How young is too young for Disneyland..
You know, I've given this topic a lot of thought. Then yesterday my friend Rick told me his wife wanted to go down to Disneyland for a week. He has a 2 year old and a 5 year old. As much as I love Disneyland, I tried to convince him that his kids may be too young. In fact, I've come to the decision that stroller aged kids are just too young to enjoy the park. I have come to the conclusion that if parents take stroller aged kids to the park, they are not doing it for the kids, they are doing it for themselves.
First off, you have to know that his 5 year old - while being very intelligent - is also very skiddish and would run and hide from nearly all characters like Goofy or Mickey. He's not adventurous and would likely not enjoy the park at all. The two year old is, of course, too young to even remember the trip.
I took my kids when my daughter was 8 and my son was 5. She was the perfect age and my son was about 1 year away. Aside from not meeting height requirements, that year in school really mattered as far as being with other people.
Now I know you might say I have an ulterior motive. You might say I'm just trying to reduce the number of strollers in the park, but that's not the case. I would argue that it is a side benefit that the reduction of strollers, stroller parking areas and ankle accidents is a good thing, but really, I saw so many kids even this past week when the Park is light that weren't really getting the magic. They were being scolded for messing around (bored) and not staying put (safety) and acting out (crying/screaming) and generally not allowing their parents to have a good time.
Anyhow, I think this is going to be an extremely unpopular opinion - but I think even in Fantasyland and Toon Town, kids need to be at least school aged before they can really enjoy those areas.
(p.s. here's the link to last week's pictures in case you didn't read my trip report thread: