Mom And Son Giraffe
  • On Mar 18, 2009
    Melissa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We are thinking of planning a vacation to WDW next year. Our son will be between 20 months and 2 years then. People keep telling us he is too young for it. Is it worth the trip at this age? What kinds of things are there for him at this age?

    Well Melissa I am probably not the one to answer this as I don't agree with those that say there is some "magical" age that is appropriate to visit Walt Disney World.  My own children started their visits right before they turned one and then my grandson had his first visit when he was three months old.  He just turned three and has been about 6 times.

    With each stage of development with the kids I saw how they changed and loved new things with each visit.  From the little smiles of seeing MIckey Mouse for the first time to the next visit when they actually wanted to kiss his nose to visits now seeing them running up and hugging him.  How do you say one memory is more or less important?

    The best advice when traveling with small children is to make sure you have the vacation all about them and their interests.  Don't try to do all the attractions in one day or even during your entire trip.  Choose those that you know might entertain them whether its with the lights, scenery, or just vehicle movement.  Introduce them to the characters but don't demand interaction...some children are a little more shy and need the reassurance of mom or dad being close.  I love the character dining experiences because the characters come to them while they are at the table in their comfort zone.

    I say go for it and enjoy it to the fullest!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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