|Disney Magic Kingdom during the fireworks show|
This is part 1 in a multi-part series on traveling to Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL based on our trip in 2014.
Both of our little guys struggle with ADHD in addition to other challenges; so does my husband. When it comes to planning trips, I am (understandably) the planner and schedule maintainer. We took our first trip to Disney World last spring and are currently planning our next trip, so I thought it might be helpful to other families thinking about doing the same to share some of the things we learned from our last trip.
I knew Disney would be overwhelming for my boys and husband because … well, STIMULATION EVERYWHERE! So I wanted to have a very clear and concise plan of attack. Disney vacations aren’t super cheap and I wanted to make sure the entire experience was enjoyable for everyone. I also wanted to make sure we got the best bang for our buck! I’m going to be sharing some of the things we learned from our last trip that helped make our Disney World vacation successful last year, which we plan to apply to our upcoming trip this year.
Part 1 – Flying with ADHD Children to Disney World
1. Take a Late Flight if Possible!
2. Pack Snacks, Games and Charged Electronics in Each Kid’s “Plane Bag”.
Especially when you have kids with SPD, you want to make sure you do what you can to help them with the changes in pressure on their eardrums. We find lollipops and gum are helpful, but it really depends on your child’s age as to what may be the best fit. Always keep an eye on sleepy little ones as you obviously don’t want them falling asleep with anything in their mouths. We found that since we took a late flight our kids fell asleep and were less upset about their “popping” ears than we anticipated!
“Plane Bag” Tip: Pack chargers in your children’s “plane bags” or your carry-ons if you can’t trust them with the chargers in their bags.
Charging Tip: While there are charging stations in the airport, we often found they were very busy or positioned in very busy areas. I’d anticipate using one as a last resort just in case.
4. Pack a Change of Clothes, Pjs, Meds and Toothbrush in Carry-Ons.
5. Anticipate the Wait!
6. You Can Never Have Too Many Sanitizing Wipes.
8. Decent Over-the-Ear Headphones Are A Must
9. Discuss the Plan
10. Designate Which Adult Will Manage Which Child/Children
Do you have some amazing ADHD flying tips? Share them!