Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest; Animal Kingdom
  • On Aug 23, 2012
    Stacy from DE 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 this November for our 10 year old daughter. We also have a daughter that will be 17 months old in November. We are on the fence about bringing her along or leaving her home. What are your thoughts?

    Hi, Stacy!  I have three daughters, and one of the biggest concerns I have when I take them on vacation is the wide spread in ages.  My oldest daughter is 21 and my middle daughter is 11, so there was always a challenge of finding a vacation that I could take both kids to and know that we'd all have fun together.

    At Walt Disney World, there is so much that you can do as a family!  There are only a few things that have height restrictions that the baby won't be able to do, and the rest of the attractions are really family friendly.  To help with the attractions the baby can't ride, you can use the child swap option, which actually gives your 10 year old a bonus ride, as she can ride with each of her parents when the child swap occurs!

    I've always loved the memories we've made of seeing my girls interact at Walt Disney World.  My oldest was always just as excited to point things out to her little sisters as we were, and on the occasions I have taken my kids individually, they spend most of the time wishing their sisters were there to enjoy the theme parks with them.

    My opinion is to bring her along.  It's free to bring a child this young to the theme parks, and most kids this age can eat meals from your plate (or her own at the buffets), so the financial outlay is fairly minimal, but the memories you'll make of your two girls together is priceless!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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