BC (before kids) I always told myself I wouldn’t take MY kids to Disneyland before they were at least 7. I didn’t want to “waste money” when they most likely wouldn’t remember it. Then I had kids. When Rose was 3.5 and Evelyn was 6 months we took a family trip to Disneyland. It was fun and Rose enjoyed it but she was still a little young to really get the true magic of the park. After that, I figured it would be at least 5 years before we went again since then Evelyn would be tall enough to go on all the rides and Rose would be more then old enough to remember it.
Wellllll, then a few months ago my parents mentioned that they wanted to take Rose. And the more I thought about it the more I couldn’t bring myself to send her down without me. I had to be there to witness her reactions to her first full size roller coaster (she was tall enough to go on all but 1). Steve stayed home with Evelyn, bless his heart. Evelyn at 2.5 is old enough to know what Sissy is getting to go on that and she doesn’t plus would have to be carried/pushed most of the time. Turned out to be a good thing anyway as they both came down with separate cold/flu bugs while we were gone.
So I don’t know if Rose will remember much about her day at the Happiest Place on Earth but I will never forget the joy and happiness on her face as she experienced everything. My little roller coaster queen begged to go on the fasted roller coasters over and over. She laughed along with the guide on the Jungle Cruise. She marveled at the animatronics on Pirates of the Caribbean. She stopped to watch every street performance. She sat open mouthed as the Small World floated past. Worth. Every. Penny. I wish that we could have spent more time there. Or better yet, afforded to stay at the Disney hotel. At a 5 year old pace, we really only saw 1/2 the park and we were there all day.
As an adult, Disneyland is a fun place. As a 5 year old, Disneyland is magic.
The Jungle Cruise is hilarious to a 5 year old.