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Old 05-20-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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How old to go to Disney ?????

My wife and I are expecting our first child in about a month. We can't wait to take him to Disneyworld !! We went last September for the first time since we were kids and we absolutely loved it. My wife knew how great it was going to be, but I must admit I was a little skeptical. Not anymore. I had an absolute blast and I can't wait to go back. Anyway.....When did some of you guys take your children to Disney for the first time. With hindsight being 20/20 when do you wish you would have taken them? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks !!!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:31 PM   #2
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Well- my oldest we waited a whoppin 10 months b4 taking a trip w/ him! :-)
then w/ my 2nd- we did a trip when he was about 5 months.
I'm pregnant w/ my 3rd right now and we're going in August- so he'll be about 2 or 3 months when we go.
But he's my 3rd and babies get easier the more you have- cuz you realize that the big ones are the hard ones! `

I totally understand wanting to wait til kids are a little older- but for me- Disney is the EASIEST place to vacation w/ a baby. Everything is tailored to people w/ kids and seeing even a 1 year old's face light up on a ride is SO much fun!

I think the longest I would ever want to wait is when a child is 2 or 3- but that's just me, cuz I'm obsessed and I want my kids to be obsessed to!

With your first, I wouldn't even begin planning a trip until baby is at least a few months and you know their personality a little bit :-) But I think that just newly toddling age (1-2) is a great time for a first trip!

My just turned 5 year old is getting ready for his 6th trip and my almost 3 year old will be going on his 4th trip.

Now that I read that, it all seems kinda over the top!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:35 PM   #3
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My youngest was 3 months.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:37 PM   #4
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Our youngest son was with us in a tent at Ft. Wilderness when he was 6 months old. I would say that anytime they are out of diapers, they are old enough. so many attractions are built for very young children, you can start them early. too many people seem to want to wait until they are "old enough to remember it" Many times, they wait too long and they are too "mature" (cool) to allow themselves to admit they enjoy it. My son doesn't remember much we did on that trip when he was three, but he does remember some.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:37 PM   #5
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We have been taking all of our kids since they were 2/3. We didin't take the our younges when he was a baby but that was our choice. People have always said "why do you take your kids a 2 or 3 they won't remember it" I will 100% disagree with that. My son is almost 4 and still talks about the rides and what he went on. We are going back Feb 10 and can't wait.

You never too young to be taken to Disney.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:39 PM   #6
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DDuck, my partner and I are in the same boat as you - our first DD was just born on April 30th and we've been plotting her first trip to WDW since before she was born! Haha. We've decided to take her for the first time just before she turns 3. That way she will be old enough to do a good portion of the rides, but she'll still get in and eat for free. If someone else wants to foot the bill we'll take her earlier, but if we are paying we want to wait until she's old enough to do more. We live in NY so to go to WDW is a good week-long vacation for us.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:43 PM   #7
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I'm probably unusual, but we waited until the kids were 4. DDs first trip will be in December and we have been 2 times without her since she was born. This allowed DS, who is now 12, to enjoy Disney without having to keep the schedule of a small child. And to her a week at Grandma's was almost as good as Disney.
So do what works best for your family.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:48 PM   #8
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I took my son on his first trip when he was just over 1, just a day trip he had fun.
At almost 2 we went back and he had a blast (stayed 5 days)
At almost 3 we went back and he had even more fun (5 day trip)
now this year he will be almost 4 and I swear bringing him just gets more fun every year.
they will have fun at WDW no matter what age they are but every age is a different expierence.
Last year my son was big enough for Kali and that was so exciting to him, this year he is 41" so he will be riding ALOT more rides, both of us are so excited for that!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:49 PM   #9
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DDuck, my partner and I are in the same boat as you - our first DD was just born on April 30th and we've been plotting her first trip to WDW since before she was born! Haha. We've decided to take her for the first time just before she turns 3. That way she will be old enough to do a good portion of the rides, but she'll still get in and eat for free. If someone else wants to foot the bill we'll take her earlier, but if we are paying we want to wait until she's old enough to do more. We live in NY so to go to WDW is a good week-long vacation for us.
Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Hope everything is going well. We are thinking about taking him when he is 3-4 yrs old, but I could definitely be talked into taking him earlier.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:49 PM   #10
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My ds was 4 weeks old when we took him Disney. I strapped him into the carrier (Beko Butterfly) and wore him the whole time. He did great!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:54 PM   #11
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Congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Hope everything is going well. We are thinking about taking him when he is 3-4 yrs old, but I could definitely be talked into taking him earlier.
Thank you! She is doing wonderfully. Congratulations on your good news too! I went to WDW for the first time when I was 3, so for some reason I feel like that's a good age. We're going to try for just prior to DDs 3rd birthday because having her get into the parks for free and eat for free is just too appealing.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:56 PM   #12
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Mine was 4...and I have no regrets. It was an absolute BLAST. She remembers the trip entirely, rode alot and WALKED without a stroller, diaper bag ,sling etc. and she was POTTY trained.I know lots of people take brand new babies and infants and that is a personal decision..But I decided it wasn't a vacation for ME or DH if we had to lug a nursery with us.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:58 PM   #13
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My ds was 4 weeks old when we took him Disney. I strapped him into the carrier (Beko Butterfly) and wore him the whole time. He did great!!
Wow! You beat us by 2 weeks. Our DS was 6 weeks for his 1st trip (had he been on time, he would have been 8 weeks.) That was by far the EASIEST trip we have had with him. He has been to WDW about 2 times per year ever since and is now 10 years old. Of course, when you go with an infant, the trip isn't really for them - it is a treat for mom & dad! Part of what got me through a really bad delivery & recovery (24 hrs labor followed by emergency c-section ) was knowing that I would be going to WDW soon!

We certainly didn't try to do a "commando" style trip with an infant (or even with a toddler) but we all had fun and as someone else has said in this thread - Disney is one of the easiest places to vacation with a baby.

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Old 05-20-2009, 01:58 PM   #14
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Our daughter was 5 years old on our first trip. I should also mention that it was the first trip for DH and I as well. I think it depends on a few things. If you personally love Disney, then you will probably want to take your child earlier. Just keep in mind that any trip before the age of 3 or so, the child will really have no memory of it. They'll get to experience it and have a great time, but they won't remember much afterwards other than seeing photos.

We waited until age 5 because we wanted to not deal with strollers, diapers, etc. Also, we considered it to be a very special trip and we wanted our daughter to really get a lot out of it and be able to experience pretty much everything.

I'm sure most go well before age 5 and now that DH and I have been there several times and have really enjoyed it, I'm sure we would go sooner if we did it again. However I know we would not have taken her before age 2-3. I guess it just depends on whether you are planning to make it a yearly-type regular vacation or a special every few years vacation. I like the comment about taking them just before they turn 3 so they are still free but are older and able to experience more of the attractions.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:59 PM   #15
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We just came back with our 2 year old. She was just over 2 when we went. It was PERFECT. She had a blast! I am so glad we went when we did.

We took her to Universal last year when she was about 10 months old. It was fine but she had so much more fun being 2.
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