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Ask It: What is the Best Age for a Kid’s First Disney Trip?

by on October 4, 2017

If you ask any Disney fan, they can tell you when their first trip was to a Disney park. Depending on the age of that trip, they may or may not remember much about it, but you can bet that whatever age, their families remember that trip! There are so many considerations when it comes to planning a kid’s first Disney trip, but is there a perfect age for that first trip? This week, we’re asking you:

What is the best age for a kid’s first Disney trip?

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Voting is live here and on Twitter. Feel free to share your views in the comments, and we’ll have your results here next week on Ask It.

Ask It Results: Is It Okay to Take Kids Out of School for a Disney Vacation?

by on October 4, 2017

Wow! You all certainly turned in your assignment for this week’s Ask It. It is a topic that comes up frequently in discussions as soon as kids enter school. With limited vacation time from school, those times of year tend to have high crowd levels and high prices, and so they aren’t the best times to travel on a Disney vacation. In general, almost everyone realizes that education is important, and that school has to be a priority in the lives of children. But is it the highest priority, or are memories made with families more important? So many people have their own views on this, and we got an amazing amount of comments and votes. With more than 3,600 votes, we have answers to the question:

Is it okay to take kids out of school for a Disney vacation?

Here’s your results.

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Ask It: Is It Okay to Take Kids Out of School for a Disney Vacation?

by on September 27, 2017

It’s Wednesday, and time for another Ask It. This week, it’s a hot-button topic and sure to bring about a lot of discussion. School is back in session, and that makes travel more challenging for parents. There’s many considerations about taking kids out of school–their ages, their academic success, how long you are looking at for a vacation, missing testing or extracurricular activities, and more. From some perspectives, a trip to Disney can be educational, and family time comes first. For others, the cost of taking a child out of school is too high to pay. This week, we want to know what you think:

Is it okay to take kids out of school for a Disney vacation?

  • Yes (85%, 1,017 Votes)
  • No (15%, 177 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,194

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The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your answers next week, and feel to share your views (or your caveats) in the comments.

The Best of Walt Disney World for Grade School Kids

by on August 29, 2017

Welcome back to Part 3 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies and preschoolers. Next up are those fun-loving pirates and princesses, grade school kids (ages 6-12). When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the grade school kids surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Preschoolers

by on August 22, 2017

Welcome back to Part 2 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. Last time we discussed favorites for babies, and next up are the adorable preschoolers. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the preschoolers surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Join Us on Facebook Live Tonight

by on June 1, 2017


You have questions about traveling with children? We have answers.

Join us tonight, June 1, for a Facebook Live event at 7PM Eastern, where our staff will take your questions.

See you then!

 

Wait, Who’s That? – The Lion Guard + Video

by on March 14, 2017

Welcome back to another episode of, “Wait, Who’s That?”

In this series, I talk about brand new Disney characters as well as those characters you haven’t heard about for quite some time.

Today, I give an overview of the animated TV series, “The Lion Guard.”

Enjoy!

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Keeping Kids Happy at Disney Springs

by on December 7, 2016

Back when Disney Springs was Downtown Disney, it was relatively easy to keep a family happy – park the kids at DisneyQuest while you spend an hour speeding through a few shops and then you’re good to go. However, with the major expansion of the Disney Springs nearly complete, there are now many more points of interest in the area for adults, perhaps making it more challenging to keep youngsters engaged. Here are some ideas for keeping little ones occupied at the expanded Disney Springs.

Movies may be your best option for keeping kids occupied for an extended period.

Movies may be your best option for keeping kids occupied for an extended period.

West Side

  • Shopping: The key draws for kids here are the Super Hero Headquarters and Star Wars Galactic Outpost shops. Bear in mind that these are both relatively small shops, with no activities available other than perusing the merchandise. (Rest in Peace D-Street and your Vinylmation coloring and trading stations.) The only other location of much interest for kids is the Candy Cauldron, a vendor of standard Disney sweets. Again, this is a small shop, mostly good for quick sugar acquisition; however, the open kitchen features a picture window from which you can view cast members decorating desserts. If you happen upon a session of fancy apple crafting, this could be interesting for five or six minutes.
  • Dining: West Side Dining holds little special appeal for kids. One point of interest is the interactive screen at the Starbucks location here. Kids can use their hands here to draw on what amounts to a giant MagnaDoodle.
  • Entertainment: Believe it or not, the West Side’s DisneyQuest indoor arcade is still open. While Disney had reported its imminent closing over a year ago, the plan is now to keep DisneyQuest in operation into 2017. That being said, I can’t recommend this as a diversion for the kiddos. DisneyQuest has a steep cover charge ($39 for kids ages 3-9, $48 for 10 and up). Even with one parent/child pair, you’ll be dropping nearly $100 for some sadly outdated entertainment in an environment that I’ve found to be lacking in Disney’s usual cleanliness. Other more promising options include the AMC movie theater and Splitsville Bowling Lanes. Both these options are reliable ways to beat the heat or pass the time on a rainy day. If the weather is good, you can opt for the Characters In Flight balloon experience, which offers panoramic views of all of Disney World. With Characters In Flight, bear in mind that you may have to hold a short child in order for them to have viable sight lines.

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Indoor Children’s Play Areas in Epcot

by on October 3, 2016

As much as I love walking around the parks, sometimes you just need an air conditioned retreat. With kids in tow, it can be even more imperative to escape indoors. And though it’s typically not considered the most kid friendly of the Walt Disney World parks, Epcot has plenty of great indoor play areas for kids of all ages to let loose. If you’re looking for a reprieve from that Florida heat, humidity, sun, or even an afternoon rain shower, here are some great locations in Epcot for kids to burn off some excess energy.

Home of the Figment-centric interactive games

ImageWorks – home of the Figment-centric interactive games

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Walt Disney World Safety Tips for Parents

by on September 14, 2016

© Sarah GraffamDisney World is a place to get caught up in the magic, and this magic creates a sense of comfort and safety. It’s reasonable to enjoy this carefree feeling to a certain degree. But keeping in mind some safety tips as well as doing some safety planning ahead of time is well worth the effort—because things don’t always go as planned.

The primary focus of this article is child safety tips for parents of younger children, but many of these apply to all “kids” both young and old.

Safety planning should start well before your trip to Disney World because once you enter the park, the attention of parents and kids alike will almost certainly be divided.

So let’s look at some tips to plan ahead for safety.

Strike a Pose

If your family is anything like mine, you’ll take lots of family photos during your Disney vacation. Whether you take your own pictures, take advantage of the many PhotoPass photographers in the parks, or both, these pictures are one of the best ways to make family memories.

In addition to those memory-making photos, there is another photo you should take every day that has a more practical purpose. Use your smart phone to take a picture of the kids each morning (or each change of clothes if you break in the afternoon) where you can clearly see their faces and full attire. If your child should get separated from you, this photo can easily be shown or emailed to those helping to search.

Bonus: After our trip, these photos taken in our resort room, at the bus stop, or in line at rope drop have often been added to our official photo album. Without the usual “say cheese” for these photos, we have some adorable pictures of our kids waking up to another exciting day at Disney World.

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