Magic Kingdom with a Two year old

We had a week at disney!  It was so much fun watching him there.  Aside from the 24 hour bug where Tuck threw up on me, himself, and into my diaper bag.  I called a teledoctor two times, and brought him into a clinic.  Gosh that was a day…  But he was quickly back to his normal bouncing off the walls self.  It was hard to tell who had more fun – me or him.  We did Magic Kingdom twice and epcot just once.  Epcot is definitely more for adults but they do have a nemo ride that has an amazing aquarium afterwards.  We stayed at Saratoga Springs Resort which has three different pools – each great for everyone but I think especially for little kids.  Lots of splash pads, little slides, big slides, lifeguards all over the place, and fun activities going on everyday.  It’s a huge resort so if you’re not into walking you’d probably like something else.   The bus rides to the parks were short and convenient.  Anytime I don’t have to deal with parking is a good thing.   We took Tuck to his first movie in a theatre- Inside Out (which was really good) at the movie theatre in downtown disney.  The resort is just a quick boat ride away.

There are a lot of things for a two year old at Magic Kingdom.
Tucks favorites:
-the train.  of course.  all modes of transportation are big right now.  the bus ride over was also a hit.
-dumbo and the dumbo play area  (you can play while you wait – it’s a great little spot.  and air conditioned)
-peter pans flight
-it’s a small world
-the carousel
-the splash pad
-the enchanted tales with belle (my personal favorite but he enjoyed it too)
-monster inc laugh floor
-jungle cruise
-lunch at be our guest
-ariels grotto

I am not a disney expert by any stretch but these are some tips …
-If you’re going in one of the many hot months- dress accordingly and bring a fan.  We attached this stroller fan.  I also brought a water mist fan.  Which was great and kept tuck cool and entertained at times.
-We brought our joovy caboose stand on tandem stroller.  I mostly carried Tuck in the ergo when he was a kid so he never got very used to a stroller.  We bought this one when we went to Rome (just before he turned two).  We loved having it at Disney.  He rode in the front most of the time I think because there was so much to look at or he stood up and rode in the back.  You can rent a stroller there as well and that process looked very easy.
-Download My Disney Experience app- link your tickets, make restaurant reservations, and get your fast passes.
– We had extra fast passes because they messed up when we we were checking into the hotel on our magic bands (bands that act as your room key, ticket, credit card) so we never waited in lines while we were there between the extra ones and the 3 fast passes you get a day.  I could not imagine waiting in a line with a two year old for some of these wait times.  With a fast pass you still usually had to wait a few minutes but it was never too long, and generally in an air conditioned area.
– Go at your toddlers pace.  It’s sooo like me to want to do it all and check it all off.  But I find we both have a better time if we just go at a slower pace.  I planned our day but when we needed to rearrange we just logged into our Disney experience app and changed our fast passes.
– they have a couple baby care centers.  Places you can go to nurse, pump, prepare baby food.  I went there to use my hand pump  (which sometimes works better than my electric!) and they had toys for tuck to play with.  They also have OTC meds, diapers, and extra baby items for purchase.
-I did not take Wesley to any parks as both my mom and I agreed it was just too hot for him.  She spent those mornings and early afternoons with Wesley.   I did buy this crazy looking shade for the baby carrier when I had initially thought I would take him. We did end up using it while we walked around the resort a bit and into downtown disney.  I think we will use it a lot in Mexico in a couple of weeks.
-Any stand or place that sells food will happily give you ice waters for free.
-pack snacks.  for your kiddo and yourself.
-wear sunscreen!!
-this is admittedly dorky but wear the same color shirts.  We didn’t even plan on this the first day but I was dressing Tuck while JB was getting dressed and we both picked out a yellow shirt.  I could spot JB really quickly with that shirt as it’s not the norm.
-plan for some days at your hotel.  The pools were almost as fun as the parks!
– I didn’t pack my big camera because I wanted to be more in the moment.  Plus any pictures I did want the cast members will take, scan your magic band, and voila – you can see if you’d like to purchase later.

Ps:  I had to laugh because this is so true – “Vacation or Trip?

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