Pictured above is my oldest at 3 years old, back in 2011! It was a magical time, her first time at Disney World. However, there were certainly times were she was overwhelmed and not so happy! Even at the happiest place on earth, children have meltdowns. Today learn, 5 reasons why children meltdown at Disney and how to avoid them.
They are off schedule. This is particularly true if you with younger children in tow who are used to nap times. Being at Disney throws most schedules right out the window. After all, being at an amusement park is not usually part of the daily routine! Be mindful of this when planning your day.
They are hungry. This one can even make adults cranky. Since Disney allows guests to bring coolers into the park, consider packing a lunchbox with snacks. Not only could this save from a meltdown, guests will save time by not having to find and wait in line to buy a snack. When my kids were little they asked for snacks pretty much all the time! This is one you can plan ahead for to and purchase at home before you leave. Pack Mickey Goldfish, Disney gummy snacks and more to add more magic.
They are tired or hot. Little ones may not be able to handle a Disney park from opening to closing, especially in the heat. It is just too long of a day. Instead, watch for your child’s cue when they have had enough. When you start to see the telltale signs of your child being tired, head to the Resort for an afternoon break. Take a nap, or cool down in the Resort pool. Then once refreshed, consider venturing over to Disney Springs for dinner. Planning a mid-day break can help easily avoid meltdowns. To combat the heat, consider a personal mist fan to pack with you. Ducking into a gift shop is a great way to enjoy some A.C. as well while out and about.
Shoes are hurting their feet. One mistake all guests make when heading to Disney World is buying new sneakers or sandals. While most want to look nice on a vacation, new shoes make sense. However, not having time to break in a new shoe can lead to blisters and sore feet. Instead, purchase a month or two ahead to test comfort (could I wear these all day at Disney?) and give time to break them in.
They are bored of waiting. Patience is a big part of Disney during peak seasons. You will wait for the bus, attractions, dining and more. Lines and Disney go together. This can be tough on little ones who just want to move about and have fun. Avoid a meltdown with these 10 Things To Do While You Wait In Line At Disney World.
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