Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jul 4, 2013
    Christina Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I was advice to take my children before they turn three because they get in free. I want to know what would be the best time to go since my oldest birthday is september 7? We plan on going two years in advance 2015. Just trying to plan earlier.

    Hi Christina! It is indeed true that children under three do not need a park ticket to enter the parks. Please note that they also will not be allowed to participate in the dining plans. Many guests like to take advantage of the Disney Dining Plans or Free Dining but that will only be available to guests three and above.

    As far as time of year to travel to Walt Disney World it is a tough decision for many families. Summers are vacation months but they are also the hottest and wettest months of the year for that part of Florida. The heat can really zap the energy from kids and parents and sometimes the parks won't seem quite as magical. One of my favorite times of the year is the fall but primarily in November up to Thanksgiving. The weather has lost some of the humidity yet can still be nice and warm and sunny during the days. Rainy days are at a minimum and crowds generally are not too crazy. Another good time is January and February as long as you are not planning a trip during one of the weekend holidays. Swim time is a bit less during those months as the mornings and evenings can be quite cool but handling the parks with little ones is so much easier when you are cool and comfy.

    Picking the best time for a Disney trip is very personal and depends on your priorities. I understand you are trying to beat some birthday but make sure you pick a time that is going to be agreeable to you for weather and crowds as well. Younger children will need more breaks during the days and also more attention when it comes to dining. Also remember that Walt Disney World is full of wonderful character meet and greets which makes a Disney experience memorable and sometimes younger children won't want to participate in these as it is very strange and foreign to them. Take all of these things into consideration and pick a date. Let me know what else I can do to help you with your planning once that is set and you have a reservation in hand!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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