Apr 17 2010

Best Disney Park for Toddlers and Infants?

Magic Kingdom is perfect for the little ones!

Magic Kingdom is perfect for the little ones!

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida offers a really cool feature on their website – the Mom’s Panel.  Guests from all over the world submit various question, and one of the Moms answer them!  One of the questions:  Which Disney Theme Park is the best for toddlers and infants?  All four parks feature elements and attractions that are great and fun for kids 5 and under (ask us about the Kids 5 and Under Pamphlet!), but for Mom Jennifer W. from Georgia, the best bet is Magic Kingdom.

“My first choice would be MK.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised how many attractions you can actually take your little one on!  From Dumbo to Pooh’s Adventure, there are so many things to do.  Not to mention shows like the Country Bear Jamboree and Mickey’s PhilharMagic!  Without a doubt my choice would be MK.  If not afraid of characters, the MK is also a wonderful place to get your little one’s picture made with everyone from Mickey Mouse to Chip and Dale.”

The Mad Tea Party Attraction is fun for kids of all ages!

The Mad Tea Party Attraction is fun for kids of all ages!

Magic Kingdom Attractions

There are a ton of attractions at Magic Kingdom that you and your little one ca enjoy! 

Fantasyland will probably be where you’ll be spending most of your day, as many of the rides are geared toward small children, including Mickey’s PhilharMagic, “it’s a small world,” Peter Pan’s Flight, Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Mad Tea Party, and Pooh’s Playful Spot.

Mickey’s Toontown Fair offers a ton of playful fun with Donald’s Boat, and Mickey and Minnie’s Country Homes.  Tomorrowland features Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor.  Be sure to also check out the Country Bear Jamboree at Frontierland and The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at Adventureland.  Finally, a family favorite that takes you and your family all around the park is the Walt Disney World Railroad!

Dream Along with Mickey in a live stage show!

Dream Along with Mickey in a live stage show!

Magic Kingdom Entertainment

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade and the SpectroMagic Light Parade are both highly entertaining and spectacular for children 5 and under.  The Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party is sure to excite the kiddies as they dance and sing along with the promenade of Disney Characters.  The stage show Dream Along with Mickey celebrates the dreams we all have in our hearts, and the Wishes Fireworks spectacular is sure to awe and amaze children who probably have never seen anything quite so wonderous!

Magic Kingdom - Cinderella

Meet your favorite Disney Princesses and Fairies at the Toontown Hall of Fame Tent

Magic Kingdom Characters

The best spot to meet some of your favorite princesses and fairies is at the Toontown Hall of Fame Tent and meet Mickey Mouse at the Judge’s Tent in Mickey’s Toontown Fair.  Meet and take photos with the Little Mermaid at Ariel’s Grotto and enjoy Storytime with Belle at Fairytale Garden, both at Fantasyland. 

 

Meeting Mickey could be scary for small children.

Meeting Mickey could be scary for small children.

Helpful Tips and Hints

Bring or rent a stroller – your little tyke will have a hard time walking through the massively sprawling park, and you certainly don’t want to get stuck carrying them around all day.  You can rent a stroller for your entire length of stay, so all you have to do is present your receipt and be on your way!

While most children will be uber excited to finally meet the famous Mickey Mouse, other smaller children may actually be frightened of the various characters.  Don’t force the issue – the last thing you want is a tantrum at the happiest place on Earth.  There’s always next year. 

Be aware of height restrictions.  You don’t want your little guy or gal getting all psyched to ride Space Mountain, and then realize they are no where close to the minimum height requirement.  Do your research and get them excited about the rides they *will* be able to go on.

 

Long Lines + Toddlers = Tantrums.  Take advantage of the FASTPASS option, which is included on every ticket.  Even some of the smaller rides like Peter Pan and Winne the Pooh can have gigantic wait lines, especially during the summer season.  First thing in the morning, head to a popular attraction, and insert each of your tickets into the FASTPASS machine.  You will each receive a FASTPASS ticket, telling you a time to return to the attraction, at which point, you can go in the much shorter wait line.  The FASTPASS will also tell you the next time you can use it.  So, while they limit its use and spread it out throughout your day, its Free!  And if you plan around it well, you’ll alleviate a lot of wasted time.

 

While Magic Kingdom is the best theme park for toddlers and infants, the other 3 parks definitely have a lot to offer as well.  When you purchase your Discount Disney Tickets, be sure to ask for the “For Kids 5 and Under” brochure, which includes maps and highlights for each park.  For more information, please visit our website or Kissimee Location, The Official Ticket Center.  You can also call us toll-free at 1-877-406-4836.

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3 Responses to “Best Disney Park for Toddlers and Infants?”

  1. Sweet P says:

    Thanks for the great information! It is a good read on how to handle kids while visiting the parks!

  2. LRjkk933 says:

    In your article, you said the best park is the Magic Kingdom. I would agree but my kids loved the Animal Kingdom due to the animals. My kids for some odd reason always gravitate more to animals then fake ones at some of the other theme parks. Another park that my kids loved while in Orlando was SeaWorld. They went crazy watching and feeding all of their animals there.

  3. LRttl169 says:

    It’s nice to see good information on bringing your kids to the Orlando theme parks. So many time parents bring their children to Disney World and have no clue on what to bring or how to keep their kids occupied while waiting for all of the parades and rides. I would add one more idea and that is to bring playing cards. Every time we go to Disney or Universal Studios, we bring our playing cards and play game while waiting in line. On occasion, we get to meet new friends by asking if they would like to play. Thanks again for such a informative article.

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