Toddlers in Walt Disney World: A Parentís Survival Guide

Written by Leslie Clevenstine

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Take a break fromrepparttar parks every day for swimming and naps. Not only does it give your toddler a great time swimming and some much needed rest, itís also a good strategy for dealing withrepparttar 147620 Florida heat. Get torepparttar 147621 parks when they open, tour until noon or 1:00, head back to your hotel for a break, then hitrepparttar 147622 parks again around 4:00 or 5:00.

Stay in a Disney resort. In addition to their superior theming and service,repparttar 147623 Disney resorts providerepparttar 147624 best locations for easy commuting to and fromrepparttar 147625 parks. Youíll also find large swimming pools (some spectacularly themed), kiddie pools, playgrounds, and on-site laundry facilities. Several ofrepparttar 147626 Disney resorts also have child care centers if youíd like to have a grown-up night out.

Take advantage of what Disney World offers beyondrepparttar 147627 park attractions. Most ofrepparttar 147628 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 insiderepparttar 147629 parks, thereís much more to do than wait in lines for attractions. Watchrepparttar 147630 afternoon parade, take inrepparttar 147631 evening fireworks atrepparttar 147632 Magic Kingdom, Epcot or Disney-MGM Studios, or take inrepparttar 147633 live entertainment throughoutrepparttar 147634 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 ofrepparttar 147635 characters, try going to a character meal withrepparttar 147636 ďface charactersĒ likerepparttar 147637 Disney princesses, which donít wearrepparttar 147638 large head masks that frighten many little ones.

Leslie Clevenstine is publisher of, an unofficial guide to making the most of your Walt Disney World vacation.

It's Finally Here!

Written by Doug Bower

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We do have large and ample caging with tarps big enough to cover most American Sports stadiums, protectingrepparttar birds. But here is what we are up against.

We have to keeprepparttar 147619 tarps inrepparttar 147620 ready position to be able simply to pull down overrepparttar 147621 aviaries whenrepparttar 147622 rain begins.

"Why don't you just keep them covered allrepparttar 147623 time?" you ask.

The reason is that right beforerepparttar 147624 daily storm hits,repparttar 147625 air heats up to being able to boil water. This would, of course, cookrepparttar 147626 birds. We cannot have that at all. Therefore, we have to pull allrepparttar 147627 tarps up sorepparttar 147628 birds can have air to breathe and not cook. Then whenrepparttar 147629 rains hit, we have to run out there and pullrepparttar 147630 covers overrepparttar 147631 whole aviary.

4. Washing clothesódon't ever get my wife started on this nightmare. Each rainy seasonrepparttar 147632 water that comes out ofrepparttar 147633 taps turns a nice nicotine brown. This is becauserepparttar 147634 mountain rains are so heavy that they overwhelmrepparttar 147635 city's water purification plants with muddy river water.

(This notion of a "water purification plant" is an oxymoron since you cannot drinkrepparttar 147636 water anyway unless you want some amoebic parasite taking up residence in your gut!)

We combat this issue with a water purification system for which we paid dearly, making it possible to drink fromrepparttar 147637 tap. But this does not work forrepparttar 147638 washing machine.

So my poor wife washes clothes that will have a brown tint to them untilrepparttar 147639 rainy season is finished.

Life as we knew it has now changed. This is our third rainy season. It is an easy trade off.

I know what you are thinking,

"Why do you live there if it is like this?"

Two reasons:

1. It only lasts 10-12 weeks.

2. Doesrepparttar 147640 name "Osama Bin Laden" ring a bell?

Doug Bower is a freelance writer, Syndicated Columnist, and book author. His newest books, Mexican Living: Blogging it from a Third World Country can be seen: CLICK HERE

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