5 tips for bringing a 3yr old to Disney World

The best part about going on a Disney World Vacation is seeing how excited other people are, especially your kids. The magic of Disney is really there for the 3 year olds because they have a better understanding of characters and vacation and excitement- plus they love all the little details that we glaze over as adults.

I’ve been taking the kids to Disney World since they were babies, and 3 is definitely one of the fun-est (I made up a word) ages for them to be at Disney World.

So let’s talk about some tips that will make this vacation extra memorable!

Looking for stuff for babies or 2 yr olds instead? We’ve got you covered!

Before we begin


Look- Mom, Dad, Auntie, Uncle, Caregiver… Imma start this out with a heart to heart.

I need you to have patience with yourself and you kid. You see, Disney World is not quick, and I wouldn’t really call it easy either. You’ve got to wait in lines, take buses and skyliners, and go through crowds of people who are all trying to enjoy their vacation just like you are.

Please- remember to pack the patience.

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Want the Best Character Pictures Ever?

Meeting Characters is one of the best parts about going to Disney World and you can do it a few ways.

Get a fastpass (but not all meets have a fastpass+ and even then, you could wait up to 20 minutes, but more like 10)
– Go to Character Meals where you can meet 3-5 characters while you eat.
-Go to a special additional ticket event like the Halloween and Christmas Party.
– Stand in line at the parks to meet characters

Personally, for the best pictures, it’s been a combination of B and D (because the lighting in the character meets is pretty rough)
But with a toddler, I really prefer to go to character meals!

This way, you can meet most characters more than once, and you get to do it in a relaxed and easy way!

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Play, play, play all day!

These kiddos- they aren’t meant to be in a stroller and in lines all day. So let them play! Disney World is for having fun.

There’s so many great play places around the parks and resorts– you can look on the map, leave it up to chance, or check out my recommendations for play areas.

Your Hot then your cold, your yes then your no

Ya know what- I love orlando, and I love Disney, but the weather here is wack!

I’ll plan for a hot day and it rains cats and dogs. I’ll plan for a cold day and it’s hot. I felt so bad the other day at Epcot, a mom with a baby that was only a few months old had to go buy all new clothing at the store because we had a cold snap come in and it dropped from a comfortable 75 degrees to 45 overnight. But then we have days where it’s 75 outside and then 100 the next. And the summer can be the absolutely worst for this!

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Bring clothing for all types of weather and pack the sweater, the poncho and at least 2 pairs of shoes. Young kids will be the first to let you know how upset they are that they have a blister!

Also, bring changes of clothes because there’s splash pad areas hidden around Disney that the kids will want to enjoy.

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Life is just better when you get carried everywhere


Look, I just want to let it be known to the universe (cough cough Disney World) that the stroller that you rent at the parks are awful.
They are these giant clunky plastic things meant for easy cleaning and constant use.

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Honestly, the mall has better strollers that you rent for 5 dollars, and Disney is going to charge you. Premium price of 30 PER DAY to rent these things that are meant for a 5 year old.

Please, bring, rent, or buy from the store in Orlando, a toddler stroller that is comfortable for you and for the baby!

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What Else?

There’s so much more to bringing a toddler to Disney and we’ve got you covered! You can check out our Toddler section and get lots of great tips, ideas, and plans for making this vacation one you’ll remember forever (and not because you spilled your coffee on Main Street or lost one of your kids #realtalk)

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