This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walt Disney World®. The opinions and text are all mine.
This post is part of a sponsored promotion by Walt Disney World® and Scholastic. All opinions are my own. Parents often stress vacationing with younger children, but there are more reasons to start traveling with your preschooler than to wait until they are older. I’ve always vacationed with my kids, since they were itty bitty and exposing them to the world has been a great experience and given us a number of amazing memories, and we’ve become closer because of our family travels. Several years ago I took the girls to Walt Disney World® in Florida, and man let me tell you that was such an amazing experience. Everyone told me to wait because Mattie was almost four, but I couldn’t wait, I wanted her to see the magic only Walt Disney World® holds for young children and let me tell you I do not regret it one bit.
1.) Traveling with your preschool-aged child is cheap
One of the reasons you should consider traveling with your preschool-aged child is because it’s definitely lighter on the ol pocketbook. Yes, preschoolers are cheap dates. Younger children can sleep with you in hotel rooms, Theme parks often don’t charge admission for younger children. Walt Disney World®, doesn’t begin charging until your child is three and tickets for children 3-9 are priced less than adult tickets. Seriously, there is no certain age parents should wait to take their children on a Walt Disney World® vacation.
2.) It’s harder to travel with older children
Believe it or not, traveling with older children seems to be more difficult. Not only are you faced with school schedules, but older children seem to get bored faster, and one must not forget about the activities older children are often involved in. Travel with your children while they are younger, before you are faced with all the challenges of traveling with older children.
3.) Traveling is awesome—don’t let young children stop you from traveling
Parents make huge sacrifices for our families and there is nothing wrong with taking a little time out to do something you enjoy. As a matter of a fact you can still enjoy life, traveling and choosing a family-friendly destination like Walt Disney World® will be a vacation the family will enjoy.
Traveling with preschool-aged children gives them a chance to experience new things early in life. Whether it’s a Walt Disney World® vacation where they get to meet all their favorite characters or dancing their hearts out at the Magic Kingdom dance party, traveling can open their minds up to trying new things.
Traveling with your kids—young and old—is a great way to escape the digital world and enjoy spending time together as a family. Take time out of your lives to experience something new and unplug for some quality time together. If you’ve been thinking about a vacation but worried about the kids, why not take them somewhere the family can enjoy! Kids are never too young or old to enjoy the magic a Walt Disney World® vacation offers! If you would like a sneak peek of the magic a Disney vacation can bring you and your family you can watch Free Disney Parks Vacation Planning Videos to find out which Disney resort will be best for your and your family.
6.) Stop and smell the flowers
Traveling with kids tends to make us slow down a bit because kids tend to notice more details. When you slow down and move at their pace, your children will likely point out small details you may have missed.
At the end of the day, memories are what it’s all about. Traveling together for say a Walt Disney World® vacation will provide your family with memories that will last a lifetime and stories to tell for many years to come. Don’t forget to bring along your camera so you can capture memories along the way too.
8.) Teach them how to express themselves
Traveling with preschool-age children helps them learn to express themselves. Allowing them to talk about something that gets them excited or things they want to do while on vacation helps teach children at a young age to express themselves and speak up if they want to do something.
Traveling can teach children to become social. When traveling with children, you are exposing them to new people from different walks of life. Eating in a new restaurant every night, for example, exposes them to new people they have to interact with.
10.) Traveling can help teach preschool-aged children about patience
Traveling and waiting to do certain activities can help teach your child to be patient. Okay, traveling is not a cure because children are naturally curious and can get a little cranky when they have to wait too long, but traveling can begin to teach them the importance of being patient. Check out a few tips to make traveling with preschoolers easy.
11.) There’s plenty for preschool-aged children to do
Children are naturally curious creatures so it’s easy to keep them entertained with a family-friendly destination. Walt Disney World® for example has lots for kiddos to do, so start planning for your little ones to discover the magical experience of Walt Disney World®.
12.) Planning isn’t as hard as you may think
Whether you are planning a road trip to your parents’ house for the weekend or a theme park vacation, planning isn’t as horrible as one might think. Start with a list, and be sure to check out your destination’s website for information. The Walt Disney World® website has tons of great ways to make the most of your family vacation and discover magical experiences that are designed with your younger children in mind. You can also connect with a Disney Parks Mom Panelist or search the Moms Panel for answers to your questions.
13.) Younger children love to travel
Children of all ages, but especially the younger ones, are curious creatures and the new and unknown is exciting for them. Learn more about why little kids love to travel. Epcot is the world of Disney characters, live entertainment, marine life and more it’s by far my kids’ favorite. Watching Mattie’s face light up when she ran into her favorite princess is something I’ll never forget. The great thing about them being so young is that they don’t hesitate to run over and give them a hug, talk to them, and Mattie even lifted her dress so she could check out her shoes. It was hilarious and the princess didn’t even hesitate to show her shoes to Mattie. Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park was another experience the kids loved. With all the amazing animals to see and magical Walt Disney World® experiences to take part in, I must admit I enjoyed every last second. My favorite parts are the memories I hold and the stories I tell about how excited they were to see all the animals. However, next time I want to take the kids on a Kilimanjaro Safari. You can actually board an open-air tram and ride through the wildlife reserve to check out all the exotic animals. Needless to say, there is an endless amount of family fun and magical experiences to be had for the whole family on a Walt Disney World® vacation. So if you have been wondering what a good age is to take your child on a family adventure, I’d definitely say preschool-age children are a candidate for the magical vacation. Young children still believe in the magic that only Walt Disney World® has, I cannot suggest taking your preschooler enough, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Preschoolers Magical Sweepstakes You don’t want to miss the Preschoolers Magical Sweepstakes! There will be a question about Walt Disney World or Disney characters posted on Scholastic Parents Facebook page each Thursday from 2/1 – 2/28/2018 inviting parents to ask their children the question and then leave a comment on the indicated post with their kids’ responses to be entered for a chance to win a vacation to Walt Disney World® Resort. Learn more about the Preschoolers Magical Sweepstakes and how to enter by visiting scholastic.com/PreschoolersMagical. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Legal residents of the 50 US & DC. 18+ with at least one child who is currently 12 years of age or younger at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Ends 2/28/18. Limit 1 answer per day. Click through for Official Rules.