Our eldest boy has just turned 4, and he really is one very lucky boy, with 2 trips to Walt Disney World experienced already, and another planned for next year! Even our younger boy, who is only 18 months has already been to Disney once. Many people who speak to me about taking my children to Disney World at such a young age generally argue that the holiday is a waste as my boys will be too young to remember anything. While many disagree about the right age to take children to Florida (see my article on the issue here), it is ultimately a personal decision.
However, with a mix of interest and mild humour, I decided to interview my 4 Year Old son to see exactly how much he remembers about our Walt Disney World Holidays. (my younger boy would only yell ‘Mickey” at me so I thought I’d leave his interview for a year or so…) I have to admit, I was surprised at how much he had retained from our previous 2 trips; after all, one was 1 year 4 months ago, and the other 9 months ago. I am now interested to see how much of these memories he retains longer-term, and am considering asking him these same questions yearly to see how his answers change.
So, here is my interview with my 4-year old son about his memories and opinions of Walt Disney World;
What are the Disney World Parks Called?
“Cinderella’s Castle in the Magical Kingdom, Mickeys Ball, Mickeys Tree and Mickeys Hat”
[yes, Im aware I’ve some explaining to do before we return to Hollywood Studios and he discovers the hat has been stolen!]
Where is your favourite place to eat?
“Chefs Mickeys. I like it when Mickey Mouse cooks me food. But it’s sad that Daisy’s not there with her friends”
Do you prefer the fireworks or the parades?
“I like the fireworks more, and my best ones are the ones at Cinderellas Castle. I like Tinkerbell being in them”
What is your favourite Disney Ride?
“I like the Tomorrowland People Mover. You can see the Toy Story Ride from it and it’s now called the Miles Ride because Miles is from Tomorrowland”
[beautiful tie-in Disney, congrats on that – maybe a Miles ride would be a good idea?]
What is your favourite Show?
“The Little Mermaid. Me and nanny got all splashed and it was funny”
What is your favourite Disney food?
[no more needed to be said on that matter obviously]
What is the best thing you’ve been bought at Disney?
“Stitch [his teddy]. He’s my best puppy”
What’s the funniest thing you remember?
“Telling Crush [turtle talk with crush] that nanny cries on roller coasters!”
[I should add here that he never did tell Crush that, he simply told me during the show he wanted to tell him. Funny how the mind distorts memory!]
Whats your favourite Disney Hotel?
“The one that has Chef Mickeys and the Monorail”
[The Contemporary Resort]
What are you most looking forward to on your next trip?
“Being able to go on all the big-boy rides. And meeting Alice”
I hope that throughout the years, if my son can’t retain his memories of these early holidays to Walt Disney World, he can at least retain the feelings of joy, excitement, fun and family when thinking about our holidays. And I hope he continues to get the same enjoyment out of our Disney Trips for many years to come.