Visiting Disney with Toddlers is magical and fun and chaotic and memorable and exhausting. You get to experience the wonder through the eyes of your child, and both the toddlers and the adults will make some great memories. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still life with toddlers, so there will be meltdowns and tears and demands for a Mickey ice cream bar, but it’s so worth it.
I’m a firm believer that it is always a good time to go to Walt Disney World, be it Disney with toddlers or Disney without any kids or Disney when you’re pregnant.
Here are a few things that you absolutely cannot miss in Walt Disney World when you visit with Toddlers or Preschoolers:
Basically everything in Magic Kingdom is toddler friendly, so your tiny human will have a blast no matter what.
Mad Tea Party. I’m a sucker for the classic rides. The tea cups do spin quite quick, but it’s still giggles the whole ride for us. Don’t forget to meet Alice right outside the ride.
Peter Pan’s Flight. I might have added this to the list because it is my absolute favorite ride. But both my kids do love it, too. It wouldn’t be a trip to the Magic Kingdom without riding Peter Pan’s Flight.
Festival of Fantasy Parade. This is such a great parade. It has all of the favorite characters in it. Eli loves waving to the princesses and shouting their names, and then when they wave back he gets all excited and shy. Make sure you get a seat up front so no one is blocking the view for the tiny humans.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The last time we went, we rode Dumbo over and over. There is a very nice, and air conditioned, play area while you wait in line. So the kids can burn off some energy and you can sit in the AC before you hop onto Dumbo. If it’s hot out, check out the Casey Jr Splash and Soak Station right across from the ride.
Enchanted Tales with Belle. This was a highlight of our trip for me. Watching Eli and Emmy interact with Belle made me so happy, and seeing their faces light up when she entered the library was priceless. I love how the children each have a part in the story.
The Seas with Finding Nemo. Definitely a winner with toddlers. It’s a bit of a longer ride, and you get to go “underwater” to see all of the sea life. Of course Nemo and his friends are there, too. Just expect to be singing “In the big blue world” for the rest of the afternoon.
Turtle Talk with Crush. This is a very cute interactive experience for toddlers. Crush leads a Q & A session with the kids and will have them giggling the whole time. Make sure you let your little dudes play around the Sea Base afterwards.
Frozen Ever After. This attraction was still under construction when we visited back in February, but I know my Let it Go obsessed daughter and Frozen Fever loving son would want to ride this for sure.
Character Meets. Emmy loved meeting all the princesses in the World Showcase and Eli loved how silly Donald was in Mexico.
Serveur Amusant. This short, 20 minute, show with French acrobats balancing on chairs up high is super entertaining and funny. Eli was very impressed and although I feared Emmy would make a break for the tower of chairs while I finished my ice cream from L’Artisan des Glaces, she only spun in circles with her cozy and pretended to be Elsa.
Disney Junior-Live on Stage! Don’t all toddlers and preschoolers love Mickey and Jake and Sofia and Doc? This show has dancing, surprises that fall from the sky, and audience interaction. Eli has loved it all 3 times he’s visited, at 18 months, 2 and a half, and 4 years old. And be sure to hit up the character meets right outside the show.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along. Because, it’s Frozen and encourages your children (and you) to sing along to the soundtrack of Frozen. So they can be loud and obnoxious but everyone else is too. What is a trip to Disney with toddlers without a little obnoxious singing?
Toy Story Mania. We went on this twice. It’s one of the only rides at Hollywood Studios that tiny humans can go on, so make sure you get a Fast Pass for it. It does spin kind of quick, so I had to wrap my arm around Emaline–which effected my arcade score. Waiting in line is fun too, since everything is large and makes you feel like you’re a toy. Make sure you meet Buzz and Woody right across from the ride, if the tiny humans are into them.
Jedi Training Academy. If you have slightly older tiny humans, ages 4-12, who love Star Wars, make sure you check out the Jedi Training Academy. Even if your little padawan doesn’t get in for the Training, it is still a fun show to watch, as long as your kids don’t get scared super easily.
Boneyard Fossil Fun Land. I did an entire post about Animal Kingdom with toddlers, but the Boneyard Fossil Fun Land was probably Eli’s favorite thing there. It’s super interactive and tiny humans can run around and burn off some energy. One thing the imagineers do really well for families doing Disney with Toddlers is having plenty of interactive play areas for the tiny humans.
Festival of the Lion King. This is my personal favorite, but Elijah and Emaline also loved it. It’s funny and keeps the attention of tiny humans. Just don’t bring your two year old in there with intentions of getting her to nap. Because it has fire and roaring and drums and crazy acrobatic monkeys.
Kilimanjaro Safari. I’m putting this on my not to miss list, even though we did miss it. But if I could have a do over for our one day in Animal Kingdom, I would definitely prioritize the safari over other things. Where else can your toddlers see so much wildlife, up close?
There is really no wrong way to do a trip to Disney with toddlers. You know your child best, so if you think your son is going to hate rides that spin, don’t take him on Dumbo or Toy Story Mania. Or if you know your two year old needs to head back to your hotel for an afternoon nap, you may have to miss the Festival of Fantasy parade because it will mean a more pleasant night for everyone. You will all still experience the magic and wonder that is Disney World.
What is your not to be missed ride for toddlers or preschoolers? Did I miss something super fun to do in Disney with Toddlers? Tell me in the comments.