Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Aug 3, 2010
    Christina from MA 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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    Hi. My husband and I are debating about a trip to WDW: should we go in Sept 2011 (when our daughter will be 4 and our son will be 2), or should we wait until 2012 (DD 5 and DS 3)? We're wondering if our son would appreciate it more at 3.

    Hi, Christina!  There are two ways to go with this.  Is this going to be a once in a lifetime trip to Walt Disney World, or is there a possibility that you'll return in a couple of years or even a few years when your son is older?

    If you plan on coming back through the years as the children grow up, I would say absolutely, come now.  To start with, your son is two, which means he travels, for the most part, free.  Airlines still allow you to hold a child under two on your lap in most cases to save airfare, and he gets into Walt Disney World theme parks for free.  He can eat free at any buffet meal, and he can eat from your plate if you want to do a regular sit down meal.  So your cost to take the baby is really quite small, and the payback in smiles and memories is priceless - for both your son and your beautiful little princess.

    If, however, you don't know when you might have the chance to return, you may want to wait until he is a little bit older, will be able to retain some of the fabulous memories on his own, and he can do a few more things (although I think there is plenty to do with a two year old).  It's fun for a child of three to help in the planning, maybe choose a dinner he'd like to do, and see him get excited over the vacation.

    I've been bringing my girls since they were four months old, and I wouldn't hesitate one minute to go now with your kids.  But consider what might be best for your family and the experience you'd like to have.

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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