Monday, March 15, 2010

Too Soon for Disney World?

Ahhh....Disney World. There really isn't a more magical place on earth.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been dreaming about taking my own kids to Disney World. My parents took us twice when we were younger. The first time I was 6 and a little too young to remember all the details, but the second time is still fresh in my mind. We woke up at 4:00 a.m. and a limo was waiting for us in our driveway. We got to drink pop and eat chocolate chip cookies the whole ride to the airport. Our parents gave us each $50 for souvenirs (which was a TON of money at the time) and told us we could spend it however we wanted. In true fashion, I blew all $50 in the first shop we went to (I bought a stuffed Mickey and Minnie, an autograph book and pen, and a Disney windbreaker. I still have all of it packed away in my memory box :-)

Anyway, the point is that I still remember so many little details from that vacation because my parents made it so special for us. My mom tells me that we were just as excited the first time we went, but it was definitely an "easier" trip when we were older. Now, I really wish I had the patience to wait until Addie is 10 and Blake is 8 to go to Disney for the first time, but that is not the case. I want to go to Disney tomorrow :-)

So...my question for all of you tonight is, what age were you when you went to Disney for the first time? Or better yet, what age were your kids when you took them for the first time and did they enjoy themselves? Eric and I were talking about possibly booking a family trip in the fall of 2011. Blake will be just shy of 2-years-old, and Addie will be just shy of 4. Does that sound like a manageable age range? Anyone taken a 2 or 4 year old and did they enjoy themselves? How long were you there?

I know this is a random post for a Monday night, but it was on my mind and I just thought I would throw it out there for some feedback. Thanks in advance friends!

17 comments:

  1. We just took Alexander to Dland in Feb and we're following up with a trip to Dworld in March. We're going now while the grandparents can join us. None of us are getting younger (this is what happens when you have children in your mid 30's)! Even if Alexander doesn't remember, the rest of us will. It is SO fun to see it through your kids eyes. I thought we'd wait until he was older but it turns out, Eric and I couldn't wait! I bet the kiddos will love the trip, no matter the age.

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  2. The person you need to talk to is Janis. She has taken the girls at young ages and you know what Disney fans we are. We just can't get enough. So while I have no personal recommendation, my advice would be talk to her. And I would go there every day if I could!! Take care cousin :)

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  3. The first time I went I was 18. ;) My brother is there now with his 2 year old and 10 year old. My nephew will not remember it, but everyone else will.

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  4. I will be there in a few days I am soooo excited!! I will bring back pictures! I was there when I was 4 and my brother was 1. He doesn't remember it, and I remember bits and pieces but the best part of it was all of the memories through the pictures that we have. We have a million pictures of us at disney throughout the year. I think that Addie will love it. Blake might not remember it but when he looks back he love hearing the stories. That was the first time that we were there. We have gone back every two years since and we still love it to this day! It's still as magical for all of us kids and parents as it was when I was 4. :)

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  5. Jen-
    We have season passes since we only live an hour away so Sean has been numerous times....I think the first time he went was probably at 5 months old!! But each time we go it gets soooo much more fun because he gets so much more excited! We just went Saturday and now that Sean is 2 it is a blast!!! Oh my gosh I can't begin to tell you how much fun he had Sat. b/c now he recognizes all the characters & as soon as he saw Mickey he yelled MICKEY MOUSE~!!!! I went with my sister and nephew who is 3 months old and even Hunter had a good time just looking around at everything ...although he slept most of the time. I think Addie being 4 and Blake almost 2 will be the perfect age. Sean can ride tons of rides and if Blake is anything like Addie he will be super tall so by then he will be tall enough for some of the height requirement rides..Sean is!!(but there are plenty that dont have height requirements)

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  6. I grew up in Orange County CA so I was right by Disney Land. I would go all the time, I have such great memories. I say go, take the fam, it will be fun!

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  7. We are going to Disney in August of 2011! We will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary there and Isaac's third birthday! I can't wait!!!! We are thinking of maybe doing a Disney Cruise but aren't sure yet! I say GO FOR IT!!

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  8. Jen- Megan has been there twice... (yes she is only 2 1/2) The first time was just because we went with some of my family and it was a nice get-a-away vacation... She was 4 months old and it was great because all she would do was sleep in the bjorn or stroller. The second time she was 18 months old and absolutely loved it! She as you know is a Mickey freak! I recorded the light parade at Magic Kingdom for her and she watches it all the time. She asks almost daily to go to Mickey's castle...and any church she sees with a steeple she thinks is Mickeys castle... We go to Disney a lot because of our timeshare that Brad got us into. It only costs like $130 for a week at the resort and they are all really nice plus it only cost us $400 for the timeshare and $160 to keep it up each year. So all we really pay for is flight and tickets. But to answer your question... It isn't too soon. It is great to see their reaction to everything at this age...

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  9. We just went in October. Little Miss M was 3 and Little T was just shy of 2. They had a blast! They were both so good. It was so much easier than I thought it was going to be. We brought our own double stroller and didn't make too many plans. We just went with the flow and it made for a wonderful trip. I would love to go back this year, but think we will wait until next year.

    I say book it! You won't regret it!

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  10. Jen- I went to Disney for the 1st time when I was 7, and I remember the trip very well. I have thought about this too, when to take the kids. I am thinking when Matt is 5/6 and Z is 6/7. I think that way they both will remember the trip. I don't want to wait too long though, because the magic of Disney needs to be appreciated early on, so that they aren't too cool for all the kid stuff! I will say that my nephew went right after his 3rd birthday and he loved it! He has an excellent memory though so he probably will remember bits and pieces throughout the years. In four/five years when we go, I'd love it if my whole family went. Parents/siblings/neices and nephews. By then everyone should be done having kids, and it will be a true family vacation that we can all share in the memory of for years to come. I say if you want to go, go...you can always go back when they are a bit older too! Plus, at two, Blake will still probably sit in a stroller some of the time, so you'll only have to chase Addie!

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  11. I think I was about 8 or so when i went to disneyworld... and I have been there 5 times since! I LOVE disney! Maybe 2 might be too young cos they might not remember it but he will respond to everything there and be very excited. I love disney! My fiance said if we wanted we could take our honeymoon! :)

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  12. From all the posts, I say "book it Dano." Don't forget Nana and Papa. I can get us a lead on a great house to rent - pool, game room and all! We'll be there with ya!

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  13. We took Matthew the summer of 2009. We was almost 2 and a half. He loved it. We did the character meal and he would get so excited about seeing all this "friends". He still asks at least once a week when we are going back. He has actually remembered quite a lot. Much more than I thought he would. My opinion is to go. They have so much for the little ones to enjoy that they won't be able to enjoy when they get older.

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  14. We took Parker for the first time when he was 1 1/2, again when he was 2, and we are going in August with him and the baby! :) I say whenever you want to go, go! Parker had a blast, and we did too...it is even more magical seeing it through your kids eyes.

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  15. I guess I shouldn't (and can't) really answer since I don't have any children of my own. But I'd say to probably wait until Blake can remember it. 4? I dunno. Just saying :)

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  16. Well, Cooper is almost 2 and he's been to DW twice! He feel asleep in my arms both times. Poor thing was wiped out!
    My sis took her 5, 3, and 3 week old this year, and it went really well.
    All in all, I think you would be totally fine next year. It will be fun!

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  17. Thank you all SO MUCH for these fantastic comments!! You all make me so excited to go to Disney. I seriously want to leave tomorrow. Haha!! Don't worry, I will let you all know when the trip is booked so you can tell me all about your favorite rides, attractions, etc. :-)

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