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  • On Oct 20, 2012
    Anteria from IN Asked

    We are planning our 1ST DISNEY vacation! Our boys will be 4 & 1 when we would like to visit. Any suggestions on where to start??!! Also, is it a good idea to take a 1 year old or is that too young? How long is a good time to stay to fully enjoy the ma

    Hi Anteria!

    You asked some great question, but unfortunately our responses are limited in length. So I'm going to answer one of your question, but please write back with the other! You can send your question directly to me or to any other panelist!

    With regards to whether the one year old is too young or not, if you are looking for a great family vacation where everyone can do things together then I say go to Walt Disney World.  If you see this vacation as something you would only do once in several years and you want them to remember it, then both are probably too young. 

    That said, my wife and I have taken our children to Walt Disney World at least once a year and we started taking them when they were babies; both visited before turning 1. My wife and I wanted to visit and we didn't want to wait for the children to grow up; we also wanted to capture the memories of our babies visiting the theme parks with us and interacting with Disney characters. Disney makes it very easy to travel with very young children. There are baby care centers in each of the parks. There are also changing places in all of the restrooms.  My wife and I carried our babies on a lot of the attractions and stayed together. For the few attractions where that was impossible, we utilized "child swap" to allow each of us to experience the attraction with minimum wait.

    A few pointers: go during a less busy time of the year, such as when older children are in school; slow down and enjoy the experience of visiting with young children instead of running from attraction to attraction; take your own stroller because your children will be familiar with it; consider staying at a monorail resort or renting a car to allow you to return to your hotel quickly to take a nap, rest, etc; consider a character meal, but don't rush character interactions until you see how your children respond; do those things that your children find most interesting.
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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