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Take a break from parks every day for swimming and naps. Not only does it give your toddler a great time swimming and some much needed rest, it’s also a good strategy for dealing with Florida heat. Get to parks when they open, tour until noon or 1:00, head back to your hotel for a break, then hit parks again around 4:00 or 5:00.
Stay in a Disney resort. In addition to their superior theming and service, Disney resorts provide best locations for easy commuting to and from parks. You’ll also find large swimming pools (some spectacularly themed), kiddie pools, playgrounds, and on-site laundry facilities. Several of Disney resorts also have child care centers if you’d like to have a grown-up night out.
Take advantage of what Disney World offers beyond park attractions. Most of Disney World resorts have facilities for boating and bike riding, in addition to elaborate swimming pools. Visit Downtown Disney to shop for kids of all ages. Go miniature golfing. Even inside parks, there’s much more to do than wait in lines for attractions. Watch afternoon parade, take in evening fireworks at Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Disney-MGM Studios, or take in live entertainment throughout parks.
Go to a character meal. Disney World has almost a dozen different character meals where you can meet your favorite Disney characters as you dine. If your child is afraid of characters, try going to a character meal with “face characters” like Disney princesses, which don’t wear large head masks that frighten many little ones.
Leslie Clevenstine is publisher of YourDisneyGuide.com, an unofficial guide to making the most of your Walt Disney World vacation.