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Old 05-10-2009, 06:43 PM   #1
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Trip Planning: Age for Childrens First Visit


I appreciate this has been covered before; but I'd like to ask it more specifically from a UK perspective.

We have two children, two years apart in age. What is the ideal age for their first visit to Orlando. I don't believe there is a bad time; and all children are different, but what are your views considering the following facts:

- At best we would visit Orlando three times EVER whilst they are children.
- I suspect a second visit would be within a few years of the first.
- I suspect a third visit will be many years later.
- We would visit Euro Disney in the interim years if there were serious withdrawl symptoms!!!

We want them to be old enough to get the most out of it, but not too old to miss the thrill and excitement only young children can feel.

Appreciate there is no exact answer, but would be interested in opinions.
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Old 05-10-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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We have two children that are almost exactly two years apart. We visited WDW for the first time in Feb 2003, our son was 9 1/2 and daughter 7 1/2, we went for 11 nights and just did disney, they were not into big rides and Pirates was about as daring as it got, but we had a fantastic time. We returned in 2006 kids 12 1/2 and 10 1/2, this time 14 nights and included US and IOA, son daring, daughter still a bit of a woose!! As you can see from my signature below we had our Disney fix at DLRP inbetween times! We are now planning what we think will be our last WDW trip as a family for December this year, kids will then be 16 1/2 and 14 1/2, will be doing WDW, US and IOA and SW, and both of them will be doing all rides, however 6 years on from our first visit I'm not so keen on thrill ride's!!!
I think we have got the timing of the trips just about right in terms of their ages. As said first two trips in Feb, which we loved as virtually no queuing, but have to change now due to childrens school commitments - so as they get older that has to be considered also.Hope all this helps.

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:28 AM   #3
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Hi, I can't say from a parents respective but I can speak from a child's respective. My first trip was at five years old my little sister was then 1 and my older sister 7, and I think those where perfect ages for us all as we got so excited to see all the characters and me and the eldest loved going on smaller rides and Big Thunder Mountain. We also loved doing Universal at this age, (IOA) wasn't there yet. We as a family have been back every other year and found it perfect as we all get our disney fix and find that Disney/Universal had at least one new addition for us to try when we returned. Here I am at 21 going on 22 and booked onto my next trip without the parent's and with the OH and we already plan on taking the children every other year and probably the youngest somewhere around the 1 year mark as we know it would be a magical age and totally different experience.

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Old 05-11-2009, 03:31 AM   #4
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hhmm have done trips with then starting at 5 months all the way through to 8. I think the ideal age was when was youngest DS was nearly 4. he had reached the magical 40" to get on Splash Mtn and a couple of other mild thrills and yet he was still little enough that he was in awe of all the magic around him, he loved all the characters, shows, and he was old enough that he had quite good stamina, toilet trained, you could explain what we were doing, where we were going etc. i think that was absolutely perfect. The only age i seem to have trouble with is between 2 and 3, more prone to tantrums, is tired but big enough to fight it, cant always express themselves as much as they would like which leads to meltdowns and frustrations etc. i also have great memories of taking them as babies and toddlers and loved that we got to be there for DS 1st birthday.

but i stick by what i said earlier that 4 or nearly 4 was the best yet.
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:34 AM   #5
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My sisters two children first visited at ages 3 and 5. My best friends children visted at 4 and 6. My nephew first visted at age two and a half and he was perfectly fine and thoroughly enjoyed it. We have some great photos of his interaction with the characters. All of the above stay at Disney hotels - which does help when children are small as you can go to a park for a couple of hours, go back and nap/eat and then go to another park in the evening.

Luckily in each case the children and adults have become hooked on Disney and now go each year.

My neph is now aged 16, nearly 17 and has been to Disney every year and sometimes twice a year since he was two and a half and still loves it. We are DVC members and love holidaying there, although we only tend to go every other year now as we like relaxing on beaches as well.

Our visits for the last 10 years have been much more relaxing, popping in and out of the parks and just relaxing around the pool. The more you go the less you have to dash around.

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Old 05-11-2009, 03:57 AM   #6
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I think any age is perfect as long as you're prepared to go at the child's pace.

There's only 14 months between mine and we went to DLRP when they were 3 & 4 and they loved it.

We're going this Sept when they will be 6 & 5 and they can't wait. We only plan to do Disney and Seaworld so we can take it at a nice steady pace and also spend time in the hotel pool as they still love this as much as anything.

Also we still have a reasonable bedtime routine on holiday with a couple of late nights for something special - this works for us as there' snothing worse that tired kids!

Some people think we'll be bored after 2 weeks of Disney but we know from experience that when we come off a ride the kids always shout "again again" and we want to be able to go back and join the queue again and not be racing off to something else. Just hoping they don't go for a repeat of "It's a small world" - 4 times in a row!

We plan to go back several times and when they're 11+ we might go for an all out military style trip fitting in everything but for now we're happy to potter about Disney and take in all the bits you miss when rushing around.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:31 AM   #7
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My sons 1st visit he had his 5th birthday there and had a great trip, my other son was 4 for his 1st visit and loved it but suffered from the heat and tiredness. My dd was almost 2 for her 1st visit and she loved it but we couldn't ride all the rides together as she was too small.

We have been back often oldest ds hs been 5 times, other ds 4 and dd 3 times. I personally think the most magical is when they are aged somewhere between 4 and 8. Small enough to enjoy all the magic but big enough for nearly all the rides. They have gone past the baby stage and are at the fun stage.

Our last holiday the kids were 4,7 and 11. They all had a ball and we were able to ride nearly everything as a family.

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