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    Question WDW w/ Baby?

    I seem to remember there being a thread about this awhile back but alas I can't find it, so forgive the repeat on this one.

    In March 2006 I had a baby and in April our WDW annual passes expired. We didn't renew them because we figured our new son was obviously too young to go and we wouldn't get the use out of them that we had in the past.

    Now at 9 months old he's already the size of a 14 month old and is nearly walking. He's incredibly alert to his surroundings and loves to people watch. My plan is to take him to Magic Kingdom and probably Epcot on a "test run" in March for his 1st birthday. Then, based on that experience, decide if it's time to renew our passes. My husband on the other hand thinks that is still way too young for him to get any enjoyment out of the trip.

    What I'm wondering is... of those of you with little ones... what would you say is a good age for them to start making the trip and actually enjoy themselves? From what I remember, and from what I've seen on Disney's website, there's no "age" limit or even size limit for most children to ride the dark rides and things like Dumbo as long as they are with a parent. Is that true? When did you first take your little ones and how did they react?
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    I always thought that people who took their babies to WDW were crazy. Then I had my son in Dec.2004 and we took him when he was 8 months old and again last September when he was 20 months.
    Obviously your litle guy is not going to remember being there, but you'll have some great pictures. I do not regret taking Dylan either time. If he is a people watcher I say "go for it". Just try to keep to a schedule as far as naps and eating to keep the crankies away. We found, actually, that taking him back to the room for naps was good for us to recharge too. (Dylan will NOT nap in a stroller) Every child is different. Even the same child from one age to the next. At 8 months, he was ok with the characters. At 20 months, he wanted absolutely no part of them. From a distance they were ok, but he didn't want them up close to him unless he was in the arms of Mommy or Daddy. As far as rides, we took Dylan on every ride in Fantasy Land both times. He either sat on my lap or my husband's. We also took him on the TTA (aka the WEDway people mover), the COP. The Great Movie Ride in MGM to name a few.
    As you can see I no longer think people who take their babies to WDW are crazy and if they are, I'm proud to be one of them! My 2nd child is due in March and I'm already thinking of taking a trip down in September!!

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    I rode Dumbo when I was like 2..

    I remember taking my little sister on Winnie the Pooh and Snow White when she was liek 2 or 3. It depends on certain ride I guess. Snow White can be kind of scary and loud but Winnie the Pooh I think is great for anyone!

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    Well it's official - we're taking our little one next month. He'll be about 10 and a half months for the trip. I hope he has fun. We're going to stay 3 nights in ASMo and do Magic Kingdom and Epcot. I figure as long as I'm holding him he can go on most of the rides and with his fascination with fish, he'll go nuts in the Living Seas. I hope all goes well. I'll post some pictures when we go. :-)
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    Well honstely I wouldn't take a baby I waited until my youngest was 6 years old to go and she going on 10 this year and doesnt even remember going when she was 6. She been every year since then.Sorry rambling getting to my point. Like I say before I wouldnt take a baby for the simple fact they are never going to remember and you kind got to work around their schedule like naps and feeding. So it holds you back from doing a lot vs if they were a bit older. Then you got to consider the stroller and the diaper bag add that to tons of walking and people and well you get the picture. Now I not say dont take him that is souly your choice but I wouldn't until he got older so you both can enjoy it. Just my opinon

    But if you must have a picture with the baby with Mickey Mouse go right on ahead. Keep in mine you may be saying oh he'll have this memory for years when really your doing for yourself. LOL Dont worry I've done the whole oh it for the baby thing and realize when they got older they both said mom I dont remember that and that I just had to have that picture lol
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    I took my daughter when she was about 7 months old. Obviously, her mobility was limited but the experience of being there with her was precious. She doesn't remember it, but now that she's older, she thinks it's so cool that her first trip to Disney was even before her 1st b-day. I vividly recall her wide-eyed gazes at all the lights and colors and sounds, too!

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    When we go, my kids will be 6, 4, and 2. I can't wait to see how they react on their first trip to WDW!! Also remember, a WDW trip is what YOU make of it. If you go with an open mind and fairly open schedule, you should have a blast.



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    I'm going with my 7 month old niece on Sunday for a week and i'm really looking forward to it from what i read baby can go on alot of the rides. So i hope your trip goes well and just rember have fun!!

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    Jedi - you're right on the fact that he won't remember it... or at least not vividly... but it's not about a picture with Mickey either. It's about watching his reactions and seeing him smile. It's about including him on something that is such a big part of my life (my love of the WDW parks). It's also, very specifically for me, a test of if it's time to consider renewing our annual passes yet or if we should wait (we're FL residents so when we had passes we went nearly every weekend). Before I drop the cash on those I want to see how he does. Plus, we extended our trip to give us lots of time to head back to the hotel for rests if needed... but that said too, this little guy will nap really well in his stroller if he's really that tired so I'm not worried. I figure I bring a bottle, a baggy with some formula and some bottled water and make occasional stops to feed him (he eats maybe every 4-5 hours) and we're good. Hopefully it goes well... if not, we'll wait awhile before we try again. :-)

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone! I'll certainly post an update on how it goes.
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    I think you will have a great time. Our friend had her 10month old granddaughter with her on our Dec trip. It was so much fun to see the babys reaction to everything, especially the characters.



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    I was like 1 year when I went the first time then later a few years with my two brothers, I dont remember it but, now I am a huge disney lover and cannot wait to go in 2 months!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BamaJen View Post
    Jedi - you're right on the fact that he won't remember it... or at least not vividly... but it's not about a picture with Mickey either. It's about watching his reactions and seeing him smile. It's about including him on something that is such a big part of my life (my love of the WDW parks). It's also, very specifically for me, a test of if it's time to consider renewing our annual passes yet or if we should wait (we're FL residents so when we had passes we went nearly every weekend). Before I drop the cash on those I want to see how he does. Plus, we extended our trip to give us lots of time to head back to the hotel for rests if needed... but that said too, this little guy will nap really well in his stroller if he's really that tired so I'm not worried. I figure I bring a bottle, a baggy with some formula and some bottled water and make occasional stops to feed him (he eats maybe every 4-5 hours) and we're good. Hopefully it goes well... if not, we'll wait awhile before we try again. :-)

    Thanks for the well wishes everyone! I'll certainly post an update on how it goes.

    Im sure you'll have a blast have fun with the little tyke.




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    We started taking our kids when they were 11 months, but only to the MK. We went several times a year and they enjoyed the trips. We started going to Epcot and MGM when DD was about 3 1/2.

    The main thing to remember is that you should leave the park when they get tired and cranky. We would go back to the resort for a nap and swim and then return when they were refreshed. We never had to deal with temper tantrums, thankfully. That is the biggest advantage to being a Florida resident. We don't try to cram too much in during one visit because we know that we'll go back again and finish what we didn't get done on the previous trip.
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    Thanks for the tip Lisa...

    Yeah, we're planning to head back for naps. That was the main motivation behind staying on property this time. Of course I just found out that the week we're going to be there, ASMo is going to be closing the Fantasia pool for refurb... gah! I was so looking forward to taking my little one for a dip under Mickey. :-)
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