VF Travels: 5 Tips for Traveling with a 2 Year-Old to Disney

I love going to Disney World any chance I can get, especially since I live in Florida (it's about a 3 hour drive from where I live). So last month, we decided to take a little getaway to Orlando with the fam. Last year, I wrote a story about tips for traveling with your toddler to Disney when Andres was just one. This time, he was two, but it's crazy how much of a difference that makes. This trip seemed much more relax than last time. For example, I didn't have to worry about heading back to the hotel for naps (he just napped in his stroller).

In case you're planning a trip to Orlando this summer, here are 5 tips that might help (plus some picture from our trip you might enjoy).

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Tip #1: Go to a Character Meet and Greet: We didn't do this last year, since Andres was still so small and wouldn't really enjoy it, but this time around he had a blast! We bought him one of those autograph books (remember those haha) and it was so cute seeing him bring it up to the characters so they could sign. His eyes lit up, it was the cutest thing ever. 

Tip# 2:  Make Restaurant Reservations Ahead of Time: Although the parks have several "fast-food" options, they're not always great for tiny tots.  The sit-down restaurants at the parks get packed pretty quick and unless you have a reservation it's hard to get seated. I had no idea about this, but luckily the hubby was able to make reservations online. My favorite by far was the Tusker House at Animal Kingdom. They had a lot of healthy options and the characters walked around greeting the children. Andres almost had a heart attack he was so excited! Here he is with my adorable niece, Isabella. 

Tip #3 Get in the Spirit: Andres loved the fact that I donned my Minnie ears and tee, and of course I dressed him up in his Mickey gear too. When in Rome right? 

Here's another fun picture of us in the Disney spirt. That's my beautiful sister-in-law, parents-in-law and niece. Andres was napping in his stroller, so he didn't come out in the picture lol. 

Tip #4: Pack Plenty of Snacks: Be sure to take several snacks. Some of the things we packed for Andres included, organic dried fruits such as strawberries, apples and blueberries. These especially come in handy when you're waiting in line. 

Tip #5: Take a Break: This time around, although we didn't head back to the hotel for naps, we always made sure Andres had his nap in his stroller. Toddlers don't have as much energy as adults, and might end up getting grumpy if they don't sleep.

Here's Andres with grandpa watching one of the shows from the castle.

The folks at GM were also nice enough to loan us this 2015 Chevy Tahoe for our road trip. It was so spacious and we were able to fit the entire family comfortably (plus all of our luggage too). They seriously thought of everything when they made this SUV, it even had built-in WIFI. 

Whenever we needed to find directions, we would simply call On-Star from the vehicle and they would automatically send the directions to our navigation system. 

The entertainment system was also amazing. It had 2 TV screens with a DVD player and wireless headphones. Best of all, Andres could watch his movies, while the hubby and I listened to music. 

I was pretty sad to have to say good-bye to the vehicle. But hey, once baby #2 rolls around (God willing) we might just have to start thinking about a bigger car haha. 


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