Toddler Friendly Rides at Disney World

 

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Disney World is for kids of all ages – from 9 months to 99 years. While most of the awe-inspiring rides at Disney World are geared towards children, there are still precautions you should take when boarding your toddler on a ride. As with all things toddler related, a ride that I listed below may not be well-received by your toddler. You know your kiddo more than anyone else, so use your best judgment.

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1. Dumbo

Unless your toddler is afraid of heights or flying elephants, this is a gentle ride for them. You can control how high Dumbo flies with a lever immediately in front of you. However, at the end of the ride, all of the flying elephants go as high as they can soar for a few seconds, then calmly drift back down. My daughter rode it during her first visit when she was 2 years old.

Now with the expansion of New Fantasyland, there are now TWO Dumbo queues! If there happens to be a lengthy line [we have never waited longer than 10 minutes], you can receive a pager that’ll go off when it’s your turn to ride while the kids play under the Big Top! The circus themed inside playground is the ultimate kid’s dream. I wish they had it when I was a kid!

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

Similar rides:

Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Rides at Magic Kingdom in Adventureland
TriceraTop Spin at Animal Kingdom in Dinoland USA

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2. Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid

This is a slow-moving clam-shell ride that goes through the beloved story of The Little Mermaid. It is a bit dim, but the bright colors of the tropical creatures, along with your kids favorite characters like Ariel, Flounder, Sebastian and Prince Eric will put a huge smile on their faces. The only part that might be scary to small children is the Ursula segment. She is larger than life!

Location: New Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

Similar rides:

The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot

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3. “it’s a small world”

When I think of a classic Disney World ride, my mind immediately goes to It’s a Small World. It’s a (very) slow-moving boat ride that visits dolls from different countries around the world. Your toddler will be in awe of these eye-catching dolls and creatures! There is a lot for them to capture their attention with this attraction. The only scary thing about this is that the song will be stuck in your head throughout the entire day…or your entire trip.

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

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4. Journey into the Imagination with Figment

Although this ride used to be WAY better than it is now, it’s still a fun ride for the little ones. Figment, a purple dragon who gets into a lot of mischief, takes you through a journey inside of your imagination. It’s a ride for the senses! It’s not very popular anymore, so lines are usually very short. I pray that it goes through a refurbishment, and Disney brings back old Dreamfinder.

Location: Future World in Epcot

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5. Jungle Cruise

If your toddler loves animals, this is the ride for them. In addition to seeing their animatronic versions of their favorite animals, they also get to listen to the Skipper (your tour guide) and his/her ridiculously cute spiels and bad jokes. Toddlers giggle, adults cringe. It’s awesome.

Location: Adventureland in Magic Kingdom

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6. Kilimanjaro Safaris

Unlike the Jungle Cruise, the animals in the Kilimanjaro Safaris are real. But like the Jungle Cruise, you get a tour guide. Your toddler can see a variety of different animals. It’s like a different ride each time since some animals are more active in the mornings and others are more active at night.

Location: Africa in Animal Kingdom

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7. Mad Tea Party

Get ready to be dizzy! Your toddler can control how fast or how slow the tea cups spin. My 5 year old daughter still doesn’t like to spin it super fast (thank goodness). It is, however, her favorite ride.

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

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8. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a whimsical, colorful neon ride with the characters who inhabit 100 Acre Woods. The only part that might frighten young children is when the ride vehicle “hops” along with Tigger, but it’s still pretty gentle.

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

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9. Peter Pan’s Flight

Peter Pan’s Flight is one of, if not THE, most popular ride at Disney World. You’re going to want a fast pass for this one. You’ll also need to use your best judgment when putting your toddler on it, since it’s a dark ride. However, your toddler might be enthralled with riding on one of the flying pirate ships across Neverland.

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

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10. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel

A theme park wouldn’t be complete without a carousel, and Disney World is no exception. Prince Charming Regal Carrousel has elegant horses adorned in the most luxurious riding attire. Your toddler can choose the horse that’s the perfect fit for him or her. Adults can stand next to their toddler or on a horse beside them. I never rode this until I had a child of my own, now it’s a Disney must do!

Location: Fantasyland in Magic Kingdom

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If you liked this post, be sure to check out my other Disney related posts below!

Top 50 Disney World Outfits for Your Princess

The Ultimate Disney Bucket List

Where to Meet Your Favorite Characters at Disney World

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