Traveling long haul to and from Walt Disney World can be very tiring, with lots of walking and waiting around involved. When taking your little ones on such a long journey, you need to plan ahead and prepare as much as you can. Sadly for us we live 4205 miles from Walt Disney World, but luckily our Little Peter Pan has always been such a good traveller. He has never known anything else, his first flight being a nine and a half hour journey across the Atlantic at twenty one months old. Now he is a little older we tend to go the indirect route a lot more, allowing us to spend more at the all important destination.
We try to make our journey as fun as we can, with new Disney inspired outfits to add to the excitement. For our last trip, Quinn chose Cami & Chlo’s perfect Yo Ho Yo Ho a Disney Life For Me shirt to start our adventure, his favourite Walt Disney World varsity jacket and of course his Peter Pan hat. We don’t travel anywhere without his Disney Parks Stitch pillow pet. It is perfect for napping during the flight and Quinn also uses it as his pillow in the hotel for that added home comfort. His Peter Pan plush has also travelled with us since he has been two years old, but this trip Quinn decided to take the newly updated version from Disney Store UK. It was only right to let him share in as much fun and adventure as his older plush!
As many other 7 year olds, Quinn loves to draw so we always ensure to pack plenty paper and colouring pens and also some headphones for watching an inflight movie. These and playing games on his iPad keeps him entertained during the whole flight. Quinn’s headphones are from Leapfrog, they don’t hurt his ears at all, have built in sound control and are a winner as they are in his favourite colour green. We usually always bring a small travel game such as snakes and ladders or a pack of playing cards. Last but not least, we always ensure to bring plenty of snacks with us. If you are a parent to a fussy eater you will understand the importance of this!
Exploring the airport shops and taking a look at the souvenirs is another fun way to pass the time whilst waiting. Depending on the time of year, there may be some characters walking around or even some entertainment. Most airports we visit have a kids play area, Quinn’s favourite being the Plane Fun area at Miami International Airport. Here you can learn how it feels to be a pilot, take a flight on a hot air balloon and take control of the flight tower. Very fun and educational too.
We always hire a car to get us to and around Walt Disney World and when theres a road trip involved like last trip, an all important playlist needs to be made. The songs on our trips playlist ranged from Disney classics such as Peter Pan to The Greatest Showman. A sing along definitely makes the car journey feel much quicker! The song of our trip was Thunder by Imagine Dragons, which Quinn became obsessed with after watching our friend Dustin’s latest Dubsmash video before we left!
With our plans already well under way for our next Disney adventure, i cant wait to start packing and do it all again! Do you have any tips on travelling with kids to share? Leave a message in the comments as i would love to hear any you may have.