Disney with an 18-month-old.

Doing Disney with a toddler is so different than doing Disney without one. But good different. When we went to Walt Disney World last summer, I was in my first trimester and super sick all the time, so the planning was lacking on my part. It was still one of my best memories with the monkey, even with all the puking. planningdisneyHere are some things that we did that worked out with 18 month old Elijah:
Let the monkey make the decisions. Waiting in line for 45 minutes, even if it is a ride you know your monkey will love, is not the best idea. Toddlers are short and can duck and get out of lines super quick, while a human over 3 feet tall probably can’t.  So if your monkey sees something that he wants to look at, watch, touch, or just hang out next to, let him.

When we were leaving the park for nap, we ran into the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party, and it was one of the best parts of our trip.  Minnie blew him a kiss and he danced with Mickey.

When we were leaving the park for nap, we ran into the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party, and it was one of the best parts of our trip. Minnie blew him a kiss and he danced with Mickey.

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Planning for Disney–6 months out.

It’s no secret that we are in love with Walt Disney World.  We have a family wedding in October just a couple hours away from Disney World, so of course we are going to stay a few days extra to hit up the most magical place on earth!  Eli’s first trip was last summer, and it was the best.  So we are so excited to go again.

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Planning for Disney World is a huge task.  Really fun, but huge.  RJ loves to plan it too, so we do it as a joint effort.  I’m not going to blog about the obvious stuff: hotel, purchasing park tickets, etc.  But a major part of the planning for Disney is the food!  We make all our reservations on the website, and it is super easy.  You just plug in the date, meal, how much you’re willing to spend, and it gives you all the available options.  Reservations can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.  (This may be obvious, but it is best to figure out what days you will be in what park, and then base your dining reservations around that.)  And with little ones, character meals are important and fun.

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Eli can’t wait to visit disney world.

Elijah found a magic kingdom map from our last trip to Disney. After he attempted to eat a few stickers, he decided to cuddle the map. I guess it’s easier for him to visualize being on main street that way.

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