My wife and I will be taking our 3.5 year old daughter to Walt Disney World this spring. We have the park hopper passes and access to theoretically everything, but I'm sure that's way too much to do.

Does anybody have advice on things to bring, things to do while there, things to avoid or watch out for, etc.? We're looking to make this Disney World trip a memorable family vacation for our daughter. She is very excited to see Mickey Mouse! And the princesses, too... can't forget about the princesses. :-)

asked 20 Apr '10, 22:48

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Chris W. Rea
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We've been to Disneyland 3 times, it's smaller than Disneyworld, but some of tips might work out in the bigger park as well:

  • We took a big stroller, in our case a Wike (scroll down to see the stroller conversion kit). Aside from giving our daughter a place to rest if necessary, or stay warm when we were out at night, it let us carry a lot of stuff around easily.

  • Our daughter loves all the Disney movies, so she loved meeting all the princesses and other characters. We enjoyed dressing her up as Snow White one year, Alice another, and it was fun when the "real" characters noticed her. (She got a hug from Dopey when she was dressed as Snow White.)

  • The Fast Passes are great, pick one up for a ride and then come back at the time it tells you to skip most of the line. I don't know about Disney World, but if the adults are going on the bigger rides, you can sometimes skip a lot of the line by going solo.


answered 22 Apr '10, 03:38

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We will have a stroller with us, but we're taking the smaller collapsible one. Breakfast with the princesses is also scheduled :-) Thanks!

(22 Apr '10, 19:57) Chris W. Rea

These were excellent tips - thanks! Our trip was loads of fun. One thing I also found handy was a Walt Disney World maps application for my iPhone ... made it easy to locate the nearest washroom when we needed one!

(12 May '10, 23:20) Chris W. Rea

If they offer the virtual line gadget, I recommend that. It saves you SO MUCH time standing in line. You still have to wait, but you can be doing other things in other places while you wait.


answered 21 Apr '10, 00:01

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+1 - When my Mom and I took my older boys 6 years ago, I Loooooved the virtual line thing.

(21 Apr '10, 06:48) Neen

Thanks! We'll look out for it.

(22 Apr '10, 19:56) Chris W. Rea

Fast Pass was helpful. Saved us hours!

(12 May '10, 23:20) Chris W. Rea

Just be advised that they have just started the major Fantasyland renovation. Ariel's Grotto and Pooh's Playful Spot are gone, and Mickey's ToonTown Fair is going soon.

A good website to check out for what is going to be renovated and what may or may not be closed is

Plan to go to the parks in the morning, then go back to the hotel for decompression/naptime. You can always go back to the parks later.


answered 01 Aug '10, 02:51

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