Many people looked at me like I was a looney bin when I told them we were taking our kids to Disney World for 4 days and 3 parks. Sophia is 3. Miles celebrated his 2nd birthday at Disney. Violet was just 13 weeks old. I am here to say that each and every day was magic. I saw more smiles in that time than in the last year as my kids enjoyed rides, met characters, saw amazing shows and explored the different lands of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and the Animal Kingdom.
There is a whole side of Disney that is made for little ones, perfect for encouraging imagination, getting their first thrill of a ride, learning about different places around our country and our world and yes, practicing patience. Disney has a whole program called Magical Beginnings for their smallest friends and they treat every little girl and boy like the prince or princess we all know they are. Disney made my kids feel like their dreams came true!
There was a lot of planning that went into this trip to make sure we got the most out of every day. I am going to write a series of posts on planning your trip with small children and I will give you my super successful itinerary for each of the parks we visited. If you can, put Disney World on your list. You will be tired at the end, but you will never forget the magic.
Why? Because kids this young BELIEVE the magic. The kids think that Mickey and his friends live in Toon Town. They think Cinderella and her friends live in Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom or Akershus at Epcot. They believe that each and every day all of their favorite Disney friends have a huge dance party and that they were invited. Sophia was astounded that Minnie invited her to the dance party by the castle and that Belle invited her to breakfast. Miles gave priceless bear hugs to giant fuzzy characters that he knows are his friends. He loves them.
Sophia was a Princess and met Belle, Ariel, Snow White, Mulan, Cinderella, Pohahontas and Sleeping Beauty. Hello? Could anything be better for a 3 year old?
Miles finally rode Dumbo (which he has been watching of YouTube for months) and got to see Dumbo in front of the castle. You cannot see Miles in the picture. Kids must sit on the inside. Still, Ross is having a blast!
Miles is 2 – so even the little Iron Dumbo was awesome for him!
Lest you think we forgot our littlest princess Violet – nope! She had a great time snuggling with Mommy, riding rides (yes, there are tons of family rides) and meeting the princesses and fairies like her. Actually, Violet was a huge hit with all the characters. Mommy LOVES the pictures!
We loved our Disney vacation and I am trying to plan another trip as soon as possible! I will be posting all my juicy travel tidbits, reviews of rides and attractions, tutorials on making your own rockin’ character autograph book and of course, my itineraries so stay tuned!
Should you take pre-schoolers to Disney? My answer is a resounding yes!