Disney’s Magic Kingdom: Taking a Toddler for the First Time

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My first time in Florida visiting the Magic Kingdom was a success. We managed to spend 12 hours at the park with our 18 month toddler who just learned how to walk a few days prior. Here are some tips that worked for us on our first trip to the Magic Kingdom with our toddler. 

Tip 1: Momma, make sure you’re caffeinated (just kidding….no but really)…

What to Pack:

  • Bring (or rent) a stroller
    • Rain cover (or hide under buildings/shop until the rain stops <<< that’s what we did!)
  • Backpack (easier than the diaper bag)

    • Diapers
    • Wipes
    • Change of clothes
    • Snacks (perfect for long lines…)
  • Camera
  • Portable phone charger (The park eats up your battery)
  • Sunscreen
  • Reusable water bottle(s)
  • Hat
  • Umbrella 


What to Do:

  • Attractions
    • Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin
    • Country Bear Jamboree 
    • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
    • Enchanted Tales with Belle
    • Enchanted Tiki Room 
    • It’s a Small World  
    • Jungle Cruise  
    • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Factory (This is SO FUNNY) 
    • Peter Pans Flight
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Prince Charming Regal Carousel  
    • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin 
    • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh 
    • Tom Sawyers Island 
    • Under the Sea – The Journey of The Little Mermaid 
    • Walt Disney World Railroad 
  • Character Meet & Greets (Down time is great for these)
    • Meet Mickey at Town Square (FAST PASS THIS. The wait gets SO LONG)

Other “Don’t Miss” entertainment opportunities that your little ones will love are:

  • Citizens of Main Street
  • The Dapper Dans
  • Main Street Trolley Show
  • Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Rain or shine, there is a parade! Which I thought was so cool. It rained during our time at Magic Kingdom, so we got to enjoy the Rainy Day Calvacade! 

Additional Tips: 

  • Purchase your park tickets in advance
    • Many resorts will allow you to purchase park tickets at the concierge desk and link the tickets to your Magic Band
  • Download the My Experience Disney World app 
    • Get fast passes early for later in the day
      • You can book them on the app
      • You can book up to 3, once all of those 3 are used that day then you can book another one immediately and continue this cycle as you use them.
  • Take the resort shuttle to the parks (if you’re staying at one) 
  • Connect to WiFi in the park 
  • Arrive at the park early (magic hours or right when the park opens)
  • Watch the park opening ceremony “Let the Magic Begin” at the Castle *great photo opportunity* 
  • Get a celebration pin (souvenir…obvi) 
  • Utilize the Baby Care Center 
    • Great for changing diapers, preparing bottles and food, nursing babies and resting
      • Our daughter napped in here during a major rain storm 
    • Also the place where cast members take lost children, so if you lose your child in the parks, head to the Baby Care Center
  • If your child naps at home, they should nap at the parks (a well rested (and fed) baby/toddler makes for less tantrums)
  • Watch the fireworks show on the second floor of the railroad station

    • This is an amazing view of all of Main Street and the Castle

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