viernes, marzo 24, 2023

Ideas For Disney With Two Youngsters • Kath Eats


Listed below are my suggestions 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: “You could go for 7 days!” “You could take time to relaxation by the pool.” “You could spend your cash this fashion or that!” 

This publish is predicated on our experiences on how WE did Disney. We needed to remain on Disney property, not should drive a automobile, and lower your expenses on parks and meals with a shorter journey. Be happy to share tips about 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 averted 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’ve gotten most likely taken your infants, 2-year-olds, and younger children, however I seemed 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 suggest age 4 and older!

My sister took her household the week earlier than us, and it was fantastic 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 guide
  3. Making a plan
  4. Transportation to the resort
  5. Our resort
  6. The parks
  7. Genie+
  8. Stroller suggestions
  9. What to pack
  10. Eating reservations
  11. Disney with two children ages 4 and 10
  12. Souvenirs

Ideas For Disney With Two Youngsters

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 had been fairly scorching! I obtained 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 might a lot slightly add layers than be melting. I positively suggest going within the winter, spring, or fall when you can! 

The Finest Disney Information guide

My buddy Emily advisable this information guide and I used to be hesitant to get it, however am glad I did. It was an awesome 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 

Though I mentioned I might NOT be planning our journey prematurely, 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 slightly spreadsheet that helped us with a unfastened plan of which rides Birch may like and which of them Mazen would wish to go on. Though I didn’t actually use this spreadsheet as soon as we had been there (I largely used the My Disney Expertise App) it was useful to get all of it in my head! 

Getting To Our Lodge: 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 should convey a automobile 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 had been all drained and we had 4 suitcases and spent about 20 minutes going up and down elevators and escalators to determine learn how to get to terminal B. We ended up discovering the fitting bus and it was FAR! Like miles away. 

As soon as we obtained to terminal B, we had one other exhausting 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’d simply convey a automobile seat and get an Uber! And in case you have older children who don’t want automobile seats, positively 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 Lodge: The Swan Reserve

A part of the rationale I saved laying aside planning a Disney journey was price. I knew the resort alone would price just a few thousand {dollars} as a result of we positively needed to remain on Disney property for the early entry perk. Then I discovered all about journey rewards and I discovered the right resolution: the Swan and Dolphin resorts! These are Marriott resorts which might be on Disney property in order that they have perks like early park entry and bus service however you’ll be able to guide them with factors!! 


The situation of the Swan and Dolphin resorts was good. 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 cherished the ice cream store on the Boardwalk! The one cause I might 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 needed to get a collection. So I ended up reserving a collection 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 good 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 had been good. We had a mini fridge, microwave, and three HUGE TVs. 

Facilities + Swimming pools

For the reason that 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 scorching however lukewarm) and there have been 3 or 4 scorching tubs too. I cherished that that they had just a few in order 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 obtained espresso and breakfast daily at Grounds Café.

The meals was simply so-so, nevertheless it did its job. We additionally introduced cereal and bars from house. If we had identified 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 Lodge 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 vitality positively drained as time handed!

We wished we may have additionally performed 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 obtained pushed again by the airline and we needed to get Birch to mattress! That will have been nice for our first night time. 

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

Hyperlinks to our park weblog posts:

Our Favourite Rides

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

Is Genie+ price it? 

YES. 1,000%. How a lot do you worth your time? Genie+ price us $180 over our 3 days and saved us hours and hours of ready in strains. I might by no means go to Disney with out it (except possibly 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 guide up (we didn’t get on Peter Pan or Slinky Canine Sprint), we obtained on 95% of every thing we needed 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 overlook 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 might select the preferred journey on your loved ones’s “cannot miss” listing first after which select much less essential however high precedence rides as your first of the day for early entry.

As you undergo your day, preserve taking place your priorities listing from most to least essential, keeping track of the instances obtainable. If one thing is getting near whenever you wish to depart the park and also you positively wish to go on it, guide it!

Our first journey and first reservation listing:

  • Magic Kingdom: first rides of the day had been Little Mermaid, Barnstormer, Dumbo. First Genie+ was House 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. Be aware: I might do Slinky as your first Genie+ in order for you 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 by the park primarily based on what was subsequent obtainable. 

Unlocking your subsequent reservation

With Genie+ you’ll be able to guide a journey each 2 hours OR when you go on the journey you’ve gotten booked, it unlocks the following one. For instance, Jungle Cruise was creeping in 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 in a position to preserve going. When you cut up up, you’ll be capable to be extra versatile. This the place having children of various ages actually helped us! 

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

Cellphone 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 typically they wouldn’t scan the fitting particular person.

So midway by our first day I went to customer support and obtained 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 in case you have older children, that might most likely be the best factor to do. 

Particular person Lightning Lane (ILL)

They want a brand new title for this, however ILL is a paid service that’s mainly like utilizing a Genie+ lane for a journey that doesn’t settle for Genie+. The largest and finest rides supply 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 needed to go on each rides and didn’t wish to wait 2-3 hours in line! This price $45 for every journey ($14 x 3 folks) nevertheless it was positively price it. We walked proper onto the rides they usually had been one of the best of the journey. 

Rider Swap

There’s something referred to as Rider Swap 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 brief Genie+ line) and Birch would swap dad and mom on the loading dock. However it actually simply implies that if Mazen needed to journey as soon as with every dad or mum he may. However we nonetheless needed to undergo the road twice. So rider change didn’t actually get us something. Generally we each went with Mazen and different instances only one particular person did to save lots of time (largely at Magic Kingdom the place time was of the essence and reservations had been more durable to get). 

Ought to I convey a stroller to Disney? 

Completely. I’ve heard in case your little one is below the age of 8 it’s a good suggestion. Even when Birch hadn’t needed to journey a lot, it was SO good to have our stroller for our jackets, snacks, water bottles, sanitizer, and so forth., and so forth. 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 (we have now a toddler who likes his stroller lots). Carry your stroller with the most important storage beneath, particularly if you wish to purchase souvenirs. 

There’s a stroller car parking zone outdoors 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 obtained 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 suggest 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 straightforward 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 test it on the airline without spending a dime and saved cash having to hire it. I’m glad we introduced ours! 

Be aware that among the transportation will make you fold your stroller down. This was annoying after we had 4 water bottles and many small issues we needed to maintain on the bus/boat. However not too unhealthy. Simply bear in mind. 

If there’s rain in your forecast, think about a stroller cowl as a result of whilst you can duck right into a theater, your stroller has to take a seat outdoors and get soaked. Carry rain jackets or ponchos too!

What To Pack

Sanitizer and Clorox wipes

The Happiest or Germiest Place On Earth?! Folks had 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 by plenty of sanitizer and in addition used loads of to-go Clorox wipes to scrub off on our telephones, water bottles, and stroller handles earlier than consuming. 


We packed a pouch stuffed with bars, toddler pouches, and crackers that largely Birch ate. Snacks are so costly, even when you simply want one thing small!


Somebody informed me to pack lollipops and this was an awesome concept! Just a few 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 once 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 value. Nonetheless, 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 steel. They want extra bottle fillers round just like the airports have! I solely noticed one close to Canada in Epcot. 

Further 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 guide eating places 60 days out. The day we had been eligible was the day Thomas and I had been up at 3:30 a.m. to fly to Anguilla, so I assumed we’d get our high decisions for positive. Seems everybody will need to have stayed up til midnight as a result of those we needed had been already full at 3:30 a.m.! 

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

We ended up altering ALL of our reservations whereas we had been there. As persons are on the bottom they out of the blue let go of reservations they’ve held onto for weeks and issues open up. We switched our Epcot one 3 times that day! 

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

Disney with children of various ages

Once we began to plan this journey I didn’t know if we must cut up up 2 and a pair of for the whole 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 nearly each journey that Birch did, and Birch was joyful 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 suggestions 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 dad or mum go together 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. 


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

Mazen ended up spending a bit extra by utilizing some extra cash he introduced in his pockets. And Birch obtained to go over throughout a few of his ready time. However a minimum of they didn’t count on it and ask! Birch even mentioned 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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