Five Best Rides for Toddlers at Disney World
No matter how many people warn you when you’re expecting your first child, there’s nothing that can prepare you for the overflowing amount of unconditional love you’ll feel when become a parent. Not only is it a terrifying realization to understand you’re responsible for another living soul, but each of their firsts becomes a new ‘first’ for you, as you witness the globe through their eyes. From taking breaths to taking steps, you’re the tour guide to their worldview, offering them the encouragement and the opportunity to explore, learn and grow. Even if they might have scattered memories of their initial trek to Walt Disney World, those (hundreds of) photos you snap will become treasured in your household, as you watch their unhindered joy expound while they hobble through the park. Your specialized Disney travel agent can help map out the best route for the littlest feet, but for an idea of what rides are meant for kiddos under the age of five, here’s what to expect:
How many stuffed animals does your toddler have in their room, approximately? While you’re counting, imagine the length of your kiddo’s smile as they see real wildlife in Animal Kingdom. With this bumpy ride, they will point out all of the species they see and even help ‘rescue’ baby elephants from poachers as the ride continues. Get your Instagram warmed up and ready, mom!
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Magic Kingdom
When your toddler wishes upon a star (or an eyelash or a penny in a fountain), they might hope for a trip to Disney World. Since you’re here, show them how those lustful, positive vibes got them to their dream destination on this merry-go-round inspired by Cinderella. It’s meant to mimic a real horse and you can select the right size for your little guy or gal. If they hop aboard and a tantrum starts to bubble, no sweat. Head to the carriage where you can sit together, no bump ride (or screaming fit) required.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Magic Kingdom
Even though Pinocchio out-dates you and your partner, the wacky splendor of a flying elephant has no age minimum or limitation. This classic attraction sits smack-dab in the middle of Fantasyland, making it a can’t-miss-it ride to find. There are two sets of winged elephants that move in opposite directions, allowing you to pick the slowest, gentlest setting for your kiddo. This one is definitely a hit for the youngest set, so make sure to start your day here to avoid lengthy lines.
The Barnstormer at Storybook Circus in Magic Kingdom
If you have a wild child on your hands who is at least 35” high, they might be up for the ‘big kid’ experience at this Fantasyland attraction. It’s a short quick jaunt that has a few jagged corners and roundabouts that won’t frighten your tough boy or girl. Usually it’s not too jampacked, so let it be a lesson in the level of bravery your tot is currently exploring.
TriceraTop Spin in Animal Kingdom
For the dinosaur lover in your household, there’s nothing that will excite them more than this easy ride. Much like the flying elephants, various types of dinos take to the sky with your toddler on their back, providing an slow ease into amusement parks if they’re still unsure about how they feel toward them.
And much more!
It’s important to give your travel agent the full scoop on your children while they design the best trip for your family. With the right information, they can help you create a getaway that you’ll surely remember for decades to come, even when your little toddler outgrows the kiddie rides, or hey, even brings their children back for the timeless fun of Disney.