It’s a Friday Five SERIES! Today we’re going to talk about 5 things you can do with your toddler in Magic Kingdom. This park offer so much for kids of any age, but there are things that toddlers can specifically appreciate more than the big kids and it’s not just character meet and greets!
- Tom Sawyer’s Island. Located in Frontierland, this little kids oasis allows them to explore! There are walking trails, caves, and a working water wheel. It’s away from the hustle and bustle of the theme park. For kids that need a break from the “in your face” Disney action, it’s a great way to unwind and there are benches and large rocks for the adults to sit on to take a rest while the kids burn off a little extra steam!
- At least one parade. Parades give you a chance to sit and relax. With your stroller, your toddler may even get a little snooze in the process (especially the afternoon Festival of Fantasy parade). Parades allow your child to see most if not all of their favorite Disney characters who are waving, dancing, and excited to see everyone in the crowd! I never expected my toddler to enjoy the parade as much as she did at the ripe old age of 2 but one of my favorite Disney memories with her is watching her wave to all of the characters (even the ones she didn’t know) during Main Street Electrical parade. It was one of those little magical moments that was completely unexpected (it’s my favorite parade so it’s something I’m SO happy to share with her again and again!)
- Town Square Mickey. I can’t complete this list without one character meet and greet, now could I? Town Square Mickey is a little more magical to all of the other meet and greets and I think a little less “scary” for little kids if you’re unsure how they are going to react to characters for the first time. Mickey Mouse greets each and every friend with a happy hello and can actually have a conversation. It’s the voice your kids would expect out of Mickey Mouse as well! Again, a family favorite in my house – we said hello at least 5 times in our last stay (it’s probably more!)
- it’s a small world. The earworm song that gets in every adults head and drives them crazy. While I’m not a huge fan of this ride (it’s one we often skip without kids in tow), there is something truly magical about this attraction! Whether it’s the dolls, the songs, or the ambiance you’ll find your kids glued and well behaved for 12-15 minutes of time. The other great thing is that this line isn’t often long, so you can ride again and again and again until your mind is numb!
- Walt Disney World Railroad. All aboard! Hop to railroad to for a “scenic trip around the Magic Kingdom”. It’s a fun ride on the “choo choo”. It’s a relaxing ride. Not a lot of true excitement (the Disneyland version is a bit better in my opinion). It’s a great opportunity to take a break during the middle of the day if you need some rest time or a short nap without leading the park.
Honorable mention in a few categories:
- Character meet and greet – Pete’s Silly Sideshow
- Attractions – Dumbo, Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (some kids don’t like the dark ride), Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Peter Pan’s Flight
- Energy busters – Casey Jr. Splash and Soak, Laughin’ Place Playground
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