30+ Things To Do With a Toddler at Disney World
Here is a list of all we did in the Magic Kingdom with our toddler. Believe me, there are a ton of additional things you can do, but we tried to keep things simple for the little one:
- Cinderella’s Castle
- Ariels Grotto in Enchanted Forest
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “It’s a Small World” ride
- Liberty Square Riverboat
- Haunted Mansion (yes, she did this and actually napped thru it!)
- Barnstormer Ride
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Mad Tea Party
- Walt Disney World Railroad (this was a great break from walking)
- A Pirate’s Adventure (Pirate’s of the Caribbean)
- Numerous shops, Character Shows, Character Meet and Greets, etc.
We went to Magic Kingdom on two different days during our trip. It’s probably one of the best places for a toddler to be. She enjoyed meeting all of the different characters, watching all of the shows at the castle, and seeing all of the little Main Street shows along the way. We went in the mornings, left for four hours for a good afternoon nap, and then returned for dinner and fireworks. Staying in a park all day with a toddler is crazy, and would probably also drive you crazy. Make sure you add those breaks into the park visits.
For Animal Kingdom we started off with a Character Breakfast at Tusker House. She is a big fan of Disney Junior, so seeing all of the characters come to her over breakfast was a treat!
While Animal Kingdom is a fantastic park, it does not stay open as late as the others, and it is also easier to get thru the entire park in less than a day. Here is a list of the toddler friendly things we did during our Animal Kingdom visit (Again, there are more…):
- Tusker House for Character breakfast
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Maharajah Jungle Trek
- Pangani Forest Exploration Trail
- Tree of Life (It’s a Bugs Life show)
- Tricera Top Spin in Dinoland
- Lunch at Yak and Yeti (HIGHLY recommend for us adults, yummy!)
- A couple of street shows and character meet and greets
We left early because of a storm, and nap time. While we did not go thru every toddler area we could have, we went thru enough! One thing I want to mention are the Baby Stations that Disney has all around their parks. Make sure you always grab your maps upon entering the park and scoping those out. With a baby or toddler you will want to have this location circled!
Like all of the parks, Hollywood Studios is a great place to meet the characters. We had a great time meeting and greeting, and our toddler was so happy to meet her favorite characters from her favorite shows. Here is a list of everything we did in Hollywood Studios:
- Disney Junior Live On Stage
- Little Mermaid show
- Toy Story Midway Mania
- American FIlm Institute Showcase
- Character Meet and Greets
- Lunch at the Prime Time Cafe (Highly recommend!)
- The Magic of Disney Animation
There are a few additional shows and tons more to do. This was just enough for our quick little trip with our little one.
One of the last parks we visited was Epcot. We came here in the afternoon one day and stayed for the fire works and fun. I wish we would have spent a little more time at Epcot, but realize that we could do more with her at Magic Kingdom. Here is the list of things we DID do at Epcot:
- Sea Base (we spent hours here)
- The Seas with Nemo and Friends
- Turtle Talk with Crush
- Fire Works
Probably one of the coolest fireworks shows second behind the Magic Kingdom fireworks over the castle. It really is neat, and it will keep the little one mesmerized!
Epcot has a ton of places to visit in the World Showcase that can keep you busy for a long time. While we did not get a chance to see them all, I know we will be coming back later with all of the kiddos, and a non-toddler!
We spent our last day back at Magic Kingdom. Before we went we had one last character breakfast lined up at Chef Mickey’s over at the Contemporary Resort. The ride to the resort on the tram was fun for the little one, and saying hello and goodbye one last time to all of her favorite characters was a blast.
Upon leaving you can drop your bags at the resort bell services, receive your plane tickets, and check in to your flight. They really do try and make things as easy as possible for any traveler, and I suggest using these services when traveling with a little one. It helps keep a little sanity! Then all you have to do is hop back on to the Magical Express and enjoy your ride back to the airport. Once you arrive, just head straight over to security. Ahhh….time savers!!! Love this.