Guess what…ANY age is the age to take them to Disney World. Know why? Because it is YOUR child, and it is YOUR life. This is a small vent post because I have been told enough stories now that I want to address this- so here it is.
There is a HUGE difference of someone asking you “What is the best age” to “WHY would you bring your young child here?” Here is the sad part…I have heard it in conversations around me, I have heard it from people I know and I have heard it from those who were just simply enjoying their vacation and someone decides to be rude and say “WHY would you bring a child that young here?” UGH! People!!! This is Disney World, not an “R” rated film.
Of course there are “easier” ages to bring them, depending on your child’s personality. Some kids can handle Characters at a young age, some get terrified. Some don’t mind the crowds and noise, some can’t be around it. Different ages have different needs, so as a parent, you know what your child can and cannot handle. It really is that simple. But we aren’t there to be a family’s judge and jury! I used to see the tiny babies in the Parks and wonder, like many, “Why would you bring a baby?” And my reasoning on this was that they won’t be able to remember the trip. BUT here’s the thing- the parents may also have 2 other kids who are the PERFECT age now, or this was the timing they had, or they were there with other friends and family- whatever the reason is, it is NONE of our business.
When it becomes our business, and I mean this with the most respect, is when little ones are causing chaos in a line, making it hard for others around them to enjoy the attraction, etc.. We each paid to be in the Park, so everyone is entitled to experience it. As long as you are respectful with your little one (and we are respectful as well) and making sure that they aren’t causing a problem, then it should never matter if you would like to bring your baby, your toddler, your teen, or your old man. Respect for everyone will make your vacation, and others, as magical as it should be.
When you see someone struggling with a stroller on a bus, or needing a seat at a Restaurant…can we all just stop judging and HELP them out? If you have taken any child to Disney World, you know the work that is involved. Listen, most parents would agree with me that it isn’t this “glorious vacation” from end to end because it is A LOT of hard work. They don’t need to be “scolded” while they are trying to calm down their child while they are having a meltdown, or trying to figure out how they fit in the pics with the Characters AND still keep them excited for it while in the long lines. It is WORK, and yes, it is THEIR choice to bring them, but let’s all enjoy the Disney magic together and help each other out.
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