Tips For Taking Your Toddlers To Disney World
Disney World is designed for families and geared for children of all ages. I often get the question asking if a baby or toddler will have anything to do. We took our son when he was 8 months old. He loved it!!! Besides all the character meets and variety of visual stimulates he was also able to go on a lot of rides. Most the time he was asleep while we got on the rides and woke up shortly after we started moving. Disney will allow you to hold the toddlers and we were even able to keep him in our baby carrier on some of the rides, we used a soft structured carrier.
The few challenges with taking a baby or toddler are:
Schedules. Feeding and naps can take a lot of time. We were able to wear him when he was sleeping and we took breaks when he was ready to eat. Having a flexible schedule is key to a successful Disney Trip.
Waiting. The second hardest part of taking a baby or toddler is waiting in hot long lines. They just don’t understand at that age. While Walking around the park keeps them happy and distracted waiting in lines will do the opposite. Some lines have interactions while others are just lines, we do suggest thinking of little games to play or even having one or two of the BabyFirst apps on your phone. Coming prepared for waiting hours in lines is a must. Also look into reading up on Riderswap so you don’t have to miss out on what you want to ride.
Heat. The heat will get to anyone, babies and toddlers are more sensitive. Being in a carrier or stroller traps the heat. Rule of thumb, if you are uncomfortable so is your child. Do not cover baby with a blanket to block the sun. This will trap heat and pose a heat stroke risk. Use the sun visor on your stroller or a wide brim hat while babe is in a carrier. I also advise to bring a battery powered fan that clips onto your stroller. Offer water often, every time you sip see if they will sip. For babies, consult with your pediatrician before your trip so they can advise you the best way to keep your baby hydrated. Breastfeeding mothers need to make sure they stay hydrated, drink extra Water!Try to go indoors for a show, or meal, during the hottest part of the day. Use cooling towels on yourself and older children, do not use them on babies.
Baby Care Centers: If you find your toddler/baby needing attention DInsey offers baby care centers that you can stop at. Located within all 4 theme parks, Baby Care Centers provide a convenient place to feed, change and nurse little ones. They offer more than just privacy, Baby Care Centers are fully staffed and feature a host of helpful amenities for parents with infants and toddlers.
They are open during regular park hours, and each facility is staffed and complimentary to use. The facilities come equipped with:
- Private nursing room with rocking chairs
- Changing room with tables and a unisex bathroom
- Feeding area with highchairs
- Kitchen with microwave, oven and sink
- Main room with television, table, chairs and sofa
- On-site shop offering formula, baby food, juice, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, over-the-counter medications and clothing for purchase
These few tips should help make for a more comfortable and fun vacation.
Below is a list of all the rides and attractions your toddler will be able to do.
Much of what’s toddler-friendly at Magic Kingdom resides in Fantasyland.
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel – Fantasyland
- “it’s a small world” – Fantasyland
- Dumbo the Flying Elephant – Fantasyland
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Fantasyland
- Mad Tea Party – Fantasyland
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic – Fantasyland
- Peter Pan’s Flight – Fantasyland
- Country Bear Jamboree – Frontierland
- Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin – Tomorrowland
- Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor – Tomorrowland
- Tomorrowland transit Authority Peoplemover – Tomorrowland
- Astro Orbiter – Tomorrowland
- Walt Disney World Railroad
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – Adventureland
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Casey Junior Splash ‘n Soak Station: A great water play area, but be sure to have a change of clothes for your child.
Much of Epcot is geared toward thrill-seekers and adults. But there are still some attractions that your toddlers will love.
- The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Journey into Imagination with Figment
- Spaceship Earth
- Living with the Land
- Circle of Life
- Gran Fiesta Tour
Animal Kingdom: Animal Kingdom is very toddler-friendly. Take time to see all the animals, and see these attractions:
- Kilimanjaro Safaris (Highly Recommend)
- Finding Nemo the Musical
- Festival of the Lion King
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- TriceraTop Spin in Dinoland U.S.A.
- The Boneyard in Dinoland U.S.A.
- Pangani Forest Exploration Trail (These walking trails are paved and stroller friendly.)
- Conservation Station and Affection Section– take the Wildlife Express Train to meet animal experts and experience a petting zoo!
Much of the rides at Hollywood Studios are for big kids and adults, but there’s still stuff for toddlers to do!
- Voyage of The Little Mermaid
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
- Jim Henson’s Muppet*Vision 3-D
- Disney Junior — Live on Stage!
- Toy Story Mania
- Indiana Jones Stunt Show
- “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” Movie Set Adventure
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