The best part about Magic Kingdom with a toddler is that there are so many rides that don’t have a height requirement. That makes it the perfect Disney theme park regardless of how old or how tall your child is. Based on our recent experiences visiting Magic Kingdom with toddlers, I pulled together a list of the best Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers in each of the section of the park.
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Magic Kingdom Itinerary for Toddlers
If you’re planning to visit Disney World with a toddler, I definitely recommend going to Magic Kingdom first and leaving time for a second visit if possible. Our experiences with our son as a toddler were when he was 19 months old and almost 3. (Both of which are a good age for Disney World for different reasons!)
The areas of Magic Kingdom are listed below in the order that we went through them during our first trip to Disney World in one day with a toddler. Ride wait times are based on our experiences in Magic Kingdom in early December.
- Arrive at Magic Kingdom at 8:30am for the rope drop ceremony at 8:55am
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Mad Tea Party
- Dumbo the Elephant
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow to see Goofy, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
- Ariel’s Journey Under the Sea
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (FastPass+)
- Lunch at Pinnochio’s Village Haus
- It’s a Small World (FastPass+)
- Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
- The Jungle Cruise (FastPass+)
- Swiss Family Robinson
- Tiki Room
- Pirate’s of the Caribbean (We did this one on our 2nd trip to Magic Kingdom when our son was 2. I recommend a FastPass+ for Pirates of the Caribbean as well.)
- Liberty Square
- Stroller nap by Sleepy Hollow Cafe
- Festival of Fantasy Parade
- Leave Magic Kingdom around 5-5:30
Should You Take a Break During Your Day at Magic Kingdom with a Toddler?
I think this depends a lot on your toddler’s napping schedule, the weather and the number of days you have planned at Disney. Since we only had one day in Disney World, we opted to stay at the park for a full day and have our son nap in the stroller versus leaving the park in the afternoon. This Magic Kingdom itinerary with kids seemed to work perfectly with our FastPass+ allocations. I definitely recommend getting to the park early so you can experience the rope drop at Magic Kingdom. You can also get more rides in during the early morning before the crowds increase.
Keep reading for more detail on the best rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom.
Rides for Toddlers in Tomorrowland
Tomorrowland is great for any space obsessed kiddos. Our son was loving Buzz Lightyear on our first trip to Disney, so the Space Ranger Spin was our first ride. While we didn’t spend a lot of time in Tomorrowland on either trip, several attractions and rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom can be found in Tomorrowland.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Why toddlers love it: They can push the red button to “shoot” the little aliens and help spin our car back and forth
- Wait time: At 9:00am we had a short 5 minute wait.
Additional toddler friendly rides in Tomorrowland include:
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority People Mover
- Tomorrowland Speedway (slow moving cars that kids over 32″ can ride in with an adult)
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
- Walt Disney’s Carrousel of Progress
Rides for Toddlers in Fantasyland
You could really spend your entire day at Fantasyland with a toddler. Fantasyland has the best Magic Kingdom rides for toddlers given the lack of minimum height requirements for many rides. If you go early enough, you can also fit quite a few rides when the park opens.
Below are our favorite Fantasyland rides for toddlers in Magic Kingdom.
Mad Tea Party
- Why toddlers love it: They can spin the teacups around with adult assistance, and there’s a mouse in the middle for them to watch pop up throughout the ride.
- Wait time: At around 9:30am the wait was less than 5 minutes, and this is one ride that tends to have shorter lines any time of day.
- Tip: Look out for Alice in Wonderland while you’re riding the Mad Tea Party. She often joins in on the fun!
Dumbo the Elephant
- Why toddlers love it: They can push the lever to make Dumbo fly up and down.
- Wait time: With the addition of a second ride the lines don’t get as long, and we waited for 5 minutes around 9:45am.
- Tip: Consider waiting for a little line for Dumbo if you can. There’s a great play area under the circus tent and a unique queuing system. It allows your kids to play while they’re waiting for their turn. The play area alone makes this one of our favorite rides for toddlers at Magic Kingdom.
Ariel’s Journey Under the Sea
- Why toddlers love it: There are so many colorful fish to look at as you’re riding in a clam shell under the sea. Watch out for Ursula if your kids scare easily.
- Wait time: About 10 minutes at 10:30am. Go early for this ride since the line can get long later in the day.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Why toddlers love it: They get to sit in a Honey Pot to journey through Hundred Acre Wood on a windy day. Our son hadn’t been introduced to Winnie the Pooh prior to our trip, but it’s a favorite of many little kids.
- Wait time: We used a FastPass+ here around 11:00am and were glad we did since the line was about 35 minutes at this time. If you do wait in line, however, it’s interactive with fun things to do along the way.
Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
- Why toddlers love it: There are so many different types and sizes of horses to pick from, including carriages for those who want to skip the horse altogether. Tip: If you want a photo op, be sure to pick the first horse you see on the outside; they fill up first!
- Wait time: 5-10 minutes. The line is pretty short throughout the day.
It’s a Small World
- Why toddlers love it: It’s slower and there’s so much to look at. This one was definitely our son’s favorite.
- Wait time: 5 minutes with a FastPass+ around 12:15pm. It has a boring line that can get pretty long, so a FastPass is recommended unless you go early in the morning.
Other toddler favorites in Fantasyland include:
- The Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train (38″)*
- Peter Pan’s Flight*
- Mickey’s Philharmonic Orchestra
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Barnstormer (35″)
- Stop at Casey Jr’s Splash Zone to cool off on a hot day
*Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train & Peter Pan’s flight tend to have the longest lines and fill up first with FastPass allocations. We booked our rides on FastPass+ 29 days prior to our trip and these rides were not available at that time.
Note: We also stopped at Pete’s Silly Sideshow to see Goofy and Donald Duck around 10am. Daisy and Minnie are also at Pete’s Silly Sideshow. We recommend going early to avoid the lines.
The Best Rides for Toddlers in Adventureland
In addition to Fantasyland, Adventureland is one of the best places for toddler rides at Magic Kingdom. Our favorite rides in Adventureland for toddlers are below.
- Why toddlers love it: There are so many simulated, life size animals to look at while the boat takes you along the river.
- Wait time: We used a FastPass+ for this one after reading reviews that the lines are long almost any time of day. The line was at about 90 minutes when we went at 4pm so we were definitely glad we did!
- If you happen to be in Orlando at Christmas, Magic Kingdom transforms this ride to the “Jingle Cruise.”
The Tiki Room
- Why toddlers love it: The Tiki Room is completely interactive with music and singing birds and flowers the entire time.
- Wait time: There was no wait when we went at 3:45pm, and this one typically stays short throughout the day. (It’s a simple show which makes it one of our favorite Magic Kingdom attractions for toddlers.)
Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse
- Why toddlers love it: They can climb up the ramps with several great views and things to look at along the way. This is one that’s often overlooked, but it’s a great change of pace from the normal waiting and sitting for rides.
- Wait time: There’s typically no line with this one but it can get a little backed up depending on how slowly people make their way through the treehouse.
Pirate’s of the Caribbean
- Why toddlers love it: They get to board a pirate ship and follow their adventures along the way. We didn’t ride it on our first trip, but we did on our second trip when our son was almost 3. It gets a little dark at spots and can be scary for younger toddlers. Pointing out all the animals along the way distracted my son from the scary parts.
- Wait time: This one tends to get long lines. Consider using a FastPass for Pirates of the Caribbean if it’s high on your list and you can’t get over there early in the morning.
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin is another great option if you’re looking for rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers. It’s very similar to Dumbo, so we skipped it on both trips to Magic Kingdom with toddlers.
Rides for Toddlers in Liberty Square
Looking for a quiet place in Magic Kingdom for kids to nap on-the-go? We stopped in Liberty Square for a nap break, ironically by a cafe called the “Sleepy Hollow” cafe. We didn’t do any rides in Liberty Square on this last trip, but two for rides for toddlers in Liberty Square include:
- Haunted Mansion: Interactive ride that’s surprisingly not as scary as you’d think!
- Liberty Square Riverboat: You can take the riverboat to Tom Sawyer Island. It’s great if you’re looking for somewhere less crowded for the kids to run around.
Rides for Toddlers in Frontierland
Frontierland has the least amount of rides for toddlers. For that reason we totally skipped over it on our first trip due to time constraints. Here are some toddler friendly rides in Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland:
- Walt Disney World Railroad: Board the train in Frontierland for a ride around Magic Kingdom. (Note: The Walt Disney World Railroad is currently closed for refurbishments, likely for the duration of 2020.)
- Country Bear Jamboree: A long running show that’s great for kids of all ages.
- Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad are great for kids over 40.”
Don’t forget to check out the character meet and greets in Magic Kingdom as well! You can find Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater near the Magic Kingdom Entrance. (Get a FastPass+ if it’s a top priority for your kiddos.) Donald Duck and Goofy were a must see for our toddler, and we loved seeing them at Stinky Pete’s Silly Slideshow in Fantasyland.
Be sure to bring an autograph with you as well! We purchased this Disney autograph book in advance of our most recent trip.
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Given the rides and shows, there’s no doubt that Magic Kingdom is the best Disney theme park for toddlers. Please share if you have any favorite shows or rides at Magic Kingdom for toddlers that we haven’t mentioned!
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