10 Reasons You Should Take Your Little Kids to Walt Disney World

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Many parents want to wait to visit Walt Disney World until their children are old enough to remember a Disney trip. We think you shouldn’t wait to take that trip. In fact, it’s all about the experience. Of course, Disney is enjoyable for any age, but it is truly magical for preschool and elementary-age children. Here’s why you should take little kids to Walt Disney World.

*Walt Disney World recently hosted our family to experience the parks. All opinions are my own.

Character Magic

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There is something special about seeing your little ones interact with their favorite characters, especially when they are at the stage of truly believing in the magic of Disney. Smiles, squeals, and giggles are the fuel that keeps us parents going, and we know we can’t bottle them up no matter how hard we try.

Family-Friendly Attractions

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Disney Parks offer an amazing variety of attractions that can be enjoyed by people of any age. From rides to shows to entirely themed areas like Toy Story Land, your family can spend most of the day making memories without splitting off into smaller groups—that is, unless you want to!

Amazing Animals

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Animal Kingdom is one of my family’s favorite places to explore. Where else can you walk with gorillas, wave to a tiger, wink at a giraffe, pet a giant rabbit, and marvel at macaws? And if you happen to be at Epcot during the International Flower and Garden Festival, you might even have a butterfly land on your arm for a truly up close and personal experience. Not to mention, you can see sea creatures at the ocean-themed Sea Base aquarium.

Go at a Slower Pace

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When your kids are in a stroller or need more time for breaks, the parks can be explored at a slower pace. During these precious years, even the adults enjoy spending a little more time on Main Street with the Dapper Dans, watching the ducks walk by, or slowly enjoying a snack instead of rushing from ride to ride.

Enjoy Lower Prices

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Whether your Disney budget is tight or full of freedom, one thing we can all be grateful for is lower-priced tickets for kids. Children 2 and under can enter the parks for free, while those aged 3-9 are eligible for discounted tickets and meals.

Sweet Photo Memories

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It’s true that babies won’t remember a trip to Disney, but you will. And the photos will live on. The moments we spent with our boys as babies and toddlers at Walt Disney World remain some of our favorite memories. Disney Memory Maker makes it even easier to get the whole family in the picture, whether you are in front of Cinderella Castle or meeting your favorite princess.

Take Time for Rest

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A mid-afternoon break is a great idea at any age. If your resort is easily accessible via Disney transportation, that’s even better. We love staying where there is access to the Skyliner or Monorail because you can ride either without having to fold up the stroller. Whether you sleep or just relax for a bit, you’ll be glad you did!

Awesome Pools

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Over the years, one of my boys’ favorite parts of a vacation is the hotel pool. And Disney knows how to make a great pool! Whether you stay in a deluxe resort or camping at Fort Wilderness, the pools do not disappoint. Some even have splash pad areas for the littlest kiddos.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

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Dining out with young children can be stressful for parents. Thankfully, this is not a problem at Walt Disney World! There are so many options that cater specifically to children; everyone will eat well and be completely at ease. Have a food allergy? There is no better place to eat than at Disney Park. They set the standard for making sure your meal is safe to eat and delicious.

Create Traditions

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If you have the chance to visit Walt Disney World more than once, it’s so much fun to create special traditions. Take a photo of your kids in the same spot on each visit to see how they grow. Or experience a particular attraction or snack over and over again. Whatever you decide, the memories will last a lifetime.

To read more Disney travel tips, head to Just is a Four Letter Word and let the magic begin!

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About Andrea Updyke

Andrea Updyke is a married mom of two boys living in Raleigh, NC. She is a published author and blogger of more than 18 years and loves to celebrate the little things that make life awesome.

Whether she's sharing tasty recipes, traveling or hanging with the family, Andrea's goal is to help make your days a little easier and a lot more fun! Email inquiries to andreaupdyke@gmail.com.

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