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Old 01-17-2013, 12:51 AM   #31
Just wanted to add, this is no longer a rumor
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Never said it wouldn't be "worth it". You did, however, just reinforce exactly what I said. Again, if it makes you happy, then that's what matters.
It also makes them happy. Just because they won't remember all the things I do, doesn't negate the fun they are having in that moment.

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:51 AM   #32
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I think it depends on how soon you are going to go back. We went in the summer and I wanted to wait until my youngest of 3 was able to do a lot. She was 4 and for us it was the perfect age. Everything went perfectly. Well she was afraid of the dark rides but oh well. she LOVED the princesses. It was a BIG family vacation. We went w/ the thought that we wouldn't go again for another 4 yrs or so and then DW. We travel a lot but we like to explore different places.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:02 AM   #33
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Get her familiar with the rides by showing them on youtube and see if she enjoys or is she scared, then decide whether she is fine for DL trip or not.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:06 AM   #34
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my DD was 22 months old when we took her to WDW for the first time...she was ALL about the characters, fantasyland, toontown...
her first DLR trip was at 3 and was doing the same as above and also rode pirates, haunted mansion, autotopia
every trip at every age brings something new to see and try as they grow up!
would I recommend you going, YES! the memories you will create at this age are priceless...seeing disney through your little one's eyes is so magical...take LOTS of photos and videos...my DD (almost 13) still loves looking back through the scrapbooks and videos!
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:19 AM   #35
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Our first trip to WDW was when my first two children were 16 months and almost 3. The almost 3 age was wonderful. After that trip, I insisted that we go back when dd was about that age so that she could have that experience too. Wound up going back when she was just turning 4 and son was almost 6. Ideally I would have gone right before she turned 3, so she would be free, but for us, it was too close to our previous trip. She loved the princesses, and was pretty obsessed with all characters in general, while my son just wanted to run from thrill ride to thrill ride. He still had some interest in kiddie rides and characters, but it was definitely fading.

Now we're going to DL when the youngest is 2.5. When they see the characters at that age, it's just different. It's great when they can ride the big rides, but there's just some extra magic when they're 3. Dancing at the parades, gasping at the sights, and just being full of wonder. DD (turning 6 on the trip) now is obsessed with the fact that the characters are people in costume, and she talks about it and asks questions non-stop. This trip with her will be a very different experience from the last time.

I'm sure we'll be back again once the youngest can ride everything, but I'm so glad that we were able to accomplish my goal of having them all go around the age of 3 to have that unique experience that you just don't get when they're older. It's still a fun, amazing trip when they're older, but not quite the same experience.

As far as behavior and tantrums, my oldest on our last trip who was then almost 6 had far more tantrums than his 4 year old sister, and caused WAY more problems in line than the earlier trip when they were 1 and almost 3. The first trip when they were younger was much easier for us.

Strollers don't bother me, and I'd actually prefer a trip BEFORE they're potty trained. You can wait a couple minutes to change a diaper, once they're potty trained, you have to worry about the time when they need to go NOW.

For memories, my kids are obsessed with looking at our Disney pictures. I don't know how many memories are "real" and how many are from stories and pictures, but they know they went to Disney, and they know that they had an absolute blast!

If you can swing more than 2 trips great, but ideally, I'd say do two trips. One right before 3 when you don't have to pay for them, and they can enjoy the characters, parades, kiddie rides, etc. And, then one later when they're taller and can hit all the thrill rides. It really makes for very different experiences.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:10 PM   #36
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I think almost 3 is an awesome age to go. We went to WDW (our first Disney trip) when our youngest was almost 3 (in fact, we were there exactly 3 years ago today on her 3rd birthday - I can't believe she's 6 today!). It was really good. She had potty trained several months earlier, so we didn't have to deal with diapers. She loved meeting the characters (she kissed all of them - so cute), and the little coaster in Toontown. We had taken her to Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and Legoland when she was 2 and a few months - and almost 3 was a much better experience! For her, it was the 'perfect' age. She still talks about it, but I think it's more memories via pictures than what she actually remembers.

For my older DD (who was 5), it was neat, but not as magical as my youngest. I honestly wish that Carsland had been open and I'd taken her when she was 2 - she had a major obsession with Cars that has been replaced by princesses and fairies as she has gotten older. I miss the days when she loved Lightening McQueen...
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:40 PM   #37
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Originally Posted by lsulindy View Post
Strollers don't bother me, and I'd actually prefer a trip BEFORE they're potty trained. You can wait a couple minutes to change a diaper, once they're potty trained, you have to worry about the time when they need to go NOW.
Good point ... hadn''t thought about it from that angle. Maybe I'll amend to "not potty trained or WELL potty trained." Currently our biggest bathroom issue with 4 older kids is getting them to all go at once so we don't end up in a bathroom after every ride!

You're certainly right that your likelihood of when/how many times you can go back influences when you take a younger child. We go to Disneyland often (at least every couple years), but we waited until our youngest was 6 to fly all the way to Disney World and stay a week, because we knew it would probably be the only time for all of us to go (although I am secretly hoping we go back in a few years; don't tell DH ).

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:38 PM   #38
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Disneyland is so much more than rides, too. My 2 yo LOVED the parades and characters. If you only take her once in her life, maybe wait until she's 7. But if you've got a few visits up your sleeve, 2 years old is about as magical as it gets - and that's VERY magical. I wouldn't miss it.
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