How old were your kids the first time they went to Disney?

Discussion in 'Disney for Families' started by AnnaGiselle, Apr 30, 2019.

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How old were your kids the first time they went to Disney?

  1. under 1 year old

    25 vote(s)
    21.4%
  2. 1-2 years old

    57 vote(s)
    48.7%
  3. 3-4 years old

    32 vote(s)
    27.4%
  4. 5-9 years old

    33 vote(s)
    28.2%
  5. 10+ years old

    7 vote(s)
    6.0%
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  1. stewart715

    stewart715 Mouseketeer

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    We brought our 7 month old son and 27 month old daughter. We brought them both on everything they were allowed to go on. Obviously, we wouldn't have brought our son that young on his own but our daughter at just over 2 loved it so much (and our son did too). Still hasn't stopped talking about Mickey, the boat (It's a Small World), the castle and the fireworks even months after. We're going back in a few months. She'll just randomly come over to me and say "see castle" or "we go in the boat." She loves Peter Pan so she knows exactly when Tink is coming out during HEA.

    Most of all, we had an incredible time with them.
     
  2. monorailsilver

    monorailsilver DIS Veteran

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    15 months for the oldest
    22 months for the middle
    2 1/2 for the youngest.
     
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  4. jsebsirois

    jsebsirois DIS Veteran

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    10 months for the oldest
    4 months for the middle
    6 months for the youngest
     
  5. MamaD

    MamaD Earning My Ears

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    We went for my son's 2nd birthday. :) Aiming to go again when he's just barely 10, which was how old I was the first time I went to Disney World.
     
  6. Jacq7414

    Jacq7414 Earning My Ears

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    23 months!

    Then we went again a year later when she was just shy of 3. She liked different aspects of both trips but talks more about the one we just on and was more into everything. She did have fun both times though and loved meeting Mickey & Minnie
     
  7. Aurora79

    Aurora79 Earning My Ears

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    7, but that was mainly a Universal trip with just one day at MK. He’ll be 10 for his first big Disney trip.
     
  8. jenmsmith

    jenmsmith Mouseketeer

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    Our sons were 8, 6, and 2 on our first family trip.

    Fast forward a few years of yearly trips and our DD joined the family and has already been twice - at 6 months and 10 months.
     
  9. siestakeys04

    siestakeys04 DIS Veteran

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    DH did not want to take our kids as toddlers. We had a great time with kids 6 and 10.
     
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  10. MadMadamMim1

    MadMadamMim1 Marvelous & Mad

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    Took our eldest when she was almost 3 (still free!) Now taking our second daughter when she's almost 3 as well. At that age it's more character meet and greets, and the eldest doesn't remember that trip, but still great memories for us.

    The best age is 4-5 IMO. Everything is still real and magical and no diapers or stroller to deal with.
     
  11. Nittany

    Nittany Disney is my happy place.

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    DS had just turned 2 when we first traveled to Disney....we have been returning every year since.
     
  12. Kleese

    Kleese Mouseketeer

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    My daughter was two. We are going in 15 days to celebrate her 3rd birthday. We decided she enjoys trips more then expensive birthday parties that only our guest get to enjoy. Last year she was mad at me because I didn’t have the time to play with her :( because I was busy making sure others were being taken care of.

    My friend said oh I would never bring my kids they are to young. I feel sorry for them! Your baby may not remember but all the memories are stored in their little minds like LEGOs. Your creating your little human and it’s going to effect who they are going to be. Under two they are free so why not start building their happy childhood now? Especially if you have grandparents that would go with you. God forbid but I know since I just lost my mom, photographs mean so much when you can no longer take them. A beautiful memory with grandparents at Disney what better to hand down ❤️
     
  13. StarSpeckledSky

    StarSpeckledSky Mouseketeer

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    Not a parent or anything but I'm a sister. My first time to Disney World was when I was 3 or 4 I believe
     
  14. Woody412

    Woody412 Mouseketeer

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    Our oldest was 10 months. The middle 2 were 2 and 3 respectively (same trip). The youngest was 3 months. My mother thought I was crazy taking her that young but the smile on her face when Goofy played with her at Cape May made the whole trip worth it.

    For my money, 4-5 seems to be the best age for the kids to go. Everything before that is mostly for us as parents.
     
  15. scrapquitler

    scrapquitler DIS Veteran

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    Son was 9 months old on his first trip, daughter was 5 on her first trip (these two examples were not the same trip)
     
  16. pixiemama91

    pixiemama91 Mouseketeer

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    My oldest was 2 the first time she went. We went again when she was 3. When my youngest was born she was 6 months and my oldest was 5. We did a trip when they were 2 and 7 and then I took just my oldest when she was 8. We plan on another trip next summer when they are 5 and 10 but I am really trying to get there again as my youngest pretty much asks me every day if today is the day she gets to go to Disney to meet all the princesses. Mom guilt is high.
     
  17. blackpearl77

    blackpearl77 DIS Veteran

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    We took my son for his first visit when we was 2.5. My first visit was when I was 4. My husband's first visit was when he was 25!
     
  18. smiths02

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    Oldest was 12 months when we went to Disneyland (I am from So Cal., it was just a trip to visit family and we did one day there).

    For WDW...oldest was during the week he turned 3
    Twins were 2.75...trying to get as close to 3 as possible but that have Sept birthdays and we can only travel on school holidays
     
  19. JulesMD

    JulesMD Earning My Ears

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    I thought I'd be in the minority with my son b/c I hear so many people say that you "should wait". (First time to a Park was DL when he was 1.) But the poll proved otherwise!
     
  20. thingwithwings

    thingwithwings Hello there!

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    When I got pregnant with OS, I always figured we'd wait until he was 5-6 years old to take him on his first trip...

    ...which lasted about a year before I decided that nah, we're going ASAP. He doesn't remember most of it, but ultimately, I realized that it wasn't for him so much as it was for me--the memories I have of him enjoying those magical experiences while still young enough that the line between reality and fantasy was really blurry are absolutely priceless. It also helped us to slow down and not take the parks at such a frenetic pace. 10/10 highly recommend.
     

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