Age 6 and over is optimal I think, but age 4 and 7 will still have a good time. There will be a few rides unsuitable for the 4 year old, but plenty of other stuff. The flight is tolerable if you are prepared with lots of entertainment. Watch out for the time difference though, the DCs will probably be exhausted by about mid afternoon for quite a few days. Also watch out for the time of the year. We did Disney World (Florida) in August once and it was terribly hot and humid. Also did it in October 1/2 term once and it was fantastic, perfect weather and not too busy, no queues.
We have taken DD to Disney, Florida at 2y4m and 4y2m and we re going again netx month when she will be 7y3m.
So far every time she has loved every second and got loads of fun and enjoyment out of her trip, and us too. DD still talks about her previous visits to Disney, plus the trips to Disneyland paris we have had.
Disney caters really well for every single age group IMO.
DD is now tall enough to go on every ride there is at the Disney parks, and there are only 4 or 5 she can't go on at Universal.
Never had a problem with the flights. DD has always been fine on each lng haul trip we have done.
We normally stay in a villa as we have been with family previously. This year it is just the 3 of us and it has worked out better value to stay in a Disney hotel, so we are staying at Animal Kingdom.
Also we have noticed that the price is much dearer this year than the previosu two times we have been. We did the research, etc before hand and it has actually worked out better value to book online with Thomson than oing it seperately. Virgin flights and seperate hotels was about £1500 dearer.
We have been in Jue and August. It is hot ubut definitely bearable.
I took my 2 year old and four year old and it was great - they completely believed in all the characters. If you are only going once, then wait until they are older, as you'll be able to cope with the jetlag better, do more evening things, and generally be able to go on everything. But we found plenty to do during the day for young ones, and put our feet up in the evening.
If you take them when they are young, you just have to accept the usual restrictions with pre-schoolers - they aren't generally going to be up all night in a restaurant then on the go all day in a theme park. But we were happy with that, and we'll go again when they are 7 and 9ish.
Sorry ggirl I have to disagree. I went when I was 6 and my bro was 4 and we both remember that holiday to Disney more than the others we went on when we were older.
I also agree with cat64 though. If it is a one-off save it until they can do all the rides in all the parks as they will have the most fun and so will you and DH as you won't have to rotate who goes on what ride and when but all go together.
Christ DS is 3 next month and DD only 7 months and I'm already planning our trip!!!
We took our dd's when they were 6 and 4, they absolutely loved it, there is so much to do for all ages. I'm glad we went when we did because our dd's really believed the characters were real and I think it is more magical for younger childen.
We had such a good time that we are considering going back next year.
We went when DD was 9 & DS 4. DD was tall for her age so go to go on ALL the rides whilst still paying child prices. DS had a greeat time as he didn't want to go on the big scary rides and had loads he could do, BUT now he conmplains that he can't remember it & when are we going to take him so HE gets to do all the big rides
My DDs were 2 (almost 3) and 5, the first time we took them.
DD2 who was 2 can not remember the trip but we have lovely memories of her meeting the characters. We had to stop for rests more often and we were back in our room fairly early each evening but we had a magical time as the Dds really took in the whole magic!!
Now they are older 10 and 7 we enjoy it in a different way. They love the rollercoasters and staying out late for dinner and shows!
I think Disney is pretty much fun at any age although nothing would persuade me to take a very young baby.