hey y'all! we went the first weekend and my 3.5 yr old loved it...i would reccomend a wagon or a leash! seriously!! it is very busy and my little boy is very add and loves to run, so we were constantly yelling at him to stay close and don't go far...we have a 6 month old and put him in the stroller. there is no place to breast feed which is a bummer, so just did it at a bench and covered with a sweater. as for budget, yeah, it's damn expensive. we had the stroller so we smuggled in some water bottles, but of course boy child wanted lemonade, sprite, ice cream, pretty much anything that anyone else had. if you can, take a grandparent who doesn't mind holding hands and chasing the littles.
oh, and nothing was scary for him...he was fascinated by the faires and such..and like the wedding chapel. he liked the jugglers, but my father didn't, so we didn't watch...and i was pissed, but that is another thread, lol!!
i say, go for it! and take the camera!!