Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Jan 18, 2014
    Laura from MD 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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    Planning a trip to DIsney this summer with an 8 month old and kids 3 1/2 and 5 1/2. We also have the option of waiting until next year when the youngest will be 18months. What would you recommend? I am leaning to this year seems easier before she's walking


    Whether your baby is 8- or 18-months-old, you'll probably be using the stroller for most of her transportation and very little walking, so I would let feeding schedules, nursing options, and nap/bed times dictate a portion of your decision along with the temperaments of your older children.
    I truly think any trip can be age-appropriate, but in my opinion, waiting another year will not make a large impact on your older children and their reaction to the many Disney characters they will meet, however you will find that you'll get responses from a toddler over a baby that are worth every dime you'd spend on Memory Maker. Additionally, keep in mind that summer is hot and children get cranky in the heat. Would your crew do better with another year to learn how to cope in higher temperatures? Or do you think an 8-month-old will sleep through much of it compared to when she gets toddler-age?

    If you have been blessed with a baby who can "sleep through anything," then a trip this summer can not only be considered but enjoyed. But if rest and naps are needed, you might want to wait until she's older so she can enjoy the night-time parades and fireworks.

    Wishing y'all a magical vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Whitney, Mississippi

My family of 6 appreciates Disney's value! Although Ft. Wilderness is our second home, we've enjoyed the resorts for business, reunions and romantic getaways. For me, Disney also means dining: last count, I'd eaten at 55 restaurants around the World! Learn More About Whitney

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