Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On May 16, 2012
    Jessica from ME Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    What age is "too young" to enjoy Disney? My son is two and I have another baby boy on the way. I have never been to Disney and dream of taking my boys when they are old enough. How old should my little one be before I start planning? Thanks.

    Welcome back to the Moms Panel Jessica!

    I can guarantee that you will get different answers to this question depending on whom you ask.  Personally, I waited until my son was five years old to take him for his first Walt Disney World vacation.  Since we were flying, I wanted to make sure that he was old enough to travel without much fuss on the plane.  At five, I also figured there would be very few attractions at Walt Disney World he couldn't enjoy.  I also knew he wouldn't fear the Disney characters at that age.  In fact, he could name nearly all of them.

    However, I've heard many of my fellow Moms Panelists argue that even though infants and toddlers may not remember all the details of their trips to Walt Disney World, it is a special experience to take them there anyway.  The memories made by the parents are priceless.  Little ones enjoy Walt Disney World in their own way.  When my nephew was a toddler, he loved the fountains and colorful parades at Walt Disney World.  Watching him interact with Mickey Mouse was truly magical.  I'm so pleased that I could share that moment with him.

    I wish I could give you a more definitive answer but your decision should really depend on what you hope to glean from the experience.  If you want precious memories of your infant and toddler discovering Disney, then take them soon!  If you would prefer to wait until both of your sons will be able to retain concrete memories from the experience, then four or five-years-old might be a better age.  

    Good luck with your decision!

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Meet the Panelist: Jill, New Jersey

Lesson plans, college plans, vacation a teacher, college counselor, and incurable Disney fan I find myself constantly planning.  I love to share advice with friends who have yet to experience all that Walt Disney World has to offer! Learn More About Jill

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