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

Well….we did it. We spent 12 hours at Magic Kingdom in Florida with an 18 month old who JUST learned how to walk. We surprisingly didn’t have any major mishaps or anything crazy happen while we there (no tantrums, no clothing changes, etc…). It was a pretty smooth day despite the random rain here and there. I put together some tips that worked for us on our first trip to the Magic Kingdom with our toddler and wanted to share. 

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 (Whomever your toddlers loves, try to make it to their meet & greet during down time)
    • Meet Mickey at Town Square (FAST PASS THIS.)

Other “Don’t Miss” entertainment opportunities that your little ones should love are the Citizens of Main Street, The Dapper Dans, Main Street Trolley Show and Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire

Be sure to catch the parade at 2:30pm (I believe there is another showtime at 5:00pm) If the weather permits than they will have the Festival of Fantasy parade…and if it’s raining during parade show time then they will do a Rainy Day Calvacade! 


  • Purchase your 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 
  • 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 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.
  • Get a celebration pin
  • Utilize the Baby Care Center 
    • Great for changing diapers, preparing bottles and food, nursing babies and resting
    • 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 makes for less tantrums)
  • Watch the fireworks show on the second floor of the railroad station

    • This is an amazing view!

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