Mom And Son On Run
  • On May 7, 2009
    Sandra Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi, moms, I try to convience my husband to go to Disney World next year. We have allready been there 4 times before our kids were born. He is affraid, our kids (3 and 5 by then) won't have fun, because they don't speack english as we are from Germany.

    Hi, Sandra!  I think your husband has a legitimate concern, as I'm sure he wants the children to have the best possible time!  I have traveled with my children to several European countries, and I have worried about the girls not speaking any language but English in some of the countries we have visited.

    The great thing about Walt Disney World is that a lot of what there is transcends the boundaries of language.  While there is speaking at many of the shows, the music appeals to everyone, as will the excitement of the parades and street parties.  The rides are a thrill for children regardless of the language they speak, and it won't matter if they don't know a word of English for them to enjoy things like Toy Story Midway Mania or It's a Small World.  And, there is a whole pavilion at EPCOT dedicated to Germany - where they will find German speakers! 

    The maps and guidebooks at Walt Disney World do come printed in German, so the children will have no trouble finding thing they want to see and do.  It also makes a nice souvenir for the scrapbook at home that their friends will be able to read and enjoy as well.

    Lastly, if you are looking at a year before you travel, you can teach the children some English phrases that they might need (I tried to teach my girls the basics, like please and thank you, and a few simple phrases).  And with parents that speak English, I don't think they'll have any trouble having fun at all!

    Oh - one more thing - the fully costumed characters - like Mickey and Minnie and the gang - don't speak at all.  This allows them to use body language to communicate with people no matter what language they speak!

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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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