Traveling With Kids -
Child Psych 101
As of now, Barbara and I have but one child...and
our son is only a toddler. Therefore, I am still an expert in
the area of child theme park psychology. In fact, my expertise
will continue until such time as my son gets beyond the pre-school
hierarchy of needs. Dr. Spock I am not - and I'm proud
of that fact, since I don't agree with most of the venerable
doctor's philosophy of child-rearing. Keep that in mind
as you consider for yourself what pieces of my advice you want
to apply or not.
I'm probably an optimist, but I think that in
general kids behave reasonably...if you are reasonable in return.
A child is not likely to scream bloody murder about riding Dumbo,
if he is assured that he will be able to ride Dumbo later --
but only if his previous experience confirms that he will indeed
ride Dumbo later. If history tells him that the only way to
ride Dumbo is to pitch a huge fit so you'll let him ride now,
then you're in for a long trip.
Timing Considerations with Kids
Comedian Steven Wright says that "you can
walk anywhere if you have the time." That philosophy can
be restated "you can do everything at WDW if you have the
time." However, when traveling with children it will take
longer to get things done. Expect it. Even a fast food meal
can become a marathon if the kids are playing with their fries,
having mini-food fights, spending too much time watching other
guests walk by, and dawdling in general. The obvious having
been said, plan your time loosely, schedule daily breaks from
the hubbub of the parks (see the next section), and don't allow
your schedule to drive you. Take your time...