Mom and daughter on Dumbo
  • On Jul 23, 2020
    Ashley from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi! My daughter will turn 2 next year in September and i'm wanting to plan on going that following October or November. At 2 years of age, is it worth going? What are things that she can be included in? Advantages of going at such a young age?

    Hi Ashley! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I'd love to chat with you about one of my favorite topics - enjoying the Most Magical Place on Earth with the youngest Mouseketeers!

    My little prince and princess have visited the Disney Parks as infants and toddlers, and every trip has been special in its own way. I have such fond memories watching my babies gaze at Cinderella Castle and catch their first glimpse of Mickey Mouse.

    The best part of bringing your two-year-old is that she can visit the theme parks as Mickey's guest; paid admission is only required for visitors ages 3 and older. Additionally, she can eat from an adult's plate at most all-you-care-to-enjoy dining experiences, so make sure to reserve several "meals with character" to make the most of this benefit. The Crystal Palace and Cape May Cafe were a few of my daughter's favorites as a two-year-old.

    In terms of rides and in-park experiences, your daughter can enjoy any attraction for which she meets the height requirement. You can view a list of attractions and height requirements here. My children are fairly average in size, and they both inched onto the Barnstormer (35") before they turned 3, but didn't quite make the cut for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (38") until the following year. 

    Fortunately, most attractions at Walt Disney World are perfect for all ages. Some of my daughter's favorite attractions as a two-year-old were: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Frozen Ever After, Toy Story Mania, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Interactive live entertainment is great for little ones, and my kids' early favorites were Festival of the Lion King and the Disney Junior Dance Party! Meeting favorite Disney friends is a must-do, and my little princess had fantastic interactions last summer with the Frozen sisters at the Royal Sommerhus in EPCOT and Tiana and Rapunzel in the Magic Kingdom. 

    Disney Resort Hotels have fabulous amenities and activities for little ones that will enhance your vacation. We enjoy the ease of onsite transportation (no need to pack a car seat!) and proximity to the theme parks. Disney's Contemporary Resort is extra convenient, as it is within walking distance to the Magic Kingdom Park. Disney's Port Orleans Resort - French Quarter is another great choice when traveling with youngsters given its compact size and central location. Disney's Art of Animation Resort is an awesome spot for an animation fan.

    I hope this has given you some things to think about as you begin to plan your magical vacation! Feel free to come back and see us again as you think of more questions. We love to help!

    Betsy 
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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