Mom And Daughter Magic Kingdom Cinderella's Castle
  • On Nov 7, 2008
    Maria from FL Asked

    My husband & I are big Disney fans. This year we want to take our little girl, she will be 1 when we go in December. My husband thinks that it might be to much for a 1yr old & that she can't ride anything. Thoughts?

    Almost every Mom on the Panel has taken a baby to WDW. You read about some of our experiences HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE. Our biggest tip is to try to keep the baby to his/her schedule as much as possible. Make sure to get those naps in and keep the child fed and especially hydrated. This will not be the "do it all" vacation. But you can have a joyful and rewarding WDW trip with your baby.

    You can bring your baby with you on any ride or attraction for which there is no height requirement -- there are dozens of these in the Magic Kingdom alone. My experience with babies a WDW is that they'll be happy if you're happy. At this age, the child is not so much in the ride for the story, as a preschooler might be, but more for the sensory experience. Any of the rides in Fantasyland have plenty of sounds and colors to stimulate a growing mind (Winnie the Pooh and Peter Pan, for example). There are a few rides that even stimulate the olfactory senses -- watch out for the skunk smell in the Journey to Imagination ride at Epcot :-)

    My oldest daughter (now nearly 12) doesn't remember many of our early Disney experiences with her. But those memories are priceless to me. And they also set the stage for all the great Disney fun that she does remember. If you're a Disney fan, then there's no better way to share your passion then by starting your children young.

    Have a great trip!

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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