Will Pre-Schoolers Love Disney? Yes!

By May 5, 2010Disney, Travel

The Castle Before a Show

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?

Sophia and Belle at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

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!

Ross Enjoys Dumbo with Sophia and Miles

Miles is 2 – so even the little Iron Dumbo was awesome for him!

Miles and Dumbo the Elephant

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!

Violet Meets Tinkerbell’s Friend Fawn

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!

Join the discussion 27 Comments

  • Shell says:

    Great pics!

    We took our boys last summer t 4, 3, and 1. They LOVED it!

  • Megan says:

    I agree completely. Last year, both momblogwork families went to Disneyland together with 3 kids aged 3, 2.5 and 10 months. (Oh! and K was pregnant at the time too!) It was completely fun and totally worth it. We’re going again next week (this time with kids aged 4, 3, 2, 1).
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..Good Stuff – May 5, 2010 =-.

  • Living in Southern California allows me access to Disneyland pretty much 365 days a year. I love Disney. We first took our twins when they were 2 1/2. They loved it then. The next year, we bought Annual Passports. They are now 7 and we go 10 times a year. Guess where the family’s taking me for Mother’s Day? I can’t wait to see your posts about how you did it. It’s a different experience with little ones than you might imagine for yourself, but wow, what joy to see them discover for the first time!
    .-= Grateful Twin Mom´s last blog ..On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!!!!! =-.

    • Brittany says:

      Can I say jealous??? I would LOVE to go 10 times a year. Actually, I think if we lived near Epcot I would just take the kids there everyday to explore and enjoy how beautiful it is. We did get a babysitter one night and got to see the fireworks from the 2nd floor of a little french bistro in Epcot. Well, we had Violet…but she was sleeping!

      btw I got your email and I AM responding. Just SO backed up!

  • Candice says:

    Looks like it was a wonderful trip! The first time my family went to Disney, I was 14 and your typical angsty teen. I think I would have loved the park at 3 or 7 or even 9.

    I’m constantly amazed at all the things you do with three little ones. I sit thinking in fear of how I’m going to do the simplest things with just my one little one on the way soon. You give me much hope. 🙂
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Looking forward… and forward. =-.

    • Brittany says:

      Have no fear. Just go by the motto I do. Have kids. Will travel. I is fun! You just have to shake off the small stuff and the expectations for nightly wine and romance. Oftentimes you drop nearly dead into bed! You will be fine! I can’t wait for your little one to come!

  • Jenny says:

    I have been wanting to take our kids so badly! 7, 3 and 18 months. My husband thinks we should wait but I really wanted to experience it with my 7 year old daughter before she lost the “magic”! I can’t wait to read more about you vacation and how you planned it. My goal is for us to go next Winter Break. Here’s hoping!

    So glad you guys had a blast!
    .-= Jenny´s last blog ..Frock By Friday. =-.

  • amber says:

    I can’t wait until Tori is old enough to go…we went for our honeymoon, and haven’t been back. Maybe in a couple years? BTW, that princess pic is the best!
    .-= amber´s last blog ..My Top Ten Strategies For Keeping It Sexy. =-.

  • Rachel says:

    I’m sooooo excited for your upcoming posts!!!! I LOVE disney and right now only have a 5 week old. BUT, I did tell my husband we are GOING when our baby is older. VERY VERY excited to read about your trip!

    • Brittany says:

      I will say that there is a ton of stuff for grownups to do and at 12 weeks Violet was no problem and could be taken with us EVERYWHERE. While Disney does make strollers park outside of rides and atttractions we were allowed to bring her carrier in wherever we went. You may want to consider a trip there for you and your hubby while you don’t have to do anything for little baby!

  • teri says:

    This is great news we’ve been trying to decide just when to go, our 2 year old granddaughter still has major melt downs if she isn’t napping at home in the afternoons so we were thinking that it might be a waste for us right now but….. I’m happy to read that even the younger ones are enjoying it.

    So I guess we will start planning for our trip to that wonderful magical world next year.

    Thanks, can’t wait to hear more about your trip.

    Teri

  • Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to hear all your recommendations. We’re headed there in October and even with our girls being a bit older, I will take any and all advice! So glad y’all had a great trip.

    • Brittany says:

      Jen I have tons of reccs even for older girls. I espeocially have some sweet suggestions for some All Girl Stuff. Poor David! I am trying to get Ross to go back in the fall but I think I will have zero luck! You may be there for Mickey’s Not So Spooky Halloween when tons of additional characters make appearances. That would be awesome!

  • Kate says:

    We are heading there at the end of next week for my son’s 5th birthday! It will be his 7th trip there, and my 4month old’s FIRST! 🙂 I am so glad you had a great time, it is truly a magical experience if you don’t expect too much and try to pack it all in to get your money’s worth. Take it easy, take breaks during the day for naps and the pools, and eat well….

    Now, the Disney obsession begins for you….. do what we did, and look into Disney Vacation Club! 😀

    • Brittany says:

      Wow that’s awesome and yes, I am looking ino the DVC. It sounds awesome! We are definitely going to do the playhouse Disney next time. We did Princess at Akershus and Supercaligragilistic at the Floridian. We also want to do Chef Mickey’s and Conderella’s Banquet but we will have to book a little more in advance to get those reservations!

      • Kate says:

        I need to go look up Supercalifragilistic at the GF now, that wasn’t there the last time I was there, so I want to see what it’s all about!

        Another awesome thing to do at Disney — Get the kid’s first (or fifteenth) haircuts at the Main Street Barber Shop. 🙂
        .-= Kate´s last blog .."I Wish You Would Die" =-.

  • Kate says:

    Oh – meant to add that our son’s fave thing when he was 3 and 4 was the Playhouse Disney Play ‘n Dine at the Hollywood & Vine at the Disney Studios… Mickey Mouse Playhouse, and the Little Einsteins and JoJo’s Circus. Always a big hit!! The cast members invite the kids up to sing the Playhouse Disney shows’ music (think Handy Manny and the Hot Dog Song) and the breakfast buffet is decent. A good time for the whole family!
    .-= Kate´s last blog .."I Wish You Would Die" =-.

  • Mommy Bear says:

    I would take my kids (2.5 years old and 11 months old) to Disney World in a second if I could. I know they would absolutely love it! There is so much to do for kids of all ages.
    .-= Mommy Bear´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  • Allie says:

    I was curious about taking our young one to Disney bc my husband has training in Florida! We love Disney so we would have fun as parents of course! Our son just turned a year and we have #2 due in August but I would love to take him on a tiny vaca! Love the pics!!! I am now following from MBC!!!
    .-= Allie ´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Back to 100%! =-.

  • Rachel says:

    My daughter has been BEGGING to go…maybe one day!!

    Great pics =)

    Following you from MBC
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..DOUBLE Etsy Love =-.

    • Brittany says:

      I think a lot of theme parks have stuff for the little ones now and some might be closer to you. I am going to incorporate into my posts how to make ANY theme park fun for the tiniest visitors. We are off to one near me in the next coulple of weeks called Carowinds. Preparing the kids to meet Snoopy and Friends! Glad to have you here!

  • Margaret says:

    This sounds like it would have been a magical trip. I look forward to the days when we’ll go. Right now it is just our nine month old… but one day… This was a great first post to get to know you. Thanks for coming my Creative Madness Mama, I definitely plan to be back.
    .-= Margaret´s last blog ..FIRST Chapter: Let’s Have a Daddy Day =-.

  • Melisa says:

    I look forward to your reviews and how-to’s. I know many friends with little ones that go to the theme parks but as I look at my 15 month old and see that after about 20 mins of Sesame Street he is done…I just don’t know if he would really get or enjoy it. Maybe for us, 2 will be a better age??
    .-= Melisa´s last blog ..10 Things =-.

  • Caina says:

    Hey! I loved this and we are going in just a couple of weeks and I have a 5,3, 20 mo old! I would love to see more of your details and itinerary! Can’t seem to find it on here! Help! lol

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