This is obviously going to be relative, what is a ‘favorite’ for my kids may be of no interest to yours. I’m going to link Disney’s explanation of each attraction, including any height restrictions, so you can understand what each is and not just take my word for it. When planning your trip and what attractions you want to see take into consideration your child and his/her likes, dislikes and especially fears. You know your kid, so go with your gut!
These are really in no order. Each of my kids have their personal ‘favorite’ rides but I wasn’t going to attempt to rank them in order, I’m just going to throw them all out there as a list, so here we go!
1. This one is a list within a list. These are each favorites of my kidos because they’re open play areas (think playground), they’re very open with room to run and usually have little to no wait time. Each of the four parks have one which I think is awesome because my kids always need some time built into each day to just play!
5. Dumbo in Magic Kingdom – also to be included is the Magic Carpets of Aladdin (also Magic Kingdom) and Triceratops Spin (Animal Kingdom) as they’re all pretty much the same ride. The only difference is the AMAZING way Disney has created to ‘wait’ for your turn on the Dumbo ride. You can now be given a pager (much like you would get a restaurant) and your child can play in a circus themed play area as you wait. After an allotted amount of time your pager goes off and you get back in line without much wait left! We rode late one night when there was no wait and my kids refused to get right on the ride, they had to play first, go figure!
6. Under the Sea- Journey of the Little Mermaid in Magic Kingdom- NEW with the Fantasyland expansion
7. Toy Story Midway Mania in Hollywood Studios (usually has a terrible wait but doable early in the morning or with a Fastpass)
8. Buzz Lightyear Spaceranger Spin in Magic Kingdom (wait can get bad on this one too, Fastpass would be a good choice)
10. Enchanted Tales with Belle in Magic Kingdom- NEW with the Fantasyland expansion and it’s amazing! You’re taken to Maurice’s workshop and then through a ‘magic’ mirror into Belle’s castle where the kids re-tell Belle’s story with her! Adorable and so much fun!!!
I want to include an honorable mention to Rafiki’s Planet Watch and Conservation Station in Animal Kingdom! We’ve been to Disney three times now and have yet to make it there because we ran out of daylight each time! I wanted to include it though because an inside source (my cousin, the teacher who spends his summers working at Animal Kingdom and most recently with the animals in the petting zoo area) told me it’s a must do for little ones. Best mom award goes to me! :/ I sent him a message asking if it would be good for preschoolers and this was his response…
I also wanted to share three other absolute favorites that are sometimes overlooked. They’re all recognized as ‘diversions’ as they’re not really attractions but they are very fun activities that can be a welcome distraction in your crazy Disney day!
1. A Pirate’s Adventure treasure hunt in Magic Kingdom (Adventureland) – my girls absolutely loved this! There are several different maps so you can actually spend hours doing this if you really wanted to.
2. Wilderness Explorers in Animal Kingdom– If you use the guidebook given you will see the entire park, if you can fit it all into your daylight hours but we ran out of time! There was a whole section that my kidos didn’t get filled and I definitely heard about it!
Last, I wanted to list a few rides that can be used to escape the craziness! I know I have hopped on each of these just to take a break from the walking and enjoy a bit of semi-quiet! They’re all a good place for a little one to catch a power nap too!!
3. The Wildlife Express Train (to the Conservation Station) in Animal Kingdom
4. One Man’s Dream in Hollywood Studios
Well… those are my lists! I hope I shed some light on some of the fun available in Disney to the younger crowd! What are some favorites of your kidos?
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