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Mom Poll: What Is the Right Age For a First Visit to Disneyland?

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I grew up visiting Disneyland often. Not because we lived in California, but because my half sister did. Oh lucky stars!!! Visits to see her always included a trip to the Magic Kingdom. I remember when Toon Town launched and the first time I was actually excited to ride Pirates of the Caribbean rather than scared. And then California Adventure opened the first time I got to bring a friend along on our trip. Yes, no doubt, I have many amazing memories from Disneyland.

Now, with two children of my own I’m anxiously anticipating our first family vacation to Disneyland. I can’t wait to see their faces as we stroll down Main Street and they soak in all the magic. I know my son will be thrilled to see Mickey and Minnie in person … he kind of already has a little crush on Minnie. And my daughter is a self-proclaimed princess so she’ll fit right in 🙂

But … the big “but” … when do we go???


What is the right age for a first visit to Disneyland?

My son is almost 2 and my daughter will be 4 in the fall, I know if we went now, they would love it, but I’m wagering that if they were a bit older we’d all have a more enjoyable visit. Do you agree? From your experience or research, what do you feel is the right age to experience Disneyland?


  • How will they handle the flight?
  • Are they still napping?
  • Are they potty trained?
  • How do they handle dressed up people and/or life size characters?
  • Can they listen to directions?
  • Do they stay close in public settings?
  • How do they handle being tired?
  • How long can they walk?
  • How tall are they? Does it align with what rides they will enjoy?

Now it’s your turn to chime in! What other things should I consider? What would you say is the right age for Disneyland? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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