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The Disney Gals are pleased to welcome back Guest Gal Tamela Hansen with some great advice for when to introduce your child to the magic of Disney.
Hi, this is Tamela Hansen from Alabama. Thank you all so much for inviting me back as a Disney Gal Guest.
One question I have encountered through the years is "Should I wait to bring my child to Disney until they can remember it? “ To share my thoughts on this question I would like to include some personal experiences.
I have been going to Disney as long as I can remember. At every age Disney became more enchanting in a different aspect. As a child I loved to see Mickey and all his buddies and of course I could ride "It's a Small World" over and over and over ALL day long! Then at the age of seven I had a little sister. Going to Disney as a Big sister was so special. My parents and I enjoyed all the adorable reactions from my little sister. Watching her meet Mickey for the first time to seeing which ride would be her favorite. Seeing Disney through her eyes showed me that when I had children I would definitely make sure that they experienced Disney at an early age.
Then finally when my son was 13 months we were Disney bound! He went in to the Magic Kingdom saying a word here and there and came out at the end of the day using short sentences. Disney literally opened him up to a” Whole New World”. He could not stop telling people for months about how exciting his Disney experience was (of course in his own way). As parents we saw how Disney expanded his mind and imagination. Then we knew we would bring him as often as we could. So, after we had our second son we brought him at 7 months. He loved the color yellow, so when he saw Donald Duck’s bill (it was probably the biggest color yellow he had ever seen) he tried to take it off poor Donald! My sons were and are still mesmerized by Disney. The memories we made in their first two years of life are priceless! The memories and experiences have added so much to our family and help my husband and I continue to raise two precious boys.
I was discussing with our Disney Gal Gayle about her memories at Disney as a child and she told me that at 6 or 7 months in 1955 she still remembers the details of her mom boarding the Jungle Boat. She also remembers at 2 seeing the Matterhorn scaffolding.
So when I am asked the question about waiting to bring your child to Disney until they can remember it I have only one response, “When do you want YOUR family memories of Disney to begin?”