Are you struggling with the idea of taking your child who is under the age of 5 to Disney World? Just not sure if it would be worth it? Let me tell you why you absolutely should take your toddler to Disney World.

Take Your Toddler To Disney World

One of the most common things that I hear from people when I ask them if they’ve considered taking a family vacation to Disney World is “my kids are too young”. They want to wait until they’re (insert age here, it’s usually 5). To those potential clients, I always ask (aside from their age), what is stopping you from going NOW? Usually, there isn’t anything else. I have some great reasons why you should take your toddler to Disney World NOW!

Under 3 is FREE

Kids under 3 are FREE! In case you didn’t know, you don’t get older at Disney World. So as long as your children are two when you check in, even if they have a birthday on your trip, they will be considered two for the length of your vacation. This means there will be NO charge for them to stay at the resort or to enter the parks or special events.

Meeting Characters

If your child knows who any of the characters are, they will be so overjoyed with meeting them. I know this first hand! We took our youngest daughter to Disney World for her first trip when she was just 10 months old. She was admittedly a little intimidated when we first arrived but by the end of the trip, she was handing out baby sized hugs and high fives all the way around. The characters LOVE small kids. They love older kids and adult sized kids too, but I honestly could not tell you how many times characters would stop what they were doing to interact with our daughter on our most recent family trip. Who loves to see a baby donning a pair of Minnie Mouse ears? Definitely Minnie Mouse.

Attractions for the entire FAMILY

There are actually plenty of attractions for them to enjoy, especially at Magic Kingdom. I would say the top three attractions on our last vacation were: Mad Tea Party, Peter Pan’s Flight, and Under the Sea, Journey of The Little Mermaid. She also really enjoyed Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, and Toy Story Mania. For our family, we typically ride these attractions every visit so it was an added bonus to be able to let the youngest member of the family tag along.

Toddlers are MONEY SAVERS

You’ll likely save money on dining as most kids under the age of 3 are not going to eat an entire meal from the menu. If you’re at a quick service restaurant, those meals are sometimes big enough for two adults to share! If you’re at a buffet or family style restaurant, there are plenty of options for foods that your child will eat. You can put it your plate to share with them. If you really want to spoil them, take them to a character dining meal (highly recommended!)! They’ll be so busy watching and interacting, they may not eat much anyway.

Memories as Parents

Seeing Disney World through your child’s eyes is priceless. Yes, it’s true that they likely will not remember a single thing from your trip and will rely on you sharing your photos and memories with them as they get older. But I promise you, there is nothing more wonderful than seeing your child smile from ear to ear as they see their favorite character from television or a movie right in front of them!

TIPS to take your toddler to Disney World

  • Toddlers are a challenge. Traveling with them and spending the entire day at a theme park isn’t any different. You do have to account for naps and diaper changes and lost pacifiers and sometimes, you just need a little breather. Thankfully there is a Baby Care Center located within each of the four parks with tons of amenities for parents and kids. Don’t count out a visit just because you think your children aren’t old enough, it could be the best trip of your life.
  • Face-masks are required now for children over the age of two. Here are some great tips on encouraging your child to wear them while visiting Disney World.

Do you take your toddler to Disney World? Would you recommend it? We would love to know your thoughts on this! We have a Facebook Group, DISNEY EXPRESS LANE, where you can share your thoughts, ideas and tips with us.


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