Vacation to Disney with Toddler


Posted on December 21st, 2011

We are back from a wonderful trip to Disney World, Orlando, Florida. We had fun roaming around the theme parks, enjoying the rides and soaking up the wonders of this magical world! Disney’s magic world brings out the kid in us! Disney World doesn’t need any intro at all. All of us know very well about their famous theme parks and jaw dropping, breath taking roller-coaster rides.

This travelogue is dedicated to parents with little kids (especially toddlers / 2 year old) who wonder if Disney is a good vacation spot for their family. Trust me folks your toddler will absolutely love Disney world. My 2 yr old son (2 years and 2 months precisely) had so much fun that he literally cried when we returned back home :)

I did extensive research on “things to do with toddlers in the Disney world”. Will my 2 year old toddler enjoy the rides, will he be allowed in the rides, is Disney good only for older kids, would it be worth spending so much $$$ to travel all the way to Orlando with a toddler – These were the questions that I had before booking the tickets. Now I can vouch that the vacation was worth every dollar spent!

When we asked Disney crew members to suggest us the theme parks that we could check out with our 2 year old son, almost everyone had the same answer – Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom! Some said that we could keep Hollywood studios as our last option. Epcot was a big NO for toddlers!

Heads up: There is no entrance fee for toddlers (2 yrs and under). Toddlers are Disney’s special guests ;)

Disney world attractions for toddlers:

Disney world includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and Downtown Disney. Of all theme parks, Magic kingdom (MK) and Animal kingdom (AK) are best suited for small kids. Toddlers (1 year old, 2 years old) would love both magic and animal kingdom.

Magic Kingdom attractions for toddlers:

We first headed to Magic kingdom. Our son loved the holiday parade. He waved at the Disney characters and kept showing us his favourite ones. Older kids were waiting in a queue to take snaps with their fav cartoon characters. Our LO was not bothered about it. We boarded the train that travels around MK. Our son enjoyed the ride. In fact he loved the tram ride (from parking lot to the theme park) too :)

Disney Magic Kingdom Holiday Parade

Disney Magic Kingdom Holiday Parade

There are 6 different areas within MK: (Thanks: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom)

  • Main Street, U.S.A. area
  • Adventureland area
  • Frontierland area
  • Liberty Square
  • Fantasyland area
  • Tomorrowland area

Fantasy land, tomorrow land and Main street are definitely toddler friendly. Extension of fantasy land is under constrction. To be honest we didnt get enough time to check all the 6 magical lands within the MK. We had already been to MK (before LO was born) so this time we avoided the attractions that wouldnt suit to our LO.

We started from main street, checked out fantasy land and tomorrowland, took the train ride to see all the places within MK and finally enjoyed the late evening holiday parade before we left the Magic Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom attractions for toddlers:

The next day, we were all set to explore Animal kingdom – The largest animal themed park in the world. If your toddler loves animals, believe me he will surely have loads of fun here. We spent the entire day roaming around AK checking out various attractions. Do not miss “Finding Nemo – the musical” and “Festival of Lion King“. These are not the rides. These are broadway musical stage shows. The shows are wonderful. Our son loved them.

Festival of Lion King, Musical show

Festival of Lion King, Musical show

Our LO was sitting beside me watching the Lion King, he did seem to enjoy the show. Guess he loved the music too much that he dozed off :) In a way it was gud. He was sleeping peacefully while we enjoyed the show. Our LO is not afraid of loud noise. If your kid cries or is not comfortable with the musical show, just let the disney crew member know and they will take you out of the theater without disturbing others.

Finding Nemo was bit longer than expected. It was too gud. We sat close to the podium and the performers were runing even in the audience area. Our LO got too excited that he wanted to join them :) When the show ended, bubbles were blown. It was the best part for our LO :) He ran around the stadium chasing the bubbles!

Do check out Kilimanjaro Safari (in Africa) and Maharaja Jungle Trek (in Asia). Our son loved watching animals! Infact he ran around the trek searching for animals (especially Tigers).

White Rhino, Kilimanjaro Safari

White Rhino, Kilimanjaro Safari

There is a 3D show – It’s tough to be bug. In the reviews that I read about this show, many had pointed out that toddlers get scared and cry out of fear. Some had pointed that their kid enjoyed the show. We kept this as our last resort but didnt have time to check it out.

Downtown Disney attractions:

This is a best place to shop, dine and enjoy live music. Unlike theme parks, there is no parking or entrance fee for Downtown disney. There is a circus which kids would enjoy. There is a lego shop with kids play area (lego blocks). Our LO didnt want to come from there. After almost an hour of play we had drag him out of the shop!

Do not miss the boating adventure. You can take your toddler and his stroller on the boat without any issues ;) We rented a boat and had an amazing time! Downtown disney area also has small train ride and a carousel just like in any carnival.

What else can you do with a toddler? Can you imagine yourself flying in a balloon about 400F above the ground catching bird’s eye view of the city? Trust me you can do this at Downtown disney! We took our toddler in the balloon and he was so excited! He still excitedly exclaims – “Ame balloon anthe gaelon” (We went up in the balloon)

Disney world rides for toddlers:

There are lots of rides in Magic Kingdom that toddlers would enjoy. Do not miss Dumbo the flying elephant, Mad tea party, Many Adventures of Winnie the pooh, Tomorrowland Transit Authority people mover, Tomorrowland speedway (at least 32 inches tall), it’s a small world, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, Peter Pan’s Flight, Walt Disney World® Railroad and much much more.

Dumbo Flying Elephant ride

Dumbo Flying Elephant ride

Believe me you would not find enough time to cover all the rides within a day! All the rides that I have mentioned above are suited for toddlers. We checked out most of them with our 2 year old. Always hold your kid and supervise them. Do not leave them unattended.

Dancing dolls at its a small world, Magic Kindom

Dancing dolls at its a small world, Magic Kindom

It's a small world Magic Kingdom, Do not miss this!

It's a small world Magic Kingdom, Do not miss this!

TriceraTop Spin, Wildlife Express Train, Kilimanjaro Safaris are the rides/drive in Animal Kingdom that does not have any height requirement. Apart from rides that are lots to do at Disney’s Animal Kingdom with your 2 year old. He will have fun playing carnival style games at Fossil Fun Games, Enjoying running around The Boneyard Playground (Be sure to keep an eye on your LO), feeding animals at Affection Section petting zoo and dancing to the wild music of Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade!

Tree of Life, Disney Animal Kingdom

Tree of Life, Disney Animal Kingdom

Disney world offers wonderful attractions that you can enjoy with your little kids! Don’t wait, pack your bags and let your toddler enjoy the magic world :)

Stroller rental at disney world: You can rent strollers at the theme parks. It was about $15 per day. Luckily we could check-in our (full-size) stroller in the air plane for free and so decided to take it!

Tips to travel with your toddler:

  • Make sure that your kid gets enough rest. He may tend to skip his nap! Tired child is more difficult to manage.
  • Do not rush to check out the attractions. Slow down and do it in your toddler’s pace. You will never know he may drag you to the rides ;)
  • Take fast pass (FP) to avoid waiting in queues. The day we visited AK, we checked out Kilimanjore safari the first thing in the morning without getting FP. It was a long wait of about 30mins. Our LO got totally cranky! But the safari was worth the wait. We got to see the animals too close and our son loved it.
  • Milk chugs are availble in most of cafe stalls for $2 and that would be the last thing your kid would want to have. Ice cream and popcorns would keep him busy ;)
  • Always hold on to your toddler in the rides.

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One Response to “Vacation to Disney with Toddler”

  1. sgururajan Says:

    manam(heart)nirainthadhu.Best trip. Good care

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