Families have been enjoying Disney Vacations since the first Disney theme park opened in 1955. It is the vacation that every parent wants their child to cherish as they grow older. The designers and employees at Disneyland and Disney World have created plenty of attractions and exhibits to build those lasting memories. There is so much to do that a child can quickly become overwhelmed, nervous, and stressed. This has kept many Disney vacationers from creating cherished memories. There are three steps that you can take that will keep your children from becoming overwhelmed during their Disney Vacation.
First, make sure your children understand the difference between a theme park and an amusement park. People go to an amusement park to experience the rides and have fun. People go to a theme park to be completely immersed in an environment of their choice. It is important that children understand the difference. The goal at an amusement park often becomes to ride as many of the amusement rides as possible. If children have this goal in mind they may become stressed during their Disney Vacation. Both Disneyland and Disney World are theme parks. When at a theme park, just walking down a themed street or eating in a themed restaurant become moments that create a successful vacation and lasting memories. Children won’t feel stressed because of the need to rush from attraction to attraction when they understand and are allowed to enjoy just being immersed in a world that is everything Disney.
Second, let your child help plan the activities and attractions that your family will experience. Disney offers a free DVD and planning guide. Show these to your children and let them be involved in the planning. Keep the number of attractions that they have chosen low. Choose only two or three attractions each day and plan them around restaurants and entertainment. When you keep your children’s expectations low enough to be achieved easily, your children will not become overwhelmed. Add additional attractions into your day if time permits. Adding attractions because of extra time enhances a vacation. Missing attractions because you planned too many may lead to your children becoming frustrated.
Third, plan your day around around your children’s strengths, weaknesses and interests. If one of your children does not like the dark or is easily frightened do not plan “The Haunted Mansion” as an evening activity. Even though this attraction is more humorous than scary, your children may spend most of the day worrying about going to see this attraction and not be able to enjoy themselves. Children sometimes have strange fears. They may love watching Mickey Mouse on television, but not want to pose with them for a photo. Don’t make the mistake of planning your children’s most anticipated attraction last, especially if your children become so preoccupied thinking about the final planned attraction of the day that they can’t enjoy the other attractions.
By remember a few simple steps, you can keep your children from becoming overwhelmed during their Disney Vacation. You will be able to enjoy the many experiences that will create the memories that you and your children will cherish forever.