Published on January 20th, 2017 | by Mickeys_admin0
Top 10 things to do with Toddlers at Walt Disney World
Yes people will say you are crazy but not us! No child is ever too young to take their first trip to Walt Disney World! Here we give you a few hints and tips of how to make the most of you trip and make sure your child has the magical first trip we all know and love even if they aren’t likely to remember it but you will!!
- Have a break in your day....
This is the best thing you can do believe us! We made this mistake the first time we took one of our children! We kept going all day thinking he would sleep in the stroller! Nope! He got bored, hot and very sweaty! Go back to your resort after lunch, let the little one have a nap (and yourselves!!) maybe have some time in the resort pool and then head back to a different park in the evening for some dinner and use your 4th fastpass+ now! It will keep the little ones out of the sun at the hottest part of the day and keep their energy levels up! Do it! Don’t make the same mistake we did!
- Magic Kingdom
This is by far the best park for little ones! This has the most attractions with no height requirement and is definitely the most toddler friendly park of the four. Although some of these may not be suitable – such as Haunted Mansion but most of them are and most of them are indoors! Some of these rides do get very long queues so it is worth looking at using your fastpass’s for these so you don’t queue for ages!
- My 1st Haircut
If you are lucky enough that your toddler hasn’t had their first haircut by the time you take them to Walt Disney World then take them along to the Harmony Barber Shop on Main Street USA at Magic Kingdom. Where for less than $20 they can have their haircut and will receive a ‘my first haircut’ set of ears and a certificate.
- Let them lead the way
This may sound silly but it is one of the best ways to keep your toddler happy and entertained! Yes we go on and on about planning to get the most out of your holiday but the last thing you want (and need) is a grumpy toddler to contend with! So if they want to ride It’s A Small World over and over again, do it! If they want to watch all of the parades, do it!
- Character Dining
This can be a fab away of introducing your little ones to their favourite characters without them having to get too up close – of course they can if they want to but they don’t have too! There are several options at resorts and parks. If your toddler loves Mickey Mouse but is wary of people dressed up in big costumes, then maybe try a princess character dining experience first such as Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom or Akershus Royal Banquet Hall at EPCOT.
- Memory Maker
If you are lucky enough to have this included in your park tickets, take full advantage. If not seriously consider it! There isn’t a better way too remember your child’s first time at Walt Disney World than photos – and lots of them!!!! Memory Maker will include all your ride photos, photos from character meets and and family photos you have taken around the parks with a Disney PhotoPass photographer. Just remember to get your magicband scanned and all your photos will be downloadable!
- Stay on site!
Staying on site is definitely the best option when it comes to Walt Disney World with toddlers! It allows you to take that break away from the hustle and bustle of the parks in the afternoon for a splash around the pool or a nap! The Resorts at Walt Disney World are all child friendly but of course some more so than others. Art of Animation (one of the Value Tier Resorts) is amazing for the little ones with themed rooms based around The Little Mermaid, Cars, The Lion King and Finding Nemo! Some of the other benefits to staying on site aswell are Extra Magic Hours, which let you enter the parks early or stay late. You are also entitled to the free Magical Express airport shuttle service to and from your hotel. There is also the bus service that connects all the parks and resorts. All fab extras that make your holiday just that little bit easier.
There are playgrounds at many locations around Walt Disney World, these are quite often shaded and away from the business of the parks. There is a great one in Frontierland at Magic Kingdom hidden away near the Splash Mountain exit under the Railroad Train Station! Or if your toddler needs a good cool down Casey Jr Splash ‘N’ Soak Station at Fantasyland is amazing!!!
- Character Meets
Don’t force this but seeing your little ones face light up when they see Mickey Mouse for the first time up close is amazing!! It can be really daunting for them so don’t do this on the first day! You don’t want to frighten them for life! If you have done a character dining experience and they were ok with it, then try their favourite character to see how they get on! A 5 and a half foot tall Mickey Mouse is definitely different to the small little character they see on the TV!
- Rider Switch
This is one of your most valuable tools when wanting to do the bigger rides! It enables you to ride without queuing twice! Here's how it works: One parent goes first while the other waits with baby; then you switch so the second parent rides without standing in line again. Just ask the cast member at the beginning of the line to help you organise it! We even used it when travelling with 4 adults!
These are just a few things to do with your little ones at the most magical place on earth, there are many, many more. For more help with planning a trip with toddlers, please check out our Tackling Walt Disney World with a toddler page and also our Top 10 restaurants for toddlers page!