What is the Best Age for Disney World
We think that any age is the best age to visit Disney World. The rides and attractions are designed to entertain everyone from toddlers to grandparents. Disney World is even accommodating for babies. Each theme park has a Baby Care Center, and there are procedures in place to allow parents to switch off childcare without waiting in line twice for a ride.
Should We Wait Until All The Kids are Taller or Older
Some people feel you should wait until your kids are able to ride all the attractions before visiting Disney World. Currently, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster in Disney Hollywood Studios and Primeval Whirl in Animal Kingdom require a minimum height of 48″. The average child will reach that height by age seven.
We completely disagree with this idea.
Why you should NOT wait to take your kids to Disney World
Height requirements are only on thrill rides
One of the best things about Disney World is that most of the rides are NOT thrill rides. There are 16 rides with height requirements from 32″ – 48″.
However, Disney World has a total of over 65 rides, shows, and attractions. That number doesn’t even include parades, fireworks, character greetings, play areas, the animal trails at Animal Kingdom or all the Epcot pavilions.
With everything that Walt Disney World has to offer, there is no reason to wait until your kids finally reach those few 48″ height requirements.
Not all children like thrill rides
There are a lot children that don’t even like thrill rides. The Disney Girl is one of those. We couldn’t wait until she was tall enough to ride her first thrill ride (Test Track.) She HATED the ride, and years later she still won’t try it again.
It would be disappointing to wait until your kids are taller only to find out they won’t ride the very rides you were waiting for.
What about short kids?
The Disney Girl is short. Very short. The average child reaches 48″ tall when they are seven years old. The Disney Girl was 9.5 years old. Waiting for her to reach the tallest Disney height requirement was torture, and we visit Disney World at least once a year. I can’t imagine if we had waited until she was that old to visit for our first time.
What about your older kids?
If you wait until the youngest kid reaches 48″, how long do your older children have to wait? The Disney Boy would have been 12 years old if we had waited until his little sister was tall enough.
I want my child to be old enough to remember
Parents often worry that they will invest in a Disney World vacation that their child won’t even remember. While they might not remember every detail, even younger kids will remember parts of their trip. The Disney Girl is now 12 years old, and she remembers the limo ride from Disney World to the airport when she was 18 months old.
Your memories as parents are also important. Nothing quite compares to watching your preschooler experience Disney World for the first time.
Why Preschool is a Magical Age at Disney
We have visited Disney World with children aged 18 months to age fourteen. By far the most magical time was when our kids were in preschool. From the ages 3-5, many kids are immersed in the world of Disney. Disney Junior plays on their TV sets, and it is the age when they see Disney movies for the first time. It is also the age where they engage in the most amount of pretend play. They spend their days dressing up in costumes and acting out their favorite characters.
Preschoolers have an innate ability to suspend disbelief. There is no doubt in their minds that everything at Disney World is 100% real. It is amazing to watch your children greet their favorite Disney Characters as if they were long lost friends.