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  • On Jan 20, 2012
    Susan from ON 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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    Ashley F. What age would you suggest a child be before their parents take them to Disney World? I didn't take my daughters until they were 5 years old but now that I'm a grandmother my daughters are biting at the bit to take their children. T.Y.

    Hello Susan!

    Thank you so much for your question.  This is one I get asked a lot, especially because we've made the choice to have our children visit Walt Disney World at very young ages.

    My honest answer is that it is never too early to start vacationing with your children at Disney World!  While our children may never remember visiting at one or two years old, I know those memories are always firmly in my mind and heart.  It was amazing hearing my son speak some of his first words (Mickey and Jiminy), watching my daughter sit and have a chat with Princess Aurora, and watching them share their first Mickey Ice Cream Bar together.  At six months old, my daughter was enthralled with the characters and giggled the entire time she was on it's a small world.

    Taking smaller children to Walt Disney World also makes us slow down and appreciate things more.  We can't go crazy running around the parks.  We need to take time to rest and enjoy the resort and pool.  It's like it forces us to stop and smell the roses.

    There are plenty of attractions perfectly suited for smaller children as well.  Only a select number of rides at Walt Disney World have a height requirement.  We never found it hard to find something our children loved to ride or see.  The Baby Care Centers located in each of the four major theme parks are a great resource as well.  I used them frequently.

    And, the best thing is children under three do not need a ticket! 

    So, I say tell your daughters to go for it!  It's never too early to make magical memories with your children and grandchildren.

    I could go on and on about this topic!  It's so near and dear to my heart.  Please do not hesitate to come back and ask me anything about traveling with little ones.

    Have a very magical day!
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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New York

I'm a military wife and mom to two little ones who is either on a Walt Disney World vacation or planning our next one!  Learn More About Ashley

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