We just got back from Walt Disney World, and I thought I would share how ideal Disney’s Hollywood Studios is for preschoolers and toddlers. I have to be honest– historically, I would have said that of the 4 parks in Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios is my least favorite. It’s always felt more like the action and adventure side of Disney, and less about the magic and wonder. Between the Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the emphasis on Star Wars, it’s just seemed like Hollywood Studios was a park that is geared towards the tweens and older. However, after this last trip to Walt Disney World with my 4-year-old Peanut and 2-year-old Monkey, I can honestly say that after the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the best park for preschoolers! In case you were planning your own trip, here is how to make most of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for preschoolers (or toddlers!)
We just got back from our “unplugging” vacation in the mountains. (I’ll have details about our trip and suggestions for traveling with Littles in the mountains coming soon!) We rented a “little tiny house” (as it was labeled by the Monkey) that allowed us to have a base for travels and a place to cook. Each day we headed out for family adventures and had to stock up on activities and snacks for our day trips. For the Peanut, we packed Gerber’s Lil’ Beanies, in their super portable, resealable container. Once we finished the first package of them, I decided to turn it into a personalized, decoupaged crayon container. It was just the right size for the jumbo crayons, and a great travel size as well.
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It’s the busy time of year again. Have you ever noticed how May and August are chaotic with lots of meetings and events? The poor sweet Peanut, who is the easiest going little guy that I could have imagined, gets toted all over the place. From his brother’s preschool to his brother’s middle school. He goes everywhere with a smile, and generally a better attitude than I. This means that the two of us spend a lot of time in my car– more than the two bigger boys, both of whom now have school and activities. It’s really critical to Be Prepared when leaving the house with a baby. I do this two ways. First, I keep a lot of great supplies in my minivan to make sure that we are prepared. Sometimes we are out and about at the park or mall or grocery store. Second, I keep the essentials in my purse at all time. After some experimentation, I have found that with 3 Huggies Little Movers is the perfect number of diapers to toss in my purse for a full day of errands and extracurriculars.
Do you spend a lot of time in your car? It seems like I live in my Mommy-van! Given the amount of time that I’m in the car, I have a packed “diaper box” that has all of the tools that a busy, on-the-go family needs. It travels with us in the van. The advantage of this method is that I don’t have to carry a bit diaper bag with me most of them time. I would estimate that 90% of the time, I can entirely rely upon the supplies in my car diaper box. Inside this container, there are diapers for both of the Little Boys. A spare changing pad. An outfit that is the right season and size for the Peanut. A small blanket. Sunglasses and sunhat for the kiddos– I switch these out for mittens and woolen hats in the fall and winter. Tissues, bandages, and diaper ointment. My Moby Wrap. Deodorant for me. And wipes. Lots of wipes. Not just because I change a lot of diapers, but mainly because wipes are so useful that they are one of my most essential traveling supplies.