We recently came back from a complimentary #DisneyKids trip to Disney World in Orlando Florida with my toddler and preschooler. I have written a lot in the past year about traveling to Disney with toddlers and preschoolers because there is a whole other dimension of considerations when you are traveling with kids of this age. When it costs a lot to go to the parks, you want to make sure that you get the best bang for your buck, and that you and your kids have a great Disney experience.
Here are some of the tips I have to share about traveling with Toddlers and Preschoolers but first is thinking about taking more than your spouse or partner with you. Grandma and Grandpa, or Aunt and Uncle are a great addition. Having more hands means more fun and efficiency. They can take the kids on Dumbo while you ride Thunder Mountain. Or if someone needs to stay with the baby while s/he naps in the stroller, you can have some adults that are able to take the kids on It’s a Small World. When I traveled to Disney with my family as a kid, my grandparents always came with my parents, my brothers and me. Today, I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the helping hand(s) that my parents provide and how much it means to me to see them as grandparents sharing their Disney vacation with their grandkids. #FullCircle!
There is a lot to enjoy with kids, but there are a few disney attractions for preschoolers at Walt Disney World Orlando that are my favorites, and that I especially want to bring your attention to:
The Disney Parades, at any of the Parks, is a lot of fun for little ones. They can see a lot of the characters and the floats and music are so energetic. These short videos are from the newest Disney Parade: Festival of Fantasy Parade – New music, new technology, new floats and new record breaking achievements by Disney.
Just get some snacks and find a shady spot at least an hour before the parade. (It is a good time for them to take a nap in the stroller.) Or have your spouse save spots while you let the kids run around. Just make sure to leave enough time to get back as they do start to block off areas. If you can’t find a shady spot, make sure to bring an umbrella with you to the parks. Instant shade wherever you are!
You can see my full review about the Pirates League makeover here but whether it is the Bibbity Boppity Boutique or the Pirates League, getting dressed up is fun for little kids!
You can see my full post about New Fanstasyland’s Storybook Circus here But one of the reasons I love this area for preschoolers and toddlers is the Casey’s Splash area. Pack some water shoes or even a bathing suit for them to really have some fun. There is a family bathroom right next to this area so it is easy to get dressed or changed easily. Also great is the Dumbo attraction and the play tent!
People Mover, Test Track
Almost all the rides in Fantasyland and New Fantasyland are perfect for this age group, but some that may be good include the People mover in Tomorrowland, and Pirates of the Carribean and the Aladdin Flying Carpets in Adventureland. At Epcot, definitely test out the Test Track if your child meets the 40 inch height requirement. Is is a pretty tame ride all in all, with some straight forward fast parts that little boys especially love.
At Hollywood Studios, we are huge fans of the Disney Junior show. My kids loved it. If your kids have sensitivity issues, there are fun things that fall from the ceiling (bubbles, confetti) that a child may not like.
Here are some of my other Disney related posts with tips on going to Disney World with Toddlers and Preschoolers. I hope you will check them out to get some other ideas and tips about traveling to Disney with kids under 5!