Many people thought taking our 22 month old daughter to Disney was a great idea. Others implied that she might be to young to really enjoy it. Our day at Magic Kingdom was truly one of the best days of my life and I’m prety sure Kyla enjoyed the day as much as I did.
So, is Disney to young for kids under two? Yes and No. It really depends on your child. We also travelled with my niece London who is 2 1/2. Kyla and my niece are complete opposites. I believe Kyla loved The Magic Kingdom much more than her cousin. Kyla loves rides, London does not. Kyla doesn’t mind being in the dark, London does. Kyla doesn’t mind loud noices, London does. London did enjoy meeting all the characters though. They hugged and squeezed her and she loved them back. Kyla didn’t want anything to do with the life size characters posing for photos.
If your child enjoys rides and doesn’t have a lot of fears then I think they would enjoy Disney at a young age.
Our trip to Orlando was scheduled for 7 days. The first couple days we went swimming and had activities planned but did not visit any parks. Before our trip I knew that we wanted to have a meal with the characters. I called Disney and asked what was available on the Monday we would be there. My plan was to eat breakfast with the characters outside of the park to save a little money. We ended up eating at the Polynesian Resort with Lilo & Stitch, Mickey and Pluto. It was very reasonable at $18/person and the food was good! If you’re looking to eat with the characters I highly suggest breakfast instead of dinner and eat outside of the park to save some cash that you know you’ll be spending later on!
We bought a three day hopper pass for the parks. The hopper allowed us to go in and out of any parks we wanted for three days. Our first day was spend at The Magic Kingdom. We rode the tea cups, dumbo, pirates of the caribbean, it’s a small world, winnie the poo, peter pan, the carousel (three times!), alladins magic carpet and mom and dad rode a few coasters and the haunted mansion. We also saw a 3D mickey show and the monsters inc laugh floor show. Kyla loved the mickey show even while refusing to wear the 3D glasses. I wish we would of had another day at The Magic Kingdom. I can’t wait to go back!
Our second day was spend at Hollywood Studios and The Animal Kingdom. At Hollywood studios the kids watched the mickey mouse clubhouse show and Kyla also watched the little mermaid show. Mom and Dad rode the Aerosmith coaster.
We left Hollywood studios after lunch and headed to The Animal Kingdom where we rode the safari ride, hopped on the train around the park, saw the parade and mom and dad rode everest and a dinosaur coaster. Next time I would skip Hollywood studios and spend more time at The Animal Kingdom. We missed a lot and The Animal Kingdom has more activities for younger kids.
Our third day was spent at Epcot. There wasn’t much for the kids here. They enjoyed turtle talk with crush and Kyla also rode finding nemo. As a family we rode the land boat ride and watched the circle of life film. The adults rode soarin and mission space which had the longest wait at the park. Later that day grandma took home Kyla and we enjoyed The Wine & Food Festival at Epcot. It was fantastic! We had many good beers and lots of good food. The festival ended a few days after we returned home.
The only thing Kyla hated on this trip was taking a bath. For some reason bath time was not happening. 🙂