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Can Little Ones Enjoy Walt Disney World?

One of the most popular questions regarding Walt Disney World is when is the best time to bring kids to experience the magic.  To us there is no right answer.  Each and every visit is different and each and every visit is magical no matter what the age.

A big decision comes around bringing little ones to Walt Disney World.  Will they be able to do anything?  Can they go on any rides?   To help you determine if bringing your little one to the Walt Disney World Resort is right for your family, we are going to look at the top rides and experiences at each of the four Theme Parks that little ones can enjoy.

Spaceship Earth
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EPCOT is known mostly for World Showcase where Guests can explore the different countries by experiencing the food, sights and sounds.  Even though little ones might not enjoy this area as much, there are some great options in EPCOT for them to enjoy.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is the newest ride in EPCOT and will take Guests of all ages on a fun adventure through Gusteau’s famous restaurant.

Sven Olaf

You won’t want to miss out on Elsa, Anna, Sven and Olaf over in Norway either.  This slow boat ride takes Guests through the story of Elsa and Anna with amazing songs and fun animatronics.

Little ones can enjoy a trip through history on Spaceship Earth or enjoy seeing all the unique plants on Living with the Land.  They can also enjoy seeing Nemo and friends over in the Seas Pavilion.  Take time while visiting to enjoy the amazing aquariums where you can see dolphins, sharks, turtles and more.

For some downtime, there are a variety of films throughout the World Showcase as well as in the Land Pavilion that are great ways to get out of the sun and crowds and into some air conditioning.

Even though many might not think of EPCOT as a kid friendly Disney Park, there are a lot of experiences that little ones can enjoy as well as a lot of areas for them to run and play.

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Little ones will love all the animals and adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Start with Kilimanjaro Safaris, where they can get up close to some amazing animals like never before. They will be able to see giraffes, rhinos, elephants, zebras, and more during this safari adventure.

When you wrap up the safari, little ones will enjoy a stroll around on one of the many trails. Discovery Island Trails take you around the magnificent Tree of Life, where Maharajah Jungle Trek is where you can find the tigers and Gorilla Trails hosts the gorillas. These are self paced trails, so spend as much or as little time as you wish.

DinoLand offers a spin on TriceraTop Spin as well as the Boneyard, an amazing playground for little ones.  In Pandora, little ones will enjoy the beauty of Na’vi River Journey and don’t forget to take in Festival of the Lion King, a Broadway caliber show that will have the kids singing and dancing away.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a great Disney Park for little ones as there is so much to see and explore.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Even though most of us might think of the intense, thrilling rides offered in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are still a lot of options for little ones to enjoy throughout the Disney Park.

Toy Story Mania is fun for the whole family. Compete against one another as you aim to increase your score in different interactive situations based on Toy Story. Although the little ones might not grasp the concept, they will still enjoy the larger than life Toy Story characters.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the newest ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is perfect for little ones.  This new ride features Mickey and friends along with beautiful colors and music that will have little ones super excited and wanting to see it again.

Shows are the other experiences that little ones will enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and there are a lot to choose from.

For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along, Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage, Disney Jr. Dance Party, and Lightning McQueen Racing Academy are the top shows to experience while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These shows are fantastic for little ones as they are up beat, full of music, singing, and dancing.

Although there are only two ride-like attractions for little ones in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the shows are perfect for young Disney fans.

Magic Kingdom

Finally, the Disney Park that most of us think about when we think of Walt Disney World- Magic Kingdom.  This iconic Theme Park has so much to offer little ones.  From princesses to pirates, there is a lot of  magic to have here.

Pirates of the Caribbean
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Starting in Adventureland, little ones can enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean, Jungle Cruise, Enchanted Tiki Room and Magic Carpets of Aladdin.  These are all rides that the whole family can enjoy together.

Frontierland has Country Bear Jamboree and Liberty Square offers the Haunted Mansion, Liberty Belle and Hall of Presidents.

Tomorrowland has Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor and the PeopleMover.

Most of your time in Magic Kingdom with little ones can be spent in Fantasyland.  There are numerous rides that little ones will find fascinating.

Fly over London on Peter Pan’s Flight. Bounce around with Tigger on Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Sing along on it’s small world and choose the best horse on Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Don’t miss out on Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid as it is tucked behind the Seven Dwarf Mine Train.

Finally, make sure you pop over to ride Dumbo. Depending on how mobile your little one is, you can also check out Tom Sawyer Island if they want to run or if they need a quiet place to relax. Think about Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

Magic Kingdom truly has endless options when it comes to what little ones can experience.

We hope that this helps you determine if your little one will enjoy the magic of Walt Disney World.  Get some extra tips HERE and check out our top rides in each Park HERE.  Also if it is your first trip to Walt Disney World, we have tips HERE.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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