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Old 09-06-2012, 10:00 AM   #1
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Disney with a 20 month old?

Curious what other people's experiences have been at WDW with a 20 month old? My husband, our 20 month old son, and I are planning to go in February. My husband is starting to second guess the decision because he wants to make sure our son enjoys it. Thoughts?
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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We took our DD when she was 18 months and I'm pretty sure she had a blast! She loved the rides and the characters (she thought Chip n Dale were giant, walking stuffed animals and snuggled up to them).

I thought it was a great age to go and experience the magic and wonder of it all.

We even did a bunch of ADRs since DD loves restaurants.

I think the key to our success was to go with the flow and follow our DD's cues for naps or breaks. And to really just take it slow and not expect to see or do everything.

Go! And enjoy!
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:12 AM   #3
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My daughters first trip was when she was 4 months. She then went again at 10 months, 18 months and 22 months. Super easy to travel with. You just go at their pace. If you think a nap is needed, maybe it's a good time to head back to the hotel and regroup - rest, etc. When traveling with our DD we always stick to her normal schedule at home. And it goes well!
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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So far my son has had a blast at 10, 21 and 29 months. Just take his pace and watch for signs of him needing a break. Know where the baby care centers are, bring things he is familiar with that you can easily bring and have fun. One of my favorite things has been watching the wonder in my son's face when we are there.
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Old 09-06-2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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I have to agree with the PP and follow cues from your son. We took our DD then 4 and DS-17 months for the first time a few years ago. We saw practically nothing and rode even less. Our motto was- we can always go back. There were a couple of times that I took our son back to the hotel for a nap and my husband and DD went to the pool.

My son loved the characters, had his first haircut and doesn't really remember much, but loved it all the same. We have the pictures and he looks at them at least once a week. Everytime he has his hair cut now, he tells the stylist that his first haircut was done by Mickey in Disney World!

Your son won't remember much, but you will certainly carry the image of his face the first time he meets Mickey for the rest of your life! It's truly magical! Enjoy your trip!
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:07 AM   #6
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We haven't been yet, but we are going in October, and my 21 month son is going (along with his three older siblings). We started watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, just about once a day, and he now loves Mickey. His favorite part is the Hot Dog song, which you can watch on youtube Now any time he sees any Mickey stuff, he lights up! I'm sure he would have enjoyed the trip anyways, but I think being sure to introduce him to Mickey is going to make the whole thing even more special for him

With four kids, I have a definite plan, but I am also committed to being relaxed with it and following their lead. If all we do is see the castle and meet Mickey and the Princesses (for my daughters), it will be a perfect trip!

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:17 AM   #7
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I went in Feb of last year with my 2 kids: my youngest being 8 months at the time. Loved it so much went back in Sept. with the grand-parents. My youngest was 15 months. Traveling with a child that age is great. Their faces light up at the simplest things and Disney make it so easy. They have baby care centers in each park, the restaurants are all child friendly, there is baby swap options at most rides and many rides are great for all ages. I highly recommend going, you'll have great fun and beautiful memories to cherish forever. My son had a great time and even if he doesn't remember his trip now, we sure will.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:36 AM   #8
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We took DS#1 at 22 months and he loved it! The simplest things vexcited him: the monorail on our day off when we toured the monorail resorts, the boat between WL and MK, the peoplemover...

He even did great for the shows we saw! He usually napped while we were at the parks or on our way back to the resort in the afternoon, but the day we went to MK, we ALL napped at the resort midday and went back for the ESEP and Wishes, he fell asleep while we waited for the parade to start. :-)
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:57 AM   #9
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Thanks for the quick responses. We realize that going at our son's pace is key and we know we won't see everything. He does watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and lights up every time Mickey comes on at the beginning and loves dancing the Hot Dog Dance.

One of my husband's concerns is thet he'll be scared if the characters. He has done great with Santa and the Easter Bunny up to this point, so I hope he won't be scared of the characters. We are going to try and take him around our school's mascot and he will see Santa again before we leave for our trip so we can gauge his reaction. It's just hard for me to think he wouldn't like the characters, Mickey especially, since he is familiar with him. I do realize each child is different and hope the character meet & greets and meals will be worth it.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #10
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We took DD when she was 9 months and 21 months. At 9 months she was afraid of the characters. At 21 months, she LOVED them. In fact, we kind of wished she liked them a little less because we spent alot of our trip visiting characters. Everytime she saw one, she would point and say I wanna see _______ (insert character).

My DD hated the Easter Bunny at the mall in April. We went to WDW in May. I think the difference was she knew those characters (well most of them). We tried to explain EB, but she she didn't really get it. I think it helps she watches Disney Jr. alot. She also hated Santa last December. I will note that a couple of the really tall characters scared her a little. For instance, she wanted to see Goofy. We got in line. When she saw how tall, he was she wanted me to go up with her. That only happened with Goofy and Beast. Everyone else she loved.

Overall, we had a great trip. She loved most of the attractions and shows. We are taking her again in November. She will be 28 months then.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:36 PM   #11
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Thanks for the quick responses. We realize that going at our son's pace is key and we know we won't see everything. He does watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and lights up every time Mickey comes on at the beginning and loves dancing the Hot Dog Dance.

One of my husband's concerns is thet he'll be scared if the characters. He has done great with Santa and the Easter Bunny up to this point, so I hope he won't be scared of the characters. We are going to try and take him around our school's mascot and he will see Santa again before we leave for our trip so we can gauge his reaction. It's just hard for me to think he wouldn't like the characters, Mickey especially, since he is familiar with him. I do realize each child is different and hope the character meet & greets and meals will be worth it.
If you have meals, that is a good way to introduce characters. I would recommend if you want to do Meet and Greets is to find pictures in trip reports of characters with children his size or some youtube videos of meet and greets. One thing that surprises children is the size of the characters, particularly the faceless ones. Mickey will look a lot different than he does on Mickey Mouse Club House.

My son did great with them at 10 months. At just under and just over 2, he was a little nervous around certain ones and needed me with him, so photopass was key at regular Meet and greets. AT meals if he was a little nervous, I held him and dd took the picture.

Here are a few of ours. You can definitely tell which ones he is more familiar with and loved.

Little nervous around Tigger, but adored Pooh



I had a lot of meals reserved, but put them on day 2 forward so if he was really scared I could cancel. We did the Character Spot at Epcot for a test.

He walked right up to his favorite in clothes he recognized:



This was as close as he would get to most of them.



He would stand there and talk to them and I would finally scoop him up and let the photo pass photographer get the shot, but he was happy.



And sometimes he was downright adorable.



Sorry for the size of those last two. I did reduce them in photobucket.

However, rest assured, you can skip characters meet and greets and still have a wonderful time. We were in Orlando once and had just 1 day in MK. We did one Meet and Greet for my dd to see Princess Tiana, but the day was a complete blast.
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Old 09-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
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Those pictures are so sweet!!

My DD will be 26 months when we go this Dec. So far she loved the Fab 5, so I am hoping she will take to meeting them in person. Our first 'test' will be at DHS. Time will tell!!
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When we went our youngest was 20 months. She had a blast, loved it all and fell in love with Minnie Mouse.

From my perspective, two months after our Disney trip, our 20 month old had an accident and could have died. She spent several months in the hospital and will have lifelong disabilities. There were some times when I wished we had not taken the Disney trip so that we would have had that extra money during that time, but overall we were very glad we took the trip when we did. You never know what will happen and what could change. Minnie Mouse has been a part of our daughters recovery and she was sent quite a few while she was in the hospital. When she began speaking again, Minnie was one of her first few words. The first time she raised a finger to point at something, it was a lifesize Minnie balloon.

I would absolutely take him.
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