How young is too young to visit?

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How young is too young to visit?

So I'm 15 weeks pregnant (yay!) and we're all excited, but of course, one of my first thoughts was, how soon can I take the baby to Disney? laugh

Originally I'd thought I'd need to wait till they're about two, but they can fly for free before then, so it makes sense to go before. We could also try to factor in some down time in Orlando so that the whole trip is not Disney-focused. What do people think? I know everyone says they won't remember it, but I don't see an issue with that seeing as how we'll be taking them lots of times! laugh

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I think it depends on the parents. Some parents enjoy taking little ones just to see how they react and for their memories. When you take a baby, I feel that you are taking them for your memories. Any age is a good age to go as long you know what your doing.

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OK - so here's the thing. I took my oldest daughter to Disneyland at 12 days old, after a c-section. She was 2 weeks late, and I was NOT missing out on a Disney trip. The day was absolutely lovely, she slept in the stroller most of the time, had her picture taken with Mickey, rode the Jungle Cruise, we strolled around and ate yummy food and watched shows. It was fantastic. My son's first trip was probably more around 6 months, because his delivery was very difficult and I was in hospital for a long time.

There are some things that you need to be prepared for when you take a small infant to a Disney Park.

1) Pack your diaper bag with twice as much stuff as you think you'll need. We always took two full changes of baby clothes with us for the day, and sometimes that wasn't enough.

2) Mid-afternoon naps back at the hotel room are a good thing, for everyone. Depending on the time of year you go they become extra important to get out of the heat.

3) While you can do the child-swap in order to go on rides, a baby will change your touring style. Don't expect to spend much time on rides.

4) You will get unsolicited advice from random strangers telling you how awful it is that you've brought your baby out in the world so young. **** them. No one gets to decided how to raise your baby but you. Fresh air and sunshine are awesome, just use sun screen and a pram with a good shade. (Seriously, there's no difference between taking the baby for a walk in the park and taking a baby for a walk in the Magic Kingdom.)

5) Make use of the Disney Baby-care centers, they are awesome, and usually a quiet spot to escape if the little one is over stimulated.

6) If you are nursing be extra sure to stay very hydrated.

It's really not about the baby having memories of it being Disney, it's about you having those memories. Between my three kids, the earliest Disney memories of theirs come from about 3 years old. All of them were there well before that, and I loved every minute.

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lolastardust wrote:
So I'm 15 weeks pregnant (yay!) and we're all excited, but of course, one of my first thoughts was, how soon can I take the baby to Disney? laugh

Originally I'd thought I'd need to wait till they're about two, but they can fly for free before then, so it makes sense to go before. We could also try to factor in some down time in Orlando so that the whole trip is not Disney-focused. What do people think? I know everyone says they won't remember it, but I don't see an issue with that seeing as how we'll be taking them lots of times! laugh

Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! congrats My daughters were both two years old when we took them for the first time but my son was 6 months old. So in 1989 we took a 7 year old, a 4 year old and a 6 month old. He was a doll baby the whole time. Got home and discovered he had been teething while we were there! He was a very good natured baby. Some babies will do better than others.

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congrats

I took my daughter for the first time when she was 11 months. We had a great time. She was old enough to get a kick out of all the plushy characters and really enjoyed the quieter rides. We also saved her first taste of sugar for this trip. We have a great video of her eating her first vanilla ice cream cone then dancing off her sugar rush. laugh

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You already know how I feel about it wink laugh

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Congrats!!!! It really depends on how much you can handle. But, I would have probably done it earlier if we could have. We took our DD at 3 cause she was potty trained and liked to walk. wink

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Congrats!!!! I think any age that you are comfortable with. I waited until my daughter was 6 just because I am not very organized and the thought of taking strollers, diapers and everything else that comes with a smaller human was overwhelming to me. I know people that have taken newborns and had a wonderful time. Like I said, it was me not her that was the issue!

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Thanks for all the input everyone. I wasn't thinking very very young - maybe about 1 or 2. I don't see any harm on going on a trip as a family as long as we take regular breaks and put baby's needs first. I know a few folk who have taken a child aged two or under, and all said the child loved the experience. I think it depends what you are wanting to get out of a trip. I'm not expecting the child to remember it, but I'd hope they'd enjoy it when they were there. Smile

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lolastardust wrote:
I'm not expecting the child to remember it, but I'd hope they'd enjoy it when they were there. Smile

I think you can be sure of it. muchlove

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For the Meet Up in October I will be bringing my three month old, we bought a deal package that isn't cancelable so no choice but we know the baby will come first over all the rides and everything. It's just time for us to enjoy as a family.

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4) You will get unsolicited advice from random strangers telling you how awful it is that you've brought your baby out in the world so young. **** them.

laugh My thoughts exactly. The only thing I think is awful about kids at Disney World is when parents push their poor kids too far and make it miserable.

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My parents brought to WDW when I was 2 but I don't really have any recollections of it. I see this question appear quite a few times on other places but I read somewhere that you should ask the question of what matters the most, would you rather be the only one to remember it or have your child and yourself remembering it. Now obviously everyone thinks differently, which is fine but obviously, there's trade-offs you must come to terms and accept if you're going to take your child at a really young age.

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Congratulations - what exciting news muchlove

We went from the UK to WDW as a group of eight adults and my niece who was then 14 months old. It was magical seeing her interact with the characters and she loved the rides. We have so many wonderful/priceless pictures of her and family pictures of us all together.

It was good having a bigger family group as we all took a turn staying in the hotel room and babysitting so everyone else could go out for evening activities, so if you can find family or friends who can go at the same time, it means you can get a date night!

This year I met up with my sister, brother-in-law and niece (who was 2 by now) and we did Vegas and Disneyland. She loved both and we all had a great time. Again, we always put her to bed at a reasonable time and took turns in babysitting or going out. It was a really good fun trip.

My niece is still two years old. She has been on 16 flights including going to both coasts of America, New Zealand and various European countries. They are going back to WDW this summer, she will be 3 by then.

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jw24 wrote:
My parents brought to WDW when I was 2 but I don't really have any recollections of it. I see this question appear quite a few times on other places but I read somewhere that you should ask the question of what matters the most, would you rather be the only one to remember it or have your child and yourself remembering it. Now obviously everyone thinks differently, which is fine but obviously, there's trade-offs you must come to terms and accept if you're going to take your child at a really young age.

But when you ask the question this way, you are under the assumption that this will be their only trip. I'm sure Lauren plans on returning.

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Took our daughter in September at 19 months. She loved running around, loved the characters, and the rides. She napped sometimes, but not often. She always fell asleep once we stopped moving and sat down for a night parade or fireworks though. She won't remember the trip, but when she sees my camcorder she always wants to watch the videos from the trip that are still on it. I don't remember much of any of the trips I took as a kid, no matter what age I was. I just remember the things I've seen in the home videos. I loved watching Penny run around and her face light up when she saw things. Take your kid whenever you feel like you can do it. There's no right or wrong time.

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coreyp wrote:
Took our daughter in September at 19 months. She loved running around, loved the characters, and the rides. She napped sometimes, but not often. She always fell asleep once we stopped moving and sat down for a night parade or fireworks though. She won't remember the trip, but when she sees my camcorder she always wants to watch the videos from the trip that are still on it. I don't remember much of any of the trips I took as a kid, no matter what age I was. I just remember the things I've seen in the home videos. I loved watching Penny run around and her face light up when she saw things. Take your kid whenever you feel like you can do it. There's no right or wrong time.

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Allie wrote:
jw24 wrote:
My parents brought to WDW when I was 2 but I don't really have any recollections of it. I see this question appear quite a few times on other places but I read somewhere that you should ask the question of what matters the most, would you rather be the only one to remember it or have your child and yourself remembering it. Now obviously everyone thinks differently, which is fine but obviously, there's trade-offs you must come to terms and accept if you're going to take your child at a really young age.

But when you ask the question this way, you are under the assumption that this will be their only trip. I'm sure Lauren plans on returning.

Sorry for my delay in replying to this one. We plan to return again and again. My mother took us both when we were very young and we loved looking at the photos even if we couldn't remember being there. I'm thinking of going to DLP in Spring next year, as we have annual passes that will be expiring, and then maybe Halloween in WDW after that. We will obviously wait and see how it works out when the baby comes, but I don't see an issue with taking our baby from a young age, as long as we don't push them too hard and we do things that are enjoyable for them.

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Pixarpixie wrote:
congrats

I took my daughter for the first time when she was 11 months. We had a great time. She was old enough to get a kick out of all the plushy characters and really enjoyed the quieter rides. We also saved her first taste of sugar for this trip. We have a great video of her eating her first vanilla ice cream cone then dancing off her sugar rush. laugh

They're never too young for a little Disney Magic! stars

I think we might take them when they are about one - DLP from about six months though. I'm pleased to hear they can enjoy it at that age! xx

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I'ma little late to the party. Our best friends took their son at 6 weeks. They have great pictures and awesome memories with their baby!

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alicemouse wrote:
I'ma little late to the party. Our best friends took their son at 6 weeks. They have great pictures and awesome memories with their baby!

That sounds amazing! I think we're going to take them to DLP at six months (because we have annual passes expiring), and then hopefully to WDW at about a year. muchlove