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Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) – What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) – What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Planes, Trains, Automobiles (And Monorails) - What to Expect When Getting Around Orlando

Last Update: June 17th, 2020

We are thrilled that the theme parks and activities in Orlando are slowly opening and we are able to start building new and exciting memories for our families again. We wanted to put together a list of some of the most important new rules and procedures to ease your mind and ensure that your travels to and around the Orlando area are as safe, efficient, and as stress-free as possible! 

Orlando International Airport

In preparation for summer travel, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority has been working closely with federal and local partners to carry out additional safety procedures and to observe any developments regarding COVID-19.

Some of the safety procedures that you can expect to see implemented in the airport are: 

  • Plastic guards at check-in, security, and in any shops/restaurants
  • All employees are required to wear masks and gloves as well as eye coverings in certain positions
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols 
  • Social distance markings on the floors
  • Signs displaying healthy travel tips and social distancing reminders 

For additional information please click here.

Florida Border Patrol

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has implemented check points for anyone traveling into Florida by roadway. A check point that was originally place on I-10 for guests traveling from Alabama to Florida has officially been lifted, but a check point placed on I-95 is still active.

All motorists traveling from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Louisiana are required to complete forms with their trip details and contact information. Individuals from these states are directed to quarantine for a 14 day period starting from the time of entry into Florida, or for the full length of time that each person is present in Florida (whichever period of time is shorter).

 

Transportation / Parking

Disney recently released an update regarding transportation. They have confirmed that the complimentary Magical Express buses will still be available for resort guests to take to and from the Orlando International Airport. 

Self parking will still be available at each of the parks and at all resorts. In order to enter one of the Disney resorts, guests must have a valid resort reservation or dining reservation. Valet parking will not be available, but special assistance will be accessible for guests with disabilities.  

In regards to transportation around Disney property, the shuttle buses, trams, boats, and monorails will all be running at limited capacity with social distancing measures in place. Please allow for extra travel time due to any delays.  

The Minnie Lyft Vans will be unavailable to guests upon reopening, but other options for transportation include Uber and Lyft or private transportation. Both Uber and Lyft have been working to ensure that all of their riders and drivers are as safe and healthy as possible.  

In the past, many of our My VIP Tour families have the pleasure of working with our transportation partner, Sohail and his team at JLS Exclusive Transportation. His services can be used for traveling to and from the airport and between hotel resorts and theme parks. Once Disney opens, they will have a better understanding of how things will operate in terms of logistics, but all drivers will be required to wear masks, and each vehicle will be sanitized between transfers. Due to this, it is recommended that your transfers are scheduled in advance, or you give them at least a full one hour notice of when you need to be picked up to avoid any delays.

 

Stroller Rentals

Our preferred stroller vendor, Orlando Stroller Rentals, have always done a wonderful job of making sure each and every one of their strollers are completely sanitized. Along with implementing their cleaning procedures (using only non-toxic cleaning products!) they have also been very accommodating to all guests who have needed to cancel or reschedule their reservations.

Our goal is to ensure that all of our families are having the absolute best and safest experience. We will be updating you along the way with any changes in policies or safety procedures. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any additional questions or concerns. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Orlando!

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Packing for Disney – 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Packing for Disney – 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Packing for Disney - 5 Things to Pack and 5 to Skip

Throughout my life, I have been a notorious over-packer. Whether it is for a week long trip or a quick weekend getaway, our suitcases are always overflowing with things that I just can’t decide if we’ll need or not (usually, we don’t)!

Thankfully, the one place I seem to get it right is Disney. No-one wants to start their vacation to the Most Magical Place on Earth, by lugging overweight suitcases through the airport. Below are my top 5 recommended things to pack that are worth the space, and 5 that you can skip.

5 Things to Pack

1. Reusable Face Masks

When the parks reopen on July 11th, Disney will be requiring all cast members and guests ages 2 and older to wear a face mask. This, along with other new protocols have been implemented to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. We say, if you have to wear a face mask, it might as well be a cute one! Shop Disney has released a variety of masks that come in fun themed 4 packs for $19.99. Ranging from Toy Story and Marvel to classic Disney characters and princess, you’ll have many cute styles to choose from. You can also find some adorable and less expensive options online via Etsy. If you are the creative type, you can learn how to make your own here! We would love to see your custom Disney masks!

2. Refillable Water Bottles

Not only is this an eco-friendly option to stay hydrated, it is a cost effective one too! A bottle of water purchased at one of the many snack carts and quick service restaurants in the park ranges from $2.50 – $3.50 a bottle. Buying water throughout the hot Orlando days can get expensive, at least $12.50 every time a family of 5 gets thirsty. Thankfully, Disney has water fountains all throughout the parks, and all quick service locations provide free cups of ice water. Keeping your refillable water bottle handy will keep you hydrated, and keep those dollars in your wallet!

3. Comfortable Shoes

The entire Walt Disney Resort is a whopping 40 square miles, as big as the city of San Francisco! Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park (Disney’s largest) comes in at over 400 acres alone. Needless to say, you and your family will getting plenty of steps in, and you do not want to have sore feet! My last trip to the Magic Kingdom I raked in almost 20k steps. It is tempting to pick a variety of cute shoes for your trip, but stick to what is comfortable for your time in the parks! 

4. Clothes for a Night Out

While in the parks, we always recommend being as comfortable as possible. It can get very hot, and you are doing a lot of walking, so you can never go wrong with air-wick shirts and shorts. However, there are so many fantastic restaurants on property that have a dress code that you do not want to miss out on! Signature Dining restaurants have a dress code which include khakis, slacks or dress shorts with a collared shirt for men, and capri’s, skirts, dress shorts or dresses for women. Jeans may work if they are clean and in good condition and sport coats are optional.

5. Disposable Poncho

With a trip to Florida, you are bound to get lots of Sunshine, but also lots of rain depending on the time of year that you visit. Florida receives up to 70% of its rainfall in the months of May – June. Thankfully, most Florida rainstorms end as quickly as they started, but if you do not come prepared, you will get wet! Instead of buying a poncho in the park, which you can purchase for around $10 per poncho, it’s smart to bring a pack of disposable ponchos with you which you can purchase for about $1 and throw away when you are done (instead of trying to store a wet poncho in your hotel room!).

5 Things to Skip

1. Large Wagon Strollers

While wagons can be tempting to bring as a way to transport snacks and toddlers alike, they have recently been banned from all Disney Parks. Most single and double strollers are permitted and they are much easier to maneuver through the crowds. Strollers and wagons larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm) in length are not permitted. 

If you do not wish to pack your own stroller, you can rent one from a third party vendor such as Orlando Stroller Rentals to be delivered to your resort, or rent a stroller in the park each morning.

 

2. Loose Ice and Large Coolers

Just like strollers, Disney has recently put size constraints on coolers as well. Coolers can be no larger than 24x15x18 and cannot be filled with loose ice. Bringing your own snacks and food into the park is allowed, however, you will want to make sure you can keep it in a smaller cooler with ice packs.

For guests who need a larger cooler for things like breast milk or medication, stop by the first aid and baby care stations which are located in each theme park for guidance. 

3. Selfie Sticks

Guests will have to be more creative when it comes to getting the perfect selfie, as selfie sticks are not allowed in the parks.  This is due to the danger they pose to guests trying to use them on high speed rides, and the potential for falls when guests are not paying attention to where they are walking. To get a great group photo, do not hesitate to go to any of the Disney PhotoPass cast members. Cast members can take your picture and link them to your My Disney Experience Account with a quick swipe of your magic band. They are also free to take photos on your personal cameras and phones as well.

4. Shampoo and Body Wash

I have found that the quickest way to put your luggage over the maximum 50 pounds an airline allows is to fill it with bath products! Thankfully, Disney has equipped every resort bathroom with shampoo, conditioner and body wash from their H2O plus hair and body care line. The Sea Salt and Sea Marine (eucalyptus and aloe) scented products have become so popular, that you can purchase the whole extended line online at shopdisney.com

5. First Aid Items

As a mother of a 4 year old boy who might as well be just one scrape and bruise, it is tempting to pack first aid items wherever we go. To my relief, You can get many first aid items over the counter and some times for free at the first aid stations which are located within each park.

24 hour in-room medical care is also available at each Disney Resort all by clicking the “front desk” button on your in room phone.

 Packing for a vacation, especially when you are traveling with children is never an easy task, but hopefully this list will help you pack lighter and more efficiently. Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments what your must pack or must skip items are!

 

About Me
Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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It's Time to Remember the Magic

“We’re going to Disney World!”, is a phrase synonymous with celebrations and joy. Everyone wants to celebrate life’s wins, joys and celebrations at the happiest place on Earth, Walt Disney World. From Super Bowl wins, to high school graduations and family reunions, people have flocked to experience the magic since the Magic Kingdom opened in October 1971. 

The uncertainty in the air, surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic has led us all into the realities of our “new normal”. We have more of an awareness of our hygiene practices ie: washing our hands for 20 seconds, hand sanitizing, cleaning of surfaces and other precautions. We wear masks in public and have socially and physically distanced ourselves from coworkers, friends, family and shared spaces. 

Even the happiest place on Earth is not immune to this new normal. Long gone are the days of kissing Mickey Mouse on the nose, or crowding close with friendly strangers to view the fireworks. Does this mean your theme park experience will change and be different from what you have grown accustomed to? Absolutely. Does this mean that your time at Disney will be less magical? Absolutely not!

 Here are just some of the reasons why My VIP Tour feels that NOW is still the best time to pack your bags and experience the joy that is Walt Disney World.

Meet Your VIP Guide Before Your Trip

We are so fortunate to have an incredible team of VIP guides. Each VIP guide has an incredible sense of how to make a day in the park even more magical adding special touches here and there with the goal of making sure you end your day having built better memories with your family that will last a lifetime. 

Your VIP guide will schedule a FaceTime call with your family prior to your day in the park. This is the perfect time to get to know them a bit, learn more about what to expect during your day with them, and ask any questions you may have.

Our guides will also go over new park protocol and policies with you. This way everyone knows what to expect and eliminates some “fear of the unknown” Especially for the little ones. We understand that wearing masks, and temperature check points can be scary, and we want to eliminate that fear as much as we possibly can. Mickey Mouse just wants to make sure everyone stays safe & healthy!

Your Kids Will Only be This Age Once

The saying “The days are long, but the years are short” is one that resonates with me deeply now that I have children of my own. I swear my children were born, I blinked and now my son is getting ready to start preschool in the fall, and my two year old daughter is chatting up a storm. I wish I could freeze time and soak up every second of this age. They will never be this little again. 

No matter if your children are little like mine, or have entered their teen or adult years. They are only going to be this age once, the time is now! Today they may love princesses and revel in the magic of the park, tomorrow they may just be “too cool”. 

Yes, the magic is different from what we remember, but watching your children look around in wonder at Cinderella’s Castle, or hearing their screams of excitement on Big Thunder Mountain is magic, with mask or without. Soak this age up while you can.

Spot Characters in Their Element Throughout the Parks

In the timeline of Disney history, designated character meet and greet spots are fairly new. In this scenario, you wait in a line to meet a character, and by the time you have reached your turn, maybe your child is too shy or scared for a picture (I know this one from experience!). For many children, seeing beloved characters up close and personal can often be a little overwhelming. 

We anticipate that while these character experiences are temporarily gone, you will still have the opportunity to see your favorite characters walking through the park, giving your little ones the chance to see their favorite characters without having to get too close. 

Many characters in the parks already do this. Often, you can see the evil stepsisters from Cinderella and Peter Pan walking through Fantasyland, or Storm Troopers and Rey roaming Galaxy’s Edge. Your little ones may not get their autograph, but the atmosphere of magic and wonder still exists!

Form New Memories to Celebrate the End of Your Quarantine 

The majority of us have been in varying states of self-quarantine since the middle of March. My children have maybe been in a car two or three times in the last three months, and believe me, we are all ready for a change of scenery. 

With distance learning, mom and dad working from home, not having the ability to spend significant time with friends or family, most everyone is excited for the ability to go have some fun and build more memories together. What better place to do that than Walt Disney World.

View the Parade & Fireworks from the Comfort of Your Room

While Disney has announced that some of the shows and experiences that we have come to know and love and normally draw large crowds have been placed on hold, that does not mean you can no longer experience them.

Parades and fireworks are always magical, however, pushing your way through a crowd, or waiting hours for a prime viewing spot is not. Thankfully, our team at My VIP Tour are creating kits to help you experience the magic from your very own resort room. With popcorn, snacks and a link to view the parade and fireworks, you’ll get to put on your pj’s, watch the shows, and head to bed for Disney dreams. What a great way to end your day!

Will it be different? Of course. Is being in a mask ideal? No, but if I have to wear a mask, I much rather be wearing my mask in front of Cinderella’s Castle than at my local grocery store. It is truly never a bad time to build better memories in the parks with your loved ones. We are so excited to be a part of your magical Disney experience.

About Me
Hi everyone! My name is Kara and I am so excited to help you plan a magical Disney vacation. My love of Disney started during my very first trip there in March of 1994. Disney quickly became my family’s “happy place”. There was never any question, when it was time for a vacation, we packed our bags and headed to the most magical place on Earth. Nowadays, it is extra special for me to experience the Disney magic again through the eyes of my 4 year old son, Liam, and 2 year old daughter, Jennie. Seeing their eyes light up when Mickey and Minnie pass by and seeing their faces all sticky from Mickey ice cream bars make special memories that only Disney can bring. I can’t wait to help you build those memories together as a family!

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Things to do in Orlando

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Things to do in Orlando Aside from the Theme Parks

While Orlando may be best known for its fun-filled theme parks, they are definitely not all that the “City Beautiful”  has to offer. If you’re looking to take a break from the craziness of Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld there are still plenty of amazing experiences to choose from. Whether you’re looking for a fun place to have dinner or you want an activity to fill the whole day, the following five suggestions are a can’t miss for families of all ages!

1. Disney Springs

     The perfect way to get a small dose of Disney without having to fully venture into the crowded and hectic parks. Located approximately  seven minutes from Magic Kingdom, Disney Springs  is the perfect escape to meet all of your dining, shopping and entertainment needs. 

     With over 64 dining options, including table-service, quick-service, lounges and more, even the pickiest of eaters will be able to find something! Some of our favorite restaurants include The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, Jaleo, STK. If you’re looking for something more child friendly, T-REX is a must-do. However, if you are looking for a more quick bite to eat while exploring there are plenty of options, such as Blaze Pizza or The Polite Pig. Don’t forget to stop for dessert as well! Some favorites include Sprinkles and Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop.

     The entertainment options are never-ending as well. Whether you want to shoot some hoops at the NBA Experience, fly high in the Aerophile hot air balloon, step into The Void with virtual reality, be amazed by the acrobatics at Cirque de Soleil or simply catch a movie, they have it all!

2. City Walk

     Located right outside of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, this is another quick getaway option. Branded as “The Epicenter of Awesome”, there is not much else to say!

     While some of the dining options here do not take reservations, there are still a lot of delicious options. Some of our favorite table-service restaurants include Cowfish, Vivo, Antojitos and Bigfire. If you are in the mood for something more on-the-go there is plenty to choose from, such as Moe’s Southwest Grill, Fusion Bistro Sushi and Hot Dog Hall of Fame. Some sweet spots include Voodoo Doughnut and Cinnabon – Yum!

     For a family night out you could catch a flick at the Cinemark movie theatre, play putt putt at Hollywood Drive-In Golf or be amazed by the eccentric Blue Man Group. If you’re rolling with a more adult crowd you can check out the live music at some of the bars or sing some karaoke at Rising Star.

3. I-Drive

     Located right in the core of Orlando, this area is comparable to the Las Vegas strip. Full of dining, shopping, entertainment and nightlife there is something for every member of the family! 

     In addition to popular sit-down and quick-service restaurants, such as Uncle Julio’s, Charley’s Steakhouse and Sugar Factory, there are a bunch of fun dinner shows to choose from as well! Shimmy your feathers at Mango’s Tropical Cafe, laugh it up at the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show or become a detective at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show

     If entertainment is what you’re searching for then there is no shortage here. For those who are not terrified of heights you can take on the ICON 360 Observation Wheel or the Orlando Starflyer, which is the world’s tallest swing ride! Other options include, but are not limited to, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Wonderworks and Sea Life Aquarium.

4. Wild Florida

     If you are interested in seeing Florida’s native wildlife and foliage up close then the best way to do so is abroad an airboat at Wild Florida. Cruise through the Everglades while an experienced captain points out alligators, eagles and other wildlife that make up this incredible ecosystem. Each ride is sure to be different than the one before – you never know what you will see! 

     Another new addition to the park is their Drive-Thru Safari. Discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming free all from the comfort of your own car. Within the 85 acres you may see zebra, eland antelope, scimitar oryx, American bison, mouflon sheep, and more! You even have the opportunity to meet and feed giraffes from an elevated feeding platform. Between all of the animal shows and encounters offered, there will never be a dull moment.

5. Gatorland

     What would a trip to Florida be without visiting “The Alligator Capital of the World”? Gatorland has alligators and crocodiles of all ages and sizes, including super rare white leucistic alligators. For those brave enough – take on the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and launch from 65 feet above. Board an off-road vehicle adventure, meet a gator face-to-face, catch a show or even become a trainer for the day. 

     If gators are a little too intense for you, don’t worry, there are other animals available to meet! Birds, big cats, snakes and tortoises also call the land home. 

Next time you are visiting or looking for a way to kill some time make sure to try out some of these locations. Orlando has fun experiences for every age around every corner!

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5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

5 Ways to Experience Fall’s Finest at the Walt Disney World Resort

Apple Picking, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, … Disney World? While the temperature in Orlando doesn’t always feel like Fall come September, the creative minds at Walt Disney World prove year in and year out that fall is one of the best times of year to experience the parks. The team here at My VIP Tour can make sure you experience the best of the best with your VIP guide. From Halloween Parties, to Food & Wine, there are so many ways to build better memories with your family with a private Disney VIP tour this fall.

#1 Experience Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge now open in Hollywood Studios!

     Guests will find themselves on planet Batuu in the middle of the Star Wars galaxy! Try galactic treats such as the popular blue milk or Mustafarian Lava Rolls, build your own lightsaber (ahem, I mean “scrap metal” for the locals) and help fly new interactive ride, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (ask your Disney VIP guide how to get prime seating as a pilot!)

#2 The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival!

      Back by popular demand (for the 24th time!) Running daily through November 23rd, guests can eat and drink their way through 30 unique pop up pavilions ranging from fan favorites China and Australia, to newcomers The Alps and The Donut Box. Foodies who want the full Disney VIP experience will love culinary demonstrations and beverage seminars along with celebrity chef meet and greets as well. The Eat to the Beat Concert series which runs nightly with artists from Sugar Ray, Hanson and Boyz II Men will give you a great way to dance away those calories!

#3 Get Spooked at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!

     Guests are already loving the new fireworks show “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” that was added to the party line up this year. Perennial fan favorite such as “Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade”  has returned as well. Want a front row spot? Join Cruella DeVil and friends at Cruella’s Halloween Hide-A-Way for appetizers and treats followed by reserved seating for the parade. Make sure to include this experience in your Disney VIP Tour!  Don’t forget that Mickey’s invited you to join him by wearing your best costume!

#4 Show off your dance moves as Hakuna Matata Dance Party takes its final bow at Animal Kingdom!

     Put your dancing shoes on one last time as the Hakuna Matata Dance Party ends its run this fall. The final family friendly show filled with music, dancing and games ends on September 30th 2019.

#5 Put your skills to the test at the all new NBA Experience in Disney Springs!

      This new experience is perfect for all of the future NBA & WNBA hopefuls in your family! Guests can step on the hardcourt to dribble, shoot, dunk & score. Don’t know much about basketball? That’s ok! Guests can enjoy multiple interactive displays, films & trivia to learn more about the game.

Whatever it is that you decide to experience this fall the team at My VIP Tour is dedicated to creating the best memories for you and your loved ones. Let your Disney VIP guide customize a tour just for you!

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Navigating the Airport & Plane Rides with Kids

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Navigating the Airport and Plane Rides With Kids Like a Pro

If you are anything like me, the idea of traveling with little ones can be daunting. Navigating an airport by yourself can be intimidating. Throw in a few small children and all the extra gear into the mix and no wonder why more families don’t travel often. Thankfully, a lot of airlines and airports have caught on, and done a great job at becoming more family friendly. Additions such as mobile apps for the airports, mommy & me nursing pods, and kid play spaces have made traveling a little more manageable. 

Since I am not a native Floridian, myself, my husband and our two children do a lot of flying back and forth between Massachusetts, New Jersey and Florida to visit family. Along the way, I have learned a lot (mostly by trial and error) about how to make traveling with small kids as stress free as possible. Here are my top 5 suggestions

#1 Pack the car as much as possible the night before

     My family and I tend to book flights early in the morning. This way we get to our destination as early as possible to have more time to enjoy our trip. We always make sure our car is packed the night before with as much as we can to avoid the chaos of packing everything in the morning. We also have our kids sleep in the outfits they will be traveling in. This way mom and dad wake up first, pack up just the last minute essentials, get the kids in the car and go. No one likes getting a cranky toddler dressed in the morning!

#2 Baby Wear through Security

     My ErgoBaby carrier has been a lifesaver when traveling with my little ones. TSA allows parents to go through security screenings while carrying their babies, as long as there isn’t any metal on your carrier. If you chose to do this (which I highly recommend you do) a TSA agent will just swab your hands. (Sidenote: some lotions and hair product residue on your hands may cause you to test false positive for explosive material, trust me, I learned the hard way in Newark International Airport!).  

     Nursing and formula feeding mom’s rest assured that formula, water bottles (for formula) and breastmilk do not have to follow the liquid limit guidelines for TSA. Just notify the agent that you have it with you, and they will take it aside to screen is separately. 

#3 Invest in TSA Precheck

     It was reported that in March of 2019, 92% of TSA Pre Check members waited only 5 minutes or less to get through security! This is a HUGE perk especially if you are traveling at peak times throughout the year. For a yearly fee of $85, you can gain access to a special security line and not have to worry about removing your shoes, belts and laptops from your bags. You can learn more or sign up at https://www.tsa.gov/precheck.

#4 Run Laps Around the Airport

     I am talking hypothetical laps here. My 3 year old has an amazing amount of energy. From sun up to sun down, he can run circles around us. Once we have settled in at our airport gate, my husband and I usually take turns walking around the airport terminal with him. The goal is to let him shake all the sillies out and use as much energy as possible before we make him sit still for a few hours during the flight. 

     You can also bring your little ones carseat on to the plan with you. According to the FAA it must be placed in the window seat. We did this for my son when he was about 2. He was familiar with his car seat, so he had no issues being buckled in for a few hours, and it helped us retain some sanity knowing he was in 1 spot instead of running up and down the isles of the plane. 

#5 Use a pacifier, bottle or nursing session to help with take off & landing

     Take off and landing can be the toughest portion of the flight for both adults and small children due to the changing air pressure in the airplane cabin. As an adult, we know the tips and tricks (ie: popping your ears, chewing gum etc…) it is much harder to explain this to a child. I’ve found that using a pacifier, giving a bottle or nursing is a very helpful ways to get a child’s ears to pop an adjust during those time. For toddlers, things like lollipops and juice boxes can do the trick as well.

     These are just a few of the things that help my family survive traveling and help make our trips more stress free. What are some of your favorite tricks?

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