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  • On Mar 18, 2008
    Brian 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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    My wife and I are planning a Disney Vacation for our 3 kids. What is the best age to visit so that they can enjoy all the rides and can get the most out of their experience? Thank You.


    I sometimes hear friends commenting something like "my kids are too young to visit WDW" and I simply have to at least try to correct this misconception. 

    In my opinion there is no single perfect age for going to WDW, it can be a great experience at ALL ages, and fortunately a large number of the rides and shows have no age/height limits.

    When you are an infant you can enjoy the sights colors smells, and the bonding experience of being on vacation with mom and dad. When you are a toddler and preschooler, you start to interact more with the rides, characters and shows. You might even build some memories -- or at least have some great souvenir photos to record the event. Elementary school-age kids often exceed all of the height limits, and so begins the fun of building up the courage and tolerance for the more aggressive thrill rides, and also learning from the more educational oriented attractions (my 8 year-old daughter's favorite ride is Spaceship Earth!).  Middle schoolers and high schoolers can go on rides by themselves, and hang out and try to be cool at the waterparks and/or Disneyquest (or who knows - maybe they'll want to ride Dumbo - it's hard to perfectly predict!).  And so on, and so forth.

    So, I guess what I'm saying is that the best age to take them is NOW.  I think you'll have a great time, and perhaps when you get back, you'll even want to start planning again for the next "right time" to visit! 
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