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Disney with 6, 3, and 1 year old

TinaS826

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Hello! My husband and I are going to Disney for my first time with the kids in October and I am planning it on my own so am feeling very anxious about it all! I just want to know who has gone to Disney with kids around the same age as my kids? My kids will be 6, 3 and 1 when we go. My 6 year old can go on a bunch of rides my 3 year old can’t. And my 3 year old can go on a bunch of ones my 18 month old can’t. And my 18 month old still needs a nap in the middle of the day. What’s the best way to get the most out of the rides with my kids ages? What do I do with the 1 & 3 year old when I’m taking the 6yr old on rides?
 

Dumbofan1889

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Have fun on your trip! :D
 

Nemo14

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Hello! My husband and I are going to Disney for my first time with the kids in October and I am planning it on my own so am feeling very anxious about it all! I just want to know who has gone to Disney with kids around the same age as my kids? My kids will be 6, 3 and 1 when we go. My 6 year old can go on a bunch of rides my 3 year old can’t. And my 3 year old can go on a bunch of ones my 18 month old can’t. And my 18 month old still needs a nap in the middle of the day. What’s the best way to get the most out of the rides with my kids ages? What do I do with the 1 & 3 year old when I’m taking the 6yr old on rides?
You should read up about the child swap policy. Basically one adult can accompany the older child on a ride,while the other one waits with the others, the the adults swap roles without waiting in line again.
As a first timere, you should check out one of the many guidebooks available that will help you tremendously with your planning (and planning is a must). I'd recommend either the Unofficial Guide or the Birnbaum book, but there are several others too which will help you out, and post questions here too - we were all first-timers once!

Have an awesome trip!
 

kimberlymautz

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I agree that child swap is the best! One of you can take one of the "bigger" kids on a ride while the other goes on a 18m old friendly ride and then switch. :)

As far as napping goes it really depends on your kids. When I took my niece (right after her 2nd birthday) with us she wouldn't nap unless she was at the resort so we'd get to the parks right at opening, hang out until after lunch, go back to the resort so she could nap. Some days my daughter (who was 5 at the time) would swim or one of us (her dad or I) would keep her in the park to go on more rides while the other went back.
My son however will sleep anywhere, so when we went last year (he was only 7m old) I just made sure to bring our bigger stroller so I could lay him flat and he'd fall asleep on his own schedule in the stroller. He's very much the same now (we went to the zoo a few weeks ago and he fell asleep laying on the tray), but obviously each kid is different.
 

GenerationX

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Our first trip as a family was when the boys were 2, 4, and 6. Planning is a must. The mid-day break back at the resort is a must.

We dressed the boys in matching, bright plain shirts each day, as they outnumbered us and we needed an advantage.

We focused on attractions they could all go on for the morning and the first part of our evening tours. As it got later in the evening, typically my wife would take the younger two back to the resort while the oldest and I would stay and go on rides he could go on, but his brothers could not.
 

cw1982

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The three year old will likely still need a nap at Disney, even if they don't usually at home. Disney is a lot to take in for anyone. Heck, the older kid might appreciate the midday break too!
 
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