It’s part 4 of a Friday five SERIES! Today we’re going to talk about 5 things you can do with your toddler in Animal Kingdom. This is a great part for younger children for a few reasons – there are a lot of diversions to capture kids attention and a lot of places to explore! As it relates to true “rides” it’s not a huge draw, but there are so many good things to enjoy! It also offers places for rest and seated activities as well as some fun active things to wear your toddlers out!
- Kilimanjaro Safaris. What’s not to love? Adults will love the ability to be transported to a mini African Safari and the kids can come with! The kids will be captivated by all of the amazing animals and how close they will be to some of their favorites – giraffes, elephants, zebra and more! It’s a 20+ minute oasis that makes you feel like you are away from all things Disney and it’s just pure FUN!
- Maharajah Jungle Trek & Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. These are technically 2 separate attractions but they are similar in nature! Both allow open space for your kids to roam and take things at their own pace in a controlled environment (it’s often uncrowded during the morning hours when people flock to the major attractions). It’s a great way to view animals and let your toddler LEAD the expedition!
- The Boneyard. This is a really fun play area. There’s an open air dig site as well as places to explore. There is some playground equipment – slide, swing, climb) and sandpits where your mini me can find bones and fossils (this mama doesn’t love the stand, but it’s a great way to burn off steam)!
- Finding Nemo the Musical. This is one of two great shows in Animal Kingdom! It’s a great mid-day break or rest time for toddler (or even adults). This adaptation of the film is set to music and the story is brought to life before your eyes! It’s on my must do list for kids of ANY age to really experience as Disney makes this over the top in fun!
- Characters! (sensing a theme of all of these toddler posts? It’s no secret that my family is all about the character meet and greets. A favorite in this park is with Pluto and Goofy (our family’s favorite pooches) in DinoLand USA. One of my favorite memories comes from this area of the park so it holds a special place in my heart but both characters (especially Goofy) gives some amazing interaction no matter when you go! If you’d like to see Mickey & Minnie on Safari, check out Adventures Outpost (FastPass+-able attraction). There are unique characters here as well – Baloo & King Louie, Pocahontas, Russell and Dug to name a few!
Honorable mention in a few categories:
- Character meet and greet – Lots of great hellos available tucked away into little corners of the theme parks to get people away from the main loop around the resort – take the time, they are worth it!
- Attractions – Festival of the Lion King. If your kiddos will sit for 2 shows, this is a fantastic one – it’s got the feel of a Broadway show and is eye and ear catching. Trica Tops Spin – this Dumbo-esque ride with Dinos is a great little diversion while the big kids perhaps do something like Dinosaur or Expedition Everest
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