• On Sep 27, 2018
    Elizabeth from GA 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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    Traveling to Disney this November with my 3 year old for her first trip! I own a nice camera, but was wondering if you suggest I take it? I don't want to worry about it being left unattended while we are on rides but I want pictures from this trip

    Hi there, Elizabeth!

    Just this very morning I had this same debate with my oldest daughter, who is bringing her son for his very first Walt Disney World vacation this November. I was always the mom when my girls were growing up that had the big camera, and my camera accessories bag was easily as big as the kids' diaper bags when they were very small. 

    While I want to be able to capture my grandson's very first oooohhhh and aaaaahhhhh moments, I don't want to miss them because I'm behind a camera lens. I cherish many of those photos I took of my kids with my nicer camera, but I regret worrying about taking it on attractions or running back and forth to a locker, when I should have been enjoying the special moments with my family.

    I can't say whether it's a good idea for you, but I do know that when my grandson takes his first walk (well, stroller ride, since he's still small) into the Magic Kingdom theme park, my eyes will be on him as he looks at Cinderella Castle for the first time - not trying to get a good angle or work with lighting. I've learned that in most cases, if I can't take it with my cell phone, I probably don't need it.

    And - here's the best thing of all - Disney's PhotoPass Service will really capture as many magical moments as you want them to. This gives you photos of all the best memories while you still get to be a part of them.

    I hope you have an absolutely magic packed, pixie dusted very first trip with your little princess!
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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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