When you think of your amazing Disney vacation, it’s likely you can recall some negative experiences.

After a friend recently asked me if there are any “kid-free” zones in the World, I realized that many negative experiences have to do with cranky kids (yours or other people’s).

Here are three common stressors involving traveling with kids at Disney and how to avoid them.

1. Avoid Strollers

Dodge the deadly wheels whenever possible!

If you are traveling with children, consider avoiding strollers. They are difficult to maneuver, and they’ll slow you down and create traffic jams. Several weeks or even months before (if you can plan that far in advance), begin preparing them for the amount of walking they will have to do. Get a pedometer, and walk around the mall, town, or a local open-air flea market. If this can happen outside in the heat, that’s even better.

Try not to let kids or parents drive you nuts.

Try not to let kids or parents drive you nuts.

If you’re trying to dodge other people’s strollers, avoid stroller parking areas. These are often some of the most congested paths. Plus, if your kid sees that other kids have strollers, they might want one, too. If they don’t know it’s an option, they likely won’t miss it.

It’s impossible to avoid strollers all together, but visiting during times when kids are more likely to be in school will help. Also, try not to get too frustrated with parents and kids with strollers. They’re probably just as frustrated as you are.

2. If you see another child fussing, count your blessings.

Disney World may be the happiest place on earth, but children can still get fussy.

If you see another child fussing, by all means count your blessings.  If you are not in the middle of a meltdown situation at that moment, don’t worry, your time will in all likelihood come eventually.

To prevent your kids from getting fussy, take a note from above and prepare them. Tell them that there will be times that they have to wait in line and they will get tired. Schedule breaks including breaks for meals and perhaps a mid-day break to return to the hotel for a nap or a dip in the pool. These little things can make a big difference in your child’s tolerance for the long lines and the Florida heat.

Taking a mid-day break from the parks can provide much needed rejuvenation to keep going.

Taking a mid-day break from the parks can provide much needed rejuvenation to keep going.

If your child is being good, reward them with a Mickey Ice Cream bar. If you’re not traveling with children, get yourself a Mickey Ice Cream bar!

3. Keep your list of must-do attractions a family secret.

Disney veterans know that tackling a Disney Vacation requires a careful plan and a solid strategy. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this, and some don’t even create a list of must-do items.

You are a Disney fanatic, so you know the secrets. Keep it that way for your sake and for the sanity of others.

Don’t ask people which Mountain was their kids’ favorite, and don’t bring to their attention how much time and money they wasted just to browse gift shops, eat ice cream, and chill at the pool.

Keep your list and the fact that you have a list to yourselves. Tackle your list, and celebrate when you accomplish it. However, be flexible. If you don’t get everything done, know that there’s always next time. Stressing out about what you didn’t accomplish prevents you from celebrating what you did enjoy.

Do you ever get stressed on your Disney vacation?  Advice?
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