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  • On Jun 17, 2023
    Bles from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We have an 18 mth old, would he be able to enjoy the Disney parks

    Hiya Bles!

    Welcome back again to planDisney! One of my first trips with both of my children was before they even turned one! Since then we have visited almost every year and have found that Walt Disney World Resort vacations have been perfect for kids of all ages!

    Walt Disney himself created Disneyland with a vision of having parents and children enjoy fun experiences together. Not only will your little one enjoy the Parks but you will be there right with him having an amazing time. The majority of rides and attractions at Walt Disney World Resort are suitable for any height. Your little one can join you on Peter Pan's Flight at Magic Kingdom Park or take a trip to the African savanna while enjoying Kilimanjaro Safaris in Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Many times you can hold them on your lap or they can be seated right next to their favorite person- you! My fellow panelists can give you some ideas about what your little one can enjoy in this post from Disney Parks Blog.

    One of the best reasons to take your 18-month-old is that they are free! As a child below the age of 3, he is a guest of Mickey Mouse and can enjoy the Parks, amazing parades, and shows at no cost. They can also eat off of your plate or can enjoy a bite at a buffet without an additional cost. 

    Some more of my TOP Disney tips for the littlest little ones:

    - A stroller is a must! Make sure you know how to open and close it easily and it should recline and fit the size requirements. I must have a parent cup holder on the handlebars and hooks for bags. Don't forget to personalize it with a balloon, ribbons, or glow sticks (great at night!) as locating your stroller in a sea of them can be hard. Don't forget a rain cover as Florida weather is unpredictable and a little clip-on fan. 

    -Baby Care Centers are a lifesaver. These are located in all four theme parks and I have been in all of them. They have quiet feeding/nursing rooms with comfy chairs and a little shop with baby items you may have forgotten or run out of like baby food, diapers, or baby clothes. 

    - Use Rider Switch! If there is a ride with a height requirement or one that you know your little one won't like you can always do Rider Switch. One adult can go on the ride and enjoy it while the other can wait with the little one. Then, after they exit the ride the adult who was waiting can now ride but instead of waiting in the regular line they can enter through the Lightning Lane entrance. Just make sure to speak to the Cast Members at the entrance before you do this so it can be set up. 

    - When my kids were very little like yours I found that taking it easy with many breaks and being prepared was very important. Walt Disney World cannot be conquered in a day and racing to do everything can make a little one cranky. 

    I hope this helps and that you have a magical time! Feel free to let me know if you have any more questions!

    Happy Planning!

    -Nimmy 
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Meet the Panelist: Nimmy, New York

Hey, it's Nimmy from New York! Just like my guy Jiminy Cricket I am your wisecracking and helpful guide to making the best decisions for your Disney vacation! My husband and I work very hard to journey to our favorite place on Earth, Walt Disney World Resort, as much as we can. We have traveled as just adults, with babies, kids, teenagers, and senior citizens. We have seen so many characters, eaten at amazing places, and consumed a ton of Dole Whips. So "give a little whistle" and let me be your guide! Learn More About Nimmy

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