If you haven’t noticed before my family loves Disney World! We enjoy everything about it; reading about it, watching the planning video, choosing our ADR (advanced dining reservations) and FastPass+, going on the rides, eating the foods, watching the shows, hanging out at the resort. We enjoy it all!
When we were planning our first trip back in 2010 my husband and I had many people question are decision making on taking a four-year-old and one-year-old to Disney World. They couldn’t understand why we would spend all that money to take the girls on a trip they wouldn’t even remember.
I am so glad that we did not listen to them. The girls might not remember those trips, but my husband and I do. We have pictures and the memories of our one-year-old walking to Mickey Mouse, our four-year-old waving her wand around during the “wishing ceremony” inside Cinderella’s Castle, and the two of them together doing the “fairy dance” that they made up while we waited outside of a restaurant.
We have been back every year since, including in August 2011 when I was 8 months pregnant with our 3rd daughter.
Disney World was designed for people of all ages! If you are waiting to take your family to Disney until everyone is old enough to remember, I beg you to reconsider. If you do a little research and plan your trip ahead of time, I bet you might even find yourself going back again and again.
Here is a list of 10 reasons you should take your little ones to Disney World.
1 ) The Rides. There are so many rides that you can go on while you are pregnant or while you have little ones. The youngest we have taken to Disney was 12 months (I wish we had the chance to take an infant because I think it would be super fun and easy) and we still got to go on tons of rides as a family. Here are some of my favorites: Dumbo, Peter Pan, the Winnie the Pooh ride, Aladdin’s Flying Carpets, the Nemo ride, the 3 caberllos, the Safari, the flying dinosaurs.
2) The characters. What better time to take your children to Disney World then when they love the characters. We didn’t even know my youngest liked the Winnie the Pooh characters until we were at Magic Kingdom eating at Crystal Palace and she was so excited, she has loved them ever since. I think everyone has seen the adorable commercials of kids toddling over to hug Mickey and Minnie. To watch their little faces light up is so worth the trip.
3) Kids grow fast! We have been to Disney for the past 5 years and every year it’s a different trip. Every year one of the girls or all of them has grown enough to reach a new ride limit. Now that our oldest is tall enough to start going on the larger rides that is what she wants to spend more of her time doing. She still loves the smaller rides, but she wants to go on the big ones now too. If you wait until all your children are old enough to remember the trip perfectly you are going to miss out on some of those moments you only get with little ones.
4) Disney was well thought out and created with children in mind. We have went twice in August and never got sunburned (or even a tan for cryin’ out loud!). So many rides are covered rides or have covers over where you are standing in line to wait. Go in the summer and it will be hot, but there are more than enough shaded areas that you don’t have to worry about getting fried. And, when you are waiting in line there are so many things to look at and things to keep the kids from getting bored. We are so excited to go on The Mine Ride without a Fastpass so our girls can play in the que!
5) Children love Disney. It’s bright, colorful, fun, exciting! There’s music, dancing, singing. People are having fun. There is plenty to take in.
6) When you go with little ones it is easier for you to relax and enjoy Disney as a child too! When I saw the castle for the first time I actually got tears in my eyes. Some of you think that is pathetic and I’m guessing that some of you understand what I mean.
7) Disney has thought of everything you could want. Visit one of the baby care centers and you can get out of the sun, nurse a baby, change a diaper, and your older ones can watch part of a Disney movie or play so they aren’t book while they wait.
8) Escape the real world. Disney is all about escaping your normal life. When we go to Disney World we stay at a Disney Resort and use the dining plan. We budget before we leave home. While we are there, I don’t think about bills, work, what’s for dinner, cleaning the house, or anything else. It allows me and my husband to focus for the whole time on quality time as a family. There are limitless options of what you can do as a family to enjoy the parks and resorts. Last year my husband took our oldest to the big pool and I took the two little ones to the kiddie pool. I was able to sit in the pool and relax while our five-year-old and two-year-old jumped around and played in the water.
9) You can go again in the future, but you can’t go back in time. What if you wait to take your kids until they are older and you have a great time and wish that you had taken them when they were younger and got to enjoy the characters and “Disney magic” a little more? You can’t go back in time and redo it. But, you can take them on a trip when they are little and then decide to take them again when they get a little older.
10) It’s the most magical place on earth. Sounds corny, but I really believe it’s true if you prepare before you leave home. If you plan properly you will have an amazing time because there is something at Disney for everyone. Do you like the spa, golf, roller coasters, musicals, fine dining, fast food, boats, cars, sports, relaxing, fishing, shopping…. Disney has it!
Have you been to Disney with a little one? What advice do you have? Do you have questions on anything for planning your trip, like what’s fastpass+ or how does the dining plan work? Leave a comment. I love talking Disney!