Going on a vacation to Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruise Line is super exciting. Now imagine that you are a toddler and you just found out you will get to meet your favorite princess or Mickey Mouse in person. You can imagine how overflowing with excitement that would be.
In order to help get your toddler in the mood for the trip, here are our Tot Five ways to cultivate your toddler’s excitement.
1. Planning DVDs
My absolute favorite way to plan and get excited for our vacation is to watch the latest official Walt Disney World or Disney Cruise Line planning DVD.
If you go on the Walt Disney World official website you can either sign up to receive the DVD for free or watch it online digitally.
If you are a real Disney geek, like I am, you can go online and watch the previous years’ videos, even going always the way back to the 1990s.
2. Character Phone Calls
If you are traveling on the Disney Cruise Line or if you booked a travel package with Disney, you can receive a phone call from a Disney character inviting them to come for a visit.
Imagine the excitement and surprise that your tot will have when Mickey or Cinderella calls them to invite them for a visit. You can find the link on the Disney Cruise website or through your travel agent for the Walt Disney World call.
3. Countdown Board
Another way to build the excitement for your Mousekatot is to have a countdown calendar. This can be as simple as a chalkboard, a paper chain or a sign like this. You can make it as fancy or as simple as you like, just remember to keep it fun and engage your toddler everyday with it.
If you are looking for inspiration, you can go to Pinterest where there are a lot of ideas available.
4. Disney Dinner and a Movie
Add a little pixie dust to your dinner and evening by having a Disney themed dinner and a movie night.
When watching “Mulan” create a delicious Asian menu. Watching “Alice in Wonderland”? think of some traditional British fare like fish and chips or Bubble and Squeek.
Pick your favorite movie, plan out a meal themed to the film and you have the perfect family evening.
Once again if you need inspiration go to Pinterest. There are tons of recipe ideas and meal suggestions.
5. Let your Mousekatot plan their own backpack
Planning is a big undertaking. Let your Mousekatot give a hand by packing their own “entertainment bag” that will be used to keep them busy while traveling.
Give them a few ideas on what might be good to include (such as coloring books, crayons, cards, handheld toys, etc.)
Have the toddler make a list and get your approval first and double check after everything is packed to make sure it includes things you don’t mind traveling with you.
How do you get your Mousekatot excited for your upcoming trip? Leave your comments below.