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Best Rides For Toddlers At Disney World

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Younger kids definitely aren't excluded from joining in on the fun at Disney World, and there are plenty of rides for toddlers to enjoy. Disney World had lots of options that aren't too big or scary for toddlers and, since kids under the age of 3 get free admission into the park, it's a great time to get a feel for what kind of rides they enjoy. Here are some of the best rides for toddlers at Disney World, based on height requirements:

Best Rides for Toddlers at Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is definitely the winner out of all the parks when it comes to rides for toddlers. Many of the “classic” rides here don't have a height requirement, and they're constantly adding new rides to that list. There's also no shortage of non-ride attractions for the younger kids.

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Rides for Guests of Any Height

1) Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Of course, the Dumbo ride is a classic must-do for guests of all ages. But the ride was updated in recent years, and the new version is especially good for younger kids since they added an air-conditioned play area in the queue.

2) Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin

If your kid is more of a fan of game-style rides, this is a great option. You board a two-seater toy spaceship and use the laser pointers to aim at your target, Emperor Zurg, and score points.

3) Mad Tea Party

Mad Tea Party is another classic that's great if you're looking for something more thrilling than a slow-moving dark ride but not quite a roller coaster yet. The ride lasts about two minutes and, since you control the spinning teacup, you can always tone down the speed if needed.

Aside from these, Magic Kingdom is full of lots of great, classic attractions for young kids of any height, including:

Its A Small World
It's A Small World

Or some options for non-ride attractions, that don't have a height requirement, such as:

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Mickey's PhilharMagic
  • Country Bear Jamboree
  • Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Tom Sawyer Island
  • Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Rides for Guests 32 Inches or Taller
1) The Barnstormer

If you're traveling with kids who are starting to be a bit more daring and want to try more adventurous rides, The Barnstormer is a great place to start. It's more of a “roller-coaster” type ride, and it's only about a minute long.

2) Tomorrowland Speedway

Guests 32 inches or taller, accompanied by an adult, can take the wheel on this one. The car goes up to 7 miles per hour and the wheels straddle a track, making it a great way for younger ones to safely get a taste of a bit more freedom.

Under The Sea The Journey of The Little Mermaid
Under The Sea – The Journey of The Little Mermaid

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Best Rides for Toddlers in Epcot

Despite being known as the “adult park” Epcot actually has lots of good attractions for the little ones.

1) Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After is a popular ride in Epcot but definitely worth the wait for fans of Anna and Elsa. It's a slow-moving dark ride that picks up a little bit of speed for a few seconds at one point (similar to the mini drop in Pirates of the Caribbean).

2) The Seas with Nemo and Friends (and Turtle Talk with Crush)

Hop aboard a clamshell vehicle that takes you through the highlights of the Finding Nemo movie. Afterwards, you'll be let out in The Seas pavilion where you can see real sea creatures, get a bit more AC, and stop by the Turtle Talk with Crush interactive show.

Other rides in Epcot that don't have a height requirement include:

Or, if you're looking for some non-ride attractions (that, again, don't have a height requirement), you can check out:

Best Rides for Toddlers in Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is known as the park with the most thrilling rides, but they do have a few good options for toddlers. Including one of the top rides for younger kids in any park: Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.

Rides for Guests of Any Height

1) Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway

This is a must-do when taking toddlers to Hollywood Studios! It's one of the newest attractions at Disney World, and it's an immersive experience with no 3D glasses.

2) Toy Story Mania

This is another good option for kids who like the more competitive, game-style rides. Your ride vehicle will move through Toy Story-themed scenes while you try to “shoot” at moving targets. At the end, you'll see the rankings for all 4 players in your ride vehicle!

Non-ride attractions that don't have a height requirement:

Rides for Guests 32 Inches or Taller

1) Alien Swirling Saucers

This 90 second spinning ride is similar to the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom. The only differences are that you don't control the speed of the spinning, and your ride vehicle will spin in both directions!

Best Rides for Toddlers in Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom isn't an attraction-heavy park, but they do have some good options for the younger kids, especially any animal lovers!

1) Kilimanjaro Safari

Kilimanjaro Safari is a great attraction for all ages, and it really puts you up close with wild African animals including lions, giraffes, elephants, and more! It can be a bit bumpy, though, and it's a bit on the longer side, lasting about 20 minutes.

2) Na'vi River Journey

The Na'vi River Journey ride is in Pandora, the Avatar themed section of Animal kingdom. It's a relaxing boat ride that takes you through the bioluminescent world on the planet of Pandora.

3) TriceriTop Spin

TriceriTop Spin, located in DinoLand, USA, is the same setup as Dumbo or the Magic Carpets. It's close to both Expedition Everest and DINOSAUR, so it's a great option while some of the older kids (or a parent) are riding the bigger rides.

Non-ride attractions with no height limit include:

Overall, Disney has lots of options for younger kids with any interests, from rides to shows to interactive exhibits. Other good options for toddlers that can be found in any of the 4 parks include character dining and character meet and greets.

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