• Posted on 05/03/2015

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Vacationing with young children is all about experiencing those priceless firsts and visiting Orlando can be a time filled with dreams and wonder. Family travel expert Kendra Thornton shares her tips on how to make the most of your visit to Orlando with toddlers, including a new bonus tip at Walt Disney World's  Magic Kingdom Park.

Preschool age kids are attentive and soak up their surroundings like no other time in their lives. That's why visiting Orlando, during this time, is a rite of passage not to be missed. As a parent or guardian, you'll be delighted with all there is to see and do for your little one in and around Orlando.

From theme character meet and greets to live entertainment and theme park attractions to resort hotel activities, Orlando is never short on special moments for to enjoy. If all of the excitement gets to be a bit overwhelming, Kendra's tips can help.

Kendra's Toddler Tips:

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#1. Be sure to prepare yourself and your little ones for their first character meetings, which can be an unforgettable photo op. Sometimes meeting a "larger than life" character face-to-face can be a bit arduous. So, if your young child wiggles and tries to escape Kendra suggests just relaxing and letting it play out.

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#2. Live stage shows are another great way for little ones to experience their favorite characters. There are plenty of opportunities in Orlando theme parks and resorts for dancing in the aisles and clapping and singing along to all the fun. Just make sure your camera is rolling so you don't miss a moment.

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#3. Don't forget to take breaks throughout the day and bring snacks and activities for down time. Giving your little one time to soak it all in and discover their adventures at their own pace will make for more firsts that everyone can enjoy.

Bonus Tip:

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Two new community garden areas at the Magic Kingdom, near the Cinderella Castle Hub, are now open and provide picturesque views of the park. The areas include fountains and sculpted landscaping and are designed to be a prime viewing area for the nightly Wishes fireworks show. Guests must make a FastPass+ reservation for fireworks viewing.

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During the daytime the new Central Plaza gardens provide a relaxing distraction from the hustle and bustle of the park. Shade trees and synthetic grass allow guests to enjoy some time off of their feet and a place for the kids to burn off some extra steam in an enclosed area. Grab a snack and kick off your flip flops to best enjoy these new spaces.

Kendra's tips for traveling with young children will help you make the most out of this special time together. Check out our Activities and Tips for Toddlers in Orlando page for more information, ride height requirements and theme park planning tips.

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