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epking23
01-14-2010, 06:04 PM
We are travelling from Canada to Disney in May with our six year old, four year old, and seven month old. Any tips to make our trip easier? I plan to bring a moby-wrap and a lightweight Combi stroller. I was also planning to rent a stroller at Disney for my four year old, if he gets tired. Also, what is this Green Grocer that ppl are talking about? Will they deliver groceries to our house off-Disney? Thanks for any tips and advice.:)

TAKitty
01-15-2010, 01:18 PM
We use garden grocer and they deliver in the Orlando area. It was very nice not to have to go to the store. http://www.gardengrocer.com/

kohlby
01-15-2010, 01:32 PM
I'm traveling with a 6.5 year old, nearly 4 year old, and nearly 11 month old in a week. We've done two trips with two young kids. Here's what works for us:

*We use a single stroller that reclines and has a good sun shield. I use a ring sling to carry baby. The nearly 4 year old will walk or use the stroller. Baby will get the stroller if needed for naps. Draping the sling over the stroller helps get baby a nap! Our oldest will be expected to walk. He's too heavy for our stroller anyway.

*We'll buy some snacks but taking some into the park. Last time, we found that the 6 pack mickey lolypops saved the day. They took a while to eat and were great while waiting ion a longer line.

*Baby swap is awesome. You can swap with your husband - and then the older kids can go twice in a row!

*Measure kids in their parks shoes before you go. Then subtract an inch and treat that as their height. That way, there will be less disappointment. I have one child a tiny smidge under 40" in her shoes so we'll be measuring just for a couple of the best 40" rides but with the attitude of, "you're probably not tall enough but let's check anyway . . . "

*Read about the rides beforehand. Being tall enough doesn't mean your child can handle it. Somethings that sound friendly can be scary. We have an experience with a 3 year old and "It's Tough to Be a Bug," that involved carrying a terrified child out of the attraction three minutes in.

*We do breakfast in our room since it's easier with young kids. Cereal bars, juice boxes, and frsh fruit and we're set. It saves us money and saves us a lot of aggravation!

*Most say to go back to your room for a break mid-day. In the May heat, this may be a great tip. But when we tried it in May/June, it was worse. The 3 year old wouldn't nap and it dragged out our day. We prefer to go at rope drop and stay until the kids act like they need to leave. Tell the kids you're doing this and they may behave better because they want to stay longer! We leave sometime around the dinner hour doing this. It allows me to get the kids to bed at their normal bedtimes.

tricia
01-15-2010, 02:27 PM
*Most say to go back to your room for a break mid-day. In the May heat, this may be a great tip. But when we tried it in May/June, it was worse. The 3 year old wouldn't nap and it dragged out our day. We prefer to go at rope drop and stay until the kids act like they need to leave. Tell the kids you're doing this and they may behave better because they want to stay longer! We leave sometime around the dinner hour doing this. It allows me to get the kids to bed at their normal bedtimes.

I totally agree with this, although I find most on this board like the break mid day. When mine were smaller we used to do rope drop, play all day, have an early (5:00pm) ADR, then back to the resort for swim and bed time.

twinmom319
01-15-2010, 02:48 PM
I totally agree with this, although I find most on this board like the break mid day. When mine were smaller we used to do rope drop, play all day, have an early (5:00pm) ADR, then back to the resort for swim and bed time.

I'm so glad to hear this! I was starting to second guess myself. We used to do breaks religiously, but for this trip we aren't going to. With the park hours shorter, the twins being older, and having the 8 month old, by the time we get back to the resort, rest, and turn around, the parks will be closed!! :rotfl:
I'm compiling a list of "resting/nursing" things (playgrounds, shows, boat rides, etc) and I hope that will help. I'm glad to hear that a no break day is possible!

And to the OP: I think one of the most important things is to go at the kids pace. That eliminates so much fighting. Sometimes you just need to ride IASW 5 times in a row to make everyone happy!! :rotfl:

tricia
01-15-2010, 03:09 PM
Yes, much easier for us without the break, I would rather keep them on a regular nighttime bed schedule. We have just now started taking afternoon breaks, and then staying later, my boys are 12 and 8. This works for us now, cause I don't mind pushing their bedtime later and they love going for a swim mid day when the pool is not so busy.