Whether or not someone is planning a vacation, I always get asked — “What is the best age to take your kids to Disney ?” As a Disney Travel Agent in Overland Park, I’d like to think I have the answer to that, but of course the answer is usually “it depends.” I think all the moms out there would agree that there should be a magical calculator that runs on pixie dust with a very complex algorithm to calculate your kids’ ages plus levels of maturity and interests, multiplied by the time of year and your sanity…equals… no, sorry this doesn’t exist yet. So what do I tell them?
Now is the best age to take your kids to Disney. You will never regret taking that family vacation, making memories together, and seeing your child or children experience Disney for the first time. You might be saying, but we want Johnny and Susie to remember it. My son visited Walt Disney World 4 times before he was 2 years old. He won’t remember it, but I absolutely will. I will remember seeing his face light up in complete delight when he met Donald Duck at our character dining experience. I will remember the look of wonder on his face as we rode It’s a Small World for the first (and second, third and fourth time.) I will remember him getting his very first hair cut at Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street U.S.A. These memories are more for me than they are for him. Sure, one day we will take him back for him to remember it, but for now, I enjoy seeing the park through his innocent, pure, and delightful eyes.
And you will too!
Disney was designed for families, so every age is the best age to take your kids to Disney. First and foremost Disney vacations are about making sure you have a magical experience. Starting from me relieving the stress of booking, planning and reservations as your Disney Travel Agent, to the cast members at the Disney Parks & Resorts that make your vacation days magical.
Disney also makes traveling with little ones easier than ever. We booked a Disney Cruise Line vacation prior to knowing we were pregnant with our son. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous about taking an 8 month old on a Disney Cruise, but I trust in the Disney company, so I called and had our unborn infant added to the stateroom reservation. They were so accommodating about it! They had a crib and a diaper genie put in our stateroom for no extra charge. Our waiter was so patient with him each night at dinner and brought out freshly pureed veggies and fruit for him. There were on-board activities just for his age like playtime in Andy’s Room and Jack-Jack’s Incredible Diaper Dash! Needless to say, although we may not have planned to take an 8 month old on a Disney Cruise, it is still to this day one of my favorite family vacations! It was the best age to take my kid to Disney!
I always encourage families to take a trip sooner rather than later — (and I’m not just giving you this advice as your Disney Travel Agent, but in general!) Don’t miss out on an opportunity for your kids to live in the magical world they believe in. There will come a day when they have to grow up (or maybe they will be like me and choose to never grow up when it comes to Disney vacations) —which is okay too — but enjoy the window of time when they still want to believe.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t be afraid to take the trip because you’re worried they won’t remember, or they aren’t old enough, or tall enough, or if it fits in their nap schedule — there will be another day and another vacation for that. This age is the best age to take your kids to Disney. There are always new, fun things to enjoy at all Disney destinations, so the return visit will be a completely different experience — for you and for them. Enjoy the present moment and the wonder your children possess at any age.
It may be their first trip, but definitely not the last!