Walt Disney World is packed FULL of amazing rides, shows, characters, attractions – and more! So much so that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out which one to do first (and which ones to skip!). If you’re headed to Disney with a toddler, then there are other factors that come into play as well – like height requirements for rides, how dark a ride is, how loud/scary it might be – needless to say, you might want some help when it comes to picking the best ones for your little one.
So read on for my top Toddler Picks At Each Of The WDW Parks:
Magic Kingdom: On a hot day, nothing beats splashing around in the fun train themed splash park style area of Fantasyland – home to Casey Jr’s Splash “N” Soak Station. The little ones will love the train noises and assorted misting and fountain spots (best to bring spare clothes or a swimsuit for them to be able to fully enjoy this spot!). Oh – and speaking of trains – the Walt Disney World Railroad should be a high priority ride for you – as your toddler will love the train itself, and they will love the views too! Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel is a classic must do – what little one doesn’t love riding a horse on a carousel?
Animal Kingdom: Much of this park is a slam dunk for toddlers – as I have yet to meet one who doesn’t ADORE all animals! Kilimanjaro Safaris is a “must do” for sure – kids love looking for and getting to spot animals, and there are plenty to see on this safari ride! Finding Nemo: The Musical is another hit for the preschool crowd – as they will love the life-size sea creatures and songs that bring their favorite movie(s) to life. The Tree of Life is a great way to get kids to spot animals they already know, and to learn about new ones too – make a game out of it – “whoever can spot the most animals wins!”
Hollywood Studios: I personally find this park to be a bit trickier when it comes to toddlers – as they aren’t really capable of understanding the glamour and glitz of “Old Hollywood” – but nevertheless, it’s still possible to find stuff there they will love. Like all of the different stage shows they offer – they can sing along with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff at the For The First Time In Forever: A frozen Sing Along Celebration, see their favorite TV friends come to life at Disney Junior – Live on Stage!, or enjoy some 3-D Action at Muppet Vision 3D (my personal favorite!). You and your little one will love immersing yourself in the series of “Midway” style games offered at Toy Story Midway Mania (fastpass+ HIGHLY recommended for this one – as the lines can get INSANELY long!), and they can even meet and greet with Olaf at the Celebrity Spotlight
Epcot: A top pick for younger ones (and well those of all ages really!) is Journey Into Imagination…With Figment – a ride through the “Imagination Institute” where you learn about how your senses work and how they fuel our imaginations. Turtle Talk With Crush is great for toddlers as it’s interactive – Crush appears on a huge screen and talks and tells jokes while teaching about the sea (so it’s educational as well as fun – but don’t worry – they won’t know they’re learning!). Truth be told, I never loved the World Showcase portion of Epcot much as a kid – I found it to be boring – and had I been able to take part in something as cool as Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure – I would have been much more on board! In the Adventure, you travel from country to country completing different “missions” with Agent P – and you can do it all on your smartphone!
While Walt Disney World is designed to be great for those of all ages, there are definitely things that are more suited for the preschool crowd – and hopefully you can use my list to wow your little toddler into becoming a miniature Disney Addict in training!
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