If you are planning on taking your toddler to an amusement park or a theme park, you are likely excited to be able to witness their unbridled enthusiasm. However, you are also aware of the challenges that come with taking a child to an amusement park. Your child will likely get cranky if he or she doesn't get his or her nap, the heat might make him or her miserable, and it might be hard to find food that he or she is willing to eat. Here are some tips for taking your toddler to an amusement park so that the experience is enjoyable for everyone.
1. Do Research Ahead of Time
Your first step is to do research ahead of time about what activities would most interest your toddler, as well as look for different amenities the park has. If you only have a stroller that doesn't protect your child from the sun, consider seeing if an amusement park offers strollers that do protect your child from the sun for rental. See if the amusement park offers a place for children to take a short nap when the sun is at its hottest. Look up the height requirements of any rides that your toddler might want to go on so that you don't accidentally get his or her hopes up. Taking the time to do the research will make your job a lot easier.
2. Plan to Split Up if You Have Older Kids
Your older children are likely not going to want to go at the speed of a toddler with regards to naps and rides. They are going to want to actually get out there and explore the park. Either split up parenting duties and have one parent take the younger kids and the other parent take the older kids through the park or consider letting your older kids strike out on their own with frequent check-ins throughout the day.
3. Try to Maintain Your Schedule for Multi-Day Trips
Your toddler is going to function best on the schedule that he or she was keeping at home. If you are only going to a theme park for a day, it doesn't matter as much if your toddler gets thrown off his or her schedule and is cranky the next day. He or she can skip a nap or stay up late. If you are going for multiple days, keep your toddler on his or her normal schedule as much as possible in order to make sure that he or she isn't miserable every day.
For more information, talk to a Disney destinations vacation planner specializing in planning trips for people with toddlers.