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Is Disneyland truly the happiest place on earth for a baby and his parents? One blogger posed the question, and your responses landed on both sides of the argument.

Mom with her baby at disneyland

You are very wise indeed. Take it from someone who took a 3-week-old and a 2-month-old to Disney World. Yeesh ... those trips almost killed me back when I was a young man, I couldn't dream of doing them now!! Yup, we're a Disney family ... all three of my kids have been to Disney World and Disneyland more times than they can count. -- Dad

You are not alone. When my first was born, I was so excited to show her all that life had to offer. But realistically you are right. I had to have that conversation with myself many times. -- April

Thank you! Parents are so stupid for taking their hand-held kids to expensive theme parks! You are setting yourself up for failure! Why on earth would you take young kids anywhere like this? Down the street from Disneyland is this tiny theme park just for kids under 8 -- Adventure City! It's 14 dollars to get in and there are no lines! Good luck waiting with any age kid in Disneyland lines ... LOL -- Malice

I took my son when he was 6 months old, and he had a blast! We were there in January, so the lines were shorter, temperature was very pleasant. Disneyland had a great baby station with lots of changing tables, a feeding area, and even a nursing station set up! Obviously you know your own kids best, but with a little planning, it can still be fun for kids and parents. -- just fine

I'm going to have to disagree. We have been taking our kids since they were 10 days old. Changing diapers is not a problem, they have great baby centers. As for them not remembering, that may be true, but I remember seeing them smile first at lights, then as they got older, certain rides and characters. Plus my kids are great travelers, they are 4 and 2 now and have been to London and on multiple cross-country trips and have never had any problems. -- Dan

I'm laughing over this article. My 1-year-old can be just as impressed by a walk around the lake with dogs, ducks, and birds as he is by a trip to the zoo, and a trip to a toy store in the mall is as exciting as Disneyland. Not that I don't want her to have experiences, but the Disney experience can wait until she can appreciate it as much as going to the Dollar Store Christmas aisle. -- Exactly

I totally don't agree -- we have annual passes and take BOTH our 6-month-old and just turned 2-year-old son to Disney all the time -- it's a blast for all of us! We've been going since my second was days old -- we just go for a few hours in the morning and then everyone crashes for nap time around one in the car on the ride home. I don't see what the big deal is. We hate being stuck at home and don't see the need to stop living life because we have a couple of little ones -- is there some crying and crankiness? Yes! Who cares! It's a great family day at Disneyland for all! -- Hillary Wald

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Anonymous December 1, 2009, 8:31 AM

No one wants to hear your cranking kid!

tennmom December 1, 2009, 10:18 AM

I live in TN & have never been to Disney Land. We waited until our daughters were 8 & 10 to take them to Disney World (and my parents, first trip for them & me, husband has been several times) & went back this past summer when they were 9 & 11. We had a running joke that Disney World makes babies & toddlers cry ;) The only time it annoyed me was while we were trying to dine in one of the nicer French restaurants. After enough glares from enough people, the clueless parents finally got a clue and took the baby outside. I’m always tempted to ask parents like them if they would be willing to pay for our meals since they ruined them.
We really enjoyed one of the waterparks this summer because one of the rides the girls loved was within sight of a comfy sandy area. Hubs and I lounged under umbrellas, waved at the girls as they exited.

Boo December 1, 2009, 11:34 AM

I would wait till my child is old enough to enjoy and appreciate Disney theme parks. The lines are ridiculous and don’t even get me started on their prices.

I agree with Malice about Adventure City, a toddler/kid theme park, a couple of blocks down from Disneyland. My daughter is only 22 months and had a blast there. Really cheap to enter and NO long lines. She basically did all the rides they had to offer minus two.

I love Disney theme parks but would wait till my child is old enough to enjoy all or half the rides. Till then I can take her to other places to enjoy. There is more out there than Disney theme parks.

momto2princesses December 1, 2009, 5:31 PM

We took our two girls (4 years old and 7 months old) this past October and they both had a great time! Granted, the trip was mainly for our older daughter, and yes, our younger daughter would have a blast playing in the dirt, but we didn’t have a single problem! And our younger daughter was free, so why not?? Its not like I could leave her at home. And the smile on her face when she saw Mickey was priceless! To each his own, don’t tell someone how to raise their child or what fun things they should and shouldn’t “allow” them to have. myob.

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