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natenapril
05-14-2008, 11:21 AM
So my DH found out he has to outprocess the week we are going to DL!! Which leaves me with 3 kiddos alone (ages, 10,5, and, 3):scared1: .

My oldest loves Splash Mtn but my younger 2 will not ride it. Can she go on it in the single rider line while we wait?
Has anyone here gone with so 3 kiddos by themselves and survived?
I will take all the advice I can get!! I am still a little bummed he won't be there to see the kids at DL. I now I can't ride Indie:headache:

davidsprincess
05-14-2008, 11:29 AM
I am sure that you have already thought of this, but is there anyone that could go with you? Friend, family member, grandma/grandpa?

Could your oldest help out with the youngest? I am sure that your DD will be albe to do the single rider option, but don't quote me on that. Ask a CM at the rides and find out.

There has to be others on this board that have gone by themselves with their kids and survived to tell the tale. You just might have to utilize that down time in the afternoon back at the hotel for yourself and not just the kids! Keep your chin up and I am so sorry that DH can't go with you. Can you post pone your trip for a few days and go when he can come with you?

JenDisneylandlver
05-14-2008, 11:31 AM
Sounds like a task, but I'm sure you'll be fine. Plan a little more then you were going to, take breaks, and try to have fun! :)

natenapril
05-14-2008, 11:52 AM
I am sure that you have already thought of this, but is there anyone that could go with you? Friend, family member, grandma/grandpa?

Could your oldest help out with the youngest? I am sure that your DD will be albe to do the single rider option, but don't quote me on that. Ask a CM at the rides and find out.

There has to be others on this board that have gone by themselves with their kids and survived to tell the tale. You just might have to utilize that down time in the afternoon back at the hotel for yourself and not just the kids! Keep your chin up and I am so sorry that DH can't go with you. Can you post pone your trip for a few days and go when he can come with you?


We live In CA for now and my family are all in Ohio. No one can take leave at the last minute and the plane ticket would cost my first born LOL.

My older DD is a big help but I know she has been looking forward to going to Dl for awhile and I want to make sure she gets to do as much as possible.

We can't postpone because we are headed back to Alaska shortly after our trip to DL!

If anyone else is there Memorial week I will be the crazy lady with 3 kiddos!

natenapril
05-14-2008, 11:55 AM
Sounds like a task, but I'm sure you'll be fine. Plan a little more then you were going to, take breaks, and try to have fun! :)

THanks! I hope that I can still make this a good memory for the my little ones. We shall see. My 3 year old son is quite the hanful right now. Rambunctious is the nice word for him;)

TiredX2
05-14-2008, 12:14 PM
We live In CA for now and my family are all in Ohio. No one can take leave at the last minute and the plane ticket would cost my first born LOL.

My older DD is a big help but I know she has been looking forward to going to Dl for awhile and I want to make sure she gets to do as much as possible.

We can't postpone because we are headed back to Alaska shortly after our trip to DL!

If anyone else is there Memorial week I will be the crazy lady with 3 kiddos!

Do you have a teenaged babysitter? It might be worth it (to you) to pay for their ticket/r&b to have the extra help. You could even set it up so they only needed to help you part of the day.

cccdisney
05-14-2008, 12:40 PM
Your 10 yr old daughter can ride attractions alone. I have a DD10 and DS8 and when we were there in March I got sick and spent a day in the hotel room. Because my dh had the 2 yr old he couldn't ride all the rides they wanted to. My older two will ride ANYTHING. So they rode TOT, California Screamin, Space Mt, Splash, Indy - all alone (well as a pair together). I think the rule is 7 yrs and older can ride without an adult. Of course a lot also depends on your child's maturity level and what YOU are comfortable with! ;)

MATTERHORN
05-14-2008, 01:52 PM
I go all the time with my three kiddos by myself and they were much smaller than yours. You will be fine!!! Trust me!! Atleast your oldest is able to help you out a bit. When I started going alone, mine were 5, 2.5 and 2 months!!! Those were some of my best trips.

Now my oldest is 7 and able to single ride quite a bit. She does go on Splash and California Screamin by herself. I just wait at the single rider entrance with the other two. And my oldest also knows that she will not get to ride as many bigger rides when this is the situation. I explain to her ahead of time and she is fine with it.

Some tips that help a lot, take advantage of fastpass and baby swap for rides that don't have single rider lines. Also when I go alone, a doubel stroller is a must. Not sure where you are staying but it makes my life a MILLION times easier to stay across the street rather than deal with the kids, a double stroller, and the shuttle. Also I eat more sit down meals because it's easier than trying to carry all the food and wrangle the little ones.

Mine though, were a lot smaller then and couldn't help me as much as yours can!! You will be fine, and you will have a FABULOUS time with the kids. Go into it with a can do attitude and all will be well.

Andrea

natenapril
05-14-2008, 03:20 PM
Do you have a teenaged babysitter? It might be worth it (to you) to pay for their ticket/r&b to have the extra help. You could even set it up so they only needed to help you part of the day.

Nope. We just moved here about 7 months ago and nobody to invite. Good idea though.:thumbsup2

natenapril
05-14-2008, 03:23 PM
Your 10 yr old daughter can ride attractions alone. I have a DD10 and DS8 and when we were there in March I got sick and spent a day in the hotel room. Because my dh had the 2 yr old he couldn't ride all the rides they wanted to. My older two will ride ANYTHING. So they rode TOT, California Screamin, Space Mt, Splash, Indy - all alone (well as a pair together). I think the rule is 7 yrs and older can ride without an adult. Of course a lot also depends on your child's maturity level and what YOU are comfortable with! ;)

Thanks! I was hoping she could go on rides alone. She is almost 11 and mature for her age. She is ging to be happy to hear this.

Amy&Dan
05-14-2008, 03:29 PM
I think you'll be fine. Given the age of your oldest, she's not that much younger than taking a teenager. I am sorry your husband cannot go however!

One suggestion that may or may not be something you would consider, the Grand Californian has a kids club. If your oldest doesn't want to ride alone, maybe you could put the two younger ones in that and you and she could go do a few things yourselves one afternoon.

If that isn't a possiblity, than the single rider lines will be great, Splash Mountain in particular. YOu and the younger ones can go right there with her, see her load on the log and then be right there when she gets off.

natenapril
05-14-2008, 03:30 PM
I go all the time with my three kiddos by myself and they were much smaller than yours. You will be fine!!! Trust me!! Atleast your oldest is able to help you out a bit. When I started going alone, mine were 5, 2.5 and 2 months!!! Those were some of my best trips.

Now my oldest is 7 and able to single ride quite a bit. She does go on Splash and California Screamin by herself. I just wait at the single rider entrance with the other two. And my oldest also knows that she will not get to ride as many bigger rides when this is the situation. I explain to her ahead of time and she is fine with it.

Some tips that help a lot, take advantage of fastpass and baby swap for rides that don't have single rider lines. Also when I go alone, a doubel stroller is a must. Not sure where you are staying but it makes my life a MILLION times easier to stay across the street rather than deal with the kids, a double stroller, and the shuttle. Also I eat more sit down meals because it's easier than trying to carry all the food and wrangle the little ones.

Mine though, were a lot smaller then and couldn't help me as much as yours can!! You will be fine, and you will have a FABULOUS time with the kids. Go into it with a can do attitude and all will be well.

Andrea


Thanks Andrea. I am trying to stay positive! It's nice to hear other moms have survived:laughing:
We are staying at Hojos and I will be bringing my Volo stroller with me. My 5 yr old and 3 yr old took turns when we went in December.

I am going to try to book a breakfast and lunch tomorrow. We were going to wing it but now we are going to have a few plans!

Jenn1116
05-14-2008, 03:31 PM
I'm wondering if there are DISers who will be there at the same time as you, and might be willing to meet up with you? hmmm...

vbecky
05-14-2008, 04:16 PM
I feel your anxiety mine aren't little little I have a 14 & 10 year old boys but this Aug. will be my first time going with them without DH. I am though really looking forward to it just being mom and sons trip! My oldest already knows that there might be some rides he has to sit by himself for we prob. can't all 3 fit in seat but he is fine with that. I am sure you will be just fine and afterall you will be in DL so everything is better!

kc10family
05-14-2008, 04:25 PM
So my DH found out he has to outprocess the week we are going to DL!! Which leaves me with 3 kiddos alone (ages, 10,5, and, 3):scared1: .

My oldest loves Splash Mtn but my younger 2 will not ride it. Can she go on it in the single rider line while we wait?
Has anyone here gone with so 3 kiddos by themselves and survived?
I will take all the advice I can get!! I am still a little bummed he won't be there to see the kids at DL. I now I can't ride Indie:headache:

Is he outprocessing for deployment or PCS?
If it's PCS, then he can try to make arragnments to change the dates. If it's deployment he might be able to have his commander make an agreement with him that he would need to do things before he left (things he can do alone and not with the group) and cut his time with you short and fly back from DL.
I would give him different ideas and see if he will take that up with his boss.

Best of luck.

AStamm
05-14-2008, 04:28 PM
Does anyone know if there are any babysitting services available in one of the DL hotels? I know WDW has Neverland at the GF. I there is one of these services available it would be an extra special treat to drop off the two younger ones there and spend a few hours alone with DD10 as a thank-you for being patient and helping out with the youngest.

brenda1966
05-14-2008, 04:57 PM
I think to use the babysitting services at the DL hotels, you'd probably have to be staying there.

But I'm wondering if there are any local babysitting services that come to the good neighbor hotels? I know at WDW there are a few.

I'm wondering if you could find a babysitter with an AP that could come into the park with you for a day and help you out with the kids?

On some rides, like Star tours, you can get in line with your child and then just walk "through" to the other side and wait for them. I'd almost bet you could do the same on Splash. I'd as a CM about that -- taking your oldest child up through the line and getting them on the ride while you and the two youngest take the exit and wait for the oldest child to get off the ride.

MPHARJ
05-14-2008, 05:02 PM
You will be fine and your oldest can ride the rides alone as long as she is ok with it, my DD has on several occasions. I have taken m 3 kids for the past 7 years to WDW by myself except for last year when I took my parents along as a surprise. Then my oldest who is now on his own was 11, DD was 5 almost 6 and DS was 1 almost 2. No regrets getting out there on our own and having a great time. You wil have so much fun!

bumbershoot
05-14-2008, 05:27 PM
If anyone else is there Memorial week I will be the crazy lady with 3 kiddos!


We are staying at Hojos and I will be bringing my Volo stroller with me. My 5 yr old and 3 yr old took turns when we went in December.


I'm wondering if there are DISers who will be there at the same time as you, and might be willing to meet up with you? hmmm...



We're there the 25th through the 29th. We're staying at HoJo, and we have a Volo.

PLEASE let's meet up so you can go on some fun rides and we can help you with your kids!

Right now we have a princess breakfast scheduled at 9:40 on the 26th for DS's birthday request. But he got all thrilled thinking about Lilo and Stitch, and is now saying he'd rather have b'fast with them instead of the princesses (he just loves the princesses (and the attention they give him)), so we might switch over there, just in case you've made plans for either of those meals on that day.

:goodvibes

21yankees
05-14-2008, 05:37 PM
I did this last year over spring break. My kids were 5, 3, and 1. Yes I was like this the entire time :eek: . Needless to say I didn't need to worry about the 'major' rides but I was worried about naps, eating, etc. We stayed at the Residence Inn (a bit of a walk) and I had a double stroller. I recommend you have your itinerary planned in advance and have flexible alternatives. Take breaks when needed and try to preempt them so you can try to avoid the meltdowns.
Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. You'll have fun no matter what, afterall look where you'll be :thumbsup2 .

steph

DevilDuckie
05-14-2008, 05:52 PM
Do you have a teenaged babysitter? It might be worth it (to you) to pay for their ticket/r&b to have the extra help. You could even set it up so they only needed to help you part of the day.

Teenager, nothing! For that sweet a set up I'd go in a heartbeat! April- wanna make a new friend? :lovestruc :rotfl:

natenapril
05-15-2008, 09:31 AM
Is he outprocessing for deployment or PCS?
If it's PCS, then he can try to make arragnments to change the dates. If it's deployment he might be able to have his commander make an agreement with him that he would need to do things before he left (things he can do alone and not with the group) and cut his time with you short and fly back from DL.
I would give him different ideas and see if he will take that up with his boss.

Best of luck.


We are Pcsing and it he can't leave because we just got orders and we need to be back in Alaska by June 15th!! Since we are considered an overseas tour most people have 9 months to prepare but we only have 4 weeks. THe week of Disney he has all kinds of appts and when we get back we need to clearhousing and ship our car and deal with the movers. Also we are going on a special duty so he has a few extra things that need to be done before he leaves. Not to mention training the next shop chief.
It was his idea for us to go and have fun since we won't be back to CA. We have tried different options but it looks like I will be solo.

natenapril
05-15-2008, 10:23 AM
Teenager, nothing! For that sweet a set up I'd go in a heartbeat! April- wanna make a new friend? :lovestruc :rotfl:

Sure come on along!! Where can I pick you up?;) ;)

natenapril
05-15-2008, 10:28 AM
I did this last year over spring break. My kids were 5, 3, and 1. Yes I was like this the entire time :eek: . Needless to say I didn't need to worry about the 'major' rides but I was worried about naps, eating, etc. We stayed at the Residence Inn (a bit of a walk) and I had a double stroller. I recommend you have your itinerary planned in advance and have flexible alternatives. Take breaks when needed and try to preempt them so you can try to avoid the meltdowns.
Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. You'll have fun no matter what, afterall look where you'll be :thumbsup2 .

steph


Did you do any character meals alone? I am going to try to book one today. My DH doesn't care for them. He thinks they take up time that we could be riding rides. Now that he's not going I may book one or two to give us all a nice break.

natenapril
05-15-2008, 10:31 AM
We're there the 25th through the 29th. We're staying at HoJo, and we have a Volo.

PLEASE let's meet up so you can go on some fun rides and we can help you with your kids!

Right now we have a princess breakfast scheduled at 9:40 on the 26th for DS's birthday request. But he got all thrilled thinking about Lilo and Stitch, and is now saying he'd rather have b'fast with them instead of the princesses (he just loves the princesses (and the attention they give him)), so we might switch over there, just in case you've made plans for either of those meals on that day.

:goodvibes

I will have my lime green mickey heads on my green bag and stroller! We are a tall family so sometimes we are hard to miss! It would be great to meet someone from here.

natenapril
05-15-2008, 10:33 AM
I just wanted to thank everyone who has offered up advice and suggestions for my family. The DIS ROCKS!!:cool1:

bumbershoot
05-15-2008, 01:00 PM
[QUOTE=natenapril;25123278...we just got orders and we need to be back in Alaska by June 15th!![/QUOTE]

Wow.

And my friends think we're crazy b/c we have barely packed and have 2 weeks to move just across the street!:rotfl:



I'm a shrimp, only 5'3", but the Volo is scarlet and white, hubby is 5'10" and built like an aging sumo wrestler, and DS has red hair. :) So they are obvious, IMO, even though I am not so much. :goodvibes

grizbuzz
05-15-2008, 01:11 PM
When we got a sitter through GCH a couple years ago, they referred us to Sitters Unlimited. If you were interested in getting a sitter, I'm sure you could get them to go to the park with you, but would probably have to pay tickets plus hourly. And it looks like you already have lots of good options on the Disboards!

Just thought I'd offer that up.

dalepool
05-15-2008, 01:40 PM
Have a wonderful time. Take lots of pictures. What a joy it must be to take 3 kids to Disney :). I am sorry your husband has to miss out on the trip, but glad he is wanting you to go and enjoy if he is unable to. I have no advice. I did think that anyone could take a child to the disney hotels childrens programs-- but I am not sure. I hear it is fun for kids 2 youngest could play and you and oldest go do rides for 2 hours or so.

No matter-- Just have fun

Blackunicorn
05-15-2008, 06:24 PM
Wow, bumbershoot, what a nice thing you're doing! I'm really impressed. I wish I could give you kudos or something! You're my hero.

tinkerbelt
05-15-2008, 07:51 PM
PLEASE let's meet up so you can go on some fun rides and we can help you with your kids!

That is so sweet of you!! :lovestruc

I can't guarantee that we will be at the parks then, but we live nearby and have AP's. If we are there, we'd also love to help! I have a 4.5 year old DD who would love to play with your kids, and we could work something out for helping your oldest go on some big kid rides.

PM me as your trip gets closer!

honeymom
05-15-2008, 09:13 PM
Okay, I will be at parks, too. We check into Fairfield Inn (next to Hojo's) for 25th to 29th. We'll be in the parks for 3 days starting on the 26th. My 12 year old dd is a bit chicken so she will sit out some of the rides. I will go get a lime green mickey and make sure we have it. We are a family of 4. My kids and husband all wear glasses (my daughter's are red glasses and she is tall).

If you see us, say hello and we will help you. We aren't great planners so we will mostly do things by ear.

natenapril
05-16-2008, 10:55 AM
Well my Dad is flying out to help after all. The kids are excited to see their Pappy and go to DL. So I do get to ride Splash and Indie with my oldest DD!
BUT I would still love to meet up with anybody who is there!

I cannot believe all the generous offers from the people here on the dis!! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it. It can be hard being married to the Air Force so I won't forget the kindness offered right here on the Dis! Thanks ladies!:cheer2:

tinkerbelt
05-16-2008, 06:01 PM
I'm so glad!! If we are in the parks, we'd still meet up if you'd like.

Are you guys moving to Alaska then? DD was born in Anchorage, but we haven't been back since she was a baby. I can't wait to take her to visit when she gets a little older!

natenapril
05-16-2008, 09:17 PM
Yes we are moving back to Alaska. My DH is in the Air Force and we lived at Eielson (near North Pole/Fairbanks) for 4 years. So my Dh seperated from the Air Force and joined the Alaska Air National Guard(with no break in service) so we can finish up the rest of his 9 years til retirement in Alaska.
We are pretty excited to be moving back!

I would still love to meet up with anyone there though!