One of the biggest requests I get for my blog is to share with people my “secret” for taking kids to Walt Disney World. Whether it’s writing about our budget, what to pack, or what to do once we get there, I get asked to help folks a lot. Honestly, there is no real “secret,” but rather a conglomeration of plans that, once they are made, should help the vacation be more enjoyable for everyone. I plan to write a least once a week about topics related to traveling with kids on a Disney vacation (to the parks or cruise line because we’ve done both), so don’t hesitate to comment here, Facebook message, Tweet, or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have a specific topic you want me to address.
Since it’s been awhile since my girls were toddlers, and because Walt Disney World changes from year to year, I asked my good friend Courtney what she thought about taking a toddler to the wonderful world of Mickey Mouse. Courtney has never taken her son to Walt Disney World, so she gave me her five most important activities she wants to experience with him when she goes.
Must-Do Toddler Experiences in Walt Disney World
Pirates League Makeover
While the girls get to have the fun over at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, the boys can get their fill of dress-up fun at the Pirates League in Adventureland. I absolutely love to dress up, and I am so happy that the boys get a chance to get into character too! The price may not be cheap, but it will be a fun splurge for our family! Just FYI, this experience is for little ones 3 and up, and reservations need to be made ahead of time.
Visit Disney Springs
This is a must for us, partly because of the sheer amount of activities, but also because most of these activities are cheap or FREE (my favorite!). The Lego store has tables outside to build custom creations (and even have guided activities) as well as HUGE Lego sculptures to mesmerize the big and little kids in your group. There are rides around the shopping area, and those are either free or pretty cheap. And a toddler-friendly stop at Disney Springs wouldn’t be complete without a meal at Rainforest Cafe. This is one of those places that I remember so vividly, and I can’t wait to introduce my son to all the animatronics in this restaurant!
Play in the Boneyard at Animal Kingdom
I can’t wait for my little man to get some play time in at the Boneyard! Located in Animal Kingdom in DinoLand, The Boneyard provides a low-key play area for little ones to get some rest without realizing they are resting (and provides a rest stop for adults, too). There is a digging area, a cool bone-themed play gym, and other paleontology themed play areas. This is a must for our family!
Meet Favorite Characters
Is it possible to take a toddler to Walt Disney World and NOT meet their favorite characters? I find that to be highly unlikely. My little man is currently into Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so meeting those characters will be the single greatest highlight to our trip. I can already hear him saying “Mickey Mouse” at the top of his voice, and I cant wait!
Take in a Show
As a theater geek, I can’t wait to introduce my son to the Disney themed live shows. From the Little Mermaid to the Lion King, there is a stage show for everyone in your party! Some of them do fill up, so check times and see how they fit into your day. The one that I really can’t wait for is Disney Junior Live. It will be a great way to cool off and rest while getting our fill of Mickey Mouse and all his friends!
We won’t be old enough to participate in the Jedi Training Academy on our trip next year, but it is a must-do activity for families of kids ages 4-12. Jedi Training is included in your ticket price, but spots are limited and fill up quickly. Head there first at Hollywood Studios if it’s something important for you!
Are there any toddler activities that I missed? What are some must-see activities for your family?
Thanks to Courtney for contributing her ideas for the planning stages of a Walt Disney World vacation. Next week’s post will talk about planning for families of elementary aged kids. See ya real soon!