Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 19, 2009
    Erin from OH Asked

    Hello Moms--I've traveled multiple times to Disney World with my family--beginning when I was a young girl. Now I am proud to be the mom of a 6 month old boy. We'll be traveling to Disney in April or July. Any suggestions for age appropriate activities?

    Hi Erin!  It is so exciting to come full circle and enjoy the parks with your own child as you enjoyed them as a child yourself.  I even now have the pleasure to do this with grandchildren so I am really blending the memories from years gone by!

    Six months is still rather young and children at this age are very different so it is hard to recommend things since each child will react differently.  I think the best way to approach a trip with a young child is to relax and enjoy the magic around you versus trying to hit all the attractions in the parks. I am thrilled you are going as you can start making the memories and as I always tell others there is no magic age for those memories to start!

    Since you have been a frequent guest you will know the attractions quite well. Avoid those that would have loud noises that might frighten a young child or avoid those that have lengthy periods of quiet time where a crying or fussy baby might interrupt.  There are many attractions where you can simply carry a baby on with you and they can start their magical journey through Walt Disney World.  Its a Small World and Peter Pan and rides such as these are great starting spots for little ones.  My own daughter loved the Tiki Birds when she was under a year old!

    Enjoy the pools and enjoy walking the parks.  There are areas where kids can play and Disney is a great place for your little one to experience the feeling of sand between his toes on a beach by the resorts.

    Carefully approach the characters while holding your son so his first experience is one of joy and not one of fear.  My grandsons loved to squeeze those big noses and I let them take the lead as to what they wanted to do and not do when they were very young.

    Don't forget to use each park's Baby Care Centers for a cool break for the family.  You can also purchase supplies if you need.

    Have a wonderful first visit for your son....take lots of pictures!
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Meet the Panelist: Kay, Indiana

Hello Adventurers and travelers! I am Kay and a past Adventures By Disney mom for the panel. But now I am excited to share vacation planning tips for those heading out for an incredible vacation to Walt Disney World. Learn More About Kay

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