Sunday, December 29, 2013

Make Car Rides to Disney FUN!

For our family, it’s about a 10 hour drive from our front door to Walt Disney World. We try to only drive interstates and we try to make as few stops as possible for gas, food, restrooms and stretches! The faster we get there, the faster we begin playing in our happy place. The only downside is we are all in the car together for 10 hours!

Here are some of the distractions we use for the boys during our travels. Some of these can also be used on a plane trip! 
  • I always pack goody bags for the boys with Disney themed games, books, coloring books, movies, snacks, etc. You can see an example above. I have put everything in the bag at the start of the trip and I have slowly given the treats as we travel. Both worked fine for us. 
  • When you do have to stop, make it a multi-purpose stop! Get gas, snacks, and use the restroom all at the same time. Stop for lunch and let the kids run around on the playground if you are eating fast food or in the grass at a rest stop for a picnic. 
  • Play group games in the car: I spy, car bingo, the ABC game, the color game, or the license tag game. Include as many family members as possible. 
  • Make a Disney themed playlist or CD for the car ride. 
  • Watch a Disney movie in the car or listen to a Disney book on CD. 
  • If your kids are older, bring a hand held game system for them to play or download Disney themed games onto the iPad, Kindle or whatever tablet or phone you own.
  • Consider making some sort of “payment” or reward system for good behavior. Pay the kids with play money that can be cashed in and used for souvenirs at the destination. Or clip clothespins with each kids name on the sun visor and remove when they misbehave. Reward the kids at each stop who still have their clip up. 
For additional ideas search on Pinterest for “Car Trip”, “Car Travel with Kids”, etc. or see what I have pinned here!

What ideas do you have for keeping your kids occupied as you travel to Walt Disney World?
Love Our Disney


  1. Oh how I miss these car trips to WDW! Car bingo, sing alongs, the building anticipation and the "jumping out of your skin" feeling when you drove beneath the WDW archway. I'd say you have the trip wired Beth!!

  2. I like the idea of a reward system! We have a 16 hour drive so you could imagine it can get testy.

  3. Great tips Beth! I miss the fun games we played on those long car rides. I love your ingenious reward system. That must make the ride much easier!

  4. Great tips! I always make a road trip goody bag too :) We pack our lunch in the car and only stop to get gas and stretch. We pack a travel potty for the kids to use. Love your idea for payment for reward money to redeem at the destination :)

  5. Amazing! Kids won't get bored at all with all these! Cheers!