We first visited Walt Disney World with my kids when they were 11 months and 2 years old. It was challenging to travel with them, but Walt Disney World makes it so easy. Of all of the theme parks at Walt Disney World, I feel that the Magic Kingdom is the best option for toddlers.
There are plenty of Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers, and in addition to the parades, character opportunities, and scenery, you’ll find plenty of things to do. Here are our favorite Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers.
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Tips for Traveling With Toddlers to the Magic Kingdom
Even if your toddlers do lots of walking at home, you’ll probably want to bring or rent a stroller. We found that the park strollers were a good option when we didn’t need the stroller at the airport or at our resort hotel.
Extra Magic Hours – the early ones – worked out great for us when the kids were younger. They already woke up early, so it was good to get an early breakfast and then head to the parks. Not every attraction is open during extra magic hours, but there are definitely enough to make it worthwhile (especially when the kids are already awake).
Keep in mind that you will need to be staying at a participating hotel to be able to take advantage of Extra Magic Hours. This includes the Walt Disney World resort hotels, the Swan and Dolphin, the Disney Springs Hotels, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, and the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
You’ll also have an option when purchasing tickets. Kids under the age of three do not need a ticket, which can make it more of a bargain when traveling with toddlers. However, for your own tickets, you may be wondering whether the park hopper is worth it.
While I typically recommend the park hopper for families, it may not be worthwhile if traveling with toddlers. Switching parks can always be a little taxing, and it’s usually easier to just stay at one park per day with little ones.
Finally, if you are going to be carrying your toddler on a ride, you may consider bringing a baby carrier. It can be easier to carry a child on a ride like it’s a small world and Kilimanjaro Safaris (at Animal Kingdom) if you are hands-free. Don’t rely on the baby carrier exclusively, however, because you’ll get tired.
Our Favorite Magic Kingdom Rides With Toddlers
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
This gentle, dark ride is located in Fantasyland. It’s definitely a good ride to take infants and toddlers on because there’s nothing scary about it. Genie+ is offered for this ride, but the line is generally not too long, especially in the mornings.
Peter Pan’s Flight
One of the most popular rides at the Magic Kingdom for toddlers is Peter Pan’s Flight. On this dark ride, you’ll board a floating boat that will take you through the story of Peter Pan.
Lines for this ride get really long, so I’d recommend getting a Genie+ reservation if you want to experience it. It’s a fun, classic ride.
it’s a small world
It’s a small world is the very first ride I took my children on. It’s always a must-do for us, even though my kids are now older. This “Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed” takes you through the inhabitants of countries around the world as they sing the catchy song.
It’s a joyful, fun ride that all kids will enjoy. Although Genie+ is offered, the standby queue generally moves pretty quickly.
The Jungle Cruise
If you are a fan of corny jokes, you’ll definitely want to set sail on the Jungle Cruise. Located in Adventureland, the Jungle Cruise is a ten-minute ride through the “Amazon”. It’s a gentle ride, and adults will appreciate the corny jokes.
This is a popular attraction, so Genie+ is definitely recommended. At Christmastime, the ride changes to the Jungle Cruise Christmas.
The Country Bear Jamboree
The Country Bear Jamboree is not only fun for little ones, it’s also a great way to relax for a little while and get out of the heat. This show, which runs about 15 minutes, plays throughout the day.
It’s typically pretty easy to get into a show. However, Genie+ is not offered. It runs continuously, so you can show up at any point.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant
This iconic ride expanded with the new Fantasyland. It always had a long line, and the expansion doubled the capacity. My kids always loved this ride, and couldn’t get enough.
Within the big tent is a waiting area where families can spend time out of the sun while waiting for their turn to ride. Genie+ is offered for this ride and may be worth it if you want to save some time.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
Within Adventureland is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. This Aladdin-themed ride offers magic carpets that you can control up and down. It’s very similar to Dumbo the Flying Elephant, so if your kids enjoy that ride, they’ll love this one.
It’s got a smaller capacity than Dumbo, and the queue is outside. Genie+ is available.
Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid
One of the newer rides at the Magic Kingdom is Under the Sea: The Journey of the Little Mermaid. It’s a dark ride that will take you through the story of the Little Mermaid.
Although you’ll see Ursula during the journey, it’s not necessarily a scary ride. Keep in mind, however, that your kids may be a little scared during that scene. Genie+ is offered for this ride.
Walt Disney World Railroad
We love taking the Walt Disney World Railroad to get around the park. It has station stops right at the entrance of the park, in Fantasyland, and in Frontierland. It’s a good way to get to the front of the park at the end of a long day.
Keep in mind, that this ride is currently closed for the new TRON Coaster construction.
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
Looking for a more classic ride experience at the Magic Kingdom? The Prince Charming Regal Carrousel fits the bill. It’s located behind Cinderella Castle in Fantasyland.
During busy days at the Magic Kingdom, you’ll probably find that the queues for the Carrousel are long. Otherwise, you won’t wait too long to ride. Genie+ is not offered.
Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station
Located in the new Fantasyland area, this splash area is a great place to cool down. It’s not a ride – rather, it’s a splash pad. Bring along a change of clothes if will want to change your kids after they splash in the water.
Other Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers
While they aren’t necessarily something that appeals to toddlers, there are other rides at the Magic Kingdom without height restrictions. Although toddlers are able to go on these rides, you may find they are a bit scary, so use your discretion. These include Pirates of the Caribbean and the Haunted Mansion.
In addition, there are other attractions that you can bring your toddlers on. While these may be boring for them, they can be a good way to rest your feet and get out of the sun. These include the Hall of Presidents, the Carousel of Progress, and the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover.
Character Greetings at the Magic Kingdom
As you’d expect, you can find many popular Disney characters throughout the Magic Kingdom. Check the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide to find times and locations.
There are some character greetings at the park that offer Genie+. These can be a great idea if you have characters that you definitely want to see.
What are your toddler’s favorite rides at the Magic Kingdom?
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