23 Expert Tips For Visiting Disney World With A Toddler (or Baby)

As a former Walt Disney World Cast Member and an avid Disney park visitor who has taken my kids to see the mouse since my oldest was three-months-old, I am often asked about tips for visiting Disney World with a toddler.  Actually, I am often asked about the “best age” to take a child to Disney.

Sometimes, I hear the most ear-piercing words that could even make Mickey's ears fold over. “I am going to wait to visit Disney until the kids are old enough and will remember it.”

Did you hear that? That was the sound of Mickey dropping his cheese!

Here's the thing – there is no “best age” to take kids to Walt Disney World because there is something for EVERY age!

I'm talking from three months to 103 (okay, maybe at that age, it would be hard.) But, you get my point. And yes, Disney World is WORTH IT for toddlers!

Why? Disney literally grows with the kids. There is SO much to do at Disney for kids of all ages, and you can DEFINITELY go to Disney World with a toddler (and a baby!) Here are some tips you need to know before going to Disney World with a toddler or a baby.

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23 Must-Know Tips For Visiting Disney World With A Toddler Or A Baby

1 . Read Disney Books Or Watch Disney Movies Before You Go!

This isn't hard for most kids, but being excited about seeing Disney characters was one of my favorite things about visiting Disney World with toddlers.  Reading Disney books, watching Disney movies, or even just tuning into Disney Junior is a great way to get toddlers ready for their first trip.

Meeting familiar characters and experiencing Disney through their eyes as they met real-life Mickey Mouse, Disney Princesses, Buzz Lightyear, and more is truly magical.  Reading books and watching Disney cartoons and movies, like Toy Story, before going to Disney World is a great way to get them excited!

And don't forget about Disney Junior. In Disney's Hollywood studios, toddlers can find their favorite friends like Doc McStuffons, Vamparina, and Mickey Mouse at the Disney Junior Dance Party. There are so many things to do in Disney World with toddlers!


2. There Are So Many Attractions For Toddlers.

Visiting Disney World with a toddler is great because there are SO MANY things they can enjoy!  Disney World has over 100 attractions with no height requirement.

You can check out the best Disney World rides for toddlers at each of the parks for my recommendations.  But even babies can ride! While Magic Kingdom does tend to have the most toddler rides, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Disney's Hollywood Studios also has toddler rides.

We took our babies and toddlers on many of these, and while infants won't remember them, toddlers definitely will

Infants and toddlers can ride on laps for most of the rides without a height requirement. But getting a spin on the Alien Saucer ride or seeing Woody in Toy Story Land is a memory toddlers won't forget!

My toddler son loved hugging all of the characters when we took him. It wasn't his first visit, but it was every bit as magical.

 

Check out my post on the Best Disney World Rides For Toddlers!

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3.  Toddlers Can Be Entertained While Waiting In Line.

Some of the rides also have toddler-size entertainment while waiting in line. Two of my favorites for this in Magic Kingdom are Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which has an entire indoor play space, and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

This is why I love visiting Disney World with toddlers. Disney thinks of everything!

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the whole Toy Story area is such a huge hit! Not only do toddlers feel like a toy in Andy's room or his back yard, but there are toddler-friendly rides over here. And, often you can see Buzz Lightyear and Woody for a photo opp!

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While waiting for a turn to ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant, little ones can enjoy this indoor play area.

4.  You Don't Have To Enter The Parks To Have Fun.

If you are going to Walt Disney World with a tot in tow, don't underestimate the power of the Resort's transportation system! When in doubt, a ride on the monorail or one of the transportation boats is always a fun option for toddlers, as is a ride on the bus or the Disney Skyliner. 

My kids didn't know these weren't “rides,” because the Disney Magic is throughout every nook and cranny of the property, including the transportation!  When you visit Disney World with toddlers, the little mousketeers can have fun just going for a ride around on the monorail, on the Disney Skyliner, on the buses, or on the boats.

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5. Stay At A Disney Hotel If Possible.

Sometimes people ask me if they should stay on property at a Disney Resort Hotel or somewhere nearby. 

I ALWAYS promote staying at a Disney Resort Hotel for all of the benefits.  But, especially if you are visiting Disney World with a toddler, staying on the property makes it so much easier.

It allows you to return back to the hotel for naps and breaks. And, Disney Resort Hotels have onsite entertainment, pools, and plenty for toddlers and babies to do to keep busy.

And, staying at Disney assures your toddler is immersed in the magic. The uniquely themed hotels each transport you to a whole new world, as the theming and storytelling are in every nook and cranny of each Disney Resort hotel. From the time they wake up until the time they go to bed, toddlers are embraced with pixie dust when you stay on property.

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Each Disney Resort Hotel is uniquely themed and an experience unto itself!

6. Disney Resort Hotel Rooms Come With Amenities For Toddlers and Babies.

The Disney Resort Hotels will come with Pack n' Plays (or cribs on request) and high chairs in each room.  Call before you go to confirm, so you don't have to bring your own.

If you stay at one of the Disney Vacation Club hotels, you often will find laundry in the room or on-site and have a kitchenette. We find that when traveling with little ones for a trip to Disney, having laundry and a kitchen area makes a huge difference!

Disney resorts have many amenities for toddlers and babies, including toddler-friendly splash areas!

7.  You Can Have Groceries Delivered!

If you are staying in one of the Disney Resort Hotels, most allow you to have groceries delivered to your room through one of the grocery delivery services.  This is especially helpful when visiting Walt Disney World with toddlers, because you may need toddler and baby snacks, jar food, and diapers. 

If you are visiting Disney World with toddlers, definitely look into having these items delivered to your room.

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Groceries can be delivered to your Disney Resort Hotel to make meal and snack times easier with toddlers.

8.  Take Advantage Of Early Theme Park Entry!

If you are staying at a Disney Resort Hotel, you have access to early theme park entry for certain theme parks.  If so, use it! Toddlers are up early, and this means you can get into the park earlier than the day-ticketed guests and get a head start on some of the rides.

Do also take advantage of Disney Genie +  and Lightning Lanes (where appropriate) for some of the more popular rides, and have a plan.   And, if you visit Disney World with toddlers in 2022, take advantage of the new Disney Genie Service!  This complimentary service on your My Disney Experience app will help craft an itinerary based on your interests (in this case toddler rides.)

It is best to try and ride anything your tot has his or her little heart set on first, to be sure you fill that bucket and then go from there to other rides you would be disappointed not to do.  If you attend during a busy time of year (holidays, spring break) you will experience less than the less busy times of the year.

For the best times to visit Walt Disney World, check out my post on the Beginner's Guide To Walt Disney World Resort. 

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Dumbo The Flying Elephant is a great attraction for youngest guests.

9. Bring A Stroller (or Rent One) But Be Aware Of Stroller Size.

You CAN bring a stroller to Walt Disney World and due to the amount of walking, I HIGHLY recommend it if you are going to Disney World with a toddler. The parks are BIG, and those little feet can't do all of that trotting. 

Plus, it is a great place for kids to take a nap or afternoon break.  Definitely bring the stroller when vising Disney World with toddlers.

If you don't want to bring your own, Walt Disney World has strollers for rent in single and double sizes that can actually fit kids up to age 5 or so. Many people really like them because they are easy to maneuver around the parks. See guest services when you arrive if you need one.

Near most attractions, there are designated stroller parking areas (note new stroller restrictions in the theme parks of less than 31″ wide and less than 52″ long.) 


10.  There Are Many Amenities At Disney World For Toddlers and Babies!

Of course, Disney thinks of everything! And, as one of the most kid-friendly vacations in the world, they want kids (and their parents) to have what they need. 

If your toddler or baby needs a break, there is a Baby Care Center in each theme park (that includes changing tables, nursing rooms and items for purchase if you need diapers, baby food, etc.).

Also, the Baby Care Center is not just for babies. You can have a cool and quiet space to take a break. And if your little partner is potty training, these locations have toddler-size potties! Now, that's toddler-friendly!

There are also first aid stations as well, should your child need an over-the-counter medication like acetaminophen.  You can find changing tables in restrooms and high chairs in the restaurants.

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11.  Toddler Snacks Are Plentiful!

What's a toddler's life without snacking?  Do bring snacks if visiting Disney World with toddlers.  But rest assured, Walt Disney World has you covered on this front if you don't or don't have enough.

Some of my kids' favorite snacks were sold in the parks and resort gift shops, only with the added pixie dust only Disney can provide!

I mean Mickey ear-shaped goldfish-style crackers? Of course, they taste better!  Mickey-shaped pretzels definitely have a yummier flavor.  Vegetable chips in the shape of Mickey's head? You can't even taste the vitamins.  I didn't even mention the Mickey-shaped soft pretzels, Mickey icecreams, and churros!

Your toddler will not go hungry at Disney World! And, of course, every restaurant and quick service spot offers kiddie menus as well.

12.  Book Character Breakfasts Or Dinners Early!

Book your dining reservations in advance, especially character breakfasts or meals, early. These fill up quickly!

Be sure and check all of the options for character breakfasts, like this one at Topolino's Terrace, to see who's coming and what's on the menu.  Character breakfasts and meals are great for the toddlers because they get up close and personal with their favorite friends, and it saves you having to wait in line for a picture in the parks.

Currently, Advance Dining Reservations are available 60 days in advance for all guests.

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Kids love seeing their favorite characters at Walt Disney World Resort character meals.

13.  You Can Ride Attractions You Want To Ride Too!

Walt Disney World also offers the Rider Switch option, and I highly recommend taking advantage of it once or twice if visiting Disney World with toddlers.

For rides that have height restrictions that you may want to enjoy but are not appropriate for a toddler, like Space Mountain in Magic Kingdom, Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios, or Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom, you can take advantage of Rider Switch.

As long as you have another adult in your party on your trip to Disney, that adult stays with the non-rider while the other enjoys the attraction.  Then, when the first adult returns, you switch spots and the returning adult stays with the toddler or baby while the other one can enjoy the attraction without having to wait in the original line.

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Rider Switch is a great way for one adult to keep the kids busy while the other adult enjoys the attraction, and then switch.

14.  Disney Offers In-room Babysitting At Disney Resort Hotels.

If you and your spouse or adult members want to enjoy an evening dinner or see the closing park fireworks, you can book in-room babysitting.  Walt Disney World partners with Kids-Night-Out to provide onsite babysitting services in your on-property hotel room.  ** This was temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. Double check at your hotel if this has resumed.**


15.  Kids Ages Two And Under Are Free To Enter Parks!

This is one of the best selling points!  Kids ages two and under do NOT need park tickets to enter the Disney theme parks! This means you do not have to worry if they sleep, need a break, or don't love every minute.  Just another reason to visit Disney World with toddlers.

16.  Do One Park At A Time!

When planning a trip to Disney, people often ask me which Disney park is the best for toddlers.  While Magic Kingdom IS the most toddler-friendly with the most options for rides, like “it's a small world”, Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, and Peterpan's Flight (my favorite), there is something for toddlers in each of the theme parks. 

Epcot gives you space for walking and has an aquarium, as well as tot favorites like the Frozen Ever After and the Seas with Nemo and Friends rides.  And, don't underestimate the World Showcase for the little ones, because it is very kid friendly. Each country has a “Kidcot” stop, where kids can collect a card from the Cast Member about that country. They can get out and stretch their legs while stepping into a new land.

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The toddler-friendly playground area at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Photo credit: © Wisconsinart | Megapixl.com

The Animal Kingdom has wild animals, and great rides for toddlers. There is a whole dinosaur playground area, a carnival area, and plenty of areas for strolling. Plus there are unique features like monkeys up in the trees, and the Kilimanjaro Safari is a favorite of my kids.

Hollywood Studios has more thematic restaurants as well as Toy Story Land, Star Wars, a show with the Muppets, Lightning McQueen, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Coaster, and so much more. There are plenty of fun things tots will love in Disney's Hollywood Studios. 

But doing one park at a time is probably easier on them and you to get the most out of your experience if you are visiting Disney World with toddlers. It gives you a chance to take in more of each park, including shows like the Celebration of the Festival of the Lion King, and parades. It also makes it easier if you need to take an afternoon break, as you won't feel like you are missing out on time in another park.

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17.  Get Your Toddlers First Haircut on Mainstreet U.S.A.

If it's your little one's first trip to Disney, consider getting their first haircut there! All three of my kids had their first haircuts on Mainstreet U.S.A. at the Harmony Barbershop. Not only was it very special, but these people are also pros! 

Toddlers are known for not liking haircuts, but these Cast Members know how to occupy them to not even know it's happening!  They also get their own Mickey Ears that says “First Haircut!” * This was closed during the pandemic.  It is unclear when it is returning, but it is expected to return.*

If your little prince or princess is into dressing up, there are also Bippity Boppity Boutiques dress-up options at Magic Kingdom. It is another one of those memorable experiences when visiting Disney with toddlers. It is unclear when this service is returning, but it is expected to return.*

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18. Take Advantage of Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane Services

Being fanatics of the old Fast Pass+ system, our hearts were a little broken when Disney took it away but now, we couldn't be happier with the 3 new features they've introduced to replace it.

Disney heard our inner woes and in October 2021, they introduced  Disney Genie Service, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane service.

These services that you can find in the My Disney Experience app will be your new personal guide in Disney by helping you create a personalized itinerary depending on the attractions you love and showing you the best time to visit those particular attractions to avoid long queues.

Interested? Let's look at how Disney Genie, Disney Genie+, and Lightning Lane service work.

Disney Genie Service

No more running around in zigzag! Disney Genie will help you create a customized itinerary based on your interests. What you'll need to do is to put the attractions your kids are interested in say, Dumbo The Flying Elephant, or even a general theme like Disney Princesses.

In addition to that, Disney Genie Service will alert you on the current wait times for each attraction so that you know when to go. Think of this as having a “genie-p-s” holding your hand and taking you to the right attractions at the right time!

And did I say all this is for FREE! Yes, Disney just got a whole lot more magical!

Disney Genie + Service

Disney Genie Service might be exciting but it doesn't come close to what Disney Genie + can do!

Yes, it's a paid feature but the $15 per person per day price tag is well worth the investment.

Besides the features that come with Disney Genie Service, with Disney Genie +, you're able to choose the next available arrival time to some attractions and also get fast entry to attractions through the Lightning Lane.

How Disney Genie + Service Works: Quick Overview

Exciting, right? But not so fast, there is a catch! While you can pre-book your arrival time to over 40 attractions throughout Walt Disney World Resort, you can't pre-book all of them at once but rather one at a time.

Just like how the old FastPass+ system used to work, from 7 am on the day of your park visit, you can pre-book an arrival time to one attraction and it's only after visiting it or when your arrival window expires that you can pre-book the next attraction.

You can continue the same cycle until the park closes.

More Disney Genie + Perks

If you're still not sure whether Disney Genie + is for you, then maybe Disney PhotoPass Lenses and Audio Tales features will convince you.

PhotoPass Lenses will help you explore impressive augmented reality effects on your phone while Audio Tales will give you behind-the-scenes insights you can listen to through the day of your visit! Disney can't get any more magical than this!

Disney Genie + can be bought from the My Disney Experience app on the day of your visit or even when purchasing theme park tickets but be aware that it will be applied to all your theme park tickets. If you don't want to do it on all the days, you can still purchase it separately.

Lightning Lane Service

While kids can be entertained even while waiting in line, it's not always the case at some attractions! Granted, sometimes they're too excited and they just want to enjoy the attraction without waiting in line — that's when the Lightning Lane Service will come in handy.

Lightning Lane Service can be a little confusing for many so I'll try to explain it as simply as possible.

Lightning Lane is just an additional service that can only be used on specific and usually the most famous attractions.

The add ons of Lightning Lane ARE NOT INCLUDED IN Disney Genie +! This means that even if you don't purchase the Disney Genie + service, you can still purchase Lightning Lane Selections separately but only for the most popular rides.

However, you can only book the Individual Lightning Lane sections for up to 2 attractions total per day. (You can see the complete list of participating attractions here.)

Also, there is no specific amount to pay for Lightning Lane rides! This changes according to the time of the year, the attraction, and the theme park. For example, you might pay less for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in January than you would in March.

But unfortunately, if you want to ride the same attraction again, you'd have to go to the standby line for your second time as it doesn't allow rebooking the same attraction more than once a day.

And for holders of the Disney Genie + service, you can also purchase up to 2 Lightning Lane Selections for individual attractions.

19. Take Your Toddler to Space by Dining at the Newly Opened Epcot's Space 220 Restaurant

Between my husband and our kids, I am still not sure who is more excited about dining at Space 220 restaurant. As for me, I am trying not to fully show my excitement not to “outrank” theirs but I am equally ecstatic about it.

I know, my entire family is crazy about Disney and any addition to the parks drives us into a frenzy but in a good way, I promise.

There is a lot of buzz around Epcot's newly opened Space 220 restaurant among Disney and Space fans and it’s for a reason.

This extraordinary dining experience gives a glimpse of space from a space station after boarding a special space elevator.

Besides dining in space, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Epcot or “Planet earth” below you if you may!

We all knew Disney was magical but this entire dining in space experience is an out-of-the-world dream that everyone should experience at least once.

And while you enjoy the specialty cuisines in space, be sure to try out my favorite “earthly” dessert — Sticky Toffee Pudding.

Make your reservation early not to miss out on this amazing experience and remember that you need to also have a theme park ticket to Epcot.

If you’re an annual pass holder, you get a 10% discount off select items on the menu on most days besides holidays.

And if you’re wondering if you can go with your toddler to Space 220 restaurant, the simple answer is YES.

20. Party with Your Toddler at the 50th Anniversary Celebration

Get ready to celebrate in style at Disney's 50th Anniversary. With an 18-month long celebration, this has got to be the biggest party of the season.

50 years of awesomeness means more magical experiences that will include new looks for Mickey, Minnie, and Friends, impressive classics, and cast members ready to wow fans like never before — your kids will fall in love with them all over again!

The celebrations will be in all 4 parks so you and your toddlers should be ready to enjoy new attractions and entertainments including new nighttime spectaculars!

Some of the new attractions, entertainment, and specials you can look forward to during Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebration include:

  • Remy's Ratatouille Adventure: Besides the Space 220 Restaurant we looked at earlier, Remy's Ratatouille Adventure is the newest most talked about attraction in Epcot. This ride will give you a glimpse of Remy's world in Gusteau's kitchen in the city of lights, Paris. You may want to watch “Ratatouille” the movie first so that your toddler can easily spot out his favorite characters.

  • Disney Enchantment: This spectacular display of fireworks in Magic Kingdom will enchant kids and adults alike. Besides the fireworks, there will be lots of Disney songs and immersive projection effects that will make nights at Disney more magical.

  • Disney Kite Tails: Disney's Animal Kingdom is about to get a whole lot exciting with impressive kite-themed characters flying in space and high-flying performances with Disney songs.

  • Fab 50 Color Collection: Your toddler will enjoy getting an up close look at the 50 cast characters dripping in Gold  in all 4 parks. Talk about celebrating 50 years in style.

  • Drawn to Life: Watch creativity and imagination come to life as Disney animation blends with the impeccable spectacle of Cirque du Soleil!

  • Magic Kingdom 50th Fireworks Dessert Parties: Fireworks and pastries? Count me in! Kids will love eating all the pastries they can while enjoying a beautiful display of fireworks at Magic Kingdom.

  • Beacons of Magic: Watch each of the four theme parks' icons light up in the evenings as they send out “beacons of magic” inviting everyone to come celebrate the 50th anniversary. This is however available in specific parks every night.

  • Harmonious: Get together with the people you love as you enjoy an amazing night full of Disney stories and songs at EPCOT.

  • Delicious Treats: Food is a huge part of this 50th anniversary celebration and several restaurants including Steakhouse 71, California Grill, Space 220 and La Crêperie de Paris have been introduced. Note* Though Disney Dining Plan  hasn't returned at the time of writing this article, Disney (according to their website) has said that they will be bringing it back soon.

  • Rose & Crown Fireworks Dining Package: Enjoy fireworks with views of the Harmonious while dining at the lakefront patio in the English pavilion of the World Showcase.

These are just some of the exciting attractions and entertainments you can expect during the Disney 18-month 50th anniversary celebration. So don't wait up, book your theme parks tickets already!

21. Enjoy Early Theme Park Entry and Extended Evening Theme Park Hours

One of the perks of staying at Walt Disney World Resort hotels is the early park access and extended hours in the evening.

With early morning entry, you and your toddlers get to enjoy the magic of Disney before the crowds come.

And if the closing time reaches when you still want to enjoy Disney, with the extended evening theme park hours, you can stay a bit longer compared to visitors who are not residents of the Disney resorts.

Some attractions stay open until 11:00 PM and some until midnight, so if your kids are still up for the challenge, they get to enjoy Disney a tad bit more.

However, this happens during select evenings in select theme parks so be sure to check the Disney official website to plan your day accordingly.

22. Enjoy New Attractions and Experiences with Your Toddlers at Disney World 2022

Disney never sleeps! They're always thinking of new attractions and forms of entertainment that will make the Disney experience even more magical for their visitors. They've already announced new features with some starting at the beginning of 2022 and others' opening dates will be communicated with time.

Some of the new attractions and features you can expect to enjoy with your toddlers at Disney include:

MagicBand+

You probably know how great Magicbands are already but MagicBand+ is even much more exciting.

In addition to the perks of the usual Magic bands, MagicBand+ will help you interact with the Fab 50 golden character statues we talked about earlier. You'll also be able to find virtual bounties in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Plus, the MagicBand+ will be in sync with the colors of the fireworks at night! You and your kids will be mesmerized by what the MagicBand+ can do. It will surely make the experience much more magical.

Moana — Journey of Water

All eyes are on the new upgrades at EPCOT and Moana — Journey of Water is one of them.

Based on Disney's hit movie, Moana, this attraction will be part of the new World Nature neighborhood where guests will be able to interact with water in a truly magical way! I've seen some photos of how the attraction will be and I am so excited to take my kids there. I know we will all love it.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

Disney describes this attraction as family-friendly but being a roller coaster with a reverse launch, it might be a little scary for some kids.

This attraction is expected to open in Disney in 2022 at the EPCOT.

Disney World Star Wars Hotel — Galactic Starcruiser

For an even exciting stay, Disney is planning to open this Disney World Star Wars Hotel in March 2022.

It might be called a hotel, but it's an attraction in a sense. Actually, Disney refers to it as “This isn’t storytelling – it’s storyliving, where you’ll see, feel and live Star Wars in a whole new way.”

23. Relax, it's Disney!

When my son was getting potty trained, he may or may not have had an accident on the floor of one of the shops at Disney. Here's the thing.

If there is one place your child can go all out – be happy, sad, have a temper tantrum, throw up, laugh hysterically, be noisy – it's Disney.  This place is made for kids and the kid in all of us.

Do NOT stress if your child has a “toddler moment” anywhere on Disney World property.  Days are long, it may be hot, they may be overstimulated. It's okay.  But they will – on the whole – have a lot of fun.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Disney World Fun For A 2 Year Old?

In a word, yes! Disney World is great fun for a 2 year old!  There are plenty of activities this age group will enjoy, from rides to characters to character breakfasts to balloons and so much more.

When our kids were toddlers, we have brought our 2 year olds to Disney more than once, and each time was a wonderfully magical experience. They may need to do shorter days, but even riding a boat or the monorail can be joyful and fun for a 2 year old at Disney World!

What Part of Disney World Is Best For Toddlers?

When I am asked which Disney parks are best for toddlers, the answer would be “all of them.”  But at Walt Disney World, I would recommend Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom for toddlers.

Truth be told, Epcot is a great place for stroller walking because the walking areas are wider and kids can nap while parents enjoy parts of the World Showcase.  We have enjoyed quite a few quiet walks around Epcot. And there are definitely rides for toddlers in Epcot.

But for characters, parades, and most rides, Magic Kingdom will offer the most activities for a two year old. This would be closely followed by Animal Kingdom for the animals, which toddlers love, and several rides that would be suitable for toddlers.  There is also a petting zoo in Animal Kingdom at Rafiki's Planet Watch.

How Do You Plan A Disney Trip With A Toddler?

You can check out my ultimate guide to Disney World post for beginners for complete tips.  But I strongly advise booking one of the on-property Disney Resort Hotels for ease of getting around and for their toddler-friendliness!

Once you book your hotel, decide on your theme park tickets, make your theme park reservations (required into 2023) and download the My Disney Experience app. Then, 60 days out, make your character breakfast and Advanced Dining Reservations as soon as possible.

I also recommend taking advantage of toddlers' early rise and shine to participate in Early Entry if you are staying at one of the Disney Resort hotels to get to the parks early and ride as much as you can before the crowds funnel in.

Finally, familiarize yourself with the new Disney Genie on the My Disney Experience app (add in your favorites so it can work for you), purchase any Disney Genie+ or Lightning Lane add ons if you wish either before or on the day of your theme park visit, and have fun!

Can Toddlers Go To Disney World?

Yes, toddlers and babies CAN go to Disney World and they SHOULD! Disney is suitable for a 3 year old and a 103 year old!

Remember, Disney World grows with your child. Every age and stage is different. To see the magical experience your little ones enjoy and the joy in your toddler's eyes when his or her favorite character or princess gives them a hug can't be overstated. It is a wonderful and very special experience for all ages, but especially toddlers!

Looking for more things to do with toddlers in Orlando? Check out my post on over 50 Things To Do With Kids in Orlando!

best disney world rides Mickey and Donald in a parade in front of Cinderalla's Castle Magic Kingdom
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First trip to Disney or need some expert tips? Check out my Walt Disney Resort For Beginners: A Complete Guide To Plan A Disney Vacation for my ultimate planning tips for your first time!

Final Thought About Visiting Disney World With Toddlers

Disney is a magical experience no matter what your age. Whether it's your first time visiting or your 100th, it's a place full of pixie dust that immerses kids in incredible story telling and brings it to life.

My favorite thing about a Disney World vacation is that kids will literally grow with the theme parks. For little ones, visiting Disney World when they are toddlers is a wonderful time and magical time. Their eyes light up and they believe they are part of the story. As they grow older, the magical experience continues and they want to keep coming back for more.

Disney offers something different for each age and stage, making it a unique and special family vacation, each and every time.

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