Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Jun 23, 2008
    Stephanie from PA 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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    My family and I are planning a trip to disney around May 2010. My daughter will only be 3 then. Do you think she is to young to go or will she be ok? I just wanted other mom's opinions

    I'm so jealous! If I could go again with a young child, I would savor every moment. In a blink of an eye, my 8 year old son is now more interested in Space Mountain than soaring with Dumbo. This was the first vacation that he didn't even ask to fly with the beloved elephant.

    The wonder through a preschooler's eyes is precious. My son visited at the age of 2. Were there difficulties? Of course. But the magic far outweighed the times when he wouldn't sit still during a meal or refused to sit in his stroller. I wasn't prepared for taking things slow and especially not for having to stop and look at ducks and squirrels in the Magic Kingdom. After all, these are not exotic animals and we do have them in PA. But when slowing down I was able to absorb some of the sights of that I had never stopped to see on trips prior to being a parent. Now, we are traveling at lightspeed again but those years were so magical that I am still brought to tears when I watch our videos or look at our photos. WDW is still magical for our family but in a much different way. Now I cherish watching my son take on Darth Vader rather than dance with Pooh.

    Your daughter will be okay and so will you. Plan ahead! Have a game plan and be prepared for unexpected time-outs, even for parents. If Mom needs a break, go explore a store. Everyone in the family will benefit from a rest during the hottest part of the day. A  nap and a swim will refresh everyone.

    Bring a camera. Use PhotoPass. Cherish the memories. Your child will likely not remember the trip but the valuable time you share with your family in WDW will be more treasured than you can possibly imagine.

    I can still see my son blushing with Minnie and then riding on the monorail or "Disney choo choo" with the excitement of a child headed to the moon. I would truly feel like a big part of my heart was missing if I didn't have those memories. And my husband shares the same sentiments. WDW has a way of melting hearts and making dreams come true!
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Meet the Panelist: Kimberly, Tennessee

I am a stay-at-home mom with a 12 year old son. I thrive on planning vacations, especially to WDW. Inspiring families to vacation at Disney with a memorable itinerary and budget-saving tips is extremely rewarding for me. Learn More About Kimberly

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