I thought I’d try something a little different this year and do a recap of the 12 days of travel. Over the past year, we’ve had some amazing trips, some fun trips and just a few trips (Nashville to see the Total Eclipse was one of those).
What better place to start with our travels that Walt Disney World! We made two trips this year; the first was a family trip and the second was a girl’s only trip. Friends have said that I’m a huge Disney fan and I’ll admit that it’s a little true. BUT I’m enamored by the Magic of Disney. They do a great job of pretty much everything.
There’s a lot of talk about when is the best age to visit Disney. Honestly, I don’t think there is a bad age to visit. I just think that if you’re visiting you need to be aware of what the pluses/minuses are for any age and understand what type of experience you’ll have.
The Best Age to Visit Disney
Our first visit was when my oldest was 3. At that age, it’s critical that you know your child. We kept expectations incredibly low and even only purchased convention passes so that we went after 4pm. He met Mickey, enjoyed the teacups and saw a parade. It was a perfect day for us.
My boys were 4 and 8 when we visited Walt Disney World this year. Four is a great age for a visit because they’re usually tall enough to ride most of the things they’d like yet they’re still excited for character visits. And remember, Disney characters aren’t just the Fab Five like Mickey and Minnie. My son was pretty excited to meet Jake from the Neverland Pirates.
At eight, my son is really into Walt Disney World because he can ride anything and he knows that things aren’t real. Because he does know things aren’t real, he gets to suspect his skeptics for a few minutes and enjoy all the magic of the parks. He also loves the Stars Wars as he’s growing older.
As he becomes a teenager, I can see a lot of time will be spent riding roller coasters and enjoying more of the park. We’re pretty excited for the future Star Wars improvements to the park.
The Best Park to Visit
Everyone has their own favorite park so I encourage you to explore them all! Seriously, there is so much to enjoy that you’ll have to find YOUR thing in the park. We have decided that we love Epcot and Animal Kingdom.
My boys love Epcot for the FastTrack; I love it for the Food Festivals and international flair. My husband surprisingly loves Animal Kingdom. Each visit we go back and see something different. That’s another part of the magic that we enjoy going to Disney.
One of my blogger friends, Jones Family Travels, is constantly exploring and seeing the newest things in the park. Check out their video below to see how much fun they’re having on just a normal day at the park. They are a great source of information for planning future trips.
Have the Best Time!
The absolutely most important thing to do is have a great time and enjoy yourself with your family. No matter what park you visit or how old your children will be when you visit, you’ll create an amazing memory that will last a lifetime. Make sure that you pick up souvenirs from your visit to help you remember. Even if you have a so-so time (or heaven forbid a bad time), I promise you’ll never regret the time you’ve spent with family.