We recently had the opportunity to join family in Southern California and take our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter to Disneyland. We considered this trip a while back and decided it would be best to wait until she was over the age of four so that she would hopefully remember most of the trip. However, we decided “why not” when the opportunity presented itself again and it also meant that our daughter would get the chance to spend some quality time with cousins and relatives she doesn’t get to see often. So we went….and had the BEST time!
I have to admit, I was a little worried how our daughter would respond to all the excitement of the park. Was it going to be too overwhelming with all the characters, rides, noise, crowds, and was she even going to appreciate meeting any of the characters? I couldn’t have been more wrong about this judgement. She LOVED every minute of it! I was even surprised to find out she actually knows all the characters and was thrilled to meet the Disney Princesses. It melted my heart to see her smile with excitement whenever we had an opportunity to meet a princess.
Standing at only 38″ tall, there were definitely limitations to what rides she could participate in. However, there were plenty of activities to keep her entertained in a two day experience. The Nemo submarine, Winnie the Pooh, Buzz Lightyear, Autopia, the Tea Cups, the Carousal, and the Jungle Cruise were among a few of the favorites!
Although, we know at her age she probably won’t remember much about the overall experience, we have absolutely no regrets in taking her this young. To see the joy and happiness the park brought to her face was worth every penny spent. Personally, I have been to Disneyland a handful of times and had a different experience every time considering my age and who I was traveling with. This visit to the park, was by far the best experience I’ve ever had. It’s not about the rides I partook in or the shows I witnessed, it was about the joy in my daughters eyes.
It’s true what they say about Disneyland, “It IS the happiest place on Earth!” It’s magical, it’s unforgettable and it’s for ALL ages, young and old. If you are like us and contemplate when the best time to take your kids to Disneyland is, I hope this post helps your decision. Good luck and happy travels!