olds… just don’t! Although, for some of my nieces it puts them to sleep. (great nap ride for them!) But my nephews get bored and scared. It’s 45 mins of sheer terror for them!
The kids in my family love the safari and the Camp Minnie Mickey (lots of character meet and greet ops!) Also they love the playground by the McDonalds. Finding Nemo the musical, it's about 20 mins so it's not too long and the kids really enjoying seeing all their ocean friends!
Ofcourse, parades are also fun! They are always a hit in my family! The kids get so excited!
[B]Places that are good for eating:[/B]
Any tray service has chicken tenders and cheeseburgers, which is standard and most children will eat. If you have picky eaters buffets are great because there’s tons to choose from! The Crystal Palace is a great buffet, especially the breakfast! And Chef Mickeys is a most do for us too. Casey’s Corner for is great for a hotdog and french fries! Boys usually like this.
The best advice I can give, especially for going in August is bring a familiar snack food (goldfish, pretzels, snack bars, etc) Something they enjoy that they can snack on throughout the day because alot of the time, it’s gonna be so hot the kids aren’t going to want to eat a whole big meal, so having things like that are great to give to them throughout the day and throughout the park just to keep them full and happy, and thats really a great thing to do!
Also, if you are looking to get out of the parks for a little while or the kids need a nap but don’t want to go to the hotel or if you are staying off grounds and don’t want to travel all the way back to where you are staying, a great thing kids love is the MONORAIL!!!
I hope this was helpful, I sure know it’s long! I have tons of other tips and such, but I figured this was long enough… haha. If you have any other questions or anything like that I’d love to help out!!