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    I don’t think taking a toddler is out of the question, we took our oldest son at 2 and our youngest when he was 1. I like to think I managed my children and didn’t ruin anyone else’s memories. We did take it easy and stuck with a break schedule. Perhaps they won’t remember the trips, but they enjoyed themselves at the time. So therefore my memories of their enchanted faces are what I have on those trips.

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    I think that so many people forget that Disney is just TOO MUCH. Not in a bad way, and not in a “you shouldn’t bring your young child” way…but, there is too much to see, too much to hear, too much to DO…it’s overwhelming for an adult, it’s beyond overwhelming for a kid. The toddler years were the only times we took breaks. Now they they are older, we are all parks, all the time.

    I’m not against harnesses for kids (yeah, I’m THAT parent) They say that dogs are about as “developed” mentally as a 6 year old, and we put THEM on leashes to keep them safe. Toddlers are impulsive by nature…and it takes a blink of an eye for them to take off…I WAS that toddler, and have a very vivid memory of being lost by the jumping water at Journey of the Imagination…My family headed off, and I was so enthralled by the jumping water, that I didn’t go with them. BUT, I LOVE the ribbon idea, if you can be sure that your toddler won’t be distracted by something, and just go to it. (I have an adorable picture of my now 12 year old, sitting on a bench…holding the end of her OWN harness…because daddy was taking a picture, and she knew someone was supposed to be holding it.

    Another thing…TAKE ADVANTAGE of the baby care areas. They are quiet, they are air conditioned…they have little people sized toilets…it’s a good way to decompress, if decompression is necessary.

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    Christina Struck

    So very, very, VERY true!! We waited until our children were 8 and 5 for our first trip, and even that was a little young. When they can walk all day by themselves and behave themselves within reason, then it is a good time to take them. For children who cannot control themselves at home, keep them there until they can at least have a little control so the rest of the guests don’t have to listen to their meltdowns.

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    Dan Warren

    There’s a reason they call it the ‘terrible twos’ 😉

    Honestly, I think parent get too caught up into thinking they are creating memories, when it very likely the child won’t remember it. The parents I’ve seen at the parks, tend to look miserable, and it always makes me wonder why they felt it was so important to take their children so soon.

    We waited with our daughters, but mainly due to financial reasons, but had it been more affordable over the years, I don’t think we would have taken them much sooner.

    I’ve seen parents with a completely uncontrollable child, who held up one of the buses for, at minimum, 10 minutes, because their kid was too tired, yet they were going TO the parks (not coming back). I felt sorry for the people who had to share that bus with the screaming child.

    My overall point, I think parents should wait until they know their child is well behaved (using identifiers like you mentioned), and not to force the ‘memories’. You’ll end up with a miserable vacation, and it’s almost guaranteed you’ll ruin a memory for someone else at the parks.

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