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Why You Should Do Disneyland With Young Kids.

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I hear/see these comments all the time in regards to taking young kids to Disney. ‘Why would you go before your kids can remember it?’ ‘I don’t see how you can relax in the parks with children that young.’ ‘They can’t go on any rides, so why would you bother spending the money to go?’

What bothers me is people saying things like that! Know why? Because it’s usually said by people who have never done it and haven’t done any research. And it’s usually said to people who have a trip planned and are very excited. Just leave them be!

So today I am addressing these comments in hopes of spreading a little knowledge and encouraging those who want to go to just do it! 

Why would you go before your kids can remember it?

Well, why do you do anything before your kids can remember it? We do things with our children to simply spend time together and bring joy to that moment. It gives them opportunities to expand their minds and develop or use new skills – just as they would do at the beach, zoo or in their own backyard. True, you don’t need to travel to Disney to do these things, but to say it’s not worth it because they won’t remember it is greatly missing the mark. Besides, you’ll have lots of pictures! And if your kids are anything like mine, they will adore looking at them later on!

Taking a break mid day in the park.
Taking a break mid day in the park.

I don’t see how you can relax in the parks with children that young!

You’re right, you can’t. But that’s life with toddlers. We went to Hawaii to relax and that didn’t happen either! The fact is, most people don’t go to Disney Parks to sit around, so you are already in the go-go mindset. There are so many stimulating things for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to look at and do that they will be more than entertained! Just make sure you don’t overdue it and schedule in times to nap or rest.

Noah enjoying 'Under the Sea - The Voyage of the Little Mermaid"
Noah enjoying ‘Under the Sea – The Voyage of the Little Mermaid”

They can’t go on any rides, so why bother spending the money?

First of all, did you know children under 3 get free entrance to the parks as well as dine free at several restaurants? Did you also know that children under 2 can fly free as lap children? So you can put that whole argument to rest, because in that regard it’s the perfect time to go!

As far as rides go, your littles can go on anything that doesn’t have a height requirement. Obviously, roller coasters and other major thrillers are out, but that only takes up 25% of the parks. And for those who still want to experience those big ticket rides, there is a system called Ride-Swap set up to make sure you get your chance! Everything else is wide open to take your kids on, whether they are old enough to sit on their own or ride in your lap. They can even go on Pirates of the Caribbean! So don’t let that deter you from going.

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I hope this has answered a few questions you may have had or give you ammunition to throw at those who try to squash your joy. You should do Disneyland with young kids! If you do a little research and go in the proper mindset, you’ll have a fantastic time. I know we do!

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I love hearing about families planning trips to Disney! You can also check out some of my other helpful posts in my Doing Disney Parks section.

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  • Angi

    We took our son to Disneyland when he was a toddler to celebrate his last few weeks as an only child. He loved it but we’ve traveled to a lot of places with our boys before they hit school age when most parents feel it’s acceptable to travel with kids. One of our youngest son’s favorite photos of himself is from a trip to Oregon when he was a few months old. Traveling with kids take a different mindset and you have to plan things around their schedule just like you do at home but it’s so worth it!

  • Jewels

    Good for you for writing this article! You’ve convinced me 🙂 I was wondering if you’ve ever done a disney cruise? If so, did you kids get seasick at all? That’s my worry!

    • Angi

      Both of my boys have been on cruises. My mom took them (one at a time) to celebrate their 5th birthday and they had a blast. The crew was amazing with our non-verbal son and even memorized his food needs (nothing but ham and cheese on sandwiches, pizza cut in half, etc). No seasickness with either of them but motion sickness isn’t common in our family history.

    • momentsinmommyland

      We’ve done two cruises but both were before having kids. I got a bit sea sick on our first cruise, but after taking a few chewable sea sickness tablets I was fine 🙂

      We are HOPING to do an Alaskan Disney cruise with the kids in the not too distant future, but we are waiting til they are old enough for the programs which I believe start at age 3.

      • Jewels

        Thanks ladies! Motion sickness unfortunately does run in our families. But I guess there is only one way to find out if we will be seasick. Book the Disney Cruise and just take lots of sea sickness tablets!

  • Faye

    Thank you for this article! My husband and I just had our first, who is 4 months old and we were so exicited to take him to Disneyland and then the naggy nagers; friends and family were telling us EXACTLY those things!
    After reading this…we’re going!

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