Brought to you after our Disney Kids press trip. All experiences and opinions are my own.
Fresh off our latest trip to Disney World I took a day after returning to Kansas City to look back and reflect on all of our trips over the years and specifically our first trip. This is Steve, Enza’s husband! Our 6 year old was 18 months at the time and when searching for ideas of what to do with a little one while visiting the incredible parks of Walt Disney World I was left concerned by the amount of people on message boards and blogs that advocated waiting because they wouldn’t remember it or because there wasn’t much to do with kids this age. I can say honestly it gave me pause because I didn’t want my little one to have what might be a once in a lifetime trip “wasted.” I ultimately decided that Enza wanted to go, and had for so long that even if our little one didn’t get much out of it, Enza would.
Disney World Will Move Your Preschooler With Random Physical Expressions of Joy
The moment you’ll realize all of those fears are unfounded will come at different times for different people, but it will come. For some it might be the first time Cinderella’s Castle pops out from behind the treetops as you approach in your car, bus or the monorail! For others it will be the first sighting of the tree of life as you step into the lands of Animal Kingdom. Maybe as you circle around Spaceship Earth (The big ball 🙂 ) in the monorail as you approach the monorail stop at Epcot. Might be the marching Stormtroopers at Hollywood Studios! For me it was easy and the same for both, the first sighting of Mickey.
You’ll know it when you see it from any of them though. It will be a look you’ve never seen before, shocked excitement that will be quickly fleeting and replaced by something that you have seen which is a joy that is so pure, real and overwhelming it leads to a spontaneous dance that is connected to no music but is the most expressive thing you’ll ever see, stomping and flailing arms and often times spinning around in circles with an ear to ear toothy grin that will bring a smile to the most stern parent’s face and melt the most frozen of hearts.
My six year old is still overwhelmed by joy each time she sees Mickey, heck Enza is still overwhelmed by joy (ok ok so am I). But it’s something that as we grow up we learn, sadly, to suppress. So while there’s never an age you’ll go to Disney World and not see a return of more fun and enjoyment for the dollar than you’ll find anywhere else, the earlier you go the more likely you are to see emotions from your children before they’re convinced to suppress them!
So if you want my opinion, naysayers be darned. There’s absolutely no age that’s the right age to start to go, just be warned it is addictive and you’ll often, like us, find yourself planning your next trip before you leave the first time. I will say that each trip we’ve taken has been better than the last and that I feel the memories that I have because of these amazing trips are worth their weight in gold. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll give you incredible tips to plan your trip and to tell you all about our incredible Disney Kids vacation!
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