Our oldest daughter was just 2.5 years old the first time we took her to Walt Disney World. Everyone thought we were crazy! Were we? Nope! She had a blast and if you are thinking about taking your preschooler to Walt Disney World, I would encourage you to go for it! Here are 5 reasons why:
When our girls were preschoolers, we spent most of our time in Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom. Rides such as The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan’s Flight, It’s a Small World and Dumbo are all perfect for this age group. Over the last few years, this area of the park has become even better! There is now an Ariel themed ride Under the Sea, the amazing Be Our Guest restaurant located inside the Beast’s castle and two Dumbos - just to name a few additions. Even waiting in line is fun! Interactive play areas in the queues for several of the rides provide interesting distractions. On hot days, little ones can let off steam and cool down at the Casey Jr. Splash N Soak Area in Storybook Circus. You could spend your whole week in Fantasyland and your kids would never get bored. Ours never did! But don’t worry all the theme parks are filled with preschooler friendly rides and activities.
2. Everything is “Real”
There is no place on earth more magical than Disney World, and no one more able to enjoy the magic than a preschooler. Nothing beats the look of wonder and excitement when our girls met the REAL Cinderella and the REAL Mickey Mouse when they were little. The magic of this experience is often lost on older kids. Now that our kids are older, they aren’t as interested in meeting the characters, but when they were preschoolers they couldn’t wait to speak with the Princesses or cuddle up to Winnie the Pooh and Minnie Mouse.
3. Under 3 is Free
Who doesn’t love free? Children under 3 do not require park passes and can enter any of the Disney World theme parks for free! Children under 3 can eat for free at the family style restaurants and buffets, or can eat off your plate at the other restaurants.
4. Ease of Transportation for On-site Guests
For guests staying at one of Disney’s on-site hotels, the ease of traveling with small children is incredible. From the moment your family steps off the plane in Orlando and is whisked away on the complimentary Magic Express you will be thrilled with the ease of getting around. Imagine, sitting on an air conditioned bus that takes you directly to your hotel while a Disney staff member collects your checked luggage for you and delivers it directly to your room.
Buses, ferries and monorails are available throughout the day to take you to and from your hotel. No worrying about car seats or looking for parking! In Magic Kingdom you can hop aboard the Walt Disney World Railroad and make your way from one area of the park to the next with ease. All the pathways are stroller friendly and stroller parking is available throughout the parks. The best part is, for preschoolers, even the transportation to and from the hotel to the parks is considered a ride!
5. Family Memories
Do our girls remember visiting Disney World when they were preschoolers? Well they say they do, but it’s hard to know for sure. They say they remember meeting the Princesses for the first time and maybe they do. What I do know is that they LOVE looking at pictures and watching video of themselves from those visits and tell us that we are the best parents ever for taking them to Disney World when they were so small! They may not really remember it – but I do!
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