Wednesday, April 15, 2015

How To Prevent A Toddler Meltdown At Disney

Welcome to the next stop on Magical Blogorail Blue. Today we are discussing traveling to the Disney Parks with toddlers.

A meltdown or tantrum is defined as "an emotional outburst, usually associated with children or those in emotional distress, that is typically characterized by stubbornness, crying, screaming, yelling, shrieking, defiance, angry ranting, etc." Many children have meltdown's when they are tired or simply do not get their way.

My little one was just 11 months old when she visited Disney World for the first time




To prevent an embarrassing meltdown while on vacation I would recommend the following:


  • Be sure to take an afternoon break to allow your little one to take a nap
  • Apply sunscreen every 3-4 hours to prevent painful sunburn
  • Bring your baby or toddler sunglasses and/or a hat
  • Bring a lot of snacks to keep your little one happy while waiting in long lines
  • Bring a portable fan to attach to the stroller to prevent your little one from getting overheated
  • Most importantly, don't try to force your little to ride any rides they are not comfortable riding


A lot of times children will have a meltdown because they are simply tired. If you notice your toddler getting cranky and heading down the meltdown route start making your way towards the park exit. If your child happens to have a full blown meltdown don't be embarrassed and don't make an even bigger scene by yelling at your child. A friend once told me that she would tell her toddler that if he/she did not stop screaming or yelling in public that they would be asked to leave. I tried this once and it actually worked. My toddler stopped crying because he did not want to have to leave.

My children nap daily and I try to keep their routine very similar when we travel. We always plan an afternoon break and return to our condo for a 'quiet time'. This is a nice time for adults to take a break, swim in the pool while one parent stays with the child, etc. We always make sure to pack a lot of snacks and a sippy cup for constant hydration helps too.


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6 comments:

  1. Great tips! We have also taken ours since that age. Keeping to their schedule (or similar) is key!

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  2. Excellent tips for avoiding meltdowns! I would also add Take a Stroller. Many of the meltdowns I witness in Disney Parks are from children that really needed a stroller, but for some reason their parents didn't bring/rent one. People forget how tired little feet can get!

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  3. I didn't think about a fan! Great idea!

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  4. You definitely have all the bases covered. Meltdowns put such a damper on the trip, but these tips will help avoid them altogether.

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  5. Great tips and all things I would do on a trip! It can be fun traveling with toddlers

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  6. I was truly looking forward to my first Magic Band trip when all would have to take to the park was my wrist, but alas, it will also be my first baby trip... :)

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