Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On May 16, 2011
    Shannon from MI 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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    I'm SO EXCITED to be coming back to Disney this fall! But my baby will be 18 months old and last time she was PERFECT at 6 months old and we LOVED it! Has anyone done this with the different ages and how hard is the 18 mth age since she's walking now?

    Hey, Shannon! We have done exactly that. Our youngest son was 6 months old the first time we brought him to Disney World, and the next time we brought him to the parks he was 18 months old.

    The bipedalism was probably the biggest consideration and challenge. To further complicate matters, he was fairly anti-stroller, insomuch as he would feel the urge to get out of it after a mere minute of occupying said seat. We didn't want to be chasing after him all the time, so we found a toddler backpack on Craigslist and gave it a whirl. During trial runs at home, he was lovin' it, so we brought that and the sit n' stand (our oldest was 5 at the time.) 

    The backpack was a life saver. He even slept in it (and he NEVER sleeps in a stroller or a car.) Being elevated above the crowds also brought a big smile to his face.

    We did make sure we had ample opportunity for him to let the crazy out. In addition to some weird tribal giggle ritual that he and his brother enacted each night, we would make sure he got to stretch his legs in defined spaces, such as the arcade in Tomorrowland, open ground outside the Living Seas and throughout the Pangani forest trail.

    He enjoyed the characters from afar but not so much up close.

    All in all, it was an amazing experience and we were so happy we brought our 18 month old kiddo to Disney World.
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Meet the Panelist: Joel, Wisconsin

I’m the proud papa of two little pirates or princes (depending on the day!) I enjoy sharing information to help beginners with little ones - including naps, strollers, rider swaps, height restrictions, scary rides, touring plans, characters and dining. Learn More About Joel

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