Fixing The Six Triggers That Cause Kids To Melt Down At Disney World

There is so much to see and do at Disney World – that is part of the magic of the place. It is truly an escape from the real world and our usual daily routines.

But with all that change and fantasy can come issues. Irritability. Grumpiness. Melt Downs.

Kids, and even adults, can have a hard time dealing with some of the issues that can come up. Let’s take a look at six of the top triggers that can cause melt downs at Disney World, and how you can fix them – or at least minimize their effects.

1 – Heat

If you have been to Disney World before in the summer time, you understand the importance of preparing for the heat. It’s not a dry heat. It’s a humid heat. It can zap the energy out of even the biggest outdoors fans. It can even be dangerous. Serious sunburns and heat strokes are real risks. They can ruin your vacation, or worse. Be sure to wear sun block, even if you don’t normally do so. Wear a hat, and light colored clothing. Take plenty of breaks, and drink plenty of water. You might consider visiting the parks early in the morning, taking a break during the most intense heat and sun of the afternoon, and then returning in the cooler evening hours.

It's easy to become overwhelmed and melt down at Disney World.
It’s easy to become overwhelmed and melt down at Disney World.

2 – Hunger

You are going to be walking a lot. And you are going to smell all kinds of wonderful aromas, from freshly popped popcorn to hamburgers cooking on the grill. All these things will make you hungry. Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast, and consider bringing along snacks like granola bars. Take the time to sit down and enjoy your meals. It’s tempting to grab an ice cream bar as your run from one attraction to another, but you need real food and energy to continue on with the fun.

3 – Crowds

Disney has been doing a better and better job of ensuring their parks are full year round. From special events like marathons and Star Wars weekends to hard ticket parties for Halloween and Christmas, Disney is busy most of the year. Attractions like Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, Toy Story Mania in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom can have seriously long lines on any day of the year. Take advantage of FastPass, and try to visit the most popular, must-do attractions first thing in the day before the lines get too long.

4 – Merchandise

Ah, the temptations of Disney merchandise. You can avoid some of these temptations by not walking into stores. But other times, Disney puts the store at the exit to an attraction and you are forced to walk through a wonderland of beautiful and fun stuff, from plush animals to food to exciting toys. The best offense is a good defense. Talk with your family about souvenirs well before you arrive on Disney property. Make a plan for your souvenir shopping, and set a souvenir budget.

5 – Tiredness

First, you need to accept this simple law of nature: You will not see and do it all on your Disney vacation. It is impossible, so don’t even try. You will just wear yourself and your family out. The heat, walking, and crowds can make anyone tired. Take time to relax and recharge. Consider an extended lunch in an air-conditioned restaurant. Take a mid-day break and hang out at the pool at your Disney Resort Hotel.

6 – Overload

The sights, smells, and sensations of Disney World can overload even the heartiest soul. It is so much to take in. Be sure to take times to relax. Sit on a bench and just watch the people go by. Avoid the areas where parades and fireworks shows take place if you need a break from the goings on.

Deal With The Triggers, Have Fun

Most people have a wonderful Disney World vacation. But you do need to watch out for some issues that can trigger melt downs. Follow the advice above and you are sure to have a terrific vacation.

How do you avoid melt downs at Disney World?