Post # 1
My son is almost 2.5 we really want to take him to Disney World. I’m Disney obsessed and haven’t been since I was 9 years old. I would like him to at least remember some of it (although we would proably go more than once during his childhood)I’m Canadian and the Canadian dollar is super low right now meaning the trip would be quite expensive. Is it worth it to take a kid his age? Could he go on the small rides or is he still too small? When did you first take your kids to Disney?
Post # 2
My opinion is that he is far too young to really enjoy or remember it. Darling Husband and I wouldn’t plan on any exciting trips until the kid is closer to 5 years old.
If you want to go and have him there, do it, but if this is for him, I would wait.
Post # 3
My boyfriend went when he was 5 or 6, the only thing he remembers is when he threw a tantrum over a lost toy and was miserable lol.
I think she 8 – 9 is perfect…young enough to be mesmerized by the magic, old enough to clearly remember it.
that said anything above age 5 he will have a blast and if you return when he is a few years older, he will remember going when he was 5 and it will add to the excitement of going back.
Post # 4
Well children under 3 get in for free, which would make it a lot cheaper, but also proves that kids under 3 probably won’t get much out of the experience if they aren’t even bothering to charge you for it.
Post # 5
My parents took me to Disneyland for the first time at around 3. Do I remember it? No. But my parents have the best memories from that trip. It was magic because it was all so real to me at that age. And just because I don’t remember it doesn’t mean I didn’t have the time of my life.
We were actually in California for a different reason so we just went for one day, I don’t think I’d do a multi-day trip with a kid that young.
I guess if you are only ever going to go once in his entire life than wait so he can remember it but I’d try to take a mini-weekend vacation and do it when he’s this little. Also, I’d do Disneyland not Disney World. Disney World is pretty wasted on a kid that young.
Post # 6
My kids have a large age range (2-16), so if we waited for the youngest to really remember it the oldest would be out of the house. We went last year when our youngest was 18 months and she had a ball. She won’t remember it but she had a great time while she was there riding rides and seeing characters.
Post # 7
sweetchiquita12 : I know people who took their 2-3 year olds and it’s 100% for the parents. You get to see the wonder in your child, and they will enjoy it, but they won’t remember. I’m not planning on going until the youngest is 5 and the oldest is 8 as that feels like the sweet spot for enjoyment/memories.
Post # 8
I think 8-10 is the perfect age. I was there recently and there were a lot of cranky toddlers who didn’t like the heat, waiting in line, etc. and probably would have been just as happy at the park or something much simpler.
Post # 9
totally agree with the 8-10 range. Old enough to remember and enjoy, but young enough to enjoy the magic before the pre-teen angst sets in.
Post # 10
My daughter was a few months from turning 8 and it was really perfect. She was still in the “Princess” phase and dressed up like Elsa one day when she got to meat the “real “Elsa. She’s now 11 and can remember the trip very well still.
I definitely wouldn’t do it much below 7.
Post # 11
sweetchiquita12 : My daughter has been twice now. Once at 6 months, and once at 2.5 years old. She had a blast both times. This most recent time she was so excited to do the rides (especially Dumbo and the Little Mermaid), and loved meeting a lot of characters. (She was scared of a couple of them, particularly the duck characters for whatever reason. But she loved the princesses and Mickey & Minnie.) There were only a couple things she couldn’t ride, mostly roller coasters. She talks about it months later, but I’m sure she won’t remember it long term. Usually 3 or 4 years old is the earliest for remembering forever. But we are able to go on my parents’ timeshare every 2-3 years, so we don’t really mind. I would say it definitely is worth it to go with a 2 or 3 year old (especially because they are free), but if I could only take my kid once, I would wait a few years.
ETA: Even when she was 6 months old, she was able to ride almost everything. Most rides in Magic Kingdom have no age or height limits. There are lots of little boat rides and such.
Post # 12
I have been several times in my life. Went to Disneyland when I was 10 and Disneyworld several times between the age of 12-17. I remember all of the experiences and enjoyed them because I was old enough to go on all the rides. I think anything under 8 years old is for you to enjoy and not actually for them.
Post # 13
I don’t know that remembering something is a good indicator that it had impact on a child’s life. Stuff can still be enriching and magical even if they don’t recall exactly what happened years later.
My parents went to FL a lot when I was young and we usually did a day or two at disney and the other days at the beach and doing other vacation activities. I don’t remember it distinctly but kind of vaguely – these were really fun trips for my family.
I say 3 is where a day will probably be fun, 4-7 is the sweet spot, and older than 7 it kind of depends on the kid and they might be more interested in Epcot, Animal Kingdom, MGM, etc.
Post # 14
8-9 is a great age. You yourself remember going at 9.
If you’d went when you were 3.5, you’d remember nothing but pictures.
Post # 15
You have to be honest with yourself here… if you take a kid under the age of 7-8 on a vacation, they will remember very little. It’s really more about you wanting to enjoy your child enjoying Disney. There’s nothing wrong with that, by the way, it’s just important to keep it in perspective!
Also important to keep in mind that some kids end up being terrified of the characters, intolerant of long days in the hot sun. Don’t try to force them. Get a hotel on property to take a midday break. It’s well worth the extra money.