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  • On May 14, 2017
    Anastasia from ON Asked

    Hello! We are planning our Disney vacation for this December. Our little one will be 18 months old at that time. We were wondering what kinds of things we can bring our son to (e.g., rides, play areas etc.) that are age appropriate. Thanks!

  • Hello Anastasia! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I fondly remember holding my 18-month old boy on my shoulders during the Festival of Fantasy Parade, the expression on his face when we first saw "the Big Cheese" at Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater and laughing hysterically when he met Donald Duck (his favorite) when dining at Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort.

    Start by introducing Disney characters to your little one before your vacation to get them more comfortable for potential Character Meets and to find out the character that your child will be most keen on meeting. After that, I would make it a priority to find out where and when that Disney Character Meets Guests at Walt Disney World Resort and build around that experience.

    By browsing the Planning for Pre-School Kids & Little Ones, you will be able use the prioritized Character Meet as a starting point for scheduling many more exciting attractions and entertainment.

    I also recommend Dumbo The Flying Elephant as an experience "not-to-be-missed" for little ones for not only the ride experience itself, but for the excellently themed indoor play area before you ride.

    Be sure to take advantage of the Baby Care Centers at each of the 4 Walt Disney World Theme Parks for a quiet rest or feeding.

    Have a Magical First Visit!

    ~Todd

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    Hello Anastasia,

    Oh how very magical it is for you to be planning an enchanting visit to Walt Disney World Resort for your darling little Mouseketeer this coming December and my 1st tip for you is to be sure to pre-purchase Memory Maker to help capture all those precious and magical moments!

    18 months old is such a delightful age and I would say totally perfect for experiencing Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party for the very 1st time.  Your little son will love waving at Santa Claus, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and many other beloved Disney characters all dressed up in their Christmas finery during "Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade" and for sure will be utterly mesmerised by the magical snowfall on Main Street U.S.A.  

    In addition you may wish to consider scheduling a visit to the Harmony Barber Shop to treat your son to a pixie dusted My First Haircut Package where your family may even by lucky enough to be serenaded by the Dapper Dans. 

    I'm sure whatever is finally decided upon you'll enjoy a wonderful trip to Walt Disney World Resort where you're sure to create some unforgettable memories with your precious little boy. 

    Have a great Disney day ~ Jane 

     

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    Greetings Anastasia!

     

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 18-months old is an incredible time to start sharing the magic with your little one. We visited Walt Disney World Resort with my own little prince at 18-months and did many of the great activities shared by Todd and Jane. I'll never forget almost sobbing on Main Street, U.S.A. (happy tears of course) after he went for his first haircut at the Harmony Barber Shop and those little blond baby curls were all gone leaving such a grown-up, handsome toddler. Not only do I have the memories and the pictures, but we also have the keep sake certificate and Mickey Ear hat to cherish forever.

     

    Favorite rides of that trip consisted of "it's a small world," The Seas with Nemo & Friends and Kilimanjaro Safaris. He also loved playing at The Boneyard at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and dancing to the Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party.

     

    There is a wonderful Parents Guide (for Preschool and Little Ones) available that gives information on attractions, character meets and even restaurants your son might adore. Also, feel free to stop back by and send us any of your questions and concerns. We love to hEAR from you! My favorite tip for those on their first adventure with little ones is to make sure you slow down and don't over plan. Enjoy every moment, even those full of unplanned magic. 

    Lauren

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    Hello Anastasia!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! You must be so excited about bringing your son to the most magical place on earth for his very first visit! My dear fellow panelists Todd, Jane, and Lauren have provided wonderful information for your visit, and if you follow their tips you are sure to have a pixie dusted vacation. Please, allow me to add a couple of suggestions that can also be interesting.

    Your boy will enjoy traveling aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad for a full circle scenic train tour of Magic Kingdom Park. This is a great way to go for a break during the day, and kids just love the whistle, and the chug of the wheels. Little Mouseketeers also like Prince Charming Regal Caroussel! This beautiful attraction was inspired by Disney’s Cinderella, and offers the enchanted experience of gently spinning around, up and down all with beautiful music.

    At Disney's Animal Kingdom, board the Wildlife Express Train to Rafiki’s Planet Watch, and visit Affection Section. This is an open-air petting zoo where your son will be able to meet and greet sweet and friendly animals like goats and sheep.

    Final tip: instead of bringing your own stroller, conveniently rent one with Disney Featured Providers.

    I hope these tips help you while planning, and that you make many beautiful memories!

    Best magical wishes,
    *Thiana*

     
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    Greetings, Anastasia! What a wonderful family vacation you have ahead of you! The fun will be at your feet sooner than you realize! Walking into Magic Kingdom with my son for the first time brought me to tears. We exited the entrance tunnel, and as the sun hit his face, he took in all the air around him and spun and pointed and jumped for joy. I know you’ll experience REAL magic this winter.

    When traveling with my toddler, there are a few things I make sure we hit to keep her rested and entertained. When we are visiting Epcot, riding Journey into Imagination is a must, especially with the science-based play-space with Figment at the end of the ride. There is plenty of indoor space to run around, play and experiment for all ages.

    Secondly, make sure you’ve purchased the Memory Maker entitlement, which allows you to download all your pictures from your entire vacation, including ride photos, videos, magic shots and more. It’s the BEST way to capture those magical memories, especially when your little one is sitting in the barber chair at Harmony Barbershop for their first haircut, complete with Mickey ears. My son adored the extra sprinkling of “Pirate dust” to accent his new ‘do!

    Lastly, I will always recommend a Character lunch for little ones and their families. It’s a great way to fill your belly, cool off inside and greet characters all at once. They come straight to your table, so we always have our autograph book and camera ready! You can meet Pooh and his friends in the well lit, friendly Crystal Palace, which is in Magic Kingdom park. I hope you have an unforgettable experience! ~ Lindsey P.

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    Hi Anastasia!

    It has been quite a while since my kids were that small, however I can tell you that we spent a lot of time enjoying the pools and splash areas located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. The great thing about kids that age is that they go with the flow as long as they are entertained and having fun. If you are still considering options as far as Disney Resorts, I would highly recommend Disney's Art of Animation. You see this resort features some of the little ones favorite characters! Throughout this resort, you will find larger than life iconic figures of characters from such movies as Finding Nemo, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Cars. We brought my nephew when he was about 2 and he was so excited to see Lightning McQueen and Mater! The best part of the resort is the splash pad area called the Schoolyard Sprayground where your little one can safely play while enjoying the cute Finding Nemo characters. This is located next to the Big Blue Pool, which is a zero entry pool and happens to be the largest resort pool located in the Walt Disney World Resort. 

    Did you know?: Currently, there is a special offer for free dining and includes dates in December! For more information, please be sure to check this offer by visiting this page: Special Offers and Deals

    It's been a real pleasure assisting you Anastasia! Thanks for sending your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    Happy Planning!

    ~Yael

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    Hi Anastasia!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. My sons first trip to Walt Disney World was when he was just 6 months old and at this age he mostly just took in the sights around him, though he did recognize Mickey! We plan on returning this fall when he'll be 19 months old and I can't wait to watch him toddle around some of my favorite areas!

    I absolutely love Todd's recommendation of familiarizing your little one with some Disney characters. Mickey Mouse Clubhouse is pretty much on loop in our household and watching my little one react to Mickey literally melts my heart. My favorite spot to do this is at the Epcot Character Spot. I know waiting in lines with a little one can be tough, but this is one line and you are able to meet 3 classic characters, Mickey, Minnie & Goofy! They even got on the ground and crawled around with my son and it is one of my favorite Disney memories. Luckily we had Memory Maker to capture it all!

    Depending on the weather, I'd also recommend checking out the Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the Fantasyland area of Magic Kingdom. Even in December, your little could potentially need a time to cool off in Florida and this is a great way! This area is probably what I'm looking forward to most with my son this coming fall. Make sure to bring a change of clothes for him, since they can get a quick splash or completely soaked, it's really up to Momma! I always see littles having a blast in this area and now that my son is walking I know he's going to go wild here!

    I hope you have a magical trip!

    -Lindsey ºOº

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    You are in for a magical time with your 18-month old at Walt Disney World this December! I remember when I took my daughter at this age; it was incredible to experience the magic through her eyes. I definitely suggest booking a character dining experience, such as Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom. Toddlers love meeting Winnie the Pooh and friends and the food is kid-friendly. Your little one will also love meeting the characters, and you can book a FastPass for many of the character meet-n-greets to save time. 

    Magic Kingdom also has a plethora of attractions toddlers will enjoy and many of them even have interactive queues that make waiting in line for the attraction just as fun as riding! Two examples are Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

    My daughter loved some of the hidden gems of Disney at this age, such as splashing in the spouting water at Epcot, playing on the playground at the resort and watching the fish swim in the aquarium at The Seas with Nemo and Friends

     

    I hope you have a magical vacation! 

    Magically,

    Stacy

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    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Anastasia!

    It seems as though my fellow Disney Parks Moms Panelists have given you some amazing advice already! I know your visit is in December, but the weather still might be HOT (you never know), so I will talk to you about Walt Disney World Resort Water Park options for your little one!

    During the winter months, one of the two Water Parks will be closed for refurbishments. Luckily, both are great options! Over at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Guests under 48 inches can enjoy a special water play area, just for them- Tike’s Peak. There are smaller slides, a small inner tube ride, and great areas to make sandcastles!

    Over at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, you will find Ketchakiddee Creek. Another area devoted to little ones featuring 10 different aquatic attractions! Why not go around lunch time and make a stop at Typhoon Tilly's for lunch while listening to the Beach Boys, assuredly. 

    Keep in mind that if you plan on visiting a Walt Disney World Resort Water Park, you will need a valid Water Park ticket or a valid Park Hopper Plus ticket. Park Hopper Plus tickets give you access to the Theme Parks for the number of days on your ticket PLUS that many visits to the Water Parks! For example, if you have a 4 day Park Hopper Plus Ticket, you can visit the Theme Parks Monday through Thursday (4 days), then, you could spend Friday to Monday (4 more days) at the Water Parks!

    I hope that my answer will help you plan your magical vacation! Come and visit us again real soon!

    Jen

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