Grandparents get to take 1-year old grandson to Disney!!

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Grandparents get to take 1-year old grandson to Disney!!

We are going to enjoy a trip with our 1-year old grandson. It wasn't planned this way. However, DiL is having another baby and having a lot of pre-term labor issues. Our DS is in Afghanistan; recently deployed. Our trip is already paid for and we can't get the money back. So, we all decided that the best thing is that we take our GS with us for the 5 days. Mom gets to sit back and put her feet up. She's at her parents home (DiL came back home during deployment). Anyway, it's been awhile since DH and I have had a young one at Disney. What should we know/do? ...we know start early and go back to the resort midday, but are there things that other parents/grandparents have done with their toddlers that they've really enjoyed?

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We are going to enjoy a trip with our 1-year old grandson. It wasn't planned this way. However, DiL is having another baby and having a lot of pre-term labor issues. Our DS is in Afghanistan; recently deployed. Our trip is already paid for and we can't get the money back. So, we all decided that the best thing is that we take our GS with us for the 5 days. Mom gets to sit back and put her feet up. She's at her parents home (DiL came back home during deployment). Anyway, it's been awhile since DH and I have had a young one at Disney. What should we know/do? ...we know start early and go back to the resort midday, but are there things that other parents/grandparents have done with their toddlers that they've really enjoyed?

The Disney Jr. Show at HS is adorable, and great for young ones. They can jump up and down and dance around!

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Fantasyland is full of attractions for little ones. DHS has Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Disney Jr. Live on Stage that most little ones enjoy. DAK has a petting zoo that the little one may enjoy.

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Oh my goodness how exciting! Wow - It's been a really long time since I traveled with one that small.

For me, a well packed diaper bag was key to touring success. I always made sure that I had more of everything than I thought I would need in there, and two changes of clothing (especially if we were hitting the splash zones). Make sure you use lots of sunscreen on him and reapply often. Use the Baby Center in the park if you need to, they keep some supplies and are a great place to just take a quite break.

You'll need to take your queues from him as far as your schedule goes, every kid is different. One of my favorite vacations was when my son was 18 months old. We went to Hoop-dee-doo and he absolutely loved it.

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Awe you will have a blast! DS will turn 2 a couple of weeks before we go to Disney. I have everything planned out to a T, but the biggest thing I've learned is that we really just have to throw the plans out the window and follow his lead, like Kristen said, and we will all have fun! My parents are also going, and I know they are so excited to see how he reacts to everything. And I agree that Disney Jr. On Stage is a must for us! mickey
I hope you have a wonderful time! That is so awesome of you to help your DiL out like that!

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What a lot of fun and wonderful memories. I really can't suggest anything because it has been a very long time since I was there with someone that small. The last time was when my granddaughters were 5 and 3 and they are now 13 and 11. But it is still something I remember like yesterday. Enjoy every minute and let him dictate the pace.

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Hi, When I took my 18 month old son he loved the water splash zones in EPCOT where the water shoots randomly out of the floor. A great place to chill out for an hour or more! (He would of stayed for longer!) we also enjoyed going into Typhoon Lagoon about 4pm the park is very empty then and much cooler. Character meals/breakfast are great at that age.

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What a wonderful experience that will be for you!! I agree with Mandy that the petting zoo at AK will probably be a huge highlight. We don't have any kids or grandkids, but I spent 7 years teaching preschool gymnastics, so I know this age group pretty well!! In general, calm experiences with animals are usually a hit with the little guys! I would also suggest trying Country Bear Jamboree and The Seas with Nemo. Also music. Anything with a good, simple tune--Small World, Carousel of Progress, Tiki room (maybe--there's thunder and lightning at one point). Maybe Journey into Imagination. It's a little bright and has some surprises, but there's lots of great hands-on stuff at the end. Innoventions is worth a walk-through. He won't understand what the things are/do, but there's lots of great stuff to touch. The great piggy bank game could be fun. He won't be able to play the game, but he'll probably like holding the pig!

Try to keep experiences individualized. Infants and toddlers are fascinated by small things that they can touch and control, but large, over-the-top productions like parades or fireworks or even character interactions may either be overwhelming or uninteresting to this age group. Regardless of how tempted you are to get that once-in-a-lifetime character photo, proceed with caution!!

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How wonderful!!! My grandson is almost 2 and I'm dying to take him to Disney. muchlove One thing I learned from much earlier trips with young ones is to bring a stroller. Yes you can rent one in the parks but coming back to your resort when everyone is hot and tired seems like a very long trek when you are carrying a little one. mickey

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Thanks everyone!!! He's actually 16 mos. Since we've found out that he was going to travel with us, we've made changes in ADRs and such...cancelled BOG because of the time. We had a 7pm ADR and we know he's usually in bed at 7pm. We have decided that we get to go to WDW plenty, so our focus will be him. As we have said to each other, "There will be other trips to Disney that we can do what we want, but if there aren't...what a way to spend our last trip but with our grandson." Since we cancelled BOG, we chose to go with Hollywood & Vine (not for the food) because he does love Doc, Jake, Sofia, etc... I'm glad to hear that the children can move and dance at Disney Jr.; this will be good for him. I've also changed FP+, as we're not going to ride individually Test Track, Space Mountain, etc... and we've replaced them with Winnie the Pooh and such. I forgot all about the petting zoo; he will love that...he's very good with our dog and cat...he actually pets them.

He will also be going to his first Atlanta Braves Spring Training games, since that was the original purpose of the trip and the money is spent. Luckily, we purchased tickets in the lower tier but covered/shaded and just a couple of rows from the walkway...easy to get up with him and walk around.

We're staying at AKL in a Studio with Savanna View. I like the fact that they have a zero-entry pool. I'm hoping the animals will be good for him too. We know that they have pack-n-plays in the room, but we're wondering how to give him a quiet area for sleeping. He likes it completely dark. I want to help him get the best rest he can. He actually uses a walk-in closet as a 'room' when he visits us (with everyone else here...mom, dad, aunt,etc...)...instead of sharing the room with his parents. He just sleeps better. Any suggestions to help us give him a great sleeping area in the hotel room?

He loves Mickey ("Key") but hates shoes. His mom got him some shoes that look like a combination of an athletic shoe and sandal...and they have Mickey on them. Hopefully, this will encourage him to keep them on. mickey

Thanks again for all the help.

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Plan for lots of Magic Kingdom time! By far the best park for super young ones! Small World, Peter Pan, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, People Mover, Pooh, WDW Railroad, Casey Jr, and the Carousel immediately come to mind. In fact, you may not want to pay extra to park hop. Animal kingdom has a great petting are (Affection Section), and Hollywood Studios has a fabulous Muppets attraction. Epcot's Nemo attraction and Figment may be great for a very young one! Have a great time!

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Plan for lots of Magic Kingdom time! By far the best park for super young ones! Small World, Peter Pan, Pirates, Jungle Cruise, People Mover, Pooh, WDW Railroad, Casey Jr, and the Carousel immediately come to mind. In fact, you may not want to pay extra to park hop. Animal kingdom has a great petting are (Affection Section), and Hollywood Studios has a fabulous Muppets attraction. Epcot's Nemo attraction and Figment may be great for a very young one! Have a great time!

We have APs, so hopping is not an issue. You think he'll be okay on the People Mover; I know one part of it is a bit dark.

Does anyone have any experience with a little one on Pirates?

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I wonder about the first chunk of Pirates, now that I think about it " the creepy projection, the drop, darkness, lots of yelling and cannon fire.

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It's more the first part that I'm wondering about. I think after the ships firing cannons that it might be okay. He loves pirates; I'm just not sure that he'll love/like the ride.

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It's more the first part that I'm wondering about. I think after the ships firing cannons that it might be okay. He loves pirates; I'm just not sure that he'll love/like the ride.

I think it really depends on his personality. It's not a very big drop, but it seems like it is when you're in the middle of it and if he hates it and freaks out, it's a long time to sit on a boat with a crying toddler to get to the end of the ride. Maybe try the jungle cruise first and see how he does with the tunnel through the ruins at the end? Or try TTA first--even with the speedy turns and dark spaces, it's probably less "traumatic" overall than Pirates could be.

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disvillain63 wrote:

We're staying at AKL in a Studio with Savanna View. I like the fact that they have a zero-entry pool. I'm hoping the animals will be good for him too. We know that they have pack-n-plays in the room, but we're wondering how to give him a quiet area for sleeping. He likes it completely dark. I want to help him get the best rest he can. He actually uses a walk-in closet as a 'room' when he visits us (with everyone else here...mom, dad, aunt,etc...)...instead of sharing the room with his parents. He just sleeps better. Any suggestions to help us give him a great sleeping area in the hotel room?

Hrmmm, there's not a lot of extra room in the studios to give him any privacy. I think the best option might be to set the pak n' play up in the bathroom vanity area. That way you guys would be mostly out of his line of sight, so if you were quiet he could have a chance to settle down.

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It's more the first part that I'm wondering about. I think after the ships firing cannons that it might be okay. He loves pirates; I'm just not sure that he'll love/like the ride.

I think it really depends on his personality. It's not a very big drop, but it seems like it is when you're in the middle of it and if he hates it and freaks out, it's a long time to sit on a boat with a crying toddler to get to the end of the ride. Maybe try the jungle cruise first and see how he does with the tunnel through the ruins at the end? Or try TTA first--even with the speedy turns and dark spaces, it's probably less "traumatic" overall than Pirates could be.

Thanks...good ideas!