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How to Visit Magic Kingdom with Little Ones

Taking little ones to Walt Disney World is a magical experience. The excitement and joy that they have in every moment is truly magical. It might seem overwhelming to begin processing how to take a little one to Walt Disney World successfully. There are many things to think about as the trip gets closer.

To help you have a magical time, we want to share some tips for visiting Magic Kingdom with little ones. We hope these tips will allow you a wonderful, less stressful time while enjoying Walt Disney World’s iconic Theme Park.

Related: Top Disney Rides for Your Little One

Disney Park Bag

What to Bring

Before heading to Magic Kingdom with your little one, consider what items you want to bring. It can be easy when traveling with kids to get one of everything. Instead, think about the essential things. This will help make your bag slightly easier to carry.

Start by thinking about what type of bag works for you. We highly recommend a backpack or crossbody bag that will allow your hands and arms to be free to help your little one. Comfortable and adjustable straps are also helpful.

If traveling with babies or young children, ensure you have diapers, pacifiers, extra clothes, and Ziplocs for any messes. You were having snacks and other items for meal time, such as spoons, bottles, or sippy cups. Finally, don’t forget to have a fan for the stroller and different ways to help keep your little one calm and comfortable throughout the day.

You will also want essential items like sunscreen, rain gear, and chargers. Think about how you will entertain during those waits for food, shows, or rides. Having some tricks in the bag can be extremely helpful.

Baby Care Center
Baby Care Center

Baby Care Center

Ensure you know where the baby care centers are in each Disney Park. These are beneficial areas when traveling with little ones. There are changing areas and nursing rooms, and they provide a quiet, air-conditioned location that is great for breaks.

Diapers, formula, clothing, etc., are available if you need something for your little one. The Baby Care Center is located next to Crystal Palace in Magic Kingdom. Use this area as needed throughout your visit to Magic Kingdom.

Dumbo Ride

All the Attractions

One of the reasons that families with little ones focus on Magic Kingdom during their Walt Disney World vacation is because little ones can experience so much. Many of the rides at Magic Kingdom do not have height requirements meaning the whole family can enjoy the magic together.

Start back in Fantasyland, where little ones can experience it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, and even Under the Sea- Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Don’t forget to catch a ride on Dumbo the Flying Elephant back in Storybook Circus. There are also no height restrictions on Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, or Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.

If you have one that can handle the dark, you can also enjoy Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion. Don’t forget to check out the rivers on Jungle Cruise.

Not only are there a lot of rides to enjoy together as a family, but there are also shows that can be a great way to get out of the heat and have fun as a group. Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Mickey’s Philharmagic, Enchanted Tiki Room, and even Hall of Presidents are shows that everyone can relax and enjoy together.

Magic Kingdom is an excellent Park to visit with little ones as there is so much they can enjoy with the whole family.

Cinderella's Royal Table
Credit: Disney


Make sure you think about your food plan before heading into Magic Kingdom with your little one. To enjoy a sit-down meal, you must make dining reservations via the My Disney Experience app 60 days before your trip.

Popular locations such as Cinderella’s Royal Table and Be Our Guests book up quickly. To experience these popular locations, you must be ready to make those reservations two months ahead.

If you don’t think your little one will want to sit through a more extended table service experience, ensure you know what quick service locations are available throughout Magic Kingdom.

Related: Magic Kingdom’s Top 5 Quick Service Locations

Locations such as Cosmic Rays are extremely large and will be noisy during meal times. Columbia Harbour House, on the other hand, is a quieter location. Here you can find a quiet table upstairs if that is something your little one will need.

Again, use the My Disney Experience app to use mobile orders. This will allow you to lower your wait time for your food. Always good with little ones.

Mickey Mouse with Kids
Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Seeing Characters

Magic Kingdom is a fantastic place to see some of your favorite Disney pals. When traveling with little ones, ease them into meeting the characters. Start by visiting from a distance during the Festival of Fantasy Parade or one of the great cavalcades throughout the day.

From there, consider meeting some of the Disney princesses that might seem less intimidating to little ones. You can meet them at Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. If that goes well, consider meeting Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theatre. Don’t force your little ones into character meet and greets; you won’t know how they will react.

Seeing your little one meet Mickey Mouse for the first time is magical, but you don’t want it to end in tears. Slowly ease into the magic.

Art of Animation Big Blue Pool
Credit: Disney Tips

Take a Break

Our final tip for visiting Magic Kingdon with little ones (or any Disney Park) is to take a break. Magic Kingdom is magical, but it is also busy, hot, and overwhelming. Because of this, you will want to schedule in some downtime throughout the day.

Breaks might be seeing a show, heading to the Baby Care Center, or having a meal. Breaks can also mean leaving the Magic Kingdom. Head to a nearby Disney Resort, like the Contemporary or Polynesian, to relax and walk around. You can also return to your Disney Resort and enjoy a nap or pool time.

Everyone, including yourself, will get worn down throughout your Magic Kingdom visit. Because of this, take time to step away.

Related: Best Disney Resorts When You Have Little Ones

Taking your little one to Magic Kingdom is so magical. These tips and suggestions will help you as you enjoy the magic together as a family.

Related: Discover the Ultimate Disney Ride List for Your Little One

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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