Monthly Archives: February 2014

When is the right time to go to Disney World?

I get asked this question alot, I really do.

There are advantages and disadvantages at EVERY age.  But I tell EVERYONE…you are NEVER EVER the WRONG age to go on a Disney trip.  Never.

No kids?  We’ve done that!  My very first trip to Walt Disney World was in 2001 on my honeymoon.  I was 22 years old, and I was HOOKED.  I had never been to such a magical place!  We had a blast going on rides and watching shows.  Now, 13 years later, I sometimes wish I could sneak away with the husband again without our kids to do what we want to do without worrying about the littles around us.  🙂

Worried about having an infant at Disney?  Again, we’ve done that!  Our son’s first trip was at 6 1/2 months old.  He traveled like a pro during the day and evening, and as long as we had him in a bed by 9, he was good to go.  He went again at 15 months, and my daughter went at 18 months.  My son didn’t seem to remember much from the trip at that age, but my daughter did!  Over the next few years, we weren’t able to take a trip to  Disney, but she could recall very detailed things about the trip, which amazed us!  Clearly, she was impacted at such a tender age.  And for all of these ages (6 months to 18 months), they kids slept in their umbrella stroller that we took along whenever they were tired.  If you have an infant who won’t sleep in a stroller, there are things you can do to get them into a bed!  One of my clients always stay at a monorail resort so they can easily go back to their resort for an hour or two at nap time, or for a little “break.”

Afraid of Toddler melt downs?  It happens.  There are THOUSANDS of people all around you, and trust me – they know that toddlers get over tired. 😉  At this age, you can enjoy the parks as much as anyone else if you plan your trip around what the toddlers will love!  Take easy non-meltable or non-crushable (are those even words?) snacks and juice boxes for your backpack, and new inexpensive dollar store toys or bubbles to keep them occupied in long lines.  Focus on attractions that will hold their attention and skip the others.   Be sure to bring a stroller or double stroller so they can magically fall asleep on a long walk around the park.  (Don’t worry, mom and dad…you’ll enjoy people watching and street shows while they sleep!)  We’ve done Disney World with a 4 year old and 5 year old.  The most awesome part of taking them at this age is that they still BELIEVE in the magic.  I’ll NEVER forget when my daughter was watching a stage show at Magic Kingdom with princesses, and she looked over at me and said with pure astonishment, “MOM…princesses are REAL!!!” It made my whole trip worth it.

Have bigger kids?  We’ve done that, too!  This is a fun age, too!  They know by now (age 7, 8, 9) that the stuff isn’t real, but they love to participate!  My boy rocked the Jedi Training Academy and the Pirate Tutorial!  My daughters both loved Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, and both the girls AND the boy got into The Pirate League!  My husband’s most memorable moment was when my son leaned over at age 7 and told him, “DAD, the music at Disney makes you feel like you are apart of it…it just gets into your heart!”

At the Big Kid age, and the TWEEN age, they love everything…the shows, the thrill rides, the kiddie rides, the characters, EVERYTHING.  They want to do it all, and they can go go go from early morning until late at night.  You don’t have to cart around the strollers and diaper bags any more.  You can hit up everything you want!

At the Tween Age, they want thrills…and lots of them!  There is so much more, too, though.  My son loves history…so we get to do things like the Carousel of Progress, and Hall of Presidents.  My daughter loves gymnastics, so watching the Acrobats in China is amazing to them!

My oldest is only 12, but we are going back in October, and this time, we are doing Water Parks and Disney Quest!  I’ve been waiting until all of my kids were excellent swimmers, and my youngest is now 6 and a great swimmer. She’ll be 7 when we go, so I feel a little better about it.  I’m excited to see which attractions they like this time!

And that’s the best part.  Walt Disney World is so huge, so massive, so gigantic…that you can NEVER do it all in one trip.  We’ve been 4, 5, 6, and 8 times amongst the 5 of us, and our list of things to see and do is still so big…sadly, we won’t be able to accomplish even half of them on our trip this fall!  But, it just makes us all the more excited to go again and again.

When is your favorite time to visit the World?  Would you like to know how much a trip would be for your family?  Click on the “Request a Quote” tab on my blog or on my Facebook page for a no-obligation quote. I’m seriously a down to earth, easy going, but professional person and can’t wait to plan your magical vacation!