Sunday, January 6, 2008


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The recent Mickey obsession has me thinking about Disneyworld. It would sure be cool to go while she's still enamored with Mickey.

I don't worry about waiting until they're old enough to remember most outings, but when you're spending that much for tickets, it starts to make a little more sense.

So leave me a comment - how old were your kids when you did Disney? Was it a good age, or should you have gone earlier? Later? Should we take MG by herself and leave MG with a grandparent, or should we wait until they're both old enough to go? Or should we just plan to go every year and damn the cost (hi Julie!).


Anonymous said...

The first time we went, my daughter was 19 mos and I was 5 mos pregnant with my son. Then, I took them trick-or-treating at Magic Kingdom when they were 2 and 4. We are going again this summer. They will be 5 and almost 5.

We are able to go so often because we always go with many family members and rent a house, instead of staying on property.

I'm excited to go this time, because it will be the first time to go without one of the strollers ( I think I'm brave enough to go without the stroller this time, last time, I had the double, lots of fun on the monorail!)

Anonymous said...

oops, they will be 5 and almost 4 this summer.

Brandon Stenger said...

You know what surprises me? There are five options in your poll and none of them are "Don't go, it's highly overrated."

Lucy went through a Mickey phase at about the same age as MG is now - we even got one of those free Disneyworld vacation planner videos that she watched constantly. We planned on going but couldn't ever get the finances or the timing to work out right.

That said, if you can cut back on the expenses by staying with someone go for it, but wait a while. We took the girls to King's Island last year and in 2005 and had a blast - I don't think we would have had nearly as much fun if we had gone with kids as young as yours. Remember - most of the stuff at any theme park is going to have a height/weight limit - with your girls they aren't going to be able to ride many of the rides.

Anonymous said...

Every time I have been at Disney there have been screaming crying toddlers, preschoolers, and babies. The parents might have thought they were going to have fun, but they weren't and the parents were miserable because of it. I really thing that if you wait till MG is 5 or 6, and Claire is 3 or 4, that they will be just at the start of the age that they should be. Don't rush it. There's something to be said for anticipation. The longer they wait the more excited they will be.

Jen said...

Wait till they are out of diapers and can actually possibly remember it... otherwise your half mil won't be well spent.
BTW, I have a great disney connection if you need help planning...

Erin said...

Katelynn was 9 months old when she went to Epcot for the first time. We went again to Epcot in December for the day. At the end of the month Matt's parents are coming to Orlando and we will be going to the Magic Kingdom and possibly to another park. Matt was thinking of MGM Studios.

Katelynn's pretty good, you just have to remember to take it slow, take lots of breaks, bring lots of snacks that the girls will eat. Food is sooo expensive there! For the next trip we are thinking of packing a small cooler of things to eat for lunch and then spend dinner somewhere nice on the property.

If you plan it right, you can have a lot of fun and not make it into an experience where your kids are crying the whole time. I think some parents are oblivious to the fact that they can push their kids last their limits which results in cranky kids.

Hopefully I won't be eating my words any time soon.... haha!

adymommy said...

we are waiting until our youngest(now 2) is four. Since it is a one time only trip for us we want all of them to remember it and have a good time. Our oldest, 6(on saturday)has been wanting to go for just about a year but he understands why we are waiting and he is even helping us save the money. We have a family bank that I told him had to be filled 2 times before we could go. He now puts 1/2 of his allowance in the bank every week, any money he finds laying around, and any extra money he gets he puts into the bank. Hopefully we aren't setting him up to be a cheapskate:)

Chelle said...

My mom took me when i was 5 and I don't remember a thing...other than my wrap-around denim skirt falling around my ankles in the middle of the airport. She took me again in third grade and I remember's a small world rocks! I say wait until they are older. That's just my opinion!

Anonymous said...

Come now---would be great to see you all.


Heather said...

Amy, seriously. My kid thinks a trip to PetSmart to admire all the fishies is the coolest thing in the world. And it's FREE.

Heh, and sometimes the guy working that area will pull out a frog or little crab for her to hold, which is even cooler as far as she's concerned.

We got to pet a really pretty snake at Aquarium World a couple weeks ago - also free.

And the rides at the mall are a buck or less, as I'm sure you already know. Stick to Mickey movies for now, and go when she's worked a summer job long enough to afford her share of the trip costs. *grin*