Suggestions For Disney With Two Children • Kath Eats


Listed below are my ideas for Disney with two children, ages 4 and 10, together with the place we stayed, Genie+, eating, journey day, strollers, and what to convey to the parks. 


I do know there are many opinions on how to do Disney: “It’s essential to go for 7 days!” “It’s essential to take time to relaxation by the pool.” “It’s essential to spend your cash this fashion or that!” 

This publish relies on our experiences on how WE did Disney. We wished to remain on Disney property, not need to drive a automotive, and lower your expenses on parks and meals with a shorter journey. Be at liberty to share recommendations on the way you deliberate your go to within the feedback : ) 


I used to be so overwhelmed by the considered going to Disney with two children that I prevented planning the journey for a very long time. At one level I used to be going to take Mazen (simply the 2 of us), however I postponed the journey so lengthy that Birch was sufficiently old! 

I do know lots of you may have most likely taken your infants, 2-year-olds, and younger children, however I appeared round at moms altering diapers and with napping infants on their chests and was so glad we didn’t come when Birch was a child. I’d advocate age 4 and older!

My sister took her household the week earlier than us, and it was great to have the ability to ask her questions. So be at liberty to go away a remark to ask me a selected query that I don’t reply on this publish! 

What’s on this publish:

  1. Disney within the winter
  2. Our information ebook
  3. Making a plan
  4. Transportation to the resort
  5. Our resort
  6. The parks
  7. Genie+
  8. Stroller ideas
  9. What to pack
  10. Eating reservations
  11. Disney with two children ages 4 and 10
  12. Souvenirs

Suggestions For Disney With Two Children

Disney In The Winter

I completely can’t think about Disney World within the summertime. We went the primary week of February and had two days within the low 80s and we have been fairly sizzling! I received sunburned on my shoulders, and we wanted hats and sun shades.

These of you who go in July and August: you might be very tolerant people.

Whereas we did have one colder day, I’d a lot relatively add layers than be melting. I undoubtedly advocate going within the winter, spring, or fall in case you can! 

The Greatest Disney Information ebook

My good friend Emily really helpful this information ebook and I used to be hesitant to get it, however am glad I did. It was an ideal overview and helped clarify all of the terminology like Genie+ and restaurant suggestions. I appreciated having the ability to spotlight the precedence rides.

I skimmed the entire thing months earlier than our journey and earmarked pages I assumed I’d return to. Then I learn simply these pages on the parks just a few days earlier than. 

Plan your journey priorities 

Regardless that I stated I’d NOT be planning our journey upfront, just a few days earlier than we left, Thomas and I spent a Sunday morning mapping out our three days on the parks.

I made a bit of spreadsheet that helped us with a unfastened plan of which rides Birch would possibly like and which of them Mazen would wish to go on. Regardless that I didn’t actually use this spreadsheet as soon as we have been there (I principally used the My Disney Expertise App) it was useful to get all of it in my head! 

Getting To Our Resort: The Sunshine Flyer

We booked a bus referred to as The Sunshine Flyer to get us to and from our resort. This meant we didn’t need to convey a automotive seat on the journey for Birch which was one much less factor to fret about. The associated fee was $104 for us spherical journey which I assumed was fairly affordable. 

We flew into the Jet Blue terminal and had the toughest time discovering the fitting place to get us to the older terminal B to get to the Sunshine Flyer. We have been all drained and we had 4 suitcases and spent about 20 minutes going up and down elevators and escalators to determine methods to get to terminal B. We ended up discovering the fitting bus and it was FAR! Like miles away. 

As soon as we received to terminal B, we had one other onerous time discovering the Sunshine Flyer space. After which we needed to wait about 20 minutes for the bus itself. 

All this to say, subsequent time I would simply convey a automotive seat and get an Uber! And when you have older children who don’t want automotive seats, undoubtedly simply get an Uber or Lyft. 

As soon as on the bus, it was about half-hour to our resort. They’d classic cartoon motion pictures enjoying for the children which was good. 

Our Resort: The Swan Reserve

A part of the explanation I stored laying aside planning a Disney journey was value. I knew the resort alone would value just a few thousand {dollars} as a result of we undoubtedly wished to remain on Disney property for the early entry perk. Then I realized all about journey rewards and I discovered the proper resolution: the Swan and Dolphin inns! These are Marriott inns which might be on Disney property so that they have perks like early park entry and bus service however you’ll be able to ebook them with factors!! 

Location

The placement of the Swan and Dolphin inns was excellent. They’re “Epcot resorts” so they’re walkable to Epcot and a fast boat journey to Hollywood Studios. They’re additionally subsequent to the Boardwalk, in order that opened up some extra walkable eating places. We beloved the ice cream store on the Boardwalk! The one motive I’d say to not keep right here is in case you are ONLY going to do Magic Kingdom. I’d keep at a resort on the Monorail if that’s the case.

Our Suite

Whereas I had initially utilized for a Marriott Bonvoy card hoping to make use of these factors on this journey, we determined we actually wished to get a set. So I ended up reserving a set on the Swan Reserve with 192,000 Chase factors (that’s $2,400 for 4 nights). (Study extra about journey rewards right here!) 

Our suite was excellent for us!

We had an enormous eating desk, a fold-out couch in a single room for the boys, and a king mattress in one other room for us. The lavatory was very fashionable and good with a rain bathe! 

The resort is new (2021) and all of the options have been good. We had a mini fridge, microwave, and three HUGE TVs. 

Facilities + Swimming pools

Because the Swan, Dolphin, and Swan Reserve are all a part of the identical assortment, you should use any pool or amenity you need. We took 3 visits to the Dolphin Grotto Pool, which was simply throughout the road. It was heated (not sizzling however lukewarm) and there have been 3 or 4 sizzling tubs too. I beloved that they’d just a few so that they didn’t get too crowded on the cooler days. 

Dinner at Cabana

We had our first dinner by the pool at Cabana. Our meals was fairly good. And the muddled Watermelon and Cucumber Spicy Marg was glorious! 

Grounds Café

We received espresso and breakfast on daily basis at Grounds Café.

The meals was simply so-so, however it did its job. We additionally introduced cereal and bars from dwelling. If we had recognized there was a microwave we might have introduced oatmeal too!  

The in a single day oats was fairly good!

Transportation to the Parks

The resort has buses to all of the parks, however we solely took one to Magic Kingdom. It was a few 10-minute journey. 

We walked to Epcot! It took about 12 minutes.

We took a ship from the entrance of the Dolphin Resort to Hollywood Studios. The boat journey was about 8 minutes. 

The Parks

We had 3 days to plan and ended up selecting Magic Kingdom first, Epcot second, and Hollywood third. I used to be glad we did this order as a result of they went from most to least intense and our power undoubtedly drained as time handed!

We wished we may have additionally achieved Animal Kingdom, however we determined to prioritize location over bus journey. We additionally didn’t get to Disney Springs as a result of our flight time received pushed again by the airline and we needed to get Birch to mattress! That might have been nice for our first night time. 

I do know lots of people do an extended Disney journey and advocate planning down time for swimming pools. As a result of the inns and meals have been very costly, we selected a shorter journey and it was excellent. I’d relatively do a shorter journey each 2 years than an extended journey each 4. We have been fairly worn out after 3 days! 

Hyperlinks to our park weblog posts:

Our Favourite Rides

  • Mazen, age 10, beloved Rock ’n’ Curler Coaster, Smugglers, Guardians, Thunder Railroad, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Birch, age 4, beloved Nemo, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Small World, Individuals Mover, Alien Saucers
  • Kath, age 40, beloved Guardians, Rise of the Resistance, Area Mountain, Frozen, Remy, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Thomas, age 40, beloved Thunder Railroad, Remy, Guardians, Rock ’n’ Curler Coaster

Is Genie+ price it? 

YES. 1,000%. How a lot do you worth your time? Genie+ value us $180 over our 3 days and saved us hours and hours of ready in strains. I’d by no means go to Disney with out it (except perhaps you’re a group of fifty excessive schoolers going collectively). 

The entire system wasn’t as scary as I assumed it will be. Whereas among the hottest rides did ebook up (we didn’t get on Peter Pan or Slinky Canine Sprint), we received on 95% of the whole lot we wished to go on with out ready greater than 10 minutes for any Genie+ line. 

Every day I used to be up by 6:30 a.m. and set an alarm on my telephone for six:45 so I wouldn’t neglect to do our Genie+ first reservation of the day. I bought Genie+ for 4 and at 7:00 a.m. booked our first journey.

I’d select the most well-liked journey on your loved ones’s “cannot miss” listing first after which select much less vital however high precedence rides as your first of the day for early entry.

As you undergo your day, hold happening your priorities listing from most to least vital, keeping track of the instances accessible. If one thing is getting near while you wish to go away the park and also you undoubtedly wish to go on it, ebook it!

Our first journey and first reservation listing:

  • Magic Kingdom: first rides of the day have been Little Mermaid, Barnstormer, Dumbo. First Genie+ was Area Mountain. 
  • Epcot: first journey of the day was Remy. First Genie+ was Frozen (at 11:40!) 
  • Hollywood: first journey of the day was Alien Saucers. First Genie+ was Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway. Notice: I’d do Slinky as your first Genie+ if you would like that one! This was a mistake for us. 

The draw back to Genie+ is you’ll do extra strolling forwards and backwards throughout the park to get to your subsequent reservation, BUT this didn’t take so long as we thought. We solely needed to cross a park for a reservation time a couple of times. More often than not I may plan our route via the park primarily based on what was subsequent accessible. 

Unlocking your subsequent reservation

With Genie+ you’ll be able to ebook a journey each 2 hours OR in case you go on the journey you may have booked, it unlocks the subsequent one. For instance, Jungle Cruise was creeping in the direction of the 7:00 hour at 11:25 a.m. So I went forward and booked 2 of us on that for 7:15 p.m. which might find yourself being our final journey of the day. This held up two of our G+ slots for two hours, however then I used to be capable of hold going. If you happen to break up up, you’ll be capable to be extra versatile. This the place having children of various ages actually helped us! 

A number of the time, when the 4 of us went on a journey I’d make the subsequent reservation whereas in line. Typically I may do one thing subsequent door immediately and we’d stroll proper on. Typically I reserved one thing 2 hours out and we did one thing like lunch or a present till the time got here up. 

Telephone App vs. Swipe Playing cards vs. Magic Bands

We began our day with the telephone app which was a bit wonky at instances. The passes sit in your telephone’s pockets and generally they wouldn’t scan the fitting particular person.

So midway via our first day I went to customer support and received us 4 scan playing cards. These are like bank cards you faucet on the lightning lane scanners. They labored nice! We every had a special Disney character so we knew who was who.

We determined to not pay for Magic Bands, however when you have older children, that might most likely be the simplest factor to do. 

Particular person Lightning Lane (ILL)

They want a brand new title for this, however ILL is a paid service that’s principally like utilizing a Genie+ lane for a journey that doesn’t settle for Genie+. The most important and greatest rides provide ILL for buy. Sure it’s annoying to pay AGAIN, however these rides are price it! 

We purchased it for Guardians of the Galaxy and Rise of the Resistance as a result of we wished to go on each rides and didn’t wish to wait 2-3 hours in line! This value $45 for every journey ($14 x 3 folks) however it was undoubtedly price it. We walked proper onto the rides and so they have been the very best of the journey. 

Rider Change

There’s something referred to as Rider Change the place they permit dad and mom ready with babies to go on the journey again to again. I assumed this is able to imply we’d solely have to attend within the line as soon as (the quick Genie+ line) and Birch would swap dad and mom on the loading dock. But it surely actually simply implies that if Mazen wished to journey as soon as with every mum or dad he may. However we nonetheless needed to undergo the road twice. So rider change didn’t actually get us something. Typically we each went with Mazen and different instances only one particular person did to avoid wasting time (principally at Magic Kingdom the place time was of the essence and reservations have been more durable to get). 

Ought to I convey a stroller to Disney? 

Completely. I’ve heard in case your little one is underneath the age of 8 it’s a good suggestion. Even when Birch hadn’t wished to journey a lot, it was SO good to have our stroller for our jackets, snacks, water bottles, sanitizer, and many others., and many others. We had a lot stuff the stroller was extra for the stuff than the kid! However the little one used the stroller the entire time (now we have a toddler who likes his stroller rather a lot). Convey your stroller with the most important storage beneath, particularly if you wish to purchase souvenirs. 

There’s a stroller parking zone exterior of every journey, and dozens of strollers lined up. Be ready to go away it, and don’t put something in it you’d be unhappy if it received stolen. I wore my Lululemon fanny pack with a bank card, our Genie+ playing cards, sanitizer, and my sun shades throughout all of the rides. 

I’d additionally advocate a stroller marker like a colourful ribbon that will help you spot it within the crowd. I had a brilliant purple water bottle that made our simple to identify. 

My sister rented a double stroller down there and was proud of that, however we ended up bringing ours as a result of we may examine it on the airline free of charge and saved cash having to hire it. I’m glad we introduced ours! 

Notice that among the transportation will make you fold your stroller down. This was annoying once we had 4 water bottles and plenty of small issues we needed to maintain on the bus/boat. However not too dangerous. Simply remember. 

If there’s rain in your forecast, take into account a stroller cowl as a result of when you can duck right into a theater, your stroller has to sit down exterior and get soaked. Convey rain jackets or ponchos too!

What To Pack

Sanitizer and Clorox wipes

The Happiest or Germiest Place On Earth?! Individuals have been in every single place and I hated the rides you needed to contact a joystick or steering wheel pondering of everybody who additionally touched it! We went via a lot of sanitizer and in addition used loads of to-go Clorox wipes to wash off on our telephones, water bottles, and stroller handles earlier than consuming. 

Snacks

We packed a pouch filled with bars, toddler pouches, and crackers that principally Birch ate. Snacks are so costly, even in case you simply want one thing small!

Lollipops

Somebody instructed me to pack lollipops and this was an ideal thought! A number of instances Birch was getting grumpy about one thing or needed to wait whereas Mazen rode a journey, and a lollipop cheered him proper up! 

A change of garments for toddlers and layers 

You by no means know after they’re going to dump a drink down the entrance of their shirt….

And the eating places’ air con was fairly chilly! 

Water bottles

In fact you’ll wish to convey water. I can’t stand paying for bottled water due to the waste and price. Nevertheless, we discovered at Magic Kingdom there weren’t good locations to fill them, so we did find yourself shopping for some water. The water fountains tasted like metallic. They want extra bottle fillers round just like the airports have! I solely noticed one close to Canada in Epcot. 

Additional charger

We introduced a conveyable charger that was helpful at Magic Kingdom when my telephone began to die at 6 p.m. We didn’t want it the opposite days although. 

Eating Reservations

Eating reservations are a giant deal at Disney as a result of a lot of the service eating places require them. You can begin to ebook eating places 60 days out. The day we have been eligible was the day Thomas and I have been up at 3:30 a.m. to fly to Anguilla, so I assumed we’d get our high selections for certain. Seems everybody should have stayed up til midnight as a result of those we wished have been already full at 3:30 a.m.! 

I used to be stressing out about eating till I consulted with Thomas who stated “We aren’t going to Disney for the meals.” He was proper and all of the stress was gone. 

We ended up altering ALL of our reservations whereas we have been there. As individuals are on the bottom they all of a sudden let go of reservations they’ve held onto for weeks and issues open up. We switched our Epcot one thrice that day! 

Don’t sweat the reservations. We didn’t actually assume any of the meals was that nice, and the very best meal we had was at Spice Street Desk at Morocco at Epcot and we received that resy 10 minutes earlier than we went in! 

Disney with children of various ages

After we began to plan this journey I didn’t know if we must break up up 2 and a pair of for the complete day or if we might be capable to do most issues as a household. Seems that regardless of our children’ six-year age hole, we did most issues as a household. Mazen went on virtually each journey that Birch did, and Birch was blissful to sit back whereas he waited on Mazen or us to journey among the thrill rides. He didn’t appear to note he was ready (and the few instances he did we discovered some nice leisure, just like the mist machine or a snack). 

Listed below are my ideas for going with ages 4 and 10:

  • Alternate rides so that you’re doing a younger one and an older one each different journey. 
  • E-book your Genie+ 2 and a pair of so that you do 2 thrill rides and a pair of kiddie rides and the dad and mom swap. 
  • For thrill rides, have one mum or dad go along with the older little one whereas the opposite waits with the stroller. Then change. Most rides took about 15-20 minutes to undergo begin to end with Guardians being about half-hour and the longest. 
  • Discover reveals for the infant to observe whereas the older is on the fun rides. 

Souvenirs

My sister and I every gave our nieces and nephews a $50 present card to Disney for Christmas. Thomas and I defined to the boys that they’d $50 to spend and to decide on correctly. When the present card was gone, that was the top of their present store experiences. 

Mazen ended up spending a bit extra through the use of some more money he introduced in his pockets. And Birch received to go over throughout a few of his ready time. However no less than they didn’t anticipate it and ask! Birch even stated to me at one level “I’m going to go on this store simply to look.” I feel they every ended up with about $100 price of issues. 

That’s a wrap!



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