Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Orange Loop. Today we are sharing what to do when you encounter a problem on your Disney vacation.
Disney might be one of the happiest places on Earth but I don’t think we’ve been on a trip yet where someone hasn’t had a meltdown. We’ve got a few ideas on avoiding them or dealing with them once they’ve hit.
Before You Go
- Get Familiar – If your family knows about the trip, be sure part of your planning discussion includes talk about possible wait times, how long it it takes to get from place to place, ect. Even with FastPass+ you’ll still have to wait before you can meet the character or enjoy the attraction.
- Be Realistic – You won’t be able to do everything. Weather happens. Attractions break down. Characters get sick. Focus on the fun of being on vacation instead of specific things that “have to” happen during your trip to help avoid disappointment (and unnecessary tears).
- Set Expectations – Even on vacation there are rules, if for no other reason than to keep people safe or to try new things. The same goes for Disney. With everyone on the same page about what’s expected, there will (hopefully) be less fighting when someone’s asked to change a behavior or has to be punished.
From the Kids:
“Tell them to pack their favorite foods and drinks. That way they can’t have meltdowns.” – Carter, 9
“Explain the rules to them. Tell them it’s going to be a long car ride and wait.” – Corbin, 11
“Not have a meltdown?” – Carolina, 3
In the Parks
- Have a Plan – Once you’re at Disney and know what’s operating for the day (and keeping in mind that things can change throughout the day), get a quick plan together of some things you want to do while you’re at the park. Because you did some research before your trip, you’ll know what will have longer waits so you can visit those attractions and characters first.
- Know Your Limits – Yes you’ll have to wait in line. It’s just part of the experience. Pack a bag of tricks for those times (new books to read, activity books, joke books, small toys to play with, stickers, bubbles, ect) and use it as needed but know when enough is enough. Waiting is hard, even for adults. Sometimes you just have to give up the wait and move on to something else.
- Take a Break – There’s nothing wrong at all with taking a time out while at Disney. It can be super stimulating and sometimes you need a break from all the action. Pick a quiet spot in the park, go back to the resort to rest or swim, or take a few laps on the monorail to recharge. It’ll be the best for everyone. Taking kids anywhere is exhausting, and taking kids to Disney is exhausting to a whole new level. Mom and Dad need that break as much as the kids do.
From the Kids:
“Stop and take some time to have a drink.” – Corbin
“Eat before you go to the parks.” – Carter (notice a theme with this kid…) 🙂
“Lay down!” – Carolina
Other People’s Meltdowns
- Avoid Them – Meltdowns can be contagious sometimes. Once one kids sees someone acting up, they start too. If it’s possible, find another spot to have lunch or take a rest. No it’s not always possible and you shouldn’t be rude, but it can be an option.
- Offer Assistance – We’ve all been there and sometimes just a random stranger stopping to talk to one of my kids is enough to get the crazy to stop and bring them back to reality. Keep an eye on Mom or Dad to be sure they’re ok with your help in trying to resolve the situation.
- No Judgement – Seriously the last thing I need when my kids are falling apart (or I’m the one having the meltdown) is someone staring at me, silently judging my every move. You don’t know what’s led up to that moment or anything about the situation and I’d be money you’ve had a meltdown yourself at some point. Instead offer a smile or wink just to let them know they’re not alone.
From the Kids:
“Offer them a snack from your bag.” – Carter
“Just be nice to them.” – Carolina
How do you avoid meltdowns (your or your kids) while you’re at Disney? Leave a comment and let us know.
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Orange | Dealing with Problems at Disney Loop:
- 1st Stop – My Pixie Dust Diary | Tips for Avoiding (& Dealing with) Disney Meltdowns
- 2nd Stop – Magical Memories with the Mouse | When the Unthinkable Happens – What to Do if You’re Sick or Injured at Walt Disney World
- 3rd Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | How NOT to Lose Your Kids, Your Stuff, or Your Mind at Disney
- 4th Stop – Magical Mickey Tips | Walt Disney World’s Magical Express – No Luggage Tags, No Problem