Babies can go on *almost* all the rides at Walt Disney World. According to Disney’s policy, babies can go on any ride without a height restriction (think roller coasters and the Speedway for the height restricted rides). This means that the majority of rides at Walt Disney World can be ridden together as a family if you choose. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll love all of them for your young children. Here are some factors to think about: Are there any drops that might startle your little one? What about noise or 4D effects like water splashing? Will it be bumpy or too long? There are a lot of factors so here are some of my thoughts on the rides that will help you determine what will work for your family.
Some general tips for riding with younger children:
- Do a little research about which rides you may want to do at each park and try to get FastPasses for them or even better the rides you’ll do without the kids such as the roller coasters. You can YouTube search any ride and see what they’re like if you still have any questions about if it will work for you after reading this post.
- If you don’t have a FastPass and you want to ride a ride without baby, you can do Rider Switch. From Disney: Rider Switch Info from WDW
- You can baby wear on any ride without a height restriction and you can read more about that on this post: Babywearing at Disney
- Take breaks. Baby Care Centers are a great place to take a break!
- As always, stay flexible and know you may get less “done” but the memories will be priceless!
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Town Square Theater – Meet Mickey Mouse or Tinkerbell – If your child will enjoy meeting characters, these are definitely fun meeting spots! The Mickey line can get a little long so FastPass for this is especially helpful.
Railroad – the noise on this one can be a little loud (steam engine and whistle) but otherwise is a family-friendly railroad trip that will take you all the way around the park or drop you off on the other side (less walking! Yay!) but strollers need to be parked or folded up to bring on just like the buses.
Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor – a 20ish minute comedy show that I found perfect for breastfeeding when Elodie was younger and she engages in and claps along with now.
Buzzlightyear Space Ranger Spin – an arcade-like moving ride where you can score points against Zurg. It isn’t too loud but is more for older children or baby can just hitch a ride while Daddy gets the high score.
Carousel of Progress – This was a perfect breastfeeding ride / show when Elodie was younger but as she’s gotten older it moves slowly and doesn’t keep her attention. It isn’t too loud and is a classic!
PeopleMover – Not in the AC but still cool from the air blowing while you move, this 15 min moving ride goes through some of the other rides like Space Mountain. It can be a little loud in a few spots but still remains our favorite breastfeeding and napping spot as a usually quick-to-get-on ride that moves and is cool. Also, they usually allow you to stay on for an extra turn if your child is sleeping or breastfeeding.
AstroOrbiter – Apparently there’s no height restriction on this but it is very high in the air. I’ve personally avoided it due to the height and is most likely too intense for young children and babies.
Space Mountain – Must be 44 inches – roller coaster ride in the dark.
Speedway – Must be 32 inches – can be jerky and loud as it is kind of like bumper cars with hopefully no bumping – you drive gas powered cars on a loosely guided track.
Mad Tea Party – a classic the Tea Cups spin while you’re in them at the speed you choose.
Dumbo the Flying Elephant – there’s a playground in the waiting area which may be the highlight for some kids, it’s a gentle flying ride and you can control how high Dumbo goes making this a popular one for younger kids.
The Barnstormer – Must be 35 inches – this is a small roller coaster perfect for the more adventurous but still young kids!
Pete’s Silly Slideshow – You can meet Minnie and Daisy or Donald and Goofy dressed up for the circus.
Splash N Soak Station – This is a splash pad area where children will get soaked so be prepared with extra clothing if you go here and it’s also very loud even standing near the splash pad area is loud.
Ariel’s Grotto – Meet Ariel and talk with her!
Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – A slow story ride where you journey through The Little Mermaid’s story. While it can be a little loud “Under the Sea,” I don’t think it’s too loud in comparison to other rides.
Enchanted Tales with Belle – You walk through the story of Beauty and the Beast including an interactive play and having a personalized meet with Belle. This one is great for kids in the toddler/preschool and older age range but can be cute for a baby especially if you want to meet Belle.
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Must be 38 inches – a roller coaster that’s pretty smooth overall and is another popular roller coaster for younger but adventurous kids. Definitely try to get a FastPass for this one as the waits tend to be long.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – a slow story ride where you journey through parts of Winnie the Pooh story. The cart bounces and it can be a little loud in one of the rooms but overall is a big hit with most kids and is one of Elodie’s favorites!
Princess Fairytale Hall – You can meet Tiana and Rapunzel or Elena and Cinderella. This is a very fun meet and greet location and the princesses will be sure to tell you some fun things while you get some adorable pictures!
Prince Charming Regal Carousel – For younger children there is a bench that you can sit on. Otherwise the horses are very high for wiggly toddlers. Perfect for children who are interested in going on and can stay seated.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic – A 3D show with special effects. Babies and younger children won’t keep on the 3D glasses so may not be interested. Also, it can get very loud and splashes water which Elodie gets upset at so we avoid this show. It does have low waits and is a nice air conditioned show though.
Peter Pan’s Flight – Always a popular ride, another slow story ride where you journey through the Peter Pan story flying high in a pirate ship. These slow rides have always been a favorite for us and Elodie has always loved this one!
It’s a Small World – a classic and popular ride for younger children who often love to dance to the catchy song, this slow boat ride shows you the people and some animals of all around the world.
Haunted Mansion – a slow story ride where you can see ghosts including the popular hitch hiking ghosts, some may believe is a little dark and scary for young children but in my experience most children are not scared of this ride. The hardest part of this ride in my opinion is the stretching room where other guests often yell when the room goes dark. You can ask to bypass this room if you need to (it really can be scary for babies and young children).
Liberty Square Riverboat – Closed currently. A slow paddle boat ride down the river to enjoy the sights.
The Hall of Presidents – A longer show that show cases the presidents throughout US history – could be harder for younger children to sit through but very educational and inspirational.
Tom Sawyer Island – you can take a boat over to this island and explore the bridges and playground and dark caves. This is really a perfect place for toddlers, preschoolers and older children to explore and play.
Country Bear Jamboree – a classic show with singing bears – can be a little long for some but also a nice air conditioned classic to rest, breastfeed, bottle feed, etc.
Big Thunder Mountain – Must be 40 inches. A fun roller coaster that’s like a runaway train.
Splash Mountain – Must be 40 inches. You will get wet on this fun log flume! There is a playground area near the exit and so you can play while you wait for others to be done with these two Mountains.
Pirates of the Caribbean – There is a drop toward the beginning of this ride that you may get wet from, and the canons that go off are loud and may splash you. Otherwise, a fun and easy ride after the drop and canons.
Enchanted Tiki Room – These singing birds are a classic and one of my favorites. It can be a little loud but for the most part is just fun. Can be a nice place to rest your feet in the air conditioning and breastfeed or bottle feed.
Jungle Cruise – a witty boat ride through the “jungle” the speaker of the tour guide can get a little loud but otherwise is a pretty easy and fun ride!
The Magic Carpets of Aladdin – This is a ride similar to Dumbo that goes around and you control the height, etc. You may get wet from a spitting camel but you can avoid this too.
Swiss Family Treehouse – you can climb the stairs and walk through this giant treehouse! I fondly call this the “Inducer” as I climbed these stairs the night before Elodie was born! It’s a workout for sure but can be pretty to check out the fireworks from!
Elodie is currently one year old and here are her most and least favorites:
Elodie’s Top 5 Favorite Things to Do in Magic Kingdom
- Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
- Meeting Princesses and Characters
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- The Magic Carpets of Aladdin
- Tom Sawyer Island
Elodie’s 5 Least Things to Do in Magic Kingdom
- Leaving for the day
- Carousel of Progress
- Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel
- Saying goodbye to the characters
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