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What age should kids go to Disney?

Nurturing a Disney Legacy

I thank my parents for my passion for Disney. They took me to Walt Disney World for the first time when I was about three years old, and I've been hooked ever since. Walt Disney created the parks for guests to relive their youth as he quotes in the Disneyland opening day speech, "Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future." This promise exists in theme throughout all Disney parks and cruise lines, but can one be too young for Disney?

It's no secret that vacations to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and even Disney Cruises are expensive, and traveling with kids is a lot of work. So, what's a good age to take your kids to Disney for the first time? The answer depends. If riding major attractions with your kids isn't a goal of your trip, then age isn't a factor. I know friends who have taken their babies, who are not yet one year old, to Walt Disney World as part of a larger family trip. Granted, your baby may not remember the vacation but the pictures with the characters will be cute!

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Princess Tiana at Princess Fairytale Hall. Courtesy Disney

Tickets & Height Requirements: Considering Attractions and Beyond

Disneyland and Walt Disney World require the purchase of a theme park ticket for kids ages three and older. If you're planning on enjoying attractions with your kids, Walt Disney World and Disneyland have height requirements that vary by theme park and ride. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World is the most popular park for parents with younger kids, as many of the rides allow guests of any height to experience. Yet if you want your kids to accompany you on some of the most thrilling experiences, such as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, or even Star Tours, the minimum height requirement is 40".

Beyond Attractions: The Allure of Disney Magic

Disney theme parks are more than just their attractions; there are daily performances, parades, character greets, and more to entertain the entire family. Experiences and performances such as Disney Junior Play and Dance at Hollywood Studios provide fun opportunities for younger kids to dance and sing along with some of their favorite characters. And no Disney trip is complete without fireworks. Whether you are sailing aboard one of Disney's 5 (soon to be 6) cruise ships or spending the day at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, fireworks and nighttime spectaculars are a perfect way to add some extra magic to your day and make the kids happy.

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Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana at EPCOT. Courtesy Disney

What age should kids go to Disney -Practical Recommendations

Overall, I recommend waiting until your kids are at least 40" tall to enjoy their first Disney trip. However, Disney parks are for guests of all ages, and regardless of what age you decide to take your kids, do your homework to ensure there are attractions and experiences the entire family can enjoy for a great vacation.

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