Mom With Kids After Run
  • On Jan 11, 2010
    Jennifer from WI 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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    We are planning a trip to WDW later this fall with our (will be 3) year old son. I have been told so many times that its not worth taking him at such a young age becuase he won't remember. What ages did you take your children the first time?

    Hi, Jennifer!   I started taking my kids to WDW as babies.   They, of course, do not remember their trips from when they were babies and toddlers, but I certainly remember!  I have so many special memories:   the first time my daughter walked up to Cinderella Castle when she was 13 months old, my son getting his first tooth during our vacation when he was 8 months old, and my most cherished picture of my kids when they were 3 and 1 with Minnie Mouse!

    My kids have literally grown up at Disney.   Our vacations have certainly changed over the years.  We started traveling there before we had kids when we could go at any pace we wanted.   Then the kids came along, and we had to plan around their naps, feedings, and bedtimes.   Now my kids are 6 and 10 and we are back to a pretty flexible vacation, no diaper changing and stroller free!

    If you are willing to take afternoon breaks, push a stroller, carry a backpack with snacks and extra clothes, and you want to make some magical Disney memories, then I think taking your little mouseketeer is a great idea.   If it sounds like a lot of work, maybe wait until your son is closer to 5 years old.

    But I will tell you, the first time you see your son giving Mickey a big hug, it will all be worth it!   He may not remember that magical moment, but you sure will!   Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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