One comment that I’ve heard over the years is “we are going to wait until our kids are older to take them to Disney”. While a part of me understands this, another part of me wants to ask “why?” I don’t know if there is one right age that they will love every aspect, that it will all work out perfectly or that everything will be easy. However, some of my, personal favorite memories are of me just watching my kids have so much fun waving at characters during the parade, mispronouncing their names as they wave fiercely, seeing my husband watch our daughter be transformed into a princess at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, my youngest crying smack dab in the middle of Main Street USA, because we had had all the fun we could have or the boys go all out for the highest score on Toy Story Mania.
Life is so busy from birthday parties, sports, school, naptime, dinner and just everyday life. It seems that every second of our daily lives are planned. There is something so sweet about turning everything off, disconnecting from daily chores/schedules and just seeing the “magic” through their eyes. I remember, when Jace my oldest was four years old we were in Disney Springs shopping, he looked at me and asked, “so, someone’s job is to build Legos”? “YES!!” I said. He builds Legos, we go to exhibits, have challenges and are constantly building Legos. It has been so fun to watch him over the years create and build. We could hardly wait to see the Hulk and Pirates of the Caribbean creations!
So, when you are considering what age is appropriate to travel with your kids, not just to Disney, but anywhere consider your whole family, including yourself. Intentionally plan to enjoy your kids in a setting where you aren’t overwhelmed or can need to reschedule, spend time (quantity and quality). Make plans to share life with them for their whole life!