People frequently ask me questions about planning their Walt Disney World Resort vacation, then end the conversation with, “We’re hoping to take the kids when they’re old enough.”
Stop right there. Who said a kid needed to be “old enough” to visit Walt Disney World?!
While I’ve got no confirmation of this, based just on the number of incredibly pregnant women I’ve seen walking around the World, I’d guess that some kids spend their first day on this earth at the Happiest Place on Earth. The truth is that your feisty little toddler is the perfect age to head to Walt Disney World for the first time. Yes, I understand that you’ll need to pack diapers, drag a stroller, and plan on daily naps, but trust me that the benefits outweigh the burdens. Not convinced? Here are 8 reasons to take your toddler to Walt Disney World.
(Now. Right now. Go book that vacation!!)
8 Reasons to Take Your Toddler to Walt Disney World 1 of 9
There's no reason to wait until your child is "old enough" to enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation. In fact, toddlers are the perfect Walt Disney guests!
Toddlers Love the Characters 2 of 9
Have you recently asked a ten year old to go have their picture taken with a character? Remember how they nearly tore a retina rolling their eyes at you? Toddlers love characters. Love them.
Characters Love Toddlers 3 of 9
When we made our first princess meal reservation, I wondered what my son would do while my daughter collected signatures. The answer: get covered in princess kisses.
Toddlers Will Participate 4 of 9
There are various locations throughout Disney Parks where guests can complete tasks, create crafts, and just participate in general beyond riding the attractions. You know who will actually sit down and color a craft sheet? A toddler!
Toddlers Dance with Abandon 5 of 9
I still feel the ache in my heart from the first time my daughter shook her head when I asked her to dance with me at a Magic Kingdom dance party. This moment of watching my two-year-old rock out with his four year old sister is one of my favorite Disney memories.
Everything is an Adventure 6 of 9
What is behind this big red door? Is it a prize of some sort? A character? A souvenir? Nope. It's a hotel room. When you're a toddler, everything is a grand adventure!
Toddlers are Cheap! 7 of 9
To Disney Parks, your sweet child under three years old is still an infant. That means that they can make a plate at a buffet and enter the parks at no cost. That's right. FREE. I got you on that one, didn't I?
Toddlers Have Strollers 8 of 9
I know your spouse probably put "stroller" on the con list, but let me tell you - strollers are incredibly helpful in Disney Parks! You've got a cup holder, a place to hang your backpack, and my absolute favorite, a place to sit for parades.
Toddlers Believe in Magic 9 of 9
The first time my two-year-old son went to Walt Disney World, this was his face from beginning to end. He believed in the magic of it all, from the AMAZING INCREDIBLE BUS WITH TV SCREENS!! to the towel animals on the bed to the "ice" on the castle each night. Don't miss the magic window. It closes so quickly.