While bringing your family to Walt Disney World is undoubtedly one of the best decisions you’ll ever make, there are certainly some challenges that come along with it too – like figuring out how to cater to different age levels and making sure everyone gets to do what they want. It can be tricky especially at the toddler level – as us parents know, toddlers are a whole other level of intense, and can be hard to please no matter what you try. So if you’re bringing toddler(s) to Disney World with you, I suggest you engage them with my Top Toddler Entertainment At Walt Disney World:
Resort Playgrounds: Many Disney Resort Hotels have playgrounds on site (click here for a list of which Hotels have them), and they’re a great spot to expend some of that toddler energy. Little ones love the thrill of a new playground, no matter how big or small – they don’t care, they could happily spend hours playing on it and sliding and swinging – so make sure you check your Resort map so you know where your on site playground is!
Pools: All Disney Resorts have multiple pools, and many have special fountains, slides, splash pad areas or kiddie pools adjacent to the regular pool – but even for those that don’t, your toddler will love splashing around with mom & dad and their big siblings in the “big kid pools”. Just strap them into a life vest and they are ready to party!
*Note – all Disney Resorts provide life vests to pool goers, but we actually brought our own last time – a puddle jumper style swim vest for my son worked well as that’s what he was used to at home
Resort Finds: My family stays almost exclusively at Disney’s Value Resorts – we have stayed at them all and love each one for different reasons. They are all basically a toddler’s dream too – huge colorful decorations everywhere they look, music and more! But one thing all of the Value Resorts have in common is their super cool little touches all around the Resorts – for example, along the path at Pop Century, you’ll find life-size toy replicas and signs with fun facts about different years like “1971 – Walt Disney World Resort opens in Orlando, Florida”. Art of animation has similar “Did You Know” ones about Disney movies. While your toddlers might not care much about the facts, they will love discovering the different statues and if they’re anything like mine – will turn every stop into an impromptu play area! My son particularly loved the Huey, Dewey & Louie statues outside of our room at All Star Sports – he had to greet them every time we went by!
Splash ‘n Shop: Disney Springs is home to some truly amazing shopping experiences, and while as adults we may be able to spend a whole day (or more!) perusing, toddler life generally does not comply with store after store and being strapped in a stroller, not allowed to touch anything. So – take a break from shopping and head to one of the two SPLASH PADS at Disney Springs – where your kids can happily play around in the water (while you and your husband take turns popping into a few stores possibly?). Bring a change of clothes or a bathing suit/swim diaper along, and you’re sure to love watching them have fun on a hot Florida day
Hidden Mickeys: Mickey Mouse is one of the most recognizable and popular silhouettes in the world – even a little one under 2 can spot him from a mile away, so why not capitalize on that while you’re at Walt Disney World? Hidden Mickeys are everywhere at Disney – in the hotel rooms, parks and on rides too – so keep your eyes peeled for ones you can point out to your toddlers – and soon they will be pointing them out all on their own! And if you need a little help getting started on where to find them, click here to learn more!
The rides, characters and shows at Disney World can be very intense for toddlers, and I found that interspersing those with the ideas above really helped ensure my 3 year old have a great time at Disney. What about you – what do YOU like to do with your toddlers at Disney World?